Mansfield Town go 4-3-3 for play-off semi-final at York City

STAGS matched up home side York City with a 4-3-3 formation for tonight’s first leg of the BSBP play-off semi-finals at a packed Bootham Crescent.

Anthony Howell was given the nod in midfield alongside Adam Murray and Gary Roberts with Ross Dyer and Lindon Meikle flanking 30-goal Matt Green up front.

Exodus Geohaghon and Ritchie Sutton returned to the back four as two of eight changes from the largely second string side that won 3-0 at Kidderminster on Saturday.

York included ex-Stags Chris Smith and Jon Challinor.

YORK: Ingham, Meredith, Smith, Parslow, Walker, Chambers, Fyfield, Blair, Challinor, Doig, McLaughlin. Subs: Musselwhite, Reed, Potts, Moke, Brown.

STAGS: Marriott; O’Neill, Geohaghon, Riley, Sutton; Howell, Murray, Roberts; Dyer, Green, Meikle. Subs: Briscoe, Stevenson, Rhead, Redmond, Andrew.

REFEREE: Richard Clark of Northumberland.