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14th February 2011 20:23

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Darren Stride will not be suspended for the game, but Kevin Sandwith will.
Explanation below. Martin

Stride will be suspended for one game starting 14 days after the incident.
But Sandwith will be suspended for the next game after the incident.

FA rulebook:

page 330-331 refers to players for teams in Premiership, Football League and Conference National;

A Player who is dismissed from the Field of Play for denying a goal or an obvious goalscoring
opportunity by physical means or by handling the ball, will be suspended automatically
from the First Team Competitive Match (FTCM) commencing forthwith, until such time as his Club has completed its next FTCM."

page 363 refers to players for teams in Conference North/South and below;

A player who is dismissed from the Field of Play for denying a goal or an obvious goalscoring
opportunity by physical means or by handling the ball, will be suspended automatically from
all domestic League, League Cup and FA Challenge Cup and Trophy matches and Friendly
matches commencing on the 14th day following the match in which he was sent off, until
such time as his Club's recognised Senior Team has completed one match in an approved
Competition ..."


Russ not ruling out changes
mansfieldtown.net, Mon 07 Feb 2011
Manager Duncan Russell says that he is happy to make changes in personnel for tomorrow's FA Trophy Third Round Replay at Alfreton should they be needed.


In team news, 'Russ' is definitely deprived of the services of four players but will wait on the fitness of others following Saturday's 1-1 draw with The Reds which was fought out in difficult conditions.

He said: "Paul Stonehouse is having problems with his calf whilst Adam Smith has still not recovered from his groin trouble. Obviously Alan Marriott is still out whilst Sandwith is suspended following his red card at the weekend.

"We will have played three games this week so that's the idea of having a bigger squad to choose from.

"There are players who I can bring in if needs be but I do not like changing the team when they're playing well so I will see how the lads are feeling tomorrow.

"There were understandably a few tired legs on Saturday after playing on a heavy pitch with 10 men for most of the game but saying that, they (Alfreton) did too, so that can't be used as an excuse."

'Russ' revealed that we would not be appealing the decision to send off Kevin Sandwith early in the game on Saturday unlike Alfreton who have contested skipper Darren Stride's straight red meaning that he will be able to feature at The Impact Arena tomorrow night.

He added: "I know that Stride will be playing as they are contesting his sending off but I am not unhappy about that. We won't be contesting Kevin's dismissal as you run the risk of losing him for three or four games if you lose the appeal and nobody wants that.

"It's a blow to have him sitting out tomorrow as he's an important member of the squad but I would not want to lose him for more than just the one match."

Finally, the Gaffer was reluctant to comment on our potential Fourth Round opponents Chasetown, who we would face away from home on February 26th should we beat Alfreton, and said that he was solely focused on the job at hand tomorrow evening as we look to move one step closer to a Wembley appearance in May.

"I'm not thinking about it, I'm more concerned with tomorrow. Overall we did it enough to shade it on Saturday but now we have to go to their place and finish the job.

"It will be tough but I am optimistic of getting a positive result. The conditions will hopefully be a lot kinder to us tomorrow night and I know they have a slope in their pitch so we have got to go down there, be professional and come back with the win."


Arnold ready for second crack at Stags after memorable Field Mill return
Evening Post

IT was, by his own admission, a surreal and emotional experience.


As much as he tried to tell himself otherwise, it was not just another game.

For Nathan Arnold, coming back to Field Mill to play against Mansfield Town, the club where he came through the ranks, was always going to be a momentous occasion.

The fact he marked that return on Saturday with a goal for current club Alfreton Town just made it all the more memorable.

The Reds, having disposed of Cambridge United 6-3 after extra-time in the previous round of the FA Trophy, were always confident of causing an upset.

And when Arnold struck, albeit slightly fortuitously, in the dying stages of the first half, it looked as if they may oust the Stags and seal a place in round four.

As it was, Mansfield hit back to level through Paul Connor and force tonight's replay at the Impact Arena after a 1-1 draw.

That will give Arnold another chance to have a crack at his former team-mates, an opportunity he is once again relishing.

"My little girl came and was at Saturday's game with her mum and I had a few friends come as well. I had been looking forward to the day and I did my best to take it all in," said the 23-year-old winger.

"The club has been a big part of my life, coming through as a trainee and I still live in the town.

"My family have always been big Mansfield fans and my mum was at home cheering me on.

"She usually listens to Mansfield games on the radio, so I'm not sure who she wanted to win!

"I had mixed feelings when I scored, I didn't know what to do. I didn't really want to celebrate too much because I still have massive respect for the club and the fans who supported me during my time at Mansfield.

"But at the same time I'm with Alfreton now and I have a job to do with them.

"I was just pleased to be back and playing against some old team-mates as well, but my number one focus was just to make it another game and go for victory.

"That will be the same thing in the replay."

Arnold first made it into the Stags team as a teenager back in 2005, debuting against Hereford United.

He went on to make more than 100 appearances and was one of the few players to stay on following relegation from the Football League.

But in the summer of 2009, after turning down a contract extension offer from then boss David Holdsworth, he left.

After a trial at Grimsby, Arnold eventually turned out for Hyde United for a season before moving closer to home by signing for Nicky Law's men last summer.

Alfreton made all the running in the Blue Square North early in the season and have still lost just once.

