MK Dons hit seven past Stony Stratford Town on Saturday evening, as they capped off their local double-header with a dazzling display.
Karl Robinson’s side, who beat Aylesbury FC 1-0 in the first of their two friendlies, romped to their second victory of the afternoon courtesy of braces from Tom Hitchcock, Daniel Powell and second-year scholar Laurence Vaughan, as well as a fine strike from Head Apprentice Gedeon Okito.
It was Hitchcock who opened the scoring after just ten minutes when he found himself in the right place at the right time to turn Alli’s half-volley passed the Town ‘keeper.
Both Mark Randall and Kyle McFadzean then went close to netting, the former with a cheeky chip which cannoned back off the crossbar, before winger Powell doubled the advantage with a stunning strike from distance which gave the goalie no chance.
In the 35th minute, a goalmouth scramble almost provided the Dons with a third goal but none of Alli, Powell or Randall could force their efforts home.
Robinson’s men did, though, make three-nil four minutes just six minutes later when Hitchcock guided a header into the corner of the net from George Baldock’s inch-perfect cross – Baldock, having just forced the keeper into good save from a well-hit volley.
Powell then added a fourth just before half-time with another fine finish, this time a curling effort through a crowd of players from just inside the box.
The Dons’ dominance continued after the break with both Gedeon Okito, a first-half replacement for Giorgio Rasulo, and Randall producing strong saves out of the goalie early-on.
However, it was Stony Stratford who would open scoring in the second half courtesy of a sweetly struck shot past Ian McLoughlin, who had, had very little to do up until then, between the sticks.
Despite the setback, the Dons were not to be deterred and they restored their four-goal advantage within five minutes through Okito, who fired into the corner of the net after a neat back-heeled lay-off from Hitchcock.
Lewington then had a goal disallowed for offside after a neat one-two with Hitchcock before Robinson introduced seven academy players to replace his first-teamers who had put in another good shift in sweltering conditions.
Just ten minutes after those changes, one of the new arrivals, Vaughan, added a sixth Dons goal with a header into the ground which bounced over the helpless Town ‘keeper. First-year scholar Connor Furlong, who links up with Scotland Under-16s later this month, provided the assist for the goal.
Late-on, striker Kabongo Tshimanga was denied one-on-one and Tilney shot narrowly wide before Vaughan completed the scoring with his second of the evening – a curling shot which was just too powerful for the Town stopper, who got a hand to the effort but couldn’t keep it out.
As well as a good performance, it was another friendly down without any major injury concerns for Robinson’s men, who travel to Sky Bet League 2 side Dagenham & Redbridge on Tuesday evening.
MK Dons: McLoughlin (Burns 60); Baldock (Daffern 66), McFadzean (Tingey 55), Flanagan (Steele 66) Lewington (Furlong 66); Randall (Hadden 66), Alli (Weston 66); Powell (Vaughan 66), Rasulo (Okito 25), Tilney; Hitchcock (Tshimanga 66).
Subs not used: None.
Goals: Hitchcock 10, 41; Powell 23, 43; Okito 60; Vaughan 75, 84