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Eastwood Town v Mansfield Town
John Ramshaw will pit his wits against his old boss on Monday 14th November, as Eastwood Town take on a Mansfield Town XI in a friendly match, 7.45pm kick off
Admission to the game will be £5 adults and £3 concessions, all pay on the night, kids free
Thompson set to play in Stags friendly
Nottingham Post, Monday, November 14, 2011
JOHN Thompson is expected to play for Mansfield Town in a friendly at Eastwood Town tonight.
The former Republic of Ireland international last week suffered the setback of a knee problem on his way back from a pre-season head injury that has seen him yet to start a competitive game for the Stags.
But defender Thompson has recovered well enough so that he is likely to play at Coronation Park tonight.
If he comes through the clash with the Badgers, the ex-Notts County man could be in contention to make a full debut in this weekend's Blue Square Bet Premier clash at AFC Telford United.
"We are hoping Thommo will be fit to put himself in contention," said manager Paul Cox.
"He has been unlucky and looking back you have to feel sorry for the lad what with his injury pre-season and then one or two knocks since then.
"He has been at his best since he has been here in training before this latest knock.
"But it will be a massive lift for us when he is back because he has not pulled on a shirt (to start) this season.
"If he comes through, there could be a case to play him at the weekend.
"But sometimes you have to wrap players up in cotton wool and bring them back when they are ready, otherwise it can be detrimental."
Rhys Day (ankle) is rated 50-50 to play against Eastwood
Eastwood return for Cox for Stags friendly
chad.co.uk, Monday 14 November 2011
Mansfield Town boss Paul Cox returns to his former club Eastwood Town for a friendly game tonight (7.45pm) as Stags continue to keep themselves fit and ready for their return to action at Telford on Saturday after a two-week lay-off.
Stags played behind-closed-doors friendly games with Northampton and Forest last week, but tonight's game is open to the public.
“I still have an affinity with the club and I worked very closely with the management team there,” said Cox. “I don't know how strong a side they will put out but it will be a proper non-League game at a proper non-League ground.
“I don't think we will get as much time on the ball as we did in the games last week and it will give some players chance to play as well as looking at some more trialists. I want people tonight to make me pick them on Saturday for the Telford game.
“Players who don't want to play these days may be the players who don't fancy plying somewhere like Bath on a Tuesday night, no disrespect to Bath.”
Mansfield are hoping defender John Thompson will have recovered from a slight knee injury to continue his comeback and Cox added: “I hope John can play tonight and put himself in contention for Saturday.
“John has been a bit unlucky this season and, looking back, you have got to feel a bit sorry for him.
“It would be a massive lift for us as he hasn't pulled on the shirt since joining the club. But if you push people back in when they are not 100 per cent it can have a detrimental effect on the player and how the team and people perceive that person.
“If he comes through tonight then I will speak to him and see if he feels he is mentally and physically ready. It would be nice to play my strongest side for the first time.”
Admission to tonight's game is £5 adults and £3 concessions with children admitted free
Next month key for Stags – Cox
Nottingham Post, Tuesday, November 15, 2011
MANSFIELD Town boss Paul Cox has earmarked the lead up to Christmas as the key period of the club's season.
After a good start, the Stags have stuttered in recent weeks, losing 2-1 at home to Cambridge United last time out.
Even so, they are still within touching distance of the Blue Square Bet Premier play-offs ahead of this weekend's trip to AFC Telford United.
Cox insists it is vital it remains that way during the next month, which he believes will clarify if his team can challenge for a top-five spot.
"The period between now and Christmas is vital," said Cox. "We need to be in the pack, within touching distance, by then.
"If we win our game in hand we will be something like three points off third, but equally if we lose three or four on the bounce we could be fourth or fifth bottom.
"This is the nitty-gritty part of the season where the pitches start to get boggy and the injuries and suspensions kick in and you need to be able to cope with every eventuality."
Reports in the north-east have suggested Mansfield are keen to sign Darlington defender Exodus Geohaghon on loan with a view to a permanent move in January. However, it is understood Football League clubs are now interested.
Cox is targeting three new faces before the weekend.
He said: "I'm looking to strengthen, but it's a case of how long's a piece of string as to when it will happen."
John Thompson was due to play in last night's friendly at Eastwood Town after recovering from a knee injury.
Bookings are being taken on 07967 689597 for the SSA's away travel to Telford on Saturday, departing Field Mill at 11am
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