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Butcher fighting for starting spot

30 November 2017

After scoring a hat-trick in Tuesday night's friendly at Clipstone, Stags' midfielder Calum Butcher is hoping to reignite his season by earning a place in the starting XI for Sunday's Emirates FA Cup second round clash with Guiseley.

The former Millwall man scored three of the Stags' goals in a 7-0 first half win, before floodlight failure brought the game to a premature end at half-time.

And after producing three exceptional strikes to claim the matchball, Butcher hopes to force his way into the Stags' line-up for Sunday's game.

"The FA Cup is special so it will be good to play in that and hopefully I'll get some minutes there and hopefully kick-start my season," the 26-year-old said.

"We want to go as far as we can in the FA Cup, and in anything really, so it'll be good to get a win on Sunday and see who we get in the next round."

Stags were ruthless against the Cobras as they laid siege to their NCEL opponents' goal and Butcher believes it's important to approach every game in a professional manner, regardless of their stature.

"We want to go as far as we can in the FA Cup, and in anything really, so it'll be good to get a win on Sunday and see who we get in the next round."

Calum Butcher, midfielder

"It's good for the town to come here and support them after the bit of trouble they've had here. It was nice to come here and do that for them and it was good to get some minutes and score a hat-trick as well.

"We came here professionally and the gaffer's told us to come here and do a job and wherever you play, you've got to do it properly.

"The boys put a lot of effort in and you've got to do it right. You've got to be professional wherever you go, so it was good for us."

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