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Preview: St. Neots Town

All you need to know ahead of tonight's friendly at Rowley Park...

9 July 2018

The first-team squad is set for its first run-out of the summer this evening, as MK Dons travel to St Neots Town.

MK Dons kick-started their pre-season campaign on Saturday, with a young team visiting Newport Pagnell Town and recording a convincing 3-0 victory.

Tonight, Paul Tisdale is expected to hand his senior players their first appearances of the campaign at Rowley Park. Kick-off is at 7.45pm.

This season, St Neots Town will be looking to improve on their mid-table finish from 2017/18 - the Cambridgeshire club ended the year 12th in the Southern League Premier Division table on 64 points.

The Saints squad includes a few players with EFL experience, such as Johnny Herd, who made over 40 appearances for Southend United and Dion Sembie-Ferris, who came through the ranks at Colchester United.

Matt Clements side also began their pre-season campaign on Saturday, with a meeting with MK Dons’ Sky Bet League Two rivals Cambridge United. The U’s came out on top, 7-1.

The last time the two sides met was also in a friendly setting, back in July 2011.

Karl Robinson’s side were 4-1 victors that afternoon, with Stephen Gleeson, Jabo Ibehre, and trialists Jay O’Shea and John Dunleavy on target for MK Dons. Shane Tolley scored the Saints’ only goal.

The majority of the first-team squad are set to travel to Cambridgeshire this evening, with Paul Tisdale set to split his team into two to allow the players to each get 45 minutes under their belts.

Alex Gilbey, Chuks Aneke and Osman Sow are three players who aren’t expected to play a part but Joe Walsh could feature for the first time in six months having recovered from a knee problem. 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.

This evening’s match will also provide Tisdale and MK Dons supporters with a chance to see the new additions in action for the first time. Jordan Moore-Taylor, Ryan Watson, Lawson D’Ath, Mitch Hancox and Jordan Houghton could all play a part.

Entry to tonight’s friendly with St. Neots Town is priced at £8 adults and £5 concessions while under-16s go FREE when accompanied by a full-paying adult. Entry at the turnstiles is 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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