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Field Mill: Next Up
Field Mill: Next Up

Mansfield Preview

By: Richard Hubbert
Date: 01/04/2005

THE Mariners take a trip to Mansfield Town on Saturday, who like Town, look set to finish the season in mid-table obscurity, despite being one of the favourites for promotion at the start of the season.

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The Opposition

Mansfield's season will be remembered for the major disruption that saw ex manager Keith Curle, depart the club back in November in somewhat controversial circumstances. The former Man City defender was accused of bullying a youth player, was suspended and then sacked in an affair that was only resolved four weeks ago. The ongoing investigation into Curle's conduct meant that caretaker boss Carlton Palmer was not able to take the job permanently until 9th March. Initially, Mansfield's form under Palmer was poor, but with no win in his first five games, but consistency has been their problem - meaning that the play-offs, now 8 points away, seem unlikely.

Their Squad
Former Manchester United keeper' Kevin Pilkington is the man between the sticks for the Stags. Now in his 5th season with the club, Pilkington is one of the longest serving players for the club. Young defender Jake Buxton (left) is just 19, but has made 30 appearances this term at the back. Alex Neil is a midfielder who was initially made surplus to requirements by Carlton Palmer, but has played his way back into the reckoning after some decent performances. The Scottish midfielder has experience with Barnsley and Airdrie. Simon Brown is a midfielder who was snapped up by Palmer for £50,000 in December - one of the few transfers this season in League Two to command a transfer fee. In attack, Derek Asamoah recently departed to Lincoln, placing greater pressure of Richie Barker, the former Macclesfield and Rotherham forward who arrived in November and has scored 9 goals for the Stags.

Key Player
Alex John Baptiste (left). Talented young defender who has caught the eye of some Premiership scouts after some fine performances. Baptiste is a product of the Youth system at Field Mill. But despite his young age, being just 19, Baptiste has appeared in most of Mansfield's game this season, and whether he can cope with Town's attackers will be key to the outcome of the game.

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  • Simon Ramdsen could make an earlier than expected return from an ankle ligament injury. Ramsden, who trained for the first time on Thursday, is unlikely to get further than the bench.

  • Michael Reddy (knee) and Ronnie Bull (ankle) will both miss the game through injury. Reddy, who is still under contract with Grimsby next season, damaged his "bad" knee in a training ground incident last week, and may be out for some time.

  • Matt Harrold plays his last game for Grimsby after Brentford this week recalled the striker for the remainder of the season following his month on loan.
  • Colin Larkin and Gareth Jelleyman (both dead leg) and Alex Neil (concussion) are expected to re-join the squad for the trip to Blundell Park.

  • Luke Dimech returns to the squad following international duty with Malta.
  • Probable Teams


    1Anthony Williams
    2John McDermott
    6Terrell Forbes
    28Justin Whittle
    16Jason Crowe
    17Thomas Pinault
    15Terry Fleming
    11Stacy Coldicott
    10Andy Parkinson
    19Matt Harrold
    26Martin Gritton
    1Kevin Pilkington
    7Alex Neil
    16Jake Buxton
    15Alex Baptiste
    2Scott McNiven
    12Simon Brown
    26Fraser McLachlan
    22Callum Lloyd
    6Adam Rundle
    29Richard Barker
    9Colin Larkin



    9Simon Ramsden
    5Tony Crane
    12Graham Hockless
    18Rob Jones
    14David Soames
    5Rhys Day
    13Jason White
    19Austin McIntosh
    21Luke Dimech
    14Andrew Barrowman

    Head to Head

    Town haven't had the best of luck against the Stags, having lost to them more times than they have won. Their record at Field Mill is pretty dreadful too, without a win there since 1956. Victories at Blundell Park have been easier to come by, beating them at Blundell Park on the last two occasions.

    P 32 W 9 D 9 L 14 F 42 A 49

    Mansfield Head-to-Head (73rd on The Opposition Ladder)


  • Michael Boulding (left) started his professional career with Mansfield, before Lennie Lawrence brought "Quick Mick" to Blundell Park in 2001. Boulding was instrumental at the end of 2001/02 season in keeping Town in Division One, before he headed off to Aston Villa before returning to Town the next season. Boulding was sold to Barnsley last January after scoring 30 goals in 63 starts for Town. Before transfer deadline day he rejoined Lawrence at Cardiff.
  • Last Meeting

    Town last met Mansfield back in August where Town ran out 2-0 winners to move up to 9th place in the table. Goals from Thomas Pinault and Jason Crowe at either ends of the game secured victory for Town. The last time the two sides met at Field Mill was in 1991, when the game ended in a 1-1 draw.

    Grimsby Team: Williams, Whittle, Ramsden (Young, 55), Gordon, McDermott, Sestanovich (Coldicott, 81), Fleming, Pinault, Crowe, Parkinson, Reddy (Mansaram, 89)
    Subs: (not used) Marcelle, Bull

    Mansfield Team: Pilkington, McNiven, Baptiste, Artell, Williamson (Corden, 83), Adam Murray, MacKenzie (Neil, 63), Curtis, Larkin, O'Neill (Tate, 63), Asamoah
    Subs: (not used) White, Day

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    A 2-1 win for Town!.


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