Pre-season friendly preview: Dartford vs. Millwall

LIONS fans who travel to Dartford on Saturday afternoon will get a first chance to see new recruits James Meredith and Tom Elliott in action for Millwall.

Meredith arrived from Bradford and Elliott from AFC Wimbledon in June and will get at least 45 minutes in Millwall’s first pre-season friendly this summer.

George Saville and Jed Wallace, who signed on permanent deals from Wolves last month, could also feature as boss Neil Harris looks set to name a strong side at Princes Park.

“Players that have been in since the start of pre-season will play,” Harris said. “So Shane Ferguson, who started training only this week, won’t feature but will be there supporting his team-mates.

“There will be 22 players going to play 45 minutes each.

“It’s an opportunity for the fans to come see both teams. A lot of our fans support both teams, which is nice. Dartford is a good club, we’ve got a really good connection with them at the moment and I hope that continues.”

Harris insists he can learn about his players from these types of games.

“You’re always looking for tell-tale signs,” he said. “You look for combinations in play. But this game is more about getting the players some minutes and getting them through without injuries.

“There will be mis-placed passes, people treading on the ball – that’s always the case in the first pre-season game or two. We want to get that out of the way.

“The training has been at a very good standard, technically and physically, so I’m really looking forward to seeing the boys play.

“The players will have done 12 days on the training pitch since coming back after the summer. They look forward to getting out playing football with their mates and some want to just get it out of the way.

“The last couple of years the games between the sides have been close. I’m sure it will be a competitive encounter.”

Conor McLaughlin, who completed his move to Millwall this week, will not feature. Fred Onyedinma will also not travel as discussions continue over his future.

Dartford reached the National League South play-off semi-finals last season where they lost to Chelmsford City.

Former Lions defender Keaton Wood is part of the Dartford squad.

A Millwall XI side, meanwhile, made up mostly of youth players and younger professionals and managed by Adam Barrett, play at Fisher in Rotherhithe on the same day.

Possible Millwall line-up: 4-4-2: King; Romeo, Hutchinson, Craig, Meredith; Worrall, Thompson, Butcher, O’Brien; Elliott, Gregory.

Saturday, July 8. Kick-off: 1pm

Image: Millwall FC 

John Kelly