Stags boss Cox dismisses talk of Darlington youth

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PAUL Cox has warned his players and supporters that reports of cash-strapped Darlington sending a team of youngsters to Field Mill on Saturday (3pm) are hugely wide of the mark.

The Quakers have shed some players as they struggle to stay afloat, but Cox said: “Although they have a bench of youngsters, the first XI last week included nine good first team players and they have brought in a couple of new signings this week in their former midfielder Clark Keltie and Sunderland defender Liam Bagnall.

“If my players think Darlington are just bringing youngsters and it will be an easy game, our mindset will be wrong.

“Make no mistake, it will be a tough game and we will have to earn the right. I know roughly what we will be up against.”

There were worries last weekend that Darlington may not even play the game as their administrators looked set to pull the plug on them.

However, there are now parties interested in taking over – the frontrunners being the supporters’ rescue group to run it as a community interest not-for-profit club - and the biggest worry about the game now must be the heavy frosts that are forecast this week.

A scan on Matt Green’s shin showed no major problem this week and he is expected to be fit, as is midfield ace Gary Roberts, who has been suffering with a bug.