GRITTON BACK FOR STAGS
Gritton back for last two games
CHAD website, 26 April 2007
MARTIN Gritton is back at Field Mill and looks set to return to the squad for tomorrow's important home clash with Barnet (Saturday, 3pm).
The on-loan Lincoln City striker was left out of last weekend's trip to Swindon Town after being told he was not being offered a contract at Field Mill next season.
"I decided to leave him out as his head just wasn't right for the Swindon game," said manager Billy Dearden.
"I have had a good chat with him and now he has just got to get his finger out and play well. He will be back in our squad for Saturday.
"After I told him there would not be anything for him here next season, Martin heard Lincoln wanted him back.
"But things didn't develop as he thought they would and now he is back here and training hard."
Gritton, who has bagged six goals on loan but not scored since 24th February, will leave Field Mill after next week's game at Bury when he will return to Lincoln to bolster their Play-offs squad if they finish in the top seven.
Kitchen enjoying first team life
CHAD website, 26 April 2007
TRAINEE defender Ashley Kitchen is hoping to get another taste of first team action at Field Mill on Saturday.
The 18-year-old was forced into the first team due to an horrendous catalogue of injuries and is also being played out of place at right back.
But he is enjoying every minute of his unexpected promotion.
"I am really excited by it all," he said.
"It's been very good and I am really enjoying it, it's just a shame results have not been going right.
"The older players have helped me and told me to relax and do my best and to keep my head and keep going if I make a mistake.
"I usually play central defender or central midfield sometimes. I have never played right back before so it's all new to me.
"But John Mullins has been helping me and giving me tips and telling me what to do."
Kitchen had been an unused substitute and was again due to be on the bench two weeks ago when he suddenly found himself pitched into the fray at the last possible minute after Gareth Jelleyman was injured in the pre-match warm-up against
"Maybe that was the best way," he said. "If they'd told me the day before I probably wouldn't have been able to sleep.
"It was what I had been waiting for for the past eight years.
"I have been a Mansfield fan since I was nine and I have been at the club since I joined the Centre of Excellence at nine.
"My mum and dad have always been to watch me play and they were in the stand for the Rochdale game along with other family so I knew I had to try to perform well which I hope I did.
"Last weeek I played in front of a huge crowd at Swindon. When you ran out and heard the cheering the adrenalin rush you got was incredible.
"I hope I am involved on Saturday and can help us get the result we need to end all this talk of relegation.
"You are always playing under pressure whether you are right at the top of near the bottom. It is how a player reacts to that pressure."
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