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3rd April 2013 10:25

Cox signs full back from Luton

28th March 2013
Left-back Greg Taylor has today joined us on an emergency loan from Luton Town.

Manager Paul Cox has acted quickly following news that James Jennings, the regular left-back, will miss the rest of the season because of a torn hamstring.

The 23-year-old old has played 20 times for The Hatters this season and has also spent time on loan at Tamworth this term, whom Stags face away this Saturday.

Speaking about his new signing, Cox told http://www.mansfieldtown.net: "He's a natural left back, with good ability both in defence and going forward. The next eight games are important and we need to be sure that all 'bases are covered'. He'll be a very good addition to the squad."


Taylor moves to Mansfield on loan

Town defender Greg Taylor has joined Blue Square Bet Premier title challengers Mansfield Town on loan until the end of the season, writes Mike Simmonds.

The 23-year-old who won't be offered a new contract at the end of the campagn, has had a mixed season at Luton, making just 20 appearances and has already spent time at Tamworth on loan.

He hasn't played since the 2-1 defeat to Hyde and Hatters boss John Still said: “It's really difficult because Greg came in for a couple of games.

“We wanted to look at everybody. He came in and probably will be a bit disappointed with his performances, he is probably better than he showed me.

“What with bringing Scott (Griffiths) in, I want to look at him towards the end of the season. With Snoops (Lathaniel Rowe-Turner) as well, at this particular moment on what he'd shown, he would be a bit too far back.”

Mansfield boss Paul Cox told the Stags' official website: “He's a natural left back, with good ability both in defence and going forward.

“The next eight games are important and we need to be sure that all bases are covered. He'll be a very good addition to the squad.”


Mansfield Town's players told to embrace the pressure, not fear it
Nottingham Post Mar 29th, 2013

Blow: Mansfield Town's in-form left-back James Jennings has been ruled out for the season through injury.


TEN straight victories have seen Mansfield Town excel into pole position for the title and promotion.

And the 1-0 victory against Nuneaton on Tuesday put them one point off leaders Kidderminster with three games in hand.

They are also five points in front of Wrexham with eight games to go and it has brought an added pressure.

It is Mansfield's to lose and, in midweek, you could sense nervousness in the crowd as the game dragged on goalless with chance after chance being missed before they eventually won.

A roadblock was thrown in their way when James Jennings, so excellent at left-back since joining in January from Cambridge, went off with a hamstring injury and will now miss the rest of the campaign.

But such is Stags' stature and attraction, they swooped yesterday to sign promising left-back Greg Taylor on an emergency loan from Luton Town.

And with four games in the space of eight days, there is a huge opportunity to take a real stranglehold on the Blue Square Bet Premier.

But Cox has told his players, and supporters, to embrace the run-in and hold no fear as they look to make it over the finishing line first.

First up are Tamworth away tomorrow before entertaining Gateshead on Easter Monday.

A trip to Wrexham follows on Thursday night before an even longer journey to Barrow less than 48 hours later.

Cox said: "My message is do not be nervous. We are all in this game to enjoy it and the support the other night was immense.

"Even though we did not play particularly well, they stuck with us and we got the win.

"We can't afford to be anxious or stress about what is at stake. This is why we take part in this sport.

"It is what I am in it for, it is what the supporters are in it for and the lads have just got to enjoy it.

"I don't want anybody to feel pressure. We just have to go for it. We must embrace it.

"We are playing for the title, for promotion and it doesn't get much better than that.

"There is no point worrying about failure. It is all positive and we just have to give it our best shot but certainly not fear it."

Ritchie Sutton, George Pilkington and Lee Beevers could all play at left-back but Cox did not want to be left short if other injuries arise or suspensions, with Beevers on eight cautions and two yellows away from an automatic two-game ban.

That is why the manager was delighted to bring in Taylor on an emergency loan yesterday.

The 23-year-old old has played 20 times for the Hatters this season and has also spent time on loan at Tamworth this term, who Stags face tomorrow.

Cox said: "He's a natural left-back, with good ability both in defence and going forward. The next eight games are important and we need to be sure that all bases are covered. He'll be a very good addition to the squad."

The Stags manager said he will have to rotate his squad in the coming games.

But he also added: "We look fresh now, that break did us good and after getting that game out of the way on Tuesday, we will be sharp.

"We will play tomorrow and then have a warm down and see where we are at on Sunday.

"These lads can physically cope with the demands so I would expect most to be ready to play again on Monday. If changes need to be made, I am positive players who will come in can do a very good job for the team.

"Tamworth is a chance to win another game and I am looking no further than that.

"There will be lots of twists and turns but my job as manager is to make sure those twists are limited as much as possible for our club.

"We want to do it in straight lines and just keeping moving forward, game by game.

