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SPORTSBEAT PREVIEW | Stags Ready For Oldham Test As Cup Dreams Continue

10th January 2017

SPORTSBEAT PREVIEW | Stags Ready For Oldham Test As Cup Dreams Continue

Mansfield Town welcome League One Oldham Athletic to the One Call Stadium this evening, hoping to continue their winning start to 2017 and progress further in the Checkatrade Trophy.

This evening’s third round stage of the competition sees a prize of £40,000 for the winning side and would put them just two wins from a Wembley final, something Mansfield last achieved in 2011 in the FA Trophy.

This evening Stags boss Steve Evans has said he will make changes, with new signings Joel Byrom and Ben Whiteman already cup tied, and ahead of Saturday’s lunch-time Derby with struggling Notts County, Evans has challenged those coming in tonight, to keep their shirt.

“I don’t think whether we progress in this competition will be about what Oldham Athletic do tomorrow night, it will be about how we play and what we do. Will players grab an opportunity to stake a claim for their place in the team at Notts County on Saturday?”

“There’s competition to be in the team; we’re going to make some changes and people will get a platform and they have to produce.”

Should the match at the One Call Stadium finish level after 90minutes this evening, a penalty shootout will be required to decide the winner – something the Stags have been dangerously close to in their previous two Checkatrade Trophy games, with Chris Clements and Danny Rose on hand to score last minute winners.

This evening’s SportsBeat will bring you all the action, with Matt Freeman from 6pm

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