EARLY TEAM NEWS FOR CARLISLE, PLUS LAWRENCE LATEST
LONG HAUL FOR CAUTIOUS MANSFIELD
STAGS are on their guard for the second successive week against a club they are expected to beat.
Last weekend Keith Curle's men comfortably saw off the FA Cup challenge of Rymans Premier League Bishop's Stortford 6-0.
This weekend they make the long haul north to take on the Football League's bottom side, Carlisle United, knowing the task will be even stiffer.
"Carlisle are 10 points adrift at the bottom," said manager Keith Curle. "Everyone is expecting us to beat them but we know it's going to be a difficult game.
Carlisle have nothing to lose now and are desperate for the result that might kickstart their season. I don't want that to be against us.
"We watched them against Hull and they gave them a game and, but for a couple of decisions that went against them, might have got something out of the game.
"We will go there, earn the right to play, and make sure we put our chances away. We know we will create chances against them like we do every other side in this division.
"It's great going all the way up there knowing we will get a good following of fans, too.
"They know they will be entertained by a squad of players doing their utmost for them to bring back the points."
Stags have no new injury worries and welcome Lee Williamson and Luke Dimech back into the squad after resting them with niggling knocks last weekend.
LAWRENCE MOVE DENIED
LIAM Lawrence remains a Mansfield Town player, despite stories from Yorkshire that he is set to become a Rotherham United player.
The First Division strugglers had a verbal offer of £125,000 rejected last week.
But reports they have increased this offer have been denied at Field Mill.
"They told us they were going to submit the offer in writing and we told them the answer was no," said Stags bosss keith Curle.
"But they sent our chairman a fax anyway offering us £75,000 down, another £25,000 in February and the rest in May. But the answer remains no.
"I don't think I would be doing my job for the supporters if I let a player of Liam's quality leave the football club for that amount.
"No one is leaving here on the cheap, even though I know Liam's contract is up at the end of the season."
It would take a fee nearer £500,000 to prise Lawrence away from Field Mill.
No new Lawrence bid
Mansfield Town boss Keith Curle insists that Rotherham did not make a renewed bid for midfielder Liam Lawrence.
Reports said that the Millers had submitted a new written offer after their £125,000 package was turned down by the Stags.
But Curle revealed that the written offer merely outlined the terms of the original bid, with the Division One club proposing to pay £75,000 up front, with two later payments of £25,000.
Curle told his club's website: "The chairman of Rotherham United was told that their original offer had been unacceptable and given a ball-park figure of what would be acceptable.
"He replied by saying that he would fax the offer through, which is what he did.
"The fax outlined how they intended to pay for Liam if a deal had been struck but really they needn't have bothered as the answer was exactly the same: no."
Meanwhile mansfieldtown.net reports that Adam managed to finish 55 minutes in the friendly against Lincoln City yesterday afternoon at Rainworth FC. Unfortunately the Stags fell on the wrong end of a 3-0 clattering but the good news about Eaton finishing nearly an hour with no ill effects is great news especially for the player who has found it difficult lately to hide his frustrations at missing out on the dazzling start to this season.
“Adam will be going to see the specialist I always use in Manchester, where he will have another injection and a series of ultrasound scans to exactly pinpoint the problem area so we can concentrate on getting Adam back as soon as possible. It has been a long haul but the end is now in sight for him” said Stags boss Keith Curle this afternoon.
Other than Adam the only real injury is Luke Dimech who has had a recurring problem with his knee following his recent operation. “Luke has had a reaction to his earlier operation which was due to his rehab work not quite been right, but, now this has been sorted and Luke should be amongst the 22 out of the 23 strong squad that should be in contention for selection on Saturday.” Curle explained.
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