"Tamworth will be a difficult test but we will have a solid support and we know what we have to do.

"We have a good chance (of winning the title). But that's all it is at this stage – a chance."


Cox may add to defence after JJ injury
video interview with Paul Cox:
Jason Harrison (Mansfield 103.2) and John Lomas (Chad) are asking the questions

28th March 2013

Manager Paul Cox is expected to make further esquires today for potential new full-backs, after it was revealed that left-back James Jennings will miss the rest of the season.

Jennings has been in tremendous form at left-back after signing from Cambridge United two months ago.

But he will now have to watch the rest of a gripping season from the sidelines after scans have revealed that he tore a hamstring during the second half of Tuesday's 1-0 win against Nuneaton.

Cox hinted at this morning's press meeting that he may use Ritchie Sutton or George Pilkington in that position – but the pair are not natural left-backs – and Cox is also cautious about the temporary possibility of losing Lee Beevers, who is two yellow cards away from a two match ban.

“The reports we've had from the physio (Simon Murphy) are saying that it's quite a bad one, it's quite a bad tear,” said Cox, speaking on Jennings' injury.

“It's looking unlikely that he'll compete again this season. We're not ruling him though. Knowing 'JJ' as I do, he's a little warrior. He'll want to be back before for the season ends but we have to look at the best and worst case scenarios.

“I can tell why he's had a captain's armband at the other clubs he has been at. He's a true professional. His performances have been nothing short of excellent."

Cox has until 5pm today to bring in a player on an emergency loan and can also sign players who are out-of-contract.

“We've not ruled out bringing someone in. Obviously we have people like Beevs (Lee Beevers), Sutts (Ritchie Sutton) who have filled in there and I've played Pilks (George Pilkington) in there in the reserves too.

“I want to make sure what we do is totally professional and that we cover all bases. We've spoken to a couple of players over the last 24 hours. What will come of it, I'm not sure – we'll know more by mid-day.

“I want to bring someone in who is as good as, if not better, than what we have got. The players I've spoken to have played at the top end of this table and at league football.


Players and fans told to relax and enjoy Mansfield Town's title battle
chad.co.uk Thursday 28 March 2013

Mansfield Town manager Paul Cox has told his players and supporters to relax and enjoy the big finale to the season as his title-chasers face three huge games in six days over Easter.


Stags travel to Tamworth on Saturday before facing Gateshead at home on Monday and then head off to Wales for the big showdown with title rivals Wrexham on Thursday.

But Cox is concerned that his players don't let anxiety spoil their enjoyment of the big eight-game run-in, and he wants supporters to relax and enjoy it too.

“There was a bit of anxiety out there on Tuesday, everyone was perhaps trying too hard,” said Cox. “I told them at half-time to just enjoy it and they only needed to win 1-0.

“There is no pressure. We could be fifth from bottom. Everyone up to 14th could get dragged into a relegation battle. That's when you worry and become anxious.

“We are looking at a chance to become champions and I don't see any pressure in that. You have got to enjoy it. Chasing a title is a part of the game that is enjoyable.

“I want fans to come down, have a drink and scream their hearts out and enjoy it. If we don't win the championship, then we get a second bite of the cherry and go into the play-offs. If we don't win those we dust ourselves down and go again next year. Let's not worry about failure.

He added: We are building good foundations here and we have a great chairman and good die-hard supporters who want us to succeed. We are also putting in a good infrastructure with the youth set-up.”

Stags fans will probably outnumber home supporters in Saturday's all-ticket clash at The Lamb and Cox said: “Our supporters can send shivers down your spines sometimes. They don't realise what a positive effect they can have on the lads.

“I know Dale (manager Belford) very well and he's done a good job down there. They have Adam Cunnington up there among the top scorers and I know Tom Marshall well as he's played for me in the past.

“It won't be easy, but the support we are taking with us will be brilliant for the lads.”

With only one win in their last six games, 15th-placed Tamworth are still not clear of the relegation battle, but showed their spirit with a fine 0-0 draw at Luton Town last weekend.

On Monday, visitors to the One Call Stadium will be 19th -placed Gateshead, who are without a home ground right now and with only one win in five, are also in the thick of the relegation battle


'The title is ours to lose,' says Stags midfielder Lee Stevenson
chad.co.uk Friday 29 March 2013

Midfielder Lee Stevenson took one look at the BSBP table ahead of title-chasing Mansfield Town's trip to Tamworth tomorrow and admitted: “It's our to lose now,”


“That was a massive three points. I tend not to look at the table too often but I had a glance after Tuesday's match and it is looking quite rosy at the minute,” he said.

“A mate of mine keeps ringing asking if he should put a bet on us. It is in our hands at the minute and it's ours to lose now.

