Skipper Collins back in Stags side at Carlisle

Lee Collins
Lee Collins

Mansfield Town skipper Lee Collins returned to the side for today’s tough game at high-flying Carlisle United.

Collins passed a late fitness test on his injured knee and replaced Ashley Hemmings in the starting XI for a game that survived a lunchtime pitch inspection following heavy overnight frost.

Otherwise, boss Steve Evans named the rest of the side that had won him his first two games in charge.

An unchanged Carlisle side had one or two familiar faces to Mansfield fans with ex-Stags Michael Raynes and Reggie Lambe starting and Derek Asamoah on the bench.

Keeper Gillespie was making his 150th appearance for the Cumbrians.

CARLISLE: Gillespie, Grainger, Brisley, Raynes, Miller, Jones, Joyce, Kennedy, Adams, Wyke, Lamb. Subs: Crocombe, Asamoah, Atkinson, Gillesphey, Ellis, McKee, Miller. 
STAGS: Shearer, Bennett, Pearce, Collins (C), Benning, McGuire, M. Rose, Clements, Gobern, Green, Hoban. Subs: Jensen, Hurst, Hamilton, Baxendale, Thomas, Hemmings, D. Rose.
REFEREE: Seb Stockbridge of Tyne & Wear.