But their run in the FA Trophy is threatening to hamper their title challenge.

Arnold said: "We would love to be playing Mansfield in the league and the number one priority is to get promoted.

"The chairman is ambitious and everyone connected with the club is ambitious. We are the bookies' favourites to go up and we know what we need to do.

"We have fallen behind about six games and we have lost a bit of momentum with Derbyshire Senior Cup and FA Trophy fixtures.

"But we are not complaining because matches against Mansfield and Cambridge are the type you want to be playing."

The winners this evening will go forward to face Evo-Stik Premier side Chasetown in the quarter-finals.

The Scholars have already put out Workington, Kettering, Grimsby and Eastleigh in setting up an all-Midlands clash.

"It's a great chance for both teams. Mansfield and Luton are probably the strongest sides left in," said Arnold.

"Mansfield was about the toughest draw we could have had but we got past Cambridge and we showed on Saturday we can match them.

"The boys know we are so close to getting into the last eight and playing at Wembley is a massive incentive."

Arnold is predicting an exciting second installment between Alfreton and Mansfield.

He said: "I think the pitch will allow more football, no disrespect to the one at Field Mill, where the rain had a big effect. Both teams will be able to get it down and play.

"We are very direct and we might have one or two of our players back, including (former Stag) Anthony Howell.

"We were supposed to have a game the week before Mansfield, when Anthony would have served the final game of his suspension, but it was called off.

"He was gutted that he couldn't play at Field Mill but he's back now and up for it."


Mansfield boss Russell – players cannot afford to lose focus
Evening Post

DUNCAN Russell today told his Mansfield Town players to forget dreams of an FA Trophy semi-final place and concentrate on tonight's third round replay tie against Alfreton Town.


Russell knows if his side start thinking ahead they will come unstuck at the Impact Arena against an Alfreton side high on confidence after their 1-1 draw at Field Mill.

"It is nice for the players to see the path they can take through but I'm more concerned about this game," said Russell.

"You can't look at Chasetown or the semi-finals if you don't win this game first so that is where we must have 100 per cent of our focus.

"The key for us on a small pitch is to keep moving the ball."


Mansfield Town's Collett aiming to stay number one – and earn new deal
Evening Post

NEIL Collett is determined to keep his place in Mansfield's Town goal for the rest of the season – and earn himself a new contract in the process.


The former Coventry City shot-stopper has been a back-up for much of the season behind first Alan Marriott and then the on-loan Kevin Pilkington.

But Collett was thrust into the side for the 4-2 FA Trophy victory over Newport County and has kept his place for the last five games with some consistent displays.

The 21-year-old is expected to continue that run in tonight's FA Trophy third round replay at Alfreton Town.

With his current deal due to expire in May, Collett is now looking to convince manager Duncan Russell he has a long-term future at Field Mill.

"Nothing has come about in terms of my future as yet and my contract is up at the end of the season," he said.

"But if I keep performing then hopefully that will impress the gaffer and the chairman (John Radford) and improve my chances.

"I want to get a deal with Mansfield. I would love to stay because I feel right at home here.

"I think it's a great club to be at and it is going to go places in time. We just haven't got there yet."

Collett is quietly confident Mansfield can get the job done at the second time of asking against Alfreton, having drawn 1-1 on Saturday.

He said: "They are a tough team to play and it was hard in the conditions, especially as we were a man down for some of the first half.

"There front two were a handful in the game on Saturday. (Liam) Hearn is very powerful and (Paul) Clayton is a good finisher. They have both played for England C.

""But, no disrespect to them, as the full-time team, we need to go and win the game. We should have enough quality."


Spotlight on Alfreton Town v Mansfield Town
Evening Post

Alfreton (from): Turner, Ross, J. Moult, M. Wilson, Stride, Franklin, Hall, Dillon, Brown, L. Wilson, Arnold, Clayton, Hearn, Keane, Law, Howell.


Mansfield (from): Collett, Silk, Foster, Naylor, Day, Stonehouse, Cain, Thompson, Murray, Briscoe, Connor, Moult, Parker, Mitchley, Nix, Grof, Medley, Istead.

Team news: Although both teams had a player sent off in Saturday's clash, one is set to be available and the other not.

Under contrasting rules, because they are in different leagues, the suspension of Alfreton's Darren Stride will not take effect immediately, but that of Mansfield's Kevin Sandwith will.

Alfreton's Anthony Howell returns from his own ban while Josh Law (thigh) hopes to be back in contention.

But goalkeeper Paddy Gamble will again miss out again for personal reasons.

Mansfield are without Adam Smith (groin), with Tom Naylor the most obvious candidate to replace Sandwith.

One to watch: Paul Clayton. The hard-working striker and former England C international set up Nathan Arnold's goal in their 1-1 draw at Field Mill.

Manager: Nicky Law. Guided the Reds to a tenth game unbeaten on their travels in the two sides' first meeting on Saturday, Alfreton having won eight of those.

Draw: The winners of tonight's FA Trophy third round replay will be away at Chasetown in the quarter-finals on Saturday, February 26.

Draw: Blyth Spartans or Droylsden v Gateshead, Eastbourne Borough or Guiseley v Luton Town, Darlington v Salisbury City, Chasetown v Mansfield Town or Alfreton Town.



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