MANSFIELD Town’s injury nightmare continued unabated today as skipper Adam Murray was on the treatment table 10 days before the FA Trophy final at Wembley.
Murray, who may now miss this Saturday’s final BSBP league match at Bath City, dropped out of training yesterday with a recurrence of a back injury that kept him out for over half a season and made him miss a Wembley final with Oxford.
Stags will be hoping to get their dynamic skipper back firing on all cylinders for Wembley after his man of the match display last weekend.
Striker Paul Connor’s Wembley hopes seem to be fading fast as his calf strain is taking longer than first thought. He is having daily treatment but, unless there is a quick and significant improvement, he is looking increasingly likely to miss out on the big day.
However, there was better news on fellow strikers Luke Medley and Danny Mitchley.
Mitchley’s ankle ligament damage has healed and he will be back in training on Monday to do some strengthening work with one eye on selection at Wembley.
Medley has resumed training after another hamstring scare at AFC Wimbledon on Friday and is 50-50 to feature at Bath.
Youngster Nial O’Rafferty, who took an early kick before limping off against Gateshead on Monday, is also back in training and, with the current situation, may once again be forced into a striking role at Twerton Park, where kick-off is 5.15pm.
Stags will be looking to end a poor league season on a high by completing the double over Bath and, if other results go their way, scrape into the top 10.
Mansfield Town today announced that they had broken the 12,000 barrier for Wembley ticket sales.
Chairman John Radford told the club’s website www.mansfieldtown.net: “We have taken bookings from faraway fans who will be flying in from countries such as Portugal, Spain, Italy Holland and even as far as the United States and Australia. “I’m delighted that we have reached the 12,000 mark with only nine days to go. To view a sea of amber and blue supporters on Wembley day will make me feel very proud.” Darlington have currently sold 7,322.
Next Wednesday, 4th May is the last day to purchase tickets for the FA Trophy Final and the club’s ticket office will open until 8pm on that day to allow everyone the maximum chance to be part of the town’s historic day.
Also, there is a deadline of 5pm on Tuesday for supporters wishing to have tickets posted to them so fans wanting to have their tickets delivered should make their purchase(s) before this time. The club’s ticket office opening hours are Friday, 29 April- Sunday, 1st May – closed, Monday, 2nd May, 10am to 4pm, Tuesday, 3rd May, 9am to 5pm and Wednesday, 4th May, 9am to 8pm.