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28th january 2002 


  • Mansfield Town (away ko 7:45pm)

    As I sit here typing this I can hear a lot of weather out there, it don't sound too good!.

    This tie against Mansfield seems to be jinxed by bad weather.
    Last season the corresponding fixture was called off on the 20th of this month because of a frozen pitch and when it was played just three days later it was played in a bog.

    The match tomorrow night should have been played on New Years Day but that fell to the weather again, again the pitch was frozen.

    Tomorrow night??

    Someone have a word with the Football League's fixture secretary and get it sorted.

    It was in last seasons 2-1 defeat at Field Mill that Drewe Broughton made his debut for the Reds with a first half goal.
    The omens were good but he hasn't lived up to his promise and will again be on the sidelines tomorrow, although he will make an appearance sometime during the 90 minutes.

    Not making a return to Field Mill will be Mark Blake. We signed him from Mansfield at the start of the season and since he came to Aggborough he seems to have blossomed, shame he's the wrong side of thirty.

    Mansfield fans seem to think he was not much cop, but we know better.

    Blakie is still recovering from an Achilles injury, last heard he was not fit but we know how Jan likes to spring a surprise.

    There could also be a surprise appearance from the hamstrung Colin Larkin but with the heavy going it's unlikely.

    The last one on the list is Andy Ducros and there's no chance of seeing him turn out in this weather.

    There is also the promise of some transfer activity at Aggborough tomorrow, in or out no one knows.

    More news when it comes in.

    Harriers (from):
    Brock, Danby, Joy, Stamps, Smith, Clarkson, Sall, Ayres, Hinton, Williams, Davies, Bennett, Shilton, Blake, Doyle, Appleby, Larkin, Broughton, Henriksen, Foster, Bird.

    Now to Mansfield.

    They look to be heading for promotion, probably in third spot behind Luton and Plymouth.

    I can't see anyone pushing them into the play-offs instead because of their consistency.

    They have been in and around third place for most of the season now and will take some shifting.

    This has been down to the form of Chris Greenacre who has banged in 15 goals for the Stags so far this season.

    There has been much talk about him going to another club but it never seems to come off.
    Myself, I think he will stay at Field Mill till the end of the season now, pick up a wad for getting them promoted and then push off.

    Mansfield were rumoured to be interested in signing Colin Larkin a few weeks back as a replacement for Greenacre when he goes but they're not even similar type of players.
    I would think he was wanted as part of a team rebuild.

    Mansfield seem Ok for injuries. They have a couple of long term cases who are on their way back.

    Les Robinson has been out with a calf strain but is not deemed fit enough yet along with Stuart Hicks who has had a knee injury.

    Maybe's are Craig Disley and Danny Bacon who will start the game keeping the bench warm.

    Mansfield are also hoping to have some transfer news sometime tomorrow but this will be inward and won't be eligible to play against us.

    It's not known who it will be although the talk amongst the fans seems to be pointing towards Carlisle's Lee Maddison and Brett Angell from Walsall.

    It won't be Matt Piper who was there on loan until last week when he was recalled by Leicester gaffer, Dave Bassett, who needed him for the Albion cup game on Saturday.

    He came on as a second half sub in their 1-0 defeat.

    Mansfield (from):
    Pilkington, Bingham, Asher, Hassell, Pemberton, Williamson, Reddington, Tankard, Corden, Disley, Lawrence, Bacon, Greenacre, White, Barrett, Bradley, Jervis.



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