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5th April 2009 23:25

Commentary of Saturday's game at Wrexham 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 Colin Hazelden (of BBC East Midlands Today TV) and Martin Shaw.

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Free video from mansfieldtown.net, previews with David Holdsworth and Daryl Clare, here


BBC Radio Nottingham audio interview with David Holdsworth here
Mansfield Town boss David Holdsworth:
"We have seven games and it's about giving people opportunities this month.
"Whoever comes in must be able to play their part. Players are going to have to earn contracts.
"It's an interesting time. The door is still open because players have a point to prove."


Injuries hit Stags ahead of Welsh trip
Evening Post, April 02, 2009

MANSFIELD boss David Holdsworth faces mounting injury problems ahead of Saturday's trip to Wrexham.

Full story at Evening Post website here
Daryl Clare, Adie Moses, Rob Duffy and Louis Briscoe are all carrying slight knocks as the Stags prepare to make the trip to the Racecourse Ground.
And they are further hampered by the illness of Mark Stallard and loan signing Ollie Hotchkiss.
"I'm not interested in excuses, but where we were healthy with players before, we are struggling a bit now," said Holdsworth.
"The good thing is that even though they have knocks, they all want to play. Sometimes though your heart tells you different to your head.
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"I don't want to put any of the players in a situation where they are vulnerable and there is no time for recovery at the moment with so many games.
"Perhaps a few of the younger players will come in."
But Matt Somner is available after serving a three-game suspension for his sending off against Forest Green.


Stags dressing room upbeat despite Histon drubbing
CHAD.co.uk, 02 April 2009, By Stephen Thirkill
BOSS David Holdsworth says Mansfield Town's players remain upbeat and determind despite their midweek trouncing at Histon.

Full story at CHAD.co.uk here
Stags went down 3-0 in Cambridgeshire after they were outplayed for large chunks of the game and will be looking to get back to winning ways at Wrexham on Saturday.

Holdsworth is now calling for a positive reaction and improved defending as he moulds the Field Mill squad ready for next season's promotion bid.

Said Holdsworth: "We are all disappointed in the way we conceded the goals.

"Our experienced players got caught out for the first goal and we just switched off for the other two goals.

"It was a painful game and definately not one for the purists, but we still have to manage these games.

"We are a team and we win and lose as one. There is a great team spirit and we are still upbeat in the dressing room."

Attention now turns to the trip down to North Wales, where Stags will go up against Division Two relegation buddies Wrexham.

Added Holdsworth: "Wrexham will be a proper football match, with both sides looking to pass the ball.

"We will be going there looking for the win and looking for good progress until the end of the season.

"I expect the players to give 100 per cent in our final seven games and to keep their standards high."


Williams looks to get Stags back in the Football League
CHAD.co.uk, 02 April 2009, By Stephen Thirkill
STAGS winger Ryan Williams has spoken of his desire to get his hometown club back into the Football League.

Full story at CHAD.co.uk here
Williams returned to Field Mill for a second stint at the club in February after he was released by crisis-club Weymouth and has already become an integral part of the squad.

"It is really disappointing to see us in this league, we are a Football League club,"said Williams.

"It would be great to see us back where we belong and I want to be a part of the team that gets us there.

"We have good players at this squad and we are progressing well as a team. We do not fear anyone.

"There is a great atmosphere in the dressing room and we have a good bunch of lads here.

"If we get promoted I will be over the moon. I am sure it will happen as long as we work hard and stick together."

Williams started his football career at the Stags as a junior, playing in 29 matches in two years from 1995-97.

The midfielder left the Mill in a £70,000 move to Tranmere and also commanded fees of £85,000 and £150,000 in transfers to Chesterfield and Hull City.

In more recent seasons he has been in the Blue Square Premier with Forest Green, Aldershot and then Weymouth.


Clare poised for first Stags start
Evening Post, April 02, 2009

DARYL Clare will start Mansfield's game against Ebbsfleet on Tuesday night – injury permitting.

Full story at Evening Post website here
The striker has been champing at the bit to get the nod after moving to Field Mill on loan from Rushden and Diamonds.
But because he has been regaining fitness after being out of action at Nene Park for 12 weeks, he has so far been limited to cameo appearances off the bench,
A niggling thigh problem means former Boston and Chester hotshot Clare is unlikely to figure from the start at Wrexham on Saturday.
But Holdsworth is keen to see what the experienced front man has to offer from the off and the visit of the Fleet is set to see him get that chance.
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"But if he is fit for our home game on Tuesday, then he will start, no question.
"Daryl has worked his socks off since he came to the club and he has been a very good influence in the dressing room."
Clare has already opened his goal account for Mansfield, scoring as a substitute in the 2-1 defeat at Grays.


Goals the key to next season, says Stags striker Clare
CHAD.co.uk, 02 April 2009, By Stephen Thirkill
PROLIFIC goal-getter Daryl Clare says Stags must find more goals if they are to challenge at the top end of the Blue Square Premier next season.

Full story at CHAD.co.uk here
Clare, who has scored more than 100 league goals in spells with Rushden, Chester and Boston, joined Stags on loan from Rushden last month as David Holdsworth looks to bolster his attacking options.

He has so far scored one goal for Mansfield Town, in the 2-1 defeat against Grays, but is yet to start a game for the Field Mill club having come off the bench three times.

Said Clare: "I want to start games and get a good long run in the side, but I have got to be patient.

"I respect the manager's decision and understand why he has held me back for so long.

"I hope to get a good run in the side and show people what I can do ready for next season.

"We need to match the teams at the top of the table. The likes of Stevenage and Cambridge are the benchmark that we have to reach.

"We feel we can reach that level next season, but to do that we need to score more goals.

"Every team challenging at the top needs strikers who can score a good number and have other players that can also chip in with goals. Any team that wants to do well has to have goals in them."

Clare, who started his career at Grimsby, before playing for Cheltenham and Northampton., scored an amazing 48 goals in 53 league appearances in the Football League for Chester.


CHAD VIDEO here: Clare looks to hit the Stags goal trail
CHAD.co.uk, 02 April 2009, By Stephen Thirkill

PROLIFIC striker Daryl Clare is looking to get back on the goal trail with Mansfield Town.
Clare has so far found the back of the net once in the 2-1 defeat away to Grays after he was snapped up by David Holdsworth last month.

But Clare, who has scored over 100 league goals during spells with Rushden, Chester and Boston, has yet to make a start for the Field Mill side as he looks to boost his fitness levels.

Clare is likely to make his fourth subsitute appearance for the club against Wrexham on Saturday, before starting for the first time at home to Ebbsfleet on Tuesday night.



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