“The season has flown by. It was Christmas two minutes ago but we will be looking at pre-season again in a minute!

“Easter is always a vital time and, with three games in six days it's going to be a long week away from home. But we have good team spirit and we will stick together.

“We are now having to play three games a week, but it's the same for everybody, and we hope we can get another three points at Tamworth on Saturday and maybe go top again.

“It's all about recovery between games now, eating right, and looking after our bodies.

“Tamworth are a good team and it will be a tough game. I see we will be taking more down there than the home fans so it will be a great atmosphere. Our fans can be unbelievable. With everyone behind us, the crowd are our 12th man.”


Mansfield Town chase loan left back after James Jennings is sidelined with torn hamstring
chad.co.uk Thursday 28 March 2013

Stags boss Paul Cox may delve into the loan transfer market before tonight's deadline after learning left back James Jennings may play no further part inMansfield Town's title challenge with eight big games still to play.


Jennings, who joined the club from Cambridge United in the January window, limped off the field during Tuesday night's 1-0 win over Nuneaton Town with a hamstring injury and Cox said this morning: “The report I have heard from the physio is that it's quite a bad one, a grade two tear in his hamstring, and it's looking very unlikely he will take any further part in the season.

“I wouldn't rule him out completely as, knowing him, he will want to be back before the season ends. He is a little warrior.

“He has been brilliant to work with and you can tell why he's worn the captain's armband at other clubs. He is a true professional and his performances have been nothing short of excellent.

“But I have to make sure we cover for every eventuality and I have made tentative enquiries about a couple of players, quality players who have played at the top end of this division and the Football League. So we will have to see what happens today.

“I do have Lee Beevers and Ritchie Sutton who have covered at left back and George Pilkington, who played well there in the reserves last week. But Beevers has had eight booking and, two more, he would be suspended for two games. We could also pick up further injuries and I don't want to leave us wide open.”


Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Not the results I wanted to hear from the MRI scan! Out for rest of the season #gutted ???? #staypositive


Tamworth FC: Club urge fans to not let Mansfield Town turn Lamb into home ground
Friday, March 29, 2013 CPhilpotts

Read more: http://www.thisistamworth.co.uk/story-18556152-detail/story.html?#ixzz2OxpDNUMR

TAMWORTH fans are being urged to turn up in their droves tomorrow to stop Mansfield Town from turning the Lamb into a home ground.
More than 1,200 tickets have currently been snapped up by the title chasing club and Tamworth club secretary, Rod Hadley, has urged the Lambs fans to follow suit to ensure Dale Belford's team can still use the home advantage.
Rod Hadley wants to see the stands at the Lamb full of support this weekend
Rod said: "We are still waiting for the official figures but at the moment it looks like 1,200 plus tomorrow for Mansfield.
"When you look at the fact that in the last few games we had 600 odd home fans you can see why we need more to come down.

"We want our supporters to match the Mansfield ones in terms of numbers and make this a really great atmosphere down at the Lamb tomorrow."
Rod added that with the game less then 24 hours away he was in no doubt that the Lambs fans would do their part.
He said: "Early indications are that the Tamworth support will be here for the game.
"I have had a lot of interest locally and also I have heard about people coming here for the holidays who want to come see a game like this.
"It should be huge – I think for the first time in a couple of years we will break the 2,000 barrier down here."
A win for Tamworth in the game tomorrow would also see them cross the 50-point line for the first time in the Conference Premier.
"That is reason enough to turn up," Rod said. "The chance to cheer on a Tamworth team to more points than they have ever had before.
"I know the supporters will help us do that, the way the team have played under Dale so far, they deserve it."
Tickets can still be purchased on the day for Tamworth fans. To do so use the turnstiles to the right of the club shop in the main car park


Mansfield Fans no ticket no admission
Thursday Mar 28, 2013

With the snow now melted the groundsman has finally been able to get back onto the pitch and all looks well for Saturday when Champions elect Mansfield Town (although Kiddy & Newport may not agree) will be the visitors for a 3pm kick off .

Mansfield seats are all sold out and terrace tickets for Mansfield Town fans are only available from Mansfield Town FC. Very few tickets now left for away fans so unless you have a ticket please do not travel as you will not gain admission without one . No other sections available for away fans Check local maps for directions to gates 7 & 8 as not on car park side of ground.


Looking Good for Saturday
Wednesday Mar 27, 2013

With most of the snow now melted the groundsman has finally been able to get back onto the pitch and all looks well for Saturday when Champiom elect Mansfield Town (although Kiddy & Newport may not agree) will be the visitors for a 3pm kick off .

Mansfield seats are all sold out and terrace tickets for Mansfield Town fans are only available from Mansfield Town FC. Any unsold Mansfield Town terrace tickets will be sold on the gates 7 & 8 on the day which will be in Cross Street. Check local maps for directions as not on car park side of ground.


