I’ll net goals to get Dons promoted - Sam

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TOP scorer Sam Baldock wants to steal all the headlines in the coming weeks by scoring the goals that take Dons into the Championship.

The 22-year-old says he wants to score the all-important goals in the play-offs to secure promotion for the club he’s grown up with. But with memories of defeats to Scunthorpe and Shrewsbury still fresh in the mind, he doesn’t want to get too ahead of himself.

“I don’t want the season to end quickly, because I want it to last as long as it can, and hopefully end with us cheering,” said Baldock.

And asked if he wanted to score in the play-offs, he said: “I’d prefer a hat-trick!

“But obviously we’ve got to get in there and cement our place in the play-offs, and then - as we found out at our peril against Scunthorpe - anything can happen.

“I think we’re all confident in ourselves, and I’d definitely like to be there and be a big part of it.”

And while injury has plagued much of the striker’s season, he is fit and raring to go now as Dons reach the final straight.

“Everything is going well,” he said. “It was more of a precautionary lay-off just recently to protect me for later matches, rather than risking me missing a few.”

Meanwhile, Baldock has praised the youth system at the club ahead of the U15s academy clash with Chelsea next month.

Baldock, the first player from Milton Keynes to come through the academy and break into the first team, is Dons’ leading scorer this season, and is glad to see the academy still going strong.

“It was massive for me. It was where I was first noticed and where I learned the trade,” he said.

“It is a stage of going from training once or twice a week to every day, and then without realising things improve rapidly. You actually learn the game a lot more.

“And it’s good to have the proof of it working, like Daniel Powell, Adam Chicksen and myself. It shows that if you stick to what you’re doing then it can bring good things.”

The U15 game is on Tuesday May 31 at stadium:mk. Tickets are priced at just £3, with all the money going back into the academy.