Ian Hendon's Development Squad travel to AFC Wimbledon on Saturday as they continue to build for the upcoming Barclays Under-21 Premier League season.

Last weekend saw Hendon's side defeated 1-0 at Welling United, but the coach is eager and confident that his players will bounce back to winning ways against their npower League Two opponents.

Hendon will have a strong squad at his disposal, with the likes of Jordan Spence, Rob Hall and Blair Turgott all set to feature at Kingsmeadow.

"It will be a good game against a good team," said Hendon. "They did very well in League Two last year, especially considering it was their first year in the division.

"I saw a lot of them last year as they had George (Moncur) on loan, they are a good, solid side and it will be the toughest game we have faced."

Turgott and Hall both linked up with the first team during their pre-season tour of Germany, and Hendon believes their promotion will provide the whole team with an incentive to do likewise during the upcoming season.

"It provides a massive boost, not just to the players who travelled but also to those who didn't as ultimately it's where they all want to be.

"It gives them a great experience in being around professionals and learning from them in terms of how they train and play the game."

Hendon was without a recognised striker during last weekend's defeat at Welling, but the likes of Hall, Paul McCallum and Frederic Piquionne should provide more firepower this time around.

"Last week was difficult as we were without a recognised forward, but we're in better shape this weekend. It's a great pitch at Wimbledon and hopefully we will be able to pick up a more positive result than in previous weeks to match our overall performances."

In the light of the recent defeats at Dartford and Welling, Hendon is demanding defensive improvements against the Dons, who could feature one-time West Ham centre-back Callum McNaughton.

"Last week we were too casual defensively, but we've been working hard this week to make sure it doesn't happen again.

"We've looked over some video footage to see where we need to improve, and have put the hours and effort in at the training ground so I'm sure we will see an improvement."

The trip to AFC Wimbledon will be preceded by a testimonial match for Dons first-team coach Simon Bassey at 12.45pm featuring a host of Wimbledon legends. Tickets are priced at £12 for Adults, £8 for Concessions and £4 for Under-16s and can purchased on the day at Kingsmeadow.

Following Saturday's fixture, the Development Squad will travel to Northampton Town on Tuesday evening (7.45pm kick-off) before completing their pre-season schedule at Dagenham and Redbridge on Saturday 11 August (3pm kick-off).

Hendon's squad open their Barclays Under-21 Premier League campaign at home to Reading at Rush Green Stadium on Friday 17 August at 7pm.

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