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24th March 2009 11:33

Commentary of Saturday's game at the Grays will be brought to you free-to-air by BBC Radio Nottingham online. Follow the link here or go bbc.co.uk/nottingham and click on Listen Live. Commentary will be by David Jackson and Martin Shaw.

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20th March 2009, thurrockgazette.co.uk

Blues' Barry Cogan is suffering from a slight ankle injury but should be fit for Saturday's clash.

However, Ishmael Welsh is doubtful to be included in the squad as he recovers from an ankle injury.

Jamie Taylor is a bit stiff following his second half appearance in the game against Histon but should be Ok for Saturday.


20 March 2009
Michael Blackwood has been loaned to Conference North side Tamworth, until the end of the season with a 24 hour call back.
Read full story at mansfieldtown.net here


Stags loan winger Blackwood to Tamworth
CHAD.co.uk, 20 March 2009, By Stephen Thirkill
TRICKY Mansfield Town winger Michael Blackwood has today been loaned out to Conference North outfit Tamworth.
Full story at CHAD.co.uk here

Blackwood was signed pre-season by former boss Billy McEwan and has failed to hold down a first team place following his injury in the F.A Cup qualifier away to York City.

The former Wrexham, Lincoln and Chester City player will join the Conference North promotion hopefuls until the end of the season and could be recalled within 24-hours.

Boss David Holdsworth said: "He came to me after this week's reserve game after having played very well saying he wanted to play every week and I respect him for that.

"He asked me if he could go out on loan to improve his chances for next season.

"Since I have been at the club I have really liked him as a player, he has always had a really big smile and been enthusiastic.

"Tamworth is local to Michael and it will help him out as a player. I like to help players when I can and it gives him a good chance to play every week, like every player should want to do.

"He is a talented player but we have a big squad here now. He is one of a number of players who will leave the club."

Blackwood, who is most at home down the left wing, has played 26 games for Stags and scored three goals.


Lambs move for Blackwood
Friday, March 20, 2009
Tamworth have swooped to sign 29-year-old Mansfield utility player Michael Blackwood in on loan.
He could make his debut in tomorrow's away game at Hucknall.


Free video - Stallard, Clare and Holdworth preview Grays game at mansfieldtown.net here


Holdsworth praises Stags for clean sheet record
CHAD.co.uk, 20 March 2009, By Stephen Thirkill
DELIGHTED Stags boss David Holdsworth has praised his hard-working players for creating a new clean sheet record at Field Mill.

Full story at CHAD.co.uk here
Mansield Town recorded their sixth successive home clean sheet in a row for the first time in the club's history following the 3-0 victory over Forest Green rovers.

Holdsworth came to Field Mill vowing to shore up Stags' leaking defence and cut out the costly individual errors which say them drop down the Blue Square Premier table.

Said Holdsworth: "I am delighted with this record and it shows that we can defend well as a team.

"I am thrilled for my players and the club's supporters. The players have worked extremely hard in training and in games and the fans have played their part by getting behind the lads.

"This record is down to the players and having a goalkeeper of the quality of Alan Marriott has played a big part.

"We have worked very hard in training on reducing the risks in our defensive third and on making the right decisions at the right time when first with danger."

The last home goal conceded in the BSP was in the 37th minute against Burton on 29th December - 593 minutes without conceding a goal at Field Mill.


Clare poised for Stags debut
Evening Post, March 20, 2009

DARYL Clare is in line to make his Mansfield first-team debut at Grays Athletic tomorrow.

Full story at Evening Post website here
Boss David Holdsworth today confirmed the prolific striker will be on the bench at the Recreation Ground.
The move comes after the 30-year-old opened his Stags account in Wednesday's 2-0 reserves win over Forest.
Mansfield will continue with Mark Stallard and Rob Duffy in attack down in Essex after both scored in last week's 3-0 victory over Forest Green.
But Clare will hope to be given a run-out off the bench with his fitness improving all the time.
"Daryl will be on the bench tomorrow and I would urge fans to come down and support us," said Holdsworth.
"I can't drop Stallard after last weekend because he has earned his chance and worked really hard.
Clare added: "I think the body conditioning has been going well.
"The boss is pushing me really hard and I don't think I have worked as hard for a couple of seasons.
"There is not long in the season left, but hopefully I can take part in games as substitute and then as the weeks go by earn a few starting berths."


