DERBY PREVIEWS - BUXTON OUT
Rams in town for Stags' opener
CHAD, 19 July 2006
CHAMPIONSHIP neighbours Derby County provide Mansfield Town's first major pre-season test at Field Mill tonight (Wednesday, 7.45pm).
And Stags boss Peter Shirtliff has concerns over a few knocks ahead of the visit of Billy Davies' Rams.
Defender Jake Buxton, who missed games at the end of last season with a foot injury, is the major concern with soreness in the foot.
Midfielder Giles Coke has also missed training since hurting a knee in last week's behind-closed-doors 1-0 friendly win at Rotherham United while striker Danny Reet has been suffering from tonsillitis.
Keeper Jason White is unlikely to figure tonight as he recovers from a minor knee operation though should be all right for Saturday's visit of Nottingham Forest (3pm)
Temperatures today were expected to hit 35 degrees, but Shirtliff said: "It won't be that hot by the evening and it is the same for both sides anyway.
"The Derby game is an extension of the work we have already done in pre-season and I won't be asking many players to do the whole 90 minutes.
"I tried to give everyone 45 minutes at Rotherham last week and we played the game over three 30 minute periods."
Stags won with a goal from Simon Brown.
Former Manchester City left back Paul Collins continues his trial tonight as he bids to win a contract for the season.
But no other new faces are imminent at the Mill.
"Nothing else is happening on the player front just now though there are always options becoming avilable," said Shirtliff.
"But I do have to make a decision on Paul Collins."
Admission to tonight's game is pay on the gate, adults £10 and concessions £5.
2006/07 Starts here
The wait is over!
mansfieldtown.net, 19 July 2006
This evening Stags play the first of their Pre-Season games at home marking the start of the 2006/07 campaign.
Playing host to Derby County (KO 7.45pm) Peter Shirtliff's squad will include veteran keeper Carl Muggleton who penned a year deal on Monday, Matthew Hamshaw and one to watch in the future Johnny Mullins.
Stags line up for this season:
1 Jason White
2 Johnny Mullins
3 Gareth Jelleyman
4 Jonathan D'Laryea
5 Jon Olav Hjelde
6 Alex John-Baptiste
7 Matthew Hamshaw
8 Stephen Dawson
9 Richard Barker
10 Simon Brown
12 Jake Buxton
14 Chris Beardsley
15 Giles Coke
16 Nathan Arnold
19 Carl Muggleton
22 Callum Lloyd
23 Danny Sleath
24 Chris Wood
25 Austin McIntosh
26 Adam Birchall
31 Danny Reet
BUXTON'S OUT FOR STAGS' BIG DERBY MATCH
Evening Post, 19 July 2006
Jake Buxton will miss Mansfield's first major pre-season friendly, at home to Derby County tonight, and Jason White (pictured below) is doubtful.
The Stags had a behind-closed-doors friendly at Rotherham (a 1-0 win) last Wednesday and a youth team played at Teversal (a 2-1 win) on Saturday.
But the clash with the Rams is a real test for the squad in the first of the warm-up games to be played at Field Mill.
Defender Buxton is out with a foot problem while White is in a race against time to be fit following his knee operation.
Manager Peter Shirtliff said: "Buxton is not training because his foot is still sore and it has stemmed from the injury that came before. We're not sure how long he's going to be out.
"Jason White will be training this week but I'm not sure if he'll figure on Wednesday. If not, he should be fit for Saturday against Forest.
"It has been hot, but the game against Derby is in the evening so it won't be so bad.
"I don't think the players will play the full 90 minutes in their first proper game against League opposition. I'm not sure what side they will be putting out but I'm sure it will be a decent test for us."
Striker Danny Reet has had tonsillitis but was back in training at the start of the week and should be available for selection.
Midfielder Giles Coke picked up a knock on his knee at Rotherham and missed training towards the end of last week, but has since recovered well.
Shirtliff was content with the way Stags played in the Rotherham game and sees tonight's clash as a further stepping stone to getting the side right for the start of the League Two season.
He said: "The training game went all right for us. It was played over three 30-minute periods. Rotherham made a lot of changes and I tried to give most of my players 45, which just about happened.
"Browny scored a good goal for us but I don't think the result was the important thing."
Darren to play full part in clash with Mansfield
Derby Evening Telegraph, 17Jul06, By Steve Nicholson
Darren Moore is set to play a full game against Mansfield Town this week after sitting out Derby County's victory over MK Dons.
Moore missed Saturday's 2-1 win at the National Hockey Stadium in Milton Keynes due to a slight groin strain.
"We decided not to risk him, it was a precautionary measure," said manager Billy Davies, who plans to give the central defender 90 minutes' action at Field Mill on Wednesday.
Moore was the only absentee against MK Dons as Davies used 18 players.
Goalkeeper Lee Camp was given a full game while Lee Grant watched from the dugout. Grant will play against Mansfield.
The only other minor injury concern is 17-year-old midfielder Giles Barnes, who has taken a knock on the shin.
Barnes completed the match at MK Dons, playing midfield in the first-half and up front after the break.
Derby have won both of their pre-season games having also beaten FC Gratkorn in Austria last week.
"MK Dons provided us with another good workout," said Davies. "They played with a lot of passion and were very committed. Their management and staff have really got the players at it.
"We scored two good goals but we were disappointed to concede a soft goal at the end after all the work we had put in. It was unnecessary.
"The players have worked hard again. The commitment and contribution from them has been excellent as we build towards the start of the season."
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