By Jon Harries
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Jon writes – This Saturday marks the first home game of the League One season, usually a day fans look for when the fixtures are released.
Both teams are going into this fixture undefeated in the League, Lincoln beating promotion hopefuls Oxford United 2-0, with goals from Anthony Scully and Adam Jackson, with the goals coming in a ruthless professional performance at Sincil Bank.
Meanwhile the Dons earned a point away at Doncaster Rovers, after a dominant first half performance where Sam Nombe had our clearest chance, it was Doncaster that took the lead, Madger Homes rifling home from the edge of the box. The Dons got a deserved equaliser from an unlikely source in Baily Cargill, finishing off a slick move late on and possibly could have won it late on with headers from Morris and Cargill.
Lincoln City could be dark horses for a playoff push this season with Ex Dons players Connor McGrandles and Joe Walsh adding good League 1 experience, although we suspect that Joe Walsh could be out through injury.
Loanees Callum Morton and Alex Palmer (both West Bromwich Albion) come off successful League 2 loans from promoted Northampton and Plymouth, respectively. The former being the spark in the Cobblers late play off push and subsequent play off final success, one to watch in the future.
Adding to that the tenacious Harry Anderson, the hard-working Anthony Scully, and experienced Tom Hopper they have an exceptionally good balance of youth and experience. Michael Appleton’s men have an identity and style similar to ours. Patient passing through the thirds, high press, and high intensity.
The man to watch for me is Callum Morton, having seen him in League 2 single handedly promote Northampton. I’m not going to lie it would have been nice having him at Stadium MK, he knows where the goal is, is tenacious and never gives opposition defenders a rest, he will certainly play higher than League 1 in my opinion………a Battle of the Red Heads against Lewington incoming.
Brett Huxtable is the ref, so we better hope he doesn’t do anything controversial, that would make a nice change.
Team News – Agard continues his rehabilitation and is still some way from training, but Thompson, Williams and Keogh are getting closer, although the latter is still not involved in any major contact. Gladwin is likely to feature in the matchday squad as is latest signing Fraser and both could play minor roles.
Possible Line Up
O’Hora – Cargill – Lewington
Poole – Harvie
Kasumu – Houghton – Sorensen
Morris – Nombe
My prediction is 1-0 either way, it’s always a close contest and it’s whoever is the more ruthless on the day for me, fingers crossed it’s us.
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