Tamworth loan was kickstart that Stags defender John Dempster needed

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

John Dempster is now on the brink of a BSBP championship medal to crown a great campaign, but the big defender suffered a dreadful start to the season.

Injured and then unable to win regular place, he was sent out to Tamworth on loan – a move he feels kickstarted his campaign.

Ahead of tomorrow’s trip to Braintree Town on a day Stags could win the title, he said: “I always knew I had a part to play this season.

“I made an agreement with the gaffer to go to Tamworth to get a bit of fitness and it worked out well for myself and, I hope, the team. I always knew it would be a short-term thing and it proved beneficial too everyone really.”

Dempster seemed to get the final touch to an Adam Murray free kick for Stags’ third goal at Barrow last weekend, but Lee Stevenson believes his flick from Adam Murray’s free kick was already over the line before Dempster made sure.

Dempster was credited with the goal, but admits: “It’s a tough one and I don’t think Stevo won’t be very happy.

“It was going in, but I wasn’t sure if there was a player behind me so I stuck it in on the line. I am not sure if it was over or not but if I am in the record books as the scorer I will take it and move on.

“I need it to try to catch up with Luke Jones. I think it would take me a couple of seasons to catch up with him.

“He is a great professional and gives his all for this club. He has also chipped in with quite a few important goals. He is great to play with. We are both honest players and we work together quite well.”

Stags may only need to beat Braintree on Saturday to win the title as Kidderminster would then have to beat Wrexham in the 5.15pm kick-off to keep the title race alive.

Then it would move ton to Hereford on Tuesday when, if Stags again fail to win, it could go down to the last day when Mansfield are at home to Wrexham.

Said Dempster: “It will be another tough game for us on Saturday. But Kidderminster are doing well and they have a good chance of winning that game. All we need to do is concentrate on our own results.

“All three remaining games will be tough Braintree and Hereford are still picking up points and won’t want to take their foot off the gas. They will want to finish with as many points as they can.”