MK Dons travel to Ascot United tonight to begin their Berks and Bucks FA County Senior Cup campaign.
The Dons enter the local competition at the Second Round stage, after receiving a bye in round one.
The winner of tonight’s tie – the first between the two clubs – will face Windsor in the Quarter-Final – the Hellenic League Premier Division outfit beat Newport Pagnell Town 2-0 in their Second Round clash back in October.
Just three victories would see the men from MK1 progress through to the Final – a feat the Club hasn’t achieved since 2007 when they lifted the Cup.
Kick-off is at 7.45pm.
Ascot United compete in the Hellenic League Premier Division – the ninth level on the English Football pyramid.
The Yellamen have endured a difficult start to the campaign, currently sitting 19th in the table after taking just 11 points from their opening 19 fixtures.
However, they go into this evening’s match on the back of an impressive performance against Tuffley Rovers at the weekend – despite being reduced to 10 men in the first half, the Berkshire club led their mid-table opponents 1-0 until the late stages of the contest when Tuffley struck to earn a share of the spoils.
The Dons received a bye in the First Round so tonight’s tie will be their opening match of this season’s competition.
In 2016/17, the Dons reached the Second Round stage courtesy of a 4-1 victory over Chalfont St Peter before exiting the competition courtesy of a 3-0 loss at Slough Town.
Ascot also received a bye through to the Second Round. This is the Yellamen’s first season in the competition.
Tonight’s Dons side, managed by Edu Rubio, is expected to be made up of young professionals and Under-18s players.
The likes of Sam Nombe, Giorgio Rasulo and Oran Jackson should all feature as will scholars such as David Kasumu, Finn Tapp Dylan Asonganyi and Jay Bird – all of whom have first-team experience under their belts.
Entry to this evening’s tie is priced at £6 adults and £4 concessions while under-16s go FREE. Entry can be paid for on the gate ahead of kick-off.
Can’t make the game? You can follow all the action via the Match Centre – click HERE from 6.45pm.
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