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Preview: Brackley Town

All you need to know ahead of tonight' friendly at St James Park...

13 July 2018

The first-team squad return to pre-season action this evening as they take on Brackley Town at St James Park.

MK Dons made it two wins from two games on Tuesday evening, as they recorded a 5-1 win over St Neots Town.

Tonight, Paul Tisdale and his side will travel to Northamptonshire to face local National League North outfit Brackley Town for the third match in the pre-season schedule.

Kick-off is at 7.45pm.

Last season Brackley suffered promotion heartbreak but Wembley euphoria. A fifth-place finish in National League North meant their route to promotion would have to come via the playoffs, after overcoming Bradford Park Avenue 1–0 in the semi-finals, Brackley would go on to lose 3–0 in the final to Harrogate Town.

However, weeks later, the squad reunited to lift the FA Trophy in dramatic fashion. A 96th minute Roger Johnson own goal sent the Final to Extra-Time and with the scores level after an extra 30 minutes - penalties would decide the winner. A 5-4 penalty win sent the Brackley faithful into a state of elation. 

Kevin Wilkin and Jon Brady's side began their pre-season campaign on Tuesday evening as they were defeated 1-0 by Northampton Town.

Tonight will be the third time in four years that two the sides have met during pre-season, with Brackley Town coming out on top on the last two occasions.

The Saints won 5-2 in 2016 and 1-0 in 2015, with the Dons recording a 4-1 win back in 2014.

The majority of the first-team squad are set to travel to Northamptonshire on Friday evening, with Paul Tisdale, once again, set to split his team into two to allow the players to each get 45 minutes under their belts just as they did against St Neots Town.

Just like on Monday, Alex Gilbey, Chuks Aneke and Osman Sow aren’t expected to play a part. Gilbey continues to make progress in his recovery but will be brought along slowly. Aneke is following an individual programme as he looks to get ready for the 2018/19 campaign and Osman Sow is undergoing rehabilitation.

Brandon Thomas-Asante is another who may not feature after limping out of Monday's win over St Neots Town.

Entry tonight is priced at £6 for adults, £3 for over-60s, £1 for under-18s and FREE for under-10s. Entry can be paid for on the turnstiles, cash only.

Can’t make the game? Don’t worry, you’ll be able to follow the game LIVE via the Club’s Match Centre – while goal updates will be posted on Twitter throughout the clash.

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