Perry relishes Mansfield Town test
Thursday, March 28, 2013 Tamworth Herald

Read more: http://www.thisistamworth.co.uk/story-18546621-detail/story.html?#ixzz2Ouz076LB

KYLE Perry comes up against two of his former clubs over Easter and insists there will be no room for sentiment.
First up, the giant centre forward faces title-chasing Mansfield Town at The Lamb on Saturday.
Perry scored nine goals in 40 appearances for the Stags in 2009-10.
Then he travels with the Lambs to Hereford where he enjoyed a two-month loan spell earlier this season.

"I'd love to play against my former clubs this weekend, but that's up to the management and I respect their decision, whatever they decide," said Perry.
"Mansfield is a club I have a lot of time for.
"I still look out for their results every week and it's great to see them pushing for good things at the top of the table.
"At the end of the season, it would be great to see them in with a shout of the title. I will be rooting for them in the long term.
"But, on Saturday, it's all about Tamworth for me and we need to get a positive result.
"And I think that we can get one as well. We don't fear Mansfield.
"I look at our squad and we have some fantastic young players, plus experience in the shape of Lee Hendrie and Darren Byfield.
"It's a great dressing room and we are confident we can beat anyone.
"The only thing we are lacking really is consistency but hopefully that will come in time."
Once Mansfield is out of the way, Perry will switch his attention to Hereford, where he made eight appearances on loan from Nuneaton earlier this season.
"Hereford were good for me," he said. "I had been through a difficult time football wise and Martin Foyle and Andy Porter asked me to go there on loan.
"I knew them both of them from my Port Vale days.
"I think they wanted people around them that they knew.
"They wanted to mix things up a bit when they were looking to build a dressing room.
"I didn't score while there but enjoyed my spell.
"I was stuck in a bit of a rut until then and it gave me a bit of love back for the game again.
"But, as I say, while they are another former club, it's all about Tamworth now.
"We are trying to make it past 50 points and that would be a record for the club. That would be quite some accomplishment.
"It would be great for us to achieve that. Dale (Belford) and Scott (Lindsey) deserve it as well because they have been fantastic coaches to work with."


Mitchell: Mansfield Town can claim Conference crown

Tuesday, March 26, 2013
By Matthew Panter
Read more: http://www.thisistamworth.co.uk/story-18522949-detail/story.html?#ixzz2OfGAjUvN

Lambs loan keeper Liam Mitchell believes Mansfield Town have a great chance of winning the Conference Premier this season.
But the on-loan Notts County keeper is determined to upset the apple-cart when the sides go head rto head at The Lamb this weekend.

Mitchell played three games for the Stags on loan earlier in the campaign.
He has watched with interest as they have moved into top four to challenge for the title.

This weekend, he comes up against them and said: “I am looking forward to it.
“I am sure a few of the Mansfield lads will fancy scoring past me but hopefully I will be able to keep them at bay and Tamworth can get the right result this weekend.
“I wish them all the best overall but noton Saturday!”
He added: “They have done really well though this season and when I was there I knew that they would be strong contenders for promotion either this season or next.
“It could be this year now but it's so tight at the top. The title is there for one of the top four to take.
“Whichever one of them can string a run together now has a fantastic chance to lift the league title.
“There's no reason why that can't be Mansfield. They are a big club and feel their place is in the Football League.”


Lambs hopes to have Thorpe available for Mansfield Town clash
Wednesday, March 27, 2013 Tamworth Herald
Read more: http://www.thisistamworth.co.uk/story-18533692-detail/story.html?#ixzz2OlrMkA3V

JONATHAN Thorpe is expected to hand Dale Belford a boost by winning his injury battle for Saturday's home clash with Mansfield.
Thorpe picked up a tight hamstring in the 0-0 draw at Luton Town.
He would have missed Tuesday's postponed trip to Alfreton but could be fit to feature this weekend.
It means Belford is only likely to be without Lloyd Kerry and Scott Barrow for the Easter weekend.

Jake Hessenthaler has returned to Gilligham but Peter Till has declared himself available after injury.
Belford, meanwhile, was disappointed to see his side's clash with Alfreton called off this week. the game has been rearranged for Thursday, April 11.
He said: "The lads were really up for it on the back of the Southport win and Luton draw.
"They were all desperate to play but there's not much that you can do about the weather.
"It means we have a busy three weeks where we are cramming in seven games.
"It's going to be all hands to the deck but I think we have the squad here to cope.
"I am just calling on them all now to put in a final effort and let's finish the job off."
Belford confirmed that young midfielder Elliott Turner has been recalled from his loan spell at Market Drayton



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