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27th April 2009 14:31

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ALAN Marriott today admitted he expects to be on the bench for Mansfield Town's final game of the season against Stevenage Borough on Sunday.



Injury crisis for Stags
Evening Post, April 24, 2009

MANSFIELD may be forced to field a patchwork team in their final game of the season at home to Stevenage on Sunday.

Stags' boss David Holdsworth is determined to end the season on a high – and maintain the team's unbeaten record at home since he took over.
But his plans have been thrown into disarray by the fact seven players have been ruled out of the game and a further four are rated 50-50.
He says Scott Gardner, Mark Stallard, Curtis Woodhouse, Matt Somner, Gary Silk, Louis Briscoe and Rob Duffy are all definitely sidelined.
The players who may or may not play are Scott Garner, Alan Marriott, Conor Higginson and Alan O'Hare.
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Holdsworth: Stags will play part in play-off race
Evening Post, April 24, 2009

DAVID Holdsworth today vowed Mansfield Town would fight tooth and nail to beat Stevenage – for the sake of the other side's play-off rivals.
The Stags have very little riding on Sunday's game at Field Mill, other than their hope of remaining unbeaten at home since their new boss took over.
But the Mansfield boss knows Torquay and Kidderminster may need to depend on his side to get a positive result.
And he says that means Mansfield have a duty to perform.
"We can't take our foot off the gas – that would be disrespectful to other sides," said Holdsworth.
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"If we were in the same situation we would expect the same, so we have to roll our sleeves up.
"It would be wonderful if we could send the fans off happy for the summer, but we know we are playing against a team in the play-offs. They are a big, strong, organised team." Even so, Holdsworth has hinted at changes to his team, if not in personnel then in formation


Second time lucky for Shaw at Stags
Evening Post, April 24, 2009

CURTIS Shaw is enjoying his second coming at Mansfield Town.

On the books as a junior at Field Mill, things did not quite work out and he left without getting close to the first team.
But brought back to the club from David Holdsworth's former club Ilkeston, the 21-year-old has now made a breakthrough into the senior ranks.
Shaw has had to be patient. Joining on an 18-month contract in January, he has sometimes been left out of the reserves team, let alone the first team, because of the size and strength of the Mansfield squad.
But last Saturday at Woking, with Matt Somner out with a knee injury, he was handed his opportunity in the centre of midfield – and has done a fair job in grasping it.
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And it was in that 2-0 victory where he impressed with his energy, determination and willingness to get up and down the pitch.
In fact, he was twice denied by good saves from Robins keeper Richard Acton.
Shaw will now hope for another chance to press his claims for next season in Mansfield's final game of the campaign at home to Stevenage on Sunday.
"It's been great coming back to Mansfield because having been here before I know what it has to offer," he said.
"It is a good stadium, there is a good following of fans and it is a club that should not be at this level but in the Football League.
"David Holdsworth has been a superb help and I think he can improve me even more.
"I suppose it was a little bit of a surprise to move here so soon after leaving Ilkeston, but I have always believed in my ability.
"I think my strengths are that I am a midfielder who can get forward and I like to score goals as well as provide.
"The biggest thing I think I can work on is my fitness but I think that is improving just from training every day.
"There are lots of things you want to learn but don't have the time for as a part-time player."
Shaw grew up in Nottingham and has played most of his football in the area. He needed little persuading to join his former boss at Mansfield.
Shaw said: "I went to school at Morley School in St Ann's then CTC (now Djanogly) and played for City Boys from under-13s to under-15s and then the Nottinghamshire Boys side.
"After Mansfield, I went to Kidderminster Harriers for three years until I was 19 and then had a little bit of time at Hucknall. It was then that I moved to Ilkeston and got to know David Holdsworth and his staff."
Shaw's ambition is highlighted by his insistence he still has international ambitions.
"I was in the Jamaica under-20 squad and I am hopeful of playing for the seniors one day," he said.
Matt Somner (knee) is out of the game with Stevenage, while Louis Briscoe (ankle), Curtis Woodhouse (groin) and Mark Stallard (back) are doubts.


Stags keeper Marriott might have to bide his time
Thursday, April 23, 2009, 07:00Comment on this story

ALAN Marriott today admitted he expects to be on the bench for Mansfield Town's final game of the season against Stevenage Borough on Sunday.
The club's first-choice goalkeeper has been outstanding in the latter stages of the campaign since joining from Rushden and Diamonds, keeping nine clean sheets in 17 matches.
But he has been forced to sit out the last three games after being sent off for violent conduct against Barrow.
The keeper reacted angrily to what he says was a kick by defender Paul Jones and saw red for throwing a punch.
And, in his absence, he has watched from the stands as Jason White has taken his place between the sticks.
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But he knows it will not automatically follow he starts against Boro.
"I know I am going to have to work to get my place in the starting line-up and if I'm truthful, I don't expect to play," said Marriott.
"I will give my all in training, as I did in the reserves game but I thought Jason White was first-class against Altrincham the other night (which Mansfield won 2-0) and I can't have any qualms if I don't get back in.
"It has been frustrating sat on the sidelines but I only have myself to blame for that."


Stags' XI on injury list ahead of Stevenage visit
CHAD, 23 April 2009
By John Lomas
MANSFIELD Town have an horrendous injury list - an entire team's worth in fact - as they prepare for their final game of the season at home to in-form Stevenage Borough on Sunday (4pm).
Rob Duffy, Matt Somner, Curtis Woodhouse, Gary Silk, Scott Gardner, Louis Briscoe and Mark Stallard look to have no chance at all.

And Scott Garner, Alan O'Hare, Alan Marriott and Conor Higginson are all rated no better than 50-50 to play.

"We will wrap everyone up in cotton wool and see what happens," said Holdsworth.

"I may have to change things around a lot and even go with three at the back - an idea I have been toying with."

Stevenage arrive knowing a win will guarantee them a place in the play-offs. And they have had a superb run of only one defeat in 30 matches.

If they draw they must match the result of either rivals Torquay or Kidderminster to stay in there.

Mark Albrighton is expected to continue at centre half as John Ahshton struggles to recover from a dislocated shoulder.


22April, Stags reserves 2 - 1 Sheff Utd reserves
Alan Marriott shook off the rust of a three-match ban ahead of the weekend with 90 minutes in goal for Stags reserves as they beat Sheffield United 2-1 last night. But it was Jamie Annerson, who played two games on loan for Mansfield mid-season, who caught they eye with some good saves at the other end. Spencer Weir-Daley put Mansfield ahead on 47 minutes after Annerson had pushed the ball off Scott Gardner's toes as he tried to round him. A minute later Gardner won a penalty but Annerson saved Weir-Daley's poor kick. Blades struck the woodwork before Connor Higginson set up Nick Langford to go clear and make it 2-0 on 82 minutes. Zane D'Sane pulled one back three minutes later but Stags took the points.



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