Mansfield Town’s John Dempster focusing on one game at a time

Stags 2012-2013''John Dempster
Stags 2012-2013''John Dempster

Mansfield Town centre-back John Dempster says Stags must focus on one game at a time as they look to secure their promotion goal.

The Stags are set to play two matches in the space of three days over the Bank Holiday weekend when they follow up Saturday’s home clash against Hyde with a tricky trip to Grimsby Town on Monday.

But the experienced Dempster knows that his team-mates cannot afford to underestimate Hyde and turn their attention to fellow promotion hopefuls Grimsby.

Said Dempster: “Both Hyde and Grimsby are good footballing teams and will both provide a big test.

“We need to concentrate over the Bank Holidays because it gives you a great opportunity to pick up points and jump up the table quickly.

“It is a big test for the players because the Monday after a Saturday game you feel stiff in the muscles, but once you’re out on the pitch the enjoyment of playing football kicks in you soon forget that.

“”You can’t just turn up against Hyde and expect the three points, you only have to look at the results so far to know it’s going to be a tight league this season because all of the teams are so evenly matched.

“Hyde are a good footballing team and will provide us with a good test. Once Hyde are out of the way we can then turn our attention to Grimbsy.

“It would take a brave man to bet on any team this season. The side that is the most consistent over a period of time will be the side that wins this league.”

But Dempster, who finally signed from Crawley after prolonged negotiations throughout the summer, knows that if Stags are to achieve their aim of winning back a place in the Football League they must tighten up at the back.

Added Dempster: “We are working hard on set-pieces in training, obviously that is an area we are looking to improve on. It is just great to be back here

“I get on well with the manager and know most of the squad so it’s good to get things started and get back.

“We’ve got so many good players and there is a lot of competition for places. Once you get your chance you have to take it and hopefully I can become a regular in the side.”