Mansfield get Matlock test in FA Trophy
MANSFIELD Town have been handed a home draw against local side Matlock Town in the first round of the FA Trophy.
The Stags, who reached the final in 2011 at Wembley, will entertain their Evo-Stik Premier opponents on Saturday November 24.
Alfreton Town, meanwhile, have also been handed a home tie against Blue Square Bet Premier rivals Kidderminster.
But all attention tonight will be on another knockout competition, as Mansfield travel to Slough Town for their first round FA Cup replay, after the original tie ended goalless at the One Call Stadium.
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Manager Paul Cox said: "We expect the pitch to be uneven, a hostile crowd and we expect them to throw the kitchen sink at us. It will be different to the first game.
"But we are prepared and know what to expect.
"We will go there and put in a full 90-minute shift rather than the 45 minutes we did in the first tie.
"It is their home game, they have to come out and go for the win. They will be full of confidence.
"I want us to go and implement our game plan and really put in another good performance and get another good result.
"We have to treat it like a cup final.
We have looked a different animal over the last two games and we have to continue with that momentum. We have to make sure we are in the second round of that cup."
Cox said his decision to trim his squad was paying dividends and players could be on the move soon.
And he said youth team goalkeepers Jordan Fell and Ryan Hopkins will be battling it out to be in the squad tonight as back-up to Shane Redmond.
FA Trophy first round draw: Alfreton Town v Kidderminster Harriers, Hednesford Town v Solihull Moors, Gainsborough Trinity v Harrogate Town or Hinckley United, Wrexham v Rushall Olympic, Tamworth v Lincoln City, Boston United v Skelmersdale United,FC Halifax Town v Altrincham, Mansfield Town v Matlock Town, Stafford Rangers v Southport, Guiseley v Brackley Town, Chester or Worksop Town v King's Lynn Town, AFC Telford United v Nuneaton Town, Gateshead v Macclesfield Town, Hyde v Barrow, Stockport County