A LATE goal wrecked AFC Wimbledon's hopes of taking a precious point in their nail-biting bid to beat the drop.
An 82nd minute strike from sub Tom Hitchcock gave the Pirates all three points at the Memorial Stadium, frustrating the Dons, who had enjoyed the lion's share of possession.
Sammy Moore was back in the fold after recovering from illness and was always busy - especially at set pieces - but although the Dons had as many shots as the hosts, they ultimately did not do enough to trouble Rovers stopper Steve Mildenhall.
Hithcock, on for Ryan Brunt on 66 minutes, fired into the bottom corner from inside the area, just as the game appeared to be petering out for a draw.
The result is a huge blow to the Dons' survival hopes and with York picking up a point against Accrington, the men from Kingsmeadow are now only two points above both Torquay and York, with three to play.
Bottom of the table Aldershot, four behind, have two games in hand and are also far from down and out.