Wembley dreams on hold as Stags face TV clash

MANSFIELD Town put their Wembley dreams to one side, after that superb 2-1 midweek FA Trophy replay win at neighbours Alfreton Town, to face Newport County in a live televised BSBP match at Field Mill on Saturday night (7.15pm).

Premium TV chose the game as they expected the Holdsworth twins to be in charge of the two clubs, but both have left since the game was announced.

Nevertheless, Stags have only lost once in six outings and boss Duncan Russell said: “Tuesday’s win should be a massive boost for my team and spur them on for Saturday.

“They should take confidence from that second half and how the upped their performance 10-fold and proved a very difficult team to defend against. We need to do that again on Saturday.

“Hopefully the pitch will be better than it was last weekend but the rain is coming down again and we could be in for another tough day.”

He added: “Newport are a team we have beaten quite convincingly a few weeks back.

“They have lost their way a bit recently after losing their manager and also their main striker, Craig Reid as well as a few other players wanting to leave.

“It’s an unsettling time as we know ourselves. But you have to be worried about a wounded animal as they are going to bounce back at some time and we must make sure it’s not on Saturday.”

Paul Stonehouse and keeper Alan Marriott are the only two not joining in the training session at Derby County’s training ground today.

Stonehouse could be back tomorrow, though, in a bid to force himself back into contention for a left back spot with Danny Spence and Kevin Sandwith, back from suspension, also in the frame.

Steve Foster is back after illness and will vye for a centre-back slot with Tom Naylor, Rhys Day and Sandwith.

Visiting Newport have won just once in 10 games, losing 4-3 in their FA Trophy tie at Field Mill last month, but are still three places and two points above Mansfield.