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Kick off 10:30 (UK)

05 August 2023 Venue Unavailable Attendance

Kick off 10:30 (UK)

Luton Town U18
6 - 0
MK Dons U18
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Preview: Luton Town Under-18s

MK Dons Under-18s prepare for their season opener…

4 August 2023

MK Dons Under-18s prepare to embark on the 2023/24 season journey with their upcoming opening game on the road against Luton Town.

Following the pre-season training programme, John Bitting’s boys can now hone their focus onto the upcoming league fixtures as the opening day of the 2023/24 campaign falls on Saturday 5 August.
These two teams met previously last year, which saw Luton take the spoils from both of the matches played. However, this year, the young Dons look for redemption as they seek to kick-start the new season with a positive result.
Saturday will provide supporters with a first opportunity to witness the new first-year Scholars, as well as the return of the now second-years.
When questioned about the opening day of the season, second-year Scholar Charlie Stirland had this to say “We’re really fired up for the start of the season, and we’re looking to get a result on Saturday.
“We really need to pass on our experiences and what we learned from last year, we need to get them involved and get them up to speed with what we do. Hopefully, that’ll help us have a really good season.” Stirland added whilst discussing the new sqaud.
Lead Player Development Pathway Head Coach John Bitting also shared his insight prior to the start of the 2023/24 campaign. When asked about the preparations of a new year, he said “It’s been a really good and interesting pre-season so far.
“We’ve had a real good variety of teams that the boys have been up against throughout our pre-season friendlies, on top of having the exposure for our second-year Scholars with the first team.
“All the lads who have been available to do so, have earned the opportunity to train and be involved with the first team in some capacity, which has been a brilliant experience for them.”
In comparison to the success achieved in the season prior, Bitting replied “Each year is different. We’ve got to look at this season on not what we accomplished last year, but what we can do to move forward and develop this year.
“This is a completely different group, and there’s a lot of work we need to continue to do with the second-years to keep on developing and pushing them. But it’s also the same with the first-years, it’s always at the forefront of our minds regarding what the next steps are for these players.”

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Report: Luton Town v MK Dons Under-18s

Young Dons suffer season opening defeat…

7 August 2023

MK Dons Under-18s suffer defeat on the road against last season’s top-of-the-table opponents, Luton Town.

John Bitting’s boys suffered a 6-0 defeat against Luton in the first fixture of the 2023/24 campaign.
A setback at the start of the season, but the young Dons will look to bounce back in their League Cup campaign, which will see them face AFC Wimbledon at home on Saturday 12 Aug.
Lead PDP Head Coach John Bitting shared his thoughts following the season opener:
“There was a period of the game where we were competitive, but we then lacked control once we got on the ball. It was a competitive start, which saw us 0-0 at half-time.
“Just after the hour mark we conceded three goals within ten minutes, so we found ourselves behind within a short space of time. We also went down to ten men which put us in a really difficult position.
“We suffered a 6-0 defeat, but until the last 30 minutes of the match we were quite effective. We were disciplined, the structure was good, but we then lost our way completely when we went down to ten men. This led to us conceding a number of similar goals.
“It was disappointing, but there were some positives we can take from today in terms of individual performances throughout periods of the game.
“We have AFC Wimbledon next week, which will be another tough game. Hopefully, this is a bit of a wake-up call for some of the players, who will now realise what it’s like at an Under-18’s level with how clinical teams can be within this league.”

MK Dons: Stacey (Bedford 75), Wood, Sinclair-Linton, Stirland (C), Ebondo, Lewis-Burgess, Matthews (Guzynski 63), Medwinter (Blennerhassett 63), Daffern, Adepoju, Boyce
Subs: Nash, Fox-Nania

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