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D'Laryea decision for Shirtliff
CHAD website, 10 November 2005
JONATHAN D'Laryea's loan spell at Mansfield Town has been given a one-month extension.
But will the youngster be back in the side for tomorrow night's visit of fellow strugglers Bury (7.45pm)?
That is the dilemma facing manager Peter Shirtliff after being forced to leave the youngster out of the team last weekend as Manchester City didn't want him cup-tied.
In his absence, Stephen Dawson was recalled and played well in a superb 4-3 away FA Cup win at League One Rotherham United.
"It is a decision I have to make and I will think about it and then pick the team I think will beat Bury," said Shirtliff.
"I am pleased we have got Jonathan for another month. Stuart Pearce knows he is getting good experience here and he is delighted with that.
"I know City were watching him when we played Millwall and I keep in regular contact with Stuart and let him know how it's going.
"Last week was the first time in his career that Jonathan has played three games in a week. And that was against men - we are not talking about reserve or Academy football. But he has done well.
"I never envisaged Stephen Dawson and Giles Coke playing a full season. One is 19 and one 20 and they have hardly got 20 league games between them.
"There is a lot of inexperience there and it helps to have Jonathan, who offers something different."
Ironically, having struggled to bring in a striker when he really wanted one a few weeks back, Shirtliff is now being offered strikers by agents at a time when Simon Brown and Richie Barker are scoring for fun.
The pair have 19 goals between them this season already, 10 in the last four matches.
"Agents are offering me strikers, but they want them to be in the side and I cannot guarantee them an automatic place right now as Richie and Simon are doing well.," said Shirtliff.
"If they come here and only get two 45 minutes the agents won't be happy and the boy won't be happy.
"We do need some additions to the squad and I am drawing up a list looking towards the January window."
He added; "We seem to get a nice little atmosphere going for Friday night matches here and, hopefully, the Bury game will be the same.
"Hopefully the crowd will come back in numbers, get behind the boys and we can produce a performance for them."
Story by Editor 10 November 2005
Tipton returns to Field Mill, and Bury manager Chris Casper looks ahead to the game.
It's crucial for Shakers
CHRIS Casper and his Bury side hit the road twice in the next five days anticipating a crucial brace of matches.
A trip to Mansfield Town in the league on Friday night is followed by the eagerly awaited FA Cup first round replay against Scunthorpe United at Glanford Park on Tuesday (7.30pm).
Two good results would give an even greater boost to a young side that has improved no end following a poor start to the campaign that ultimately cost manager Graham Barrow his job.
First up, it's a trip to Field Mill to take on a Stags team that are also enjoying a new lease of life under a new manager.
Peter Shirtliffe was handed the permanent first team reins only this week following the resignation of Carlton Palmer in September.
And in a mirror-image of the position Casper found himself, it was a series of improved displays and results that helped persuade the Mansfield board to give the former Sheffield Wednesday player the job.
The Stags sit in 18th position in League One, only one place and one point behind the Shakers.
So Casper will be looking for his side to pick up a welcome three points that will, hopefully, begin an ascent up the table and put some fresh air between the club and the relegation places which are currently only two points away.
"They have had a good response since Peter took over and I'm expecting a tough game," said Casper.
"But we are confident we can do well and there is no reason why not.
"Hopefully it will be a good game for the supporters, we are playing some entertaining stuff and hopefully we'll continue.
"It would be good to open a gap up and get us further up the league."
And there is one Bury player who, more than most, will want to do well tomorrow evening and that's striker Matthew Tipton.
He joined the Shakers from Mansfield in August following a well-publicised disagreement with Palmer who had signed him only weeks earlier.
During his time there he played only four games for the club and on the night he would love to add to the single goal he has scored for the Shakers since his arrival.
Suspended goalkeeper Neil Edwards is likely to be recalled after missing last weekend's game following his sending-off against Notts County.
Casper is confident his side can upset the formbook when they travel to Scunthorpe next Tuesday.
The Shakers put in a real gutsy display on Saturday to battle back from two goals down against one of the best teams in League One.
And it's that kind of performance that the manager reckons should be giving his young squad the confidence to progress, not only in the money-spinning competition, but in the league too.
Preview: Mansfield Town v Bury
Just over ten years ago, Bury made a trip to Field Mill, the home of Mansfield Town Football Club, for one former Mansfield player it was a night to remember.
The Shakers stuck five past the Stags, Phil Stant bagged four of them, he left the field to a standing ovation from all four sides of the ground. It's that sort of performance that seems to be missing from the Shakers current squad.
We have the 20 goal a season man at the club, in fact we have three or four of them, the only problem is that they are either injured, coming back form injury or just not featuring in the side at the moment.
The five game undefeated run stopped at five, a home defeat to Notts County brought everyone back down to earth, but it was the manner of the performance that has lifted spirits, two games we have gone behind and both games have seen a fightback, the problem is, it's taking going behind to stimulate that performance.
Like Bury, Mansfield have had a bad start to the season, they've lost their manager though not in the same circumstances as Bury. Carlton Palmer walked after a below par performance at Rochdale, it certainly gave the Stags fans reason to smile.
Like Bury they appointed an untried manager. Peter Shirtcliff took over in a caretaker role and the mood changed, results came, performances came and the caretaker role was soon dropped as he became the Stags new gaffer.
Like Bury they sat at the foot of the table, conference football was looming, something had to be done. Changes in management at both clubs has seen both seasons turned around.
Like Bury they left the LDV Vans Trophy to non-league opposition after a home defeat by Hereford United, Bury got spanked 6-1 at Halifax, but we don't talk about that anymore.
The mood in both camps has been refreshed, results are coming together, little runs of form are being put together, performances have improved tenfold and optimism is back - with a bang.
Mansfield will be without midfielder Gus Uhlenbeek (Colin Woodthorpe's mate - not!) and defender Gareth Jelleyman as both are suspended. But on-loan midfielder Jonathan D'Laryea should return to the line-up after Manchester City blocked his inclusion in last week's FA Cup team.
Bury goalkeeper Neil Edwards is available again following suspension and is set to replace Craig Dootson. Lee Unsworth (groin), Jon Newby (Achilles), Brian Barry-Murphy and Allan Smart (both knee) are all out. Though Unsworth should be the first to commence full training soon.
For one current Shaker, it's the chance to prove a point - to both sets of fans. Before the season had started, Matthew Tipton had agreed terms with Bury, a swift phone call from the Stags former Manager saw him change his mind and head off to Field Mill for a new start. For one reason or another it didn't work, Tippy is now a Bury player, their loss is our gain. Or is it&
His debut brought the kind of performance that we had seen over many season, playing for Macclesfield Town, mainly against the Shakers, how many time have we left Moss Rose and thought "Bloody Tipton, tore us apart again." Now the boot is on the other foot, and Tippy himself would be the first to say "It's not quite happened - Yet."
Injuries have kept him pretty much on the sidelines, getting back to full fitness is taking a bit of time, but he's getting there, replaced at half time in last weeks Cup adventure, he has a point to prove to Chris Casper.
Games at Field Mill are usually dull 0-0 affairs, or it's a stunning 5-3 defeat, or it could be a case of history repeating itself from ten years ago.
It is impossible to walk into Field Mill now and NOT think of Sergeant Stant and his performance a decade ago, and how much we would like to see it again. No doubt this preview will be live on Stagsnet later today... (comment from Martin - good, we don't like to disappoint)
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