Mansfield Town must grasp their big opportunity, says defender Luke Jones

Luke Jones warned that Tuesday’s win at Hereford won nothing other than an opportunity for Mansfield Town as they take on Wrexham for the BSBP title tomorrow (Saturday, 5.15pm).

“It was a great feeling on Tuesday – more of a relief than anything,” said the centre-half after Stags had snatched a stoppage time 2-1 victory at Edgar Street to go two points clear of Kidderminster with one game each left.

“But all it has done is set up an opportunity for us. Now we have to go out and grasp it. We have still got a lot to do. If we don’t win this last game, it’s all been for nothing.

“We had so many chances in that second half. We kept plugging away and I always thought we could get a goal.

“When we got to added time it’s in the back of your mind you’re not going to get it. The main thing was we didn’t want to get caught out and concede.

“Maybe we did go a bit overboard with the celebrations but that was the passion of the players.

“We still have a big job to do. But if we hadn’t won that we’d have left ourselves with a mountain to climb.”

He added: “It’s still in the balance. But we wanted to make sure it was still in our own hands and we wouldn’t be left looking at other results. If you’d said at the start of the season that it would be in our own hands to win the title in our last game, everyone would have snapped your hands off.

“This is what I came here for. If you don’t want to be involved in a game like this as a player, you may as well pack up and go home.”