Stags beat the freeze at Sutton

MANSFIELD Town beat the big freeze to get some much-needed action in on Saturday when they beat Sutton Coldfield 2-0 in a behind-closed-door friendly on the Royals’ artificial 3G Coles Lane pitch.

Manager Paul Cox sent out two different line-ups for each half with one or two unnamed trialists having a run out.

And he will have been delighted to see new striker Matt Rhead curling home a goal after just two minutes from Matt Green’s lay-off, Lee Stevenson bundling in the decisive second after a goalkeeping error on 77 minutes.

“The lads worked hard and got something out of it,” he said. “It was good to see Rheady score again. That’s three in two behind-closed-doors games and he linked really well with Matt Green for the goal which was a real positive.”

Ritchie Sutton and Lindon Meikle needed treatment for facial injuries but both will be in the squad on Saturday.

“Ritchie needed some strips on a nick on his forehead while Lindon took a bit of a boot to the nose,” added Cox. “Sometimes you pick up more injuries in these kind of games when players take their foot off the pedal a little instead of going at it full-blooded.”

Mansfield are also due to send a team to BSBP rivals Telford tonight (Tuesday).

Cox said: “It is really just for the fringe players.

“I won’t be involving any of the players who started at Ebbsfleet as I have to be careful.

“But I need to make sure the fringe players stay fully fit and ready as I believe, with so many games ahead, they will all come to prominence and we need them 100 per cent fit.

“Matt Rhead will get another run-out and we can also look at one or two of the youngsters.

“We weren’t looking for a game really but when Andy (Sinton, Telford boss) phoned and said he was looking for some opposition, we thought it would be a decent game for us on a decent playing surface.”