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12th September 2002 21:15

White struggling for Oldham trip
CHAD website
ANDY White looks set to miss out on Saturday's trip to Oldham as Mansfield Town try to arrest their current run of misery at Boundary Park (Saturday, 3pm).
The big striker is rated highly doubtful with a thigh strain.
Stags have now lost five games on the trot and, despite an improved showing in Tuesday's 3-1 home Worthington Cup defeat by Derby, manager Stuart Watkiss said: "It is very important we start putting points on the board.
"It is all very well most of our performances being decent but not getting results. That is obviously only going to wash for so long.
"We can take a lot of positives from Tuesday night but it is imperative we back that up with a result on Saturday.
"We know it will be a tough game as they have over 30 professional players at their disposal."
He added: "We are entering a crucial little period after Saturday as we have so far played teams I think will be up there come the end of the season.
"But we soon face sides like Luton, Cheltenham and Northampton who are all in the lower half of the table and it is especially important we pick up points from these teams.
"I believe we are not too far off getting it right once we start toughening up in both penalty areas and it will help when we get some players back from injury."
Defenders Boby Hassell and Mark Lever were back in training on Thursday morning and Watkiss will leave it late before deciding if they will travel.
Scott Sellars is back from a three-match suspension while temporary signings Damien Delaney and Lee Glover also rejoin the squad.
Meanwhile mansfieldtown.net reports that Colin Larkin is progressing well and will have an outside chance of featuring next Saturday at home to Cheltenham, his fitness and the injury will be closely monitored over the next week.
For more details, visit mansfieldtown.net.


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