Dons moved back into the third automatic position after Saturday’s 2-0 victory at home to Yeovil. Our next trip is to Forest Green Rovers and we look ahead to what we can expect of this upcoming fixture

Form

Forest Green Rovers

Forest Green have pushed themselves into a playoff position this season and currently sit in 6th position. They are 8 points behind the Dons and 3 points ahead of Carlisle United who occupy the position just outside the playoffs. Their last match saw them secure a 2-0 victory away at Port Vale. They enter the match with mixed form in 2 wins, 2 losses and a draw in their last 5 matches.

Earlier this season saw a 1-1 draw at Stadium MK. Reuben Reid scoring an 80th minute penalty to cancel out Chuks Aneke first half strike.

MK Dons

Victory against Yeovil on Saturday saw the Dons return to winning ways after picking up a point in the previous 2 games. The result also saw the Dons move back into the automatic position and have a 3-point advantage over 4th placed Mansfield.

Players to Watch

Forest Green Rovers

Former MK Dons academy graduate George Williams could line up against us this weekend. George became the youngest ever MK Dons goal scorer after his strike against Nantwich Town in the FA Cup 1st round in 2011. George would later sign for Fulham although he has also had two further loan spells back with us in 2015 & 2016. Unfortunately, the first loan spell would end in disaster after an anterior cruciate ligament injury. His second loan spell saw the club use George C Williams on the shirts with current Don George Williams already in the squad. He has also faced two other loan spells with Gillingham & St Johnstone before joining Forest Green Rovers at the start of this season.

George has scored 6 goals in 24 appearances for Rovers. His form also saw recognition in January as he was nominated for League 2 player of the month

Management Team

Mark Cooper is the man in the dugouts for Forest Green Rovers. Cooper began his management career with Tamworth and has also spent time with Kettering, Peterborough, Darlington and AFC Telford. Dons fans may recognise Cooper most from his time at Swindon Town as we battled against the robins for the automatic promotion spot to the championship. A match shown live on sky against Swindon also saw Dean Lewington bundle into Cooper off the pitch following astray goal kick.

After leaving Swindon, Cooper spent time at Notts County before joining Forest Green in May 2016. Promotion to League 2 came in 2017 which saw Nailsworth become the smallest town ever to host a football league club. Cooper currently holds a 41%-win ratio as Forest Green Manager.

Team Selection

Forest Green Rovers

James Montgomery returned to the bench on Saturdays visit to vale park. Montgomery had recently been unavailable due to a back injury. Defender Lee Collins could also miss out after limping off in the recent draw with Carlisle United.

MK Dons

Injuries appear to be building up for Tisdale. Gilbey was the latest to suffer injury on Saturday although it is unconfirmed if this will lead to a long time out of the side. This could see Harley keep his position after scoring the opening goal against Yeovil.

Defence still appears to be a concern although Walsh returning on Saturday was a welcomed sight. Baudry may return although Williams, Cargill & Moore-Taylor are all expected to remain side-lined.

Stadium

Dons fans will be located within the West Stand at the New Lawn on Saturday. The West stand runs the length off the pitch and is primarily an open terrace. To the right there is a small covered seated area available for Dons supporters. Behind the goal-line on the right is the South stand which is a covered terrace which fills approx. half of the width of the pitch.

The Main stand opposite is a single tier all seater covered stand. To the left is the Nympsfield Road (North) stand which is similar to the south stand being a covered terrace.

Disabled Access

Details of the disabled facilities available at Forest Green Rovers can be found via the below link:

https://www.levelplayingfield.org.uk/club/forest-green-rovers/

 

Tickets

Seating Section tickets are now sold out.

Prices for tickets if purchased before 5PM on Friday 29th March

West Stand (covered standing)
Adults: £19
Over-65s: £15
Under-21s: £9
Under-16s: £6
Under-11s: FREE (with an adult ticket)

West Stand (uncovered standing)
Adults: £17
Over-65s: £13
Under-21s: £8
Under-16s: £5
Under-11s: FREE (with an adult ticket)

Matchday Ticket prices:

West Stand (covered standing)
Adults: £20
Over-65s: £16
Under-21s: £10
Under-16s: £7
Under-11s: FREE (with an adult ticket)

West Stand (uncovered standing)
Adults: £18
Over-65s: £14
Under-21s: £9
Under-16s: £6
Under-11s: FREE (with an adult ticket)

Travel

Coach

MK Dons coach travel is on sale for £17 with a £1 discount for season ticket holders. Coaches will depart Stadium MK at 10:30AM. Coach travel can be booked online, from the box office or by calling 0333 200 5343. Coach travel will remain on sale until 5PM on Friday 29th March subject to availability.

Driving

Strongly recommend Satnavs for this journey, the grounds postcode is GL6 0ET

From Milton Keynes, head towards Buckingham on the A421. Continue through Buckingham and take the first exit towards Bicester at the end of the Finmere bypass. Continue through Bicester on the A41 towards the M40 junction. Go straight over this junction and join the A34. Leave the A34 for the A40 junction and take the 5th exit onto the A40. Remain on the A40 for 26 miles turning left onto the B4425. Continue on this road through villages such as Bibury & Barnsley for 14 miles. Cross over the A417 junction onto the A429 and take the first exit to remain on the A429. At the next roundabout take the third exit onto Bristol Road and then straight on at the next roundabout. Take a third exit on the following roundabout onto Stroud Road. Continue on this route for approx. 6 miles and take the first exit at the roundabout onto Cirenchester Road. In Approx. 3 miles, take a left onto “The W”. This route will zigzag until reaching Nailsworth. Continue straight on this route to Spring Hill and then Nympsfield road with the ground appearing on your left.

Train

The nearest train station is in the nearby town Stroud. The station is 5 miles away from the ground and would suggest a taxi to reach the ground. Alternatively, there is a bus service from Stroud available on Stagecoach bus number 63 which operates a half hour service.

Parking

There are no parking spaces available for visiting supporters at the ground unless you are a blue badge holder that has pre-booked a space directly with Forest Green. There is a school in close proximately to the ground on Nympsfield Road which is available for £5.

Forest Green do run a park and ride scheme from a nearby private premises. The postcode for this location is GL5 5EY and is available at a cost of £3.

Alternatively, there is street parking available, be warned the ground is at the top of a steep hill so you may wish to find places closer to the top. 

 Post-Match Review

The Football Supporters Federation (FSF) are surveying supporters with the aim to improve away fans experience and encourage more supporters to travel to watch their team. If you would like to add your views, please take a couple of minutes to complete the below survey

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/away-fans-survey-2018-19