Second look at Stags trialists
STAGS boss Keith Curle will take a second look at his four new trialists in another friendly tonight at non-League Matlock Town (7.45pm).
Darren Barnard, Hugo Henriques, Antonio Valente and Maceo Rigters all impressed during the 2-1 home defeat by Championship side Wolves at Field Mill last night.
"I was impressed by all four with what I saw last night," he said. "But I won't commit myself or this football club to sign any of them until I have had a better look.
"All I have seen so far is one training session and the parts they played against Wolves.
"Darren is different in that I have seen him play many times over a number of years. But it's a case of being careful and picking the right players for us. But he certainly gave a good account of himself last night as did the other three.
"Of the three continental players, technically all four showed they have had a great upbringing at good clubs and you could tell they were all decent players. But it made it difficult with the language thing and putting all four trialists together in at once.
"I think it's the best way to throw the in at the deep end and see how they cope. But, when they have only had one training session with you, it does disrupt your flow.
"Overall I was delighted with the way we performed against a full-strength Wolves wide who were a Premiership club last season.
""Of all the sides we have played pre-season they were by far the best and took care of the ball well. I had four good years at Wolves where I was skipper and it was nice to see some players, staff and supporters I knew again."
Curle said he would send a strong but mixed squad to Matlock tonight ahead of Saturday's trip to Bath City.
Adam Murray, again outstanding last night, again limped out of Field Mill. But Curle said it was only down to blisters from new boots and of no major concern.
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