Mark Robinson will select a strong first-team squad for our friendly at Woking tonight (7.30 pm kick-off) with the message that places are up for grabs to make the starting 11 on 7 August.
With less than two weeks until the Dons start the League One campaign at Doncaster Rovers and just two pre-season matches left, our Head Coach wants to see clear signs of progress.
“We go into the Woking game with a squad of 21 as the younger pros and some scholars will start to join other clubs on loan,” said Robbo. “It’s now about players really starting to earn their shirts. Win, lose or draw, the pre-season games have no impact on how well we will do this season, but I now need to start seeing who is taking on board information the best.
"I want to see who is willing to make that extra forward run or recovery run when they think their legs are gone. Everyone will get 90 minutes at least over the next two games. Though I want to see quality collective performances, we have time to get more cohesion. It's more about who really wants that shirt for our first league match away at Doncaster.”
The Dons tonight take on a Woking side that finished 20th in the National League last season. Managed by former Ks boss Alan Dowson, the Cards continued their pre-season preparations on Saturday with a 3-0 away win at Sheerwater. Our former striker George Oakley, who has had spells in Scotland and Bulgaria in recent seasons, scored in that match after signing for Woking this summer. Current Dons forward Ollie Palmer will be aiming to make an impression tonight at the club where he came through the academy ranks and Zach Robinson had a loan spell at Woking last season.
Prices for the match at The Laithwaite Community Stadium are as follows:
Adults - £12
16 years and under - £6
This match will be segregated with Dons fans allocated the Chris Lane Terrace, and some seats in the Seymours Community LGS.
Our supporters can pay on the gate, but we advise getting there early to avoid queuing. You can book in advance from the Woking FC website.
Pic credit: Carol White-Griffiths.