FIELD MILL HOPING FOR A THAW
Field Mill hoping for a thaw
MANSFIELD Town are hoping for a thaw to help get Saturday's home clash with Wycombe Wanderers on.
The Field Mill pitch is hard at the moment following the recent frosts, but forecasts suggest temperatures are likely to go up before the weekend although Saturday itself is forecast as cold.
Another downfall of snow would certainly help soften the pitch up.
Nevertheless, player-manager Keith Curle continues his preparations and was today (Thursday) boosted by the news that strikers Andy White (ankle) and Colin Larkin (hamstring) have both been passed fit to play along with midfielder Craig Disley, who has been trying to shake off a slight groin strain.
The only bad news is that full back Bobby Hassell has not yet shaken off his injured calf and, unable to train today, will now be given another week to recover.
On-loan left back Adam Eaton is due to play his final game but Stags have asked Preston if they can extend the loan, at least for another month, and possibly until the end of the season.
"We hope we can keep Adam here," said Curle.
"But Preston have struggled a bit recently and they have had people watching Adam so we will have to see.
"He has certainly impressed me here, particularly up against Rodney Jack at Crewe last week."
Against Wycombe, Curle will renewn acquaintances with two old pals in Lawrie Sanchez and Terry Gibson and said: "I was with Lawrie and Terry at Wimbledon and we were very good friends. Lawrie has done very well since he went into management and it will be nice to see them both again."
Wanderers have won both games this year so far, racking up a club record away win 5-0 at Northampton last weekend.
"We watched the game and obviously to score five away from home is always impressive and we have to show some concern," said Curle.
"But we are not overly concerned and, with all due respect, we will be a different proposition to Northampton.
"Wycombe scored their goals at the right time and I thought Northampton looked poor on the day."
Wanderers' goal hero was Stuart Roberts with a hat-trick - his first goals for the club after an injury-ravaged 14 months there.
But 18-year-old Jonny Dixon, who has hit four goals in the Chairboys' last three games, will miss out on Saturday with a knee injury.
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