TEAM NEWS FOR CREWE GAME
Pilkington, Holyoak, Williamson & Corden in starting line-up for LDV game.
Goalkeeper Kevin Pilkington will return to Mansfield's starting line-up for the LDV Vans Trophy tie with Crewe.
The former Manchester United trainee has recovered from a fractured hand which has kept him out of the last four matches, and he is likely to replace stand-in Arjan Van Heusden.
However, Scott Sellars will serve a one-match ban (it had originally been thought that Selars would miss the Swindon game, but he now won't) and Mark Lever misses out with a minor knee injury, while midfielder Craig Disley has failed to recover after needing stitches in a nasty head gash sustained during Saturday's defeat by Huddersfield.
Youngster Mark Hurst will start for the second successive match after an outstanding performance against the Terriers, and Danny Holyoak will make his third appearance of the season. Wayne Corden will replace Sellars. Williamson will replace Disley.
Boss Stuart Watkiss is keen to give his younger players first-team experience against the Alex and 16-year-old Alex Baptiste should claim a place on the bench. Jake Buxton, Andy White and Danny Bacon will also be on the bench.
Defender Allen Tankard (tendinitis) will not be fit in time.
Crewe will be without striker Dean Ashton as the club make their first appearence in the LDV Vans trophy.
Ashton misses the game as he is on duty for the England Under-20 team.
But Richard Walker, Neil Sorval and Ademole Bankole are all in line to start.
"We're taking the competition seriously otherwise I'd send out the reserves," Dario Gradi told BBC Radio Stoke.
"I will make a few alterations to the side but it won't be a weak one,"
"All clubs enjoy good cup runs, and the end product is a special one with the final being played at the Millenium."
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