Riley blow for desperately unlucky Stags

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Mansfield Town suffered yet more injury misery before a ball had been kicked at York City this afternoon when in-form centre half Martin Riley was ruled out with a back spasm.

But there was a debut for on-loan Crewestriker Vadaine Oliver as Stags went looking to end a spell of only one goal in five games.

With no more central defenders available as manager Paul Cox contended with an injury list that now numbers nine first team players, he decided to go 4-4-2.

Riley, Simon Heslop, Fergus Bell and injured duo Alex Fisher and Keiron Freeman were missing from the side held 0-0 at Tranmere on Tuesday.

Oliver came in up front with skipper Adam Murray back from a three-game suspension in central midfield, Rob Taylor playing to his left.

Stags’ other loanee striker Daniel Carr came in to replace Bell and Liam Marsden returned to the defence.

Ollie Palmer, though not full fit after an ankle injury, took a place on the six-man bench.

York, without a home win all season and only one win to their name, welcomed Russ Wilcox last week and, for his first home game as boss, he gave an outing to ex-Stags winger Lindon Meikle as well as former Mansfield defender John McCombe.

YORK: Cisak, McCoy, Ilesanmi, McCombe, Coulson, Penn, Montrose, Lowe, De Girolamo, Meikle, Brunt. Subs: Mooney, Parslow, Summerfield, Straker, Platt, Hirst, C. Murray.
STAGS: Studer; Marsden, Sutton, Sendles-White, Beevers; Carr, Murray, McGuire, Taylor; Oliver, Bingham. Subs: Bell, Palmer, Lambe, Thomas, Evtimov, Clements.
REFEREE: Graham Salisbury of Lancashire.