by Peter Scherer
Friday evening Mickleover host a Burton Albion XI in the first home game of the current pre-season.
With both gaffer John McGrath and Stuart Beavon ex Burton players, and having had Callum Hawkins, Ben Radcliffe and Callum Niven loan from the Pirelli Stadium last year, there has always been a close and positive working relationship between the two clubs.
It was just under a year ago too that the Brewers management team of Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, assistant Dino Maamria and club Chairman Ben Robinson performed the opening ceremony of the new 3G pitch and refurb at the Don Amott Arena, before Ben Gowing and Bobby Battisson scored in Mickleover’s 2-0 victory.
It is expected the Sports will be facing Burton’s Under 23/youth team, with the first team hosting Birmingham City on Saturday.
Kick off at the Don Amott Arena on Friday is 7.30pm.