The Hatters head to Bedford Town tomorrow afternoon as preparations for the 2017-18 campaign crank up with Nathan Jones taking his first-team squad to the Eyrie ahead of a week-long training camp in Slovenia.
The Town boss has included all seven of his summer signings in the group visiting our Evo-Stik League Southern Division One Central neighbours for the 3pm kick-off.
Goalkeepers Marek Stech and James Shea, right-back Jack Stacey, midfielders Alan McCormack and Andrew Shinnie and strikers James Collins and Elliot Lee are in the 26-man squad, with only the injured duo Danny Hylton and James Justin omitted.
THE GAFFER SAYS:
"It’s a first team fixture. Everyone will get game time from our squad. We’ve been fortunate enough that only James Justin’s still got a bit of fatigue from England duty, so he probably won’t feature, and then Hylts is recovering nicely from his op, so we’ll be a real strong outfit at the weekend, and we are looking forward to the game to get them back to it. We’d like to stay injury free and to have a real good workout, which takes us into a real important week in Slovenia."
Managed by Jon Taylor, the Eagles finished eighth in their league at Step 4 of the Non-League pyramid last season, missing out on the play-offs by a couple of places. Taylor has been strengthening his squad to better that in 2017-18 and had a busy evening at their seventh pre-season training session on Thursday, introducing four new signings – Dylan Gittens, George Brinkman, Ryan Auger and Ronayne Marsh-Brown.
WHEN AND WHERE?
Kick-off is at 3pm on Saturday 8th July at the Eyrie. The address for the ground is: The Eyrie, Meadow Ln, Bedford MK44 3LW
TICKET PRICES AND PARKING?
Adults can get in for £9, with concessions and 16-21-year-olds at £6 – although the Bedford website stresses you may be asked for ID! It’s £3 for juniors aged 10-15 years, while children under-10 go FREE! Turnstiles are open from 1pm and it’s all pay on the day, cash only.
You can park your car for £1 in the club’s two main car parks, with disabled parking on a “first come, first served” basis. The Eagles advise that stewards will be around to help, however, is spaces are filled.
LAST TIME WE PLAYED?
The Hatters travelled to the Eyrie last year on 16th July for the first pre-season friendly on home soil after a goalless draw with Paksi in Hungary the previous week. Goals from Dan Potts, Josh McQuoid, Cameron McGeehan, Danny Hylton, Zane Banton, an OG and an 11-minute Jack Marriott hat-trick gave the Town a 9-0 win.
FOLLOW THE ACTION
We will once more trial the Live Text feature in the Match Centre on the new club website, with the EFL’s digital partners working this week to iron out the glitches that saw match updates appear out of sequence at Hitchin in midweek. We will also operate the usual Twitter feed too…@LutonTown