Trio in line to make full Mansfield debuts at Eastwood
Evening Post, 29 July 2010
KEIGAN Parker, Tyrone Thompson and Ashley Cain stand by to make their full Mansfield Town debuts at Eastwood Town's Coronation Park tonight.
The trio all came off the bench in the Stags' 1-1 draw with League One Tranmere Rovers at Field Mill last Saturday.
But they could all figure from the start at Coronation Park (7.45pm) against an in-form Badgers side who have won five of their six summer friendlies so far – their only defeat coming this week against Rainworth.
"There will be changes made to the squad and there may also be a trialist at centre forward," said Stags manager Holdsworth.
"But I'm looking to get Keigan some minutes out on the pitch, along with Tyrone, and they could both start in what should be a good work-out.
"Ashley is also in contention on the right-hand side, but I have got good options with Louis Briscoe and Adam Smith there.
"I have got a lot of respect for Eastwood, their owner (Rob Yong) and manager (Paul Cox).
"They have brought in some very good players this summer and I'm sure they will go on to have a successful season. I would put them in the play-offs at least."
Quicksilver Cain became Holdsworth's latest signing on Monday when he joined following a successful trial, having been released at the end of last season by Coventry City.
The 19-year-old has agreed a one-year deal and his new boss is backing him to be a hit at Field Mill.
Holdsworth said: "Ashley will bring youth, enthusiasm, skill and pace.
"Psychologically it is tough for someone when they are released by a League club and it can take time to settle elsewhere. But I have seen him for a year in reserve games and I have seen what he can do.
"Financially, he isn't costing us a great deal, but hopefully he will go on and get his rewards later."
Eastwood boss Paul Cox is also looking forward to the all-Notts clash.
After the club have levelled and re-turfed their playing surface, he is pleased his charges have the chance to become accustomed to their home surroundings before the first game in their Blue Square Bet North campaign.
"We have been doing well in our pre-season games, but sometimes you can miss things when that is the case," said Cox.
"Mansfield will be our hardest test yet without a doubt and they will ask questions we have not been asked before, which is what you want.
"Our first league game is away but we then play at home on the Tuesday night.
"It's important psychologically that the lads get used to how the new pitch plays, so I'm grateful for David Holdsworth for bringing a side here at what was short notice."
Mansfield have injury worries over Steven Istead (hamstring), Matt Somner (neck) and Paul Stonehouse (thigh). All three are rated as 50-50 chances.
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