Liam Hearn and Sam Clucas miss out for Mansfield Town against Northampton Town

Liam Hearn steps up to score from the spot on his debut for the Stags -Pic by: Richard Parkes
Liam Hearn steps up to score from the spot on his debut for the Stags -Pic by: Richard Parkes

Striker Liam Hearn and Sam Clucas have not been selected in Paul Cox’s starting eleven as they make their return to fitness.

Boss Paul Cox said he wanted to make sure he had the players at his disposal for the full course of the season.

“Both Hearn and Clucas have not had a full pre-season and are a bit behind,” he said.

“Hearn has come a long way already, but he has only had his first 90 minutes against Derby on Tuesday.

“I want them both to be available for the full season and not just the quick fix.”

There will be full Football League debuts for Fergus Bell and Alex Fisher following their summer moves from Monza as well as goalkeeper Sascha Studer.

Simon Heslop slots in to the midfield to make his Mansfield Town debut, while Rob Taylor is at left wing-back.

Mansfield Town line-up: Studer; Beevers, Sutton, Dempster, Tafazolli, Taylor; Murray, Heslop, F. Bell; Palmer, Fisher.