Mansfield Town’s match at Hyde faces early morning pitch inspection

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THE Stags’ first match of the busy Christmas and New Year programme is in doubt.

The Blue Square Bet Premier fixture at Hyde is now subject to a 10am pitch inspection on Saturday.

The Ewen Fields pitch has had to withstand the heavy rain which enveloped the country on Wednesday and Thursday - and with more heavy rain forecast tonight and into Saturday, a putch inspection has been arranged.

The match will be followed by home and away clashes with Alfreton (home on Boxing Day and away on New Year’s Day) and a visit of Grimsby on Saturday 29th December as the Stags face a programme of four matches in 11 days.

And, of course, that will all be followed by the big FA Cup clash with Liverpool at the One Call Stadium on Sunday 6th January.