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Gaffer wants big turn-out for Cobras friendly

28 November 2017

Mansfield Town manager Steve Evans has encouraged supporters to attend tonight's friendly with local NCEL side Clipstone after re-affirming that a strong Stags' team will play in the fixture.

The gaffer agreed to the friendly with the Cobras after learning of the vandalism that took place in the clubhouse at the Worksop Van Hire Stadium last month.

Walls were soiled with sauce and catering equipment ruined by the vandals and tonight's game will take place in an attempt to raise money towards the repairs.

The gaffer named a number of players who will play in tonight's friendly, which kicks off at 7.00pm, and he hopes the local community will come out in support of the Cobras.

"It will be a good side. There's lads up there that have played lots and lots of League football this season and last season," the Stags' chief said.

"[Krystian] Pearce will be there, [David] Mirfin will be there, [Mal] Benning will be there, [Paul] Digby will be there, [Will] Atkinson will be there,[Calum] Butcher, I could keep going if you want me to. Lee Angol, Omari Sterling-James, [CJ] Hamilton, [Alfie] Potter, they're all going to be there.

"It's a local club that had an act given to them that's not the meaning of what we're all about, certainly in and around Mansfield, so we're going to go and try and help them.

"If there's Stags' fans around tonight it's an opportunity to come up – it's a League Two team every day of the week, if not higher – so come up and see it and enjoy it.

"I'm sure the lads at Clipstone, and I know one or two of them personally as well, I'm sure they'll treat it in the way you should, it should be a good evening up there.

"It's a local club that had an act given to them that's not the meaning of what we're all about, certainly in and around Mansfield, so we're going to go and try and help them."

Steve Evans, manager

"It's a seven o'clock kick-off so don't be turning up at 7.45pm, because you'll miss the first half! Come and see us and come and enjoy it."

Stags return to competitive action on Sunday (03 December) with an Emirates FA Cup tie at home to National League side Guiseley and the boss believes tonight's friendly will give players the opportunity to stake a claim for a place against the Lions.

"If you look at the likes of David Mirfin, who comes back after injury and he's trained really well for a week, but nothing beats a game. Krystian Pearce, he was our best player for five or six games leading to his suspension and then he's lost his place in the team to [Zander] Diamond and to [Rhys] Bennett.

"I'm looking at it for minutes. Mal Benning, what an opportunity to stake a claim in the team for Sunday. Mal's trained really, really well in the last few days, so there's lots of good alternatives. Lee Angol coming back, he'll probably get no more than 30 minutes, 45 maximum, but again he's trained for four or five days.

"Paul Anderson, I've not mentioned him; his last appearance in the shirt was at Port Vale and was excellent in a 4-0 win.

"We've got some good players up there. [It will be about] minutes on the pitch, competitive action, and giving themselves an opportunity to be selected on Sunday.

"At Clipstone tonight, like the Checkatrade [Trophy], players are going to get a wonderful opportunity to play in the FA Cup on Sunday, the most magical cup competition in world football."

Supporters will be able to login to iFollow Stags to watch the manager's news conference later today.


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