Mansfield Town were almost inevitably unchanged from midweek for this afternoon’s massive BSBP title decider at home to Wrexham.
That meant right back Lee Beevers was declared fit, despite suffering a recurrence of his dislocated shoulder in the heroic last minute 2-1 win at Hereford on Tuesday, which set up today’s chance of becoming champions.
An even bigger boost for Stags was the news that Wrexham were turning out a much-weakened side with one eye on their midweek play-off semi-final, the Welsh club making seven changes and including some young reserves on the bench.
It is now 36 years since Stags clinched the old Division Three title on the final day of the season at Wrexham.
Mansfield also knew that if they failed to beat Wrexham today, they may be left relying on relegation-haunted Stockport County’s result at title rivals Kidderminster - Stockport last time letting the Stags down five years ago when their midweek defeat against Chester saw Mansfield relegated.
MANSFIELD TOWN: Marriott; Beevers, Jones, Dempster, Taylor; Murray, Stevenson, Chapman; Briscoe, Green, Meikle. Subs: Sutton, Speight, Howell, Rhead, Daniel.
WREXHAM: Coughlin, Cieslewicz, Ogleby, Hunt, Little, Walker, Clowes, Colbeck, Evans, Adebola, Artell. Subs: Creighton, Reid, Morton, Parle, Royle. REFEREE: Nicholas Kinseley of Wickford.