FRIENDLY: ALFRETON PREVIEWS + BEN ALGAR ON TRIAL
Jones to take Stags armband at Alfreton
Evening Post, July 25, 2009
LUKE Jones will be handed the captain's armband for Mansfield at Alfreton today.
Manager David Holdsworth says he has all but made his mind up as to who will lead the side come the club's first league game on August 8.
But after Gary Mills wore the armband against Newport and Scott Garner was skipper against former club Leicester, he will now give the former Kidderminster man a chance.
"Although I have virtually decided on my captain, I want to give everyone the opportunity," said Holdsworth.
"I want to keep it fresh because there are a lot of leaders in our team and a lot of options. By doing this in pre-season I can see who can take on the role if our regular skipper is out injured.
"It is good to have that flexibility there."
Holdsworth is expecting a different test at the Impact Arena to that offered by Championship Leicester in midweek.
He said: "I'm fully aware of what Nicky Law's team offer. He has brought in some talented players.
"They are now favourites for their league (Blue Square North) and we know they will come at us strongly."
Mansfield played 4-2-1-3 on their last away trip to Newport – where they won 2-0.
Their formation in Derbyshire could well depend on who is available.
Kyle Nix (ankle), Rob Duffy (thigh), Jake Speight (hamstring) and Steven Istead (hamstring) all missed the draw with Leicester and will have to prove their fitness. Gary Mills (ankle) and Alan Marriott (back) will not be risked.
Ben Algar is new trialist
MANSFIELDTOWN.NET, Fri 24 Jul 2009
Ex-Chesterfield winger Ben Algar will take part in our friendly match away at Alfreton Town tomorrow.
Read full story at mansfieldtown.net here
The 19 year old will be the only trialist featuring in tomorrow's game.
He has made six appearances for Chesterfield's first team.
Manager David Holdsworth told mansfieldtown.net this afternoon: "He has lots of pace and tricks. He is not the biggest player, but if you have a height deficiency you have to bring something to the dinner table, as all our smaller players do. I am keen to give this man an opportunity. He was with Sheffield United for a long time and then had a spell at Chesterfield."
Algar 'took part in Soccer AM's 'Skill School' competition, beating team mate Jordan Bowery, by displaying a more complex and extensive range of skills than him.'
See the Soccer AM clip here
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