Mansfield Town winger Louis Briscoe looking to hit the goal trail

NMAC11-2258-5'Stags v Kettering'Celebrations for goal scorer Louis Briscoe
NMAC11-2258-5'Stags v Kettering'Celebrations for goal scorer Louis Briscoe

WINGER Louis Briscoe is hoping to rediscover his goalscoring exploits of last season and fire Stags into the play-off places.

Briscoe, who bagged 13 league goals after impressing last season, has had a mixed campaign so far having made just 14 starts following problems with a nagging groin strain.

But the former Port Vale player now feels he is not too far away from getting back to his best and playing a key part in Mansfield Town’s play-off push.

“I have been working hard on my fitness levels during the break and hopefully I am now not too far away from getting back to my best and hopefully I can get a regular run in the team,”said Briscoe.

“I just have to keep working hard and hopefully everything will come.

“It’s been a while since we last played. We were on a good run before the break and it is important we carry that on.

“We have had a lot of training games recently and got out of it what we want, but as a player you prefer to just play real games.”

Mansfield Town, who take on Newport County on Saturday, now face a gruelling schedule as the games rack up, with Stags having a key period of eight Blue Square Premier fixtures throughout March.

But, according to Briscoe, the current Mansfield Town squad is very well placed to meet the challenge ahead.

“We have been doing well as a team at the moment and I feel we are a better team than this time last year,”he said.

“There was more pressure on me last year to get the goals, especially at the end of the season. This season we are getting goals from other areas of the pitch.

“We have got a strong squad and there are excellent players on the bench and waiting in the wings for their chance.

“At the moment we are in a healthy league position,”he added. “We have not lost many games and if we can turn the draws into wins then we will make the play-offs. If we had been offered this position at the start of the season we would have taken it.”