Bad weather spoils Stags’ friendly plans

THE frosty ground spoiled Mansfield Town’s hopes of getting players tuned up for the weekend as well as looking at potential new signings.

Monday’s game at Northampton Town - the second of three planned behind-closed-doors friendlies during a two-week lay-off - was abandoned after 75 minutes as the Sixfields surface hardened with the score at 1-1, Matt Green the scorer. And yesterday’s third friendly at Notts County was called off.

On Monday manager Paul Cox played his first team squad players with the hope of playing trialists and everyone else on Tuesday, but the weather ruined his plans.

In the 3-0 friendly win at Eastwood Town last week, new striker Ben Hutchinson played and he, Danny Mitchley and Jon Worthington all found the net. Adam Smith also played 45 minutes after his return from his loan spell at Aldershot.

Last Wednesday night Mansfield Town’s youth team returned to the top of the table after beating MMU Newcastle 2-1. Matt Harris gave Stags a 66th minute lead that lasted only nine minutes before skipper Jobe Shaw grabbed a late winner.