Mark Robinson has named two strong squads for our pre-season friendlies on Tuesday night.
The Dons take on Kingstonian (at King George’s Field, Tolworth) and Met Police (at Imber Court) with both matches scheduled to kick-off at 7.45 pm.
Aaron Pressley will play his first match in Dons colours versus Kingstonian after joining us on a season-long loan from Brentford. Luke McCormick (pictured), another one of our new signings, provided an early demonstration of his midfield qualities on Saturday against Brentford and he is in the squad to face Met Police.
Both squads will be supplemented with players from our Under-18s.
The squads for both matches are as follows:
Dons versus Met Police: Nik Tzanev, Cheye Alexander, Ben Heneghan, Jack Currie, Paul Osew, Anthony Hartigan, Elliott Bolton, Luke McCormick, Ethan Chislett, Ollie Palmer, Ayoub Assal, Ollie Downs, Jola Lahan, Reuben Mason, Kai Jennings, Jamie Obianigwe, Dylan Adjei-Hersey, Zach Robinson, Nana Kuffour, Remi Onabanjo.
Dons versus Kingstonian: Zaki Oualah, Matthew Cox, Isaac Ogundere, Huseyin Biler, Paul Kalambayi, Alex Woodyard, George Marsh, Jack Rudoni, Nesta Guinness-Walker, Aaron Pressley, Corie Andrews, Kwaku Frimpong, David Fisher, Reuben Collins, Leo Young, Josh Hallard, Abdi Ali, Morgan Williams, Paris Lock, Quaine Bartley.
Explaining his approach to the double-header, Robbo said: “We will split the squad up, and the players that featured on Saturday will play for a bit longer. We will also have a whole host of Under-18s as well for both games and they will all get 30 minutes. It will be great for the fans to see more young talent coming through. In pre-season we are just looking for little relationships that could form well on the pitch.
“It’s important that we start to have more possession now, so that we can work upon what we are going to do with the ball. At the same time, we can’t lose the intensity we had on Saturday, and that’s where the mentality comes in. When you play against Brentford there is a lot of extrinsic motivation because you are playing against a Premier League club. No disrespect to the clubs we are playing – they are great clubs – but the motivation has to come from the players and they have to realise it’s about where we are going to take this for when the season starts.
“I know we demand a lot from our fans, but the football pyramid is what makes the game in this country so special and we’ve come from those levels on two occasions. It would be great if we get fans coming along to support both games, and to get behind the boys.”
How to get your tickets
Tickets for the match versus Kingstonian can be purchased online from their club website until 8.00 pm on Monday, or you can pay on the night at the turnstiles. Prices are as follows: £10 for Adults, £6 for Concessions, £4 for Students. Entrance for Under-18s is free but they must have secured a ticket by logging into the ticketing system.
Tickets will be available to pay on the gate at Met Police with the following prices: Adults £5, Under 16s and over 65 £2.