Milton Keynes Dons will face Evo Stik Southern Premier Division side Kettering Town tomorrow afternoon at Nene Park, with kick-off scheduled for 3pm.
In what the Dons’ first friendly on home soil this season, manager Karl Robinson is expected to give every member of his first-team squad a run-out as well as running the rule over trialists Deon Burton and Juanfri.
Having already played three games away in Dublin this week, the match will allow the players to get some added match fitness with only two weeks until their opening competitive fixture of the season away at Cheltenham Town.
Although the Dons will be hoping to pick up the win, Robinson told mkdons.com that it’s the fitness aspect that is most important.
He said: “Hopefully we can put on a show for the spectators but we will go there very tired and fatigued.
“That is the idea behind pre-season, to play with fatigue because we need to take their bodies to a limit where they are extremely tired and they still have to play. The games are about how fit we can get them, not about the results.
Due to financial reasons, Kettering Town have been removed from the Blue Square South and the Dons boss is hoping the day can help raise awareness and help support the club through the tough times.
“Kettering are a local club so if we are able to offer them support by playing this game, then great.”