Stallard praised for professionalism by Stags
CHAD.co.uk, 20 March 2009, By Stephen Thirkill
VETERAN striker Mark Stallard has been praised for his attitude after he battled back into the Stags line-up last Saturday.
Full story at CHAD.co.uk here

Top scorer Stallard scored on Saturday for the first time since 27th September against Salisbury following a long absence from the side due to injury.

Earlier in the week he had been linked with an unlikely loan deal by ambitious Corby Town.

Today boss David Holdsworth praised Stallard and said: "He is a different class and has displayed that throughout.

"When I came to the club he had taken over as joint manager and I think he had the weight of the world on his shoulders.

"He was trying to get himself fit, to pick a team and to do many different jobs, it was very hard for him.

"I pulled him out of the fold so he could freshen himself up and get himself fit and he has come back a different person.

"He has been a very good player throughout his career. He works hard for the team and scored a good goal on Saturday."


Williams making big impact on return to Stags
Evening Post, March 20, 2009

HE may be small in stature, but Ryan Williams has already made a big impact since re-signing for Mansfield Town.

Full story at Evening Post website here
When the 5ft 5in winger left the Stags for Tranmere Rovers in 1997 as a promising teenager for £70,000, little could he have realised what would be in store both personally and for his hometown club.
Williams has never quite hit the heights he might have hoped for, spending much of his time in the lower reaches of the Football League and, more latterly, the Blue Square Premier.
Nonetheless, he has still made more than 300 senior appearances and scored approaching 50 goals.
During the same decade, Mansfield's fortunes in the latter days of Keith Haslam's reign have been on the wane.
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And it is with the club rebuilding in the Blue Square Premier that, 12 years on, Williams has rejoined.
Under new boss David Holdsworth, Mansfield may finally be turning the corner with seven wins in 11 matches.
Williams has already played his part in that and is determined the upward curve should now continue until the end of the season and beyond.
"Things are going well but we are not about to sit back and hopefully there will be more clean sheets and wins to come," he said.
"We want to stay focused between now and the end of the season.
"We are going to look to win every game; that is our aim."
Williams was one of the stand-out performers in last weekend's 3-0 home win over Forest Green Rovers. It his pinpoint cross that gave Mark Stallard the simplest of chances to put Mansfield in front.
The win was the Stags' sixth successive home clean sheet since Holdsworth took the reins.
Williams said: "It was a good win for us and it was important to get back to winning ways after Cambridge (where they lost 2-1).
"People have talked quite a lot about the fact we had won so many games 1-0, so it was nice to prove that we can get goals.
"It was also another clean sheet at home and that remains the main thing."
Williams is one of an ever-increasing list of players whose future at Field Mill next season is assured.
After leaving Weymouth last month, he signed a deal until the end of next summer.
Scott Garner, Louis Briscoe, Alan Marriott, Jonathan D'Laryea, Anthony Howell and Curtis Shaw have also agreed terms, while Scott Gardner signed on the dotted line earlier this week.
There is also the possibility of other existing squad members being snapped up.
"It is always nice for the lads that the gaffer is showing faith in them," Williams said.
"A lot of the younger lads are getting sorted out with deals, even though lots of clubs usually hold out until the summer.
"Hopefully we can all keep rewarding him by doing the business out on the pitch."

Woodward to step down at Grays

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Grays Athletic chairman Mike Woodward has announced he will step down at the end of this season, but will remain at the club as a director.

Woodward made the decision in the aftermath of Tuesday's 4-1 defeat at Histon in the Blue Square Premier.

He told BBC Essex: "I can't keep on financing a club at this level when I've got people who don't want me.

"They [the fans] made it very evident last night, I think my time is up as chairman and I'm going to stand down."

Woodward has bank-rolled the club up to the top-flight of the non-league game and picked up two FA Trophies in the process.

This year the club have had to slash the wage bill by fifty per cent and are struggling in the relegation zone.

He added: "People are very hard to please, they've turned against me and I'm not having it.

"I've got my family to look after, my business is more important than football but at the end of day football is very much at my heart.

"I've stopped putting money into the side, that's it."



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