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18th January 2018

Mansfield Town will be hoping there's no hangover from their FA Cup exit in mid-week as Cheltenham come to the One-Call Stadium tomorrow.

The Stags sit 7th on 44 points whilst their opponents are struggling down in 16th.

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In the Championship, Nottingham Forest have on paper the toughest game of the season as they travel to Molineux to take on runaway leaders Wolves.

The Reds lost their first game under new boss Aitor Karanka last time out and now find themselves bogged down in the bottom half, yet still eight points above the relegation zone.

Derby County play on a Friday again and will be hoping for a better result than when they last did, a 2-0 defeat to Man United.

Bristol City are the visitors to Pride Park a side that have beaten Man United this season but since that victory have only won once in five matches. That includes three defeats in a row.

Derby meanwhile last had a negative result in the league over two months ago (November 4th). The Rams will be hoping for a favour from their nearest and dearest, Forest as they look to close the gap on Wolves above them. The current gap is 10 points.

 

Another side looking to close the gap on league leaders is Notts County. They have a tough game against Exeter to deal with before they can start looking at Luton's result.

It did get smaller last week however as County drew and Luton lost to Chesterfield.......

Paul Tisdale takes his Exeter side to Meadow Lane knowing a win could move them into the automatic promotion spots and with anyone in the top half seemingly in with a shot at the top three, securing spot is of the utmost priority.

 

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AFC Mansfield continue to be better than everyone else in the NCEL as they progressed in the League Cup in mid-week. It's back to the league for The Bulls tomorrow though.

9th place Bridlington Town go to the Forest Town Arena looking to stop Rudy Funk's men.

Rainworth Miners Welfare are quietly having an excellent season under Craig Denton. The Wrens can make a real statement on Saturday afternoon after having a full week's rest due to their cup game being called off in the week.

 

They play Maltby Main at Kirklington Road. Thier opponents are fourth, three points better off so with a win Rainworth can of course go level on points and really move into contention.

Clipstone showed signs of improvement under Jamie Hardwick on Wednesday night, they were still beaten by Ollerton Town, but only after extra time.

They go to 17th position Staveley tomorrow to face the man who took them up to the Premier Division, Brett Marshall.

Shirebrook Town have won 14 of their 25 games this season and number 25 could come against Glasshouhgton Welfare, but it won't come easy as their opponents are only a couple of places below them in the NCEL Division One table.

In their first ever season in the league, Ollerton Town are exceeding expectations (14th). They travel to Brigg Town tomorrow in the hopes they can heap more misery on the Lincolnshire outfit who are second bottom.

Elsewhere in Division One FC Bolsover are finding it tough with just eight wins to their name this season, add that to a six point deduction and they find themselves in 19th place. This weekend they host East Yorkshire Carnegie, a side three places above them in the table.

The East Midlands Counties Premier is a straight shootout at the top between Teversal (51), Anstey Nomads (47) and Selston (47). This weekend Tevie go to Birstall Sports who are themselves having a good campaign in fifth. Selston who were leapfrogged after losing to Anstey last week host Aylestone Park.

 

Another packed weekend of football in and around our area. It looks set to be another good one as well with promotion, relegation and consilidation the order of the day.

Jason Harrison will keep you abreast of all of it from 1 o'clock tomorrow.


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