England U19 keeper in Stags trial as White out for 3 months
BILLY McEwan is looking at securing goalkeeping cover for Jason White after a knee operation this week ruled him out until for at least three months.
McEwan has youngster Luke Herriott in the club and in Tuesday's reserve clash with Walsall also had a look at Derby County's England U19 stopper Ross Atkins.
"Jason has had his operation and I am told he will be out for the next three months," he said.
"Some players recover quicker than others, but I know we need cover and I've had a look at a couple of lads already."
Stags boss hopes for TV windfall
STAGS boss Billy McEwan has told of his pride at watching his sides past and present battle out a great game of football for the Setanta TV cameras on Tuesday.
And he believes Tuesday's 1-1 draw at York City will help earn the Stags more TV revenue this season.
"Setanta told us it was the best game they had shown all season so far," he said
"So it won't do us any harm for getting more televised matches this season if we have the reputation of playing good football. We had six in a season when I was at York.
"Watching that game I was a very proud guy. I knew before the game that York had a strong squad and I did have a say in that to be fair.
"I built a fair amount of that York squad, without being unjust to people there now who have done a good job after me.
"Both sides tried to play football and my team stood up well against an established side.
"That performance will give us confidence. I know we could have lost it, but we also had a chance to win it and, having gone there to win, I was disappointed we didn't."
CHAD VIDEO: Silk talks about new career at the Stags
SUMMER signing Gary Silk spoke to Chad on Thursday about enjoying his time in the new back four at Field Mill.
The right full back has played his part in the early season success as Billy Mcewan's new-look Stags gel together.
VIDEO at CHAD.co.uk here
Stags will leave Lee decision until last minute
Manager McEwan warns over Saturday opponents Eastbourne
DESPITE their recent form, Stags boss Billy McEwan warned his side have 'no divine right' to expect a fifth home win on the bounce against in-form newly promoted Eastbourne Borough on Saturday (3pm).
Full story at CHAD.co.uk here
And on Thursday he also said that striker Jason Lee, missing from the midweek draw at York, would be given until just before the kick-off to prove his fitness.
The Sports seem to have now found their feet in the top flight of non-League football now after last season's promotion and have just won three straight games wthout conceding a goal, including victory over table-topping Forest Green.
A 6-3 hammering at Oxford and a 3-0 home defeat by Cambridge have been their low points, but Borough have already won twice away this season and McEwan said: "We know it will be tough as they have had some positive results against good opponents.
"We have won four at home on the trot but have no divine right to win a fifth. You can't look back, you have to look forward. We know we will have to battle and compete to earn the right to play the way we want to play on Saturday.
"No one should 'expect' us to win. If you expect it you are a fool.
"It is two months today since I came in and no one could have expected us to start this well.
"I am delighted with our start - 14 points from seven games is a good return.
"This a new set of lads and they have done well. But a lot of hard work has been done on the training pitch and we are reaping the rewards, though we know there is a long way to go.
"It is all down to hard work and good management. That is not blowing our own trumpet but most people only see what happens on the pitch but don't know how much hard work is going on behind the scenes all the time.
"It has been a team effort, players, board, fans, the excelen pitch by the groundsman, everyone has contributed."
Stags' only real injury worry continues to be striker Jason Lee (ankle). "He is still having treatment and we will give him until Saturday to see how he is," said McEwan.
D'Laryea keen to boost goal tally
Mansfield Town midfielder Jon D'Laryea says he wants to score more goals for the Stags this season.
The 23-year-old has only scored once in more than 100 games for the club but has now been told to get forward more.
"It's my job to get into the box on the end of crosses, so I'll be going forward more as well as getting back," D'Laryea told BBC Radio Nottingham.
"I'll find myself in situations where I have to shoot so that is something I've been working on with both feet."
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