AFC Wimbledon take a delicate 1-0 lead into their play-off semi-final second leg away at Accrington, with Wembley only 90 minutes away for both League Two sides.
Tom Beere’s dramatic stoppage-time winner has given the Dons a slender advantage as they head to the Wham Stadium, with a historic promotion to League One the goal.
Neal Ardley’s side finished three places below and 10 points adrift of their opponents on Wednesday night.
Accrington, who have the lowest budget in the Football League, will be confident of turning the tie around – but they will have to do so knowing that they have failed to win against Wimbledon in three attempts this season.
John Coleman’s side were denied automatic promotion on the final day of their league campaign – losing out to Bristol Rovers agonisingly on goal difference when the Pirates scored a last minute winner against Dagenham.
Stanley haven’t had much luck in previous play-offs, as they were beaten over two legs by Stevenage back in the 2011 League Two play-offs.
Accrington have no new injury concerns ahead of Wednesday’s game, though Coleman could make attacking changes in a bid to turn the tie around with Terry Gornell and Shay McCartan waiting in the wings. Though Matt Crooks is still sidelined due to an ankle injury though.
Ardley, likewise, has no new injury problems to worry about, though he has a big decision on whether to start the powerful Adebayo Akinfenwa. George Francomb is still absent due to a knee injury.
League Position: Accrington – 4th (85pts); AFC Wimbledon – 7th (75pts)
Previous Meeting: AFC Wimbledon 0-0 Accrington (March 5th, 2016)
Form: Accrington – DWWWDL; AFC Wimbledon – WWLDWW
Key Men: Accrington – Billy Kee; AFC Wimbledon – Lyle Taylor
Shoot Says: Accrington 2-1 AFC Wimbledon