BY DANIEL MARSH
AFC Wimbledon were cruelly denied any points as they succumbed to a narrow 2-1 defeat against Ipswich Town at Portman Road – both the hosts’ goals coming very late.
Wimbledon took the lead on the stroke of half-time with a wonderful strike from Nesta Guinness-Walker, before a thumping header late on from James Norwood set the stage for Kayden Jackson to hammer home a dramatic winner.
A quiet opening half dragged by without much action of note, with the Dons backline looking more than comfortable when the hosts on rare occasions did get the ball towards their main threat up front in the shape of Norwood.
Despite being stifled by a stable backline, Norwood did manage to wriggle free 10 minutes before half time, a wonderful through ball setting him away. He advanced on goal but was denied by a big hand from Nathan Trott to keep the scores level.
That save took on even further importance just four minutes later, as Wimbledon took the lead with the games only real moment of quality.
A dinked free-kick was flicked on by Kwesi Appiah, with Michael Folivi turning superbly in the box. He laid the ball towards the unmarked Guinness-Walker – deployed further forward in a left-wing position – who sent a sumptuous first-time strike into the top corner to lead Portman Road shell-shocked.
The hosts left the pitch to a chorus of boos at the interval, but it was the Dons who started the second half brighter.
Portman Road stirred on the hour mark, with Town finally threatening the Dons goal but half-chances for Kayden Jackson and Danny Rowe were not sufficient enough to worry Trott.
The contest turned with 10 minutes remaining, as Ipswich were awarded a controversial corner. A deep whipped delivery found Norwood steaming in at the far post as he powered a header beyond Trott to level the game.
The Dons survived a late goalmouth scramble in five minutes of injury time, throwing bodies on the line before Cole Skuse skewed a wild effort wide in what looked to be the game’s final moments.
However, there was a cruel twist for Wimbledon, as Jackson slammed home a later winner in the fourth minute of added time to condemn the Dons to a harsh defeat.