No let up as Stags aim to end October unbeaten
CHAD website, 30 October 2006
STAGS boss Peter Shirtliff said his side will not be taking their foot off the gas when they entertain Grimsby Town in the second round of the Johnstone's Paints Trophy at Field Mill tomorrow night (7.45pm).
Stags, who were given a first round bye, are on the crest of a wave right now with two draws followed by two wins in an unbeaten October. And Shirtliff wants to see his side complete the month unbeaten and progress in this competition.
The Mariners, in stark contract, are struggling fourth from bottom of the table and have only won twice in their last eight outings, one of those being a penalties win at Lincoln in the first round of the Johnstone Paint's Trophy.
New competition rules state you must start the game with at least six first team regulars and, if the result has not been settled after 90 minutes, the games now go straight to penalties without extra-time.
Striker Danny Reet, who suffered a dead leg in the 3-2 win at Macclesfield on Saturday, looks almost certain to miss out which will leave a slot open for Chris Beardsley or Michael Boulding.
Stephen Dawson faces a late fitness test on the ankle injury that forced him to miss the Macclesfield trip.
"No doubt about it, this is a good trophy to win or at least get as far as you can in," said Shirtliff.
"We will be trying to do that. I can understand why they want us to play at least six first teamers but I am not sure that will bring more supporters in for the early stages.
"This is a competition that gets more interesting later on and I hope we can progress.
"It is better going straight into penalties on 90 minutes but we will be going all out to win in the 90 minutes.
"Being at home will help as we have played well at home all season and hope that continues.
"I think Grimsby are suffering a bit of a hangover from getting to the Play-offs last season. Sometimes you get that. And they have had some injuries as well."
Grimsby will be without Gary Jones who was red carded during Saturday's 2-2 draw at Peterborough United.
Fans aged under 16 can go in free tomorrow night with a paying adult. But the free tickets are only available from the club ticket office,not on the turnstiles. They will be available until kick-off.