Four changes for Stags at Southport

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AFTER last weekend’s FA Trophy misery at Droylsden, Mansfield Town boss Paul made wholesale changes to team and formation as he looked for a reaction this afternoon at Southport.

Out went John Thompson, Marcus Kelly, Lee Stevenson, and Aman Verma from the 4-3-3 shape last weekend.

Playing 4-4-2, Keiron Freeman returned from injury at left back, Luke O’Neill was restored to right back with Ritchie Sutton moving across to the centre of defence.

Anthony Howell returned to partner Adam Murray in the centre of midfield and there was the welcome sight of Louis Briscoe starting on the right wing after his lengthy injury problems.

That allowed Ross Dyer to push back alongside Matt Green up front.

SOUTHPORT: McMillan, Smith, Lever, Akrigg, Grand, Moogan, Poku, Carden, Whalley, Owens, Ledsham. Subs: Nemes, Davis, Guthrie, Parry, Brown.

STAGS: Marriott; O’Neill, Dempster, Sutton, Freeman; Briscoe, Howell, Murray, Meikle; Green, Dyer. Subs: Redmond, Thompson, Vera, Kelly, Stevenson.

REFEREE: Seb Stocksbridge of Gateshead.