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Stags' Welsh trip faces pitch inspection
CHAD.co.uk, 18 December 2009
MANSFIELD Town's match at Wrexham on Saturday is in doubt because of the wintry weather and faces a Saturday morning pitch inspection.
Plunging overnight temperatures on Thursday night have frozen the Racecourse pitch and placed the BSP match in jeopardy.
There has been no snow at Wrexham, but the hard frost and another predicted for Friday night have left groundstaff uncertain if the match will go ahead.
A statement on the club's website said: "There is no frost on the grass but the soil is hard.
"The referee is travelling from the North East this evening and will call at the ground at daybreak (Saturday).
"We are aware of when the Mansfield supporters coaches are leaving, so that will be taken into account, although this is not going to be an easy call to make.
"The approqaches to the stadium are not a problem. It is purely down to the playing surface and whether the referee deems it fit to play."
Challinor: Burgess can make Stags tick
Evening Post, December 16, 2009
ANDY Burgess can play a key role in helping propel Mansfield into the Blue Square Premier play-offs, Jon Challinor predicted today.
The two men are former colleagues when they played together for Rushden and Diamonds, so Challinor knows the qualities he has to offer.
He was delighted to see the Bedford-born player sign from Luton Town on deadline day – and insists he will prove to be a superb acquisition.
"It was such a surprise when I was at Rushden and Andy went back there for a second spell, but he was great, so it was another big coup when I heard he was coming to Mansfield," said Challinor.
"What he can do with the ball is unreal. He is a big-time player who works hard and I think he should be playing much higher.
"Whatever the reasons are for that, I don't know, but Mansfield can be delighted that he is here.
"When you are at a club and you want to push on as we do, then you need good players to do it and Andy is certainly one of those."
Challinor feels Burgess – who opened his goal account in his second game, a 3-1 win at Gateshead – will add a touch of finesse.
He said: "Andy can find that pass you need to put a forward in or that cross that someone can score from. Hopefully, I will be one of those benefiting from that.
"You need the quality to go with the grafters and those players who can help you keep clean sheets, which we have.
"Sometimes you need something a bit special, a moment of magic, to break sides down – and he can give you that in abundance."
We owe Wrexham one, insists Duffy
Evening Post, December 17, 2009
ROB Duffy today urged Mansfield to continue their away resurgence at Wrexham on Saturday – and avenge their two defeats at the Racecourse Ground last season.
The Stags were beaten 2-1 in North Wales in an FA Trophy first round tie last year under the temporary management of Adie Moses and Mark Stallard.
And Mansfield were also comfortably beaten 2-0 at the same venue in April amid a run of five defeats on the bounce.
But David Holdsworth's men make the trip in much more confident mood this time.
They have won four out of their last six away games and Duffy insists the Stags are well capable of another victory.
"I was there for the second of the two games Mansfield played at Wrexham last season and it was horrific, a really bad performance and a bad day," said the 12-goal hitman.
"It is one we would look to forget because we never turned up.
"Wrexham is a huge club. The lads will be looking forward to going there and after the good run we have had on the road, we will be confident of getting a decent result."
Duffy has scored five penalties this season but missed his last spot kick against Grays Athletic in a frustrating 0-0 draw.
But manager Holdsworth has already backed his regular penalty taker to bounce back and the striker himself is ready to put his miss behind him.
Duffy said: "It was a bad penalty, there is no disguising that. It was not like me.
"I'm always confident from the spot and I was confident again against Grays, but I didn't hit it as cleanly as I'd like."
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