This Saturday see’s the penultimate game of the season as the Dons travel to face Colchester United. The Dons promotion fate remains in our own hands for the final away game of the season.
Colchester United still harbour hopes of promotion to League 1 as they fight for the final playoff position. The U’s currently find themselves in 8th position just 2 points behind Exeter City. The last result was a 1-1 away draw on Easter Monday at relegation battlers Yeovil Town. Before this draw, Colchester have 2 wins and 2 losses so will enter this fixture in mixed form.
At Stadium MK, Colchester were 1-0 victors back in December. Colchester scored from a corner routine which was flicked on at the near post from Luke Prosser. Dons had chances to equalise through Cisse, Aneke & Sow but Colchester held on to secure the win which was the first home loss of the season for Tisdale’s Dons.
Dons have fought back over Easter weekend with 4 points out of the six available. Good Friday saw a 2-1 win at Notts County whilst Easter Monday we picked up a point at home to Port Vale. The Monday fixture was particularly frustrating after a penalty save in the first half and the post coming in the way of Aneke taking the lead in the second. These results followed back to back losses against Lincoln and Tranmere. Dons have dropped to 4th position on goal difference to Mansfield and a point behind Bury. There are still outside threats from below with Forest Green Rovers & Tranmere looking to make a late charge with 5 teams fighting for the remaining 2 automatic promotion positions.
Players to Watch
Top Goal scorer Sammie Szmodics has 12 goals for the Essex side this season. Sammie has also supported the team with 5 assists this season. Szmodics aged 23 is a product of the Colchester United academy and has over 140 appearances since his debut in 2013. His only time away from Colchester was a brief loan spell in 2015 at Braintree Town. He was nominated for player of the month award in December following 5 goals in 5 games and went on to win the award in January.
46-year-old John McGreal took over as Manager of Colchester United in 2016 following a successful caretaker manager spell in 2015. This is McGreal’s first management role after a playing career as a Defender. McGreal began his career at Tranmere Rovers where he made 190 appearances across 9 years in the 1990’s. He would then spend 5 years at Ipswich Town making 123 appearances before moving to Burnley. He would go on to make 96 appearances across 3 seasons for the Clarets.
Brandon Comley & Lewis Dunne are both on their recovery’s following long-term knee injuries. Captain Luke Prosser has also been absent recently with an ankle injury which may rule him out until the end of season. Goalkeeper Dillon Barnes was sent off in the last match vs Yeovil which will likely mean a return for Rene Gilmartin in the Colchester goal.
George Williams return to the matchday squad has been welcomed with the long injury list the Dons face. Alex Gilbey, Jordan Moore-Taylor, Joe Walsh & Bailly Cargill are all expected to remain side lined until the end of season. Otherwise Robbie Simpson returned off the bench vs Port Vale following a minor injury.
Colchester United play their home games at the JobServe Community Stadium which was opened in 2008. Like many modern stadiums, this ground is located on the outskirts of the town.
MK Dons fans will be situated within the North Stand which can accommodate up to 2,000 supporters. The North stand is behind the goal and shows that a large crowd is expected as Colchester would normally house away supporters in one corner of the East stand.
The majority of the home vocal support will come from the South stand behind the opposite goal. All four stands are of similar size with the main stand slightly taller to accommodate executive boxes.
Details of the disabled facilities available at Colchester United can be found via the below link:
Advance - Ends Friday 26 April
Concessions (65+, disabled, armed forces): £15
*Under-11s go FREE on a one adult/senior to four basis. Additional under-11s priced at £1.50
Concessions (65+, disabled, armed forces): £17
*Under-11s go FREE on a one adult/senior to four basis. Additional under-11s priced at £2.50
SUPPORTERS WITH A DISABILITY
Ambulant disabled supporters pay the concession rate or the relevant age bracket, if cheaper. Supporters with a disability are entitled to a free personal assistant.
MK Dons coach travel is on sale for £19 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 26th April subject to availability.
The postcode for the JobServe Community Stadium is CO4 5UP
From Milton Keynes, join the M1 Southbound to the M25 Clockwise. Leave the M25 at junction 28 and take the first exit onto the A12. Leave the A12 at junction 28 and take the third exit at the roundabout and the first exit at the roundabout immediately afterwards. Take the third exit at the next roundabout onto United Way with the ground ahead of you.
If travelling via train, you will be heading to Colchester train station which is approximately 2 miles from the ground. If you enjoy the walk then this will take approximately 25 minutes. Alternatively, Colchester operating a park and ride bus to mile end for £3. A bus is expected every 15 minutes on matchdays for this journey.
Parking is available at the ground for a price which varies depending on how close to the ground you are parked. Expect to pay between £6 -£10 for the privilege. Alternatively, there is parking available at nearby industrial estates which will cost £8.
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