Briscoe back for Southport clash

STAGS wing ace Louis Briscoe returns to the fold after completing his three-game ban to fight for a place against visiting Southport on Saturday (3pm).

“It is good to have Louis available again,” said boss Paul Cox. “He definitely comes straight back into the squad, but I am not sure if he will start yet.

“I am looking at one or two different formations and systems. I will have a look at his sharpness in training over the next day or two but he did look fit and sharp in the reserve game on Monday.

Adam Murray and Jon Worthington were having treatment for ankle injuries and Matt Green was off ill at the start of the week, but all are now back in training and expected to be available on Saturday.

Despite only being reproved from relegation in the summer when Rushden & Diamonds imploded, Southport have made the most with a run of one loss in nine and four successive away wins lifting them to a point behind Mansfield.

“They are on an excellent run of form and are probably top of the form table,” said boss Paul Cox. “So we know it will be a really tough game and very physical as they are a big, strong side. I can see there being some fireworks. It is another hurdle we have to get over as a club.

“Other results went well for us on Tuesday night so we have got to make home form count and the extra game we have in hand tell.”

Southport have two players out suspended. Midfielder and captain Alan Moogan has a one match ban after picking up his fifth booking of the season and will probably be replaced by Kevin Lee, who returns to the squad having served a similar ban.

Also, boss Liam Watson has decided against lodging an appeal over a red card shown to James Smith midweek and the full back now misses three games.

Defender Chris Lever returned tin midweek, having recovered from a hamstring injury and is expected to start in the same back four that finished the 1-1 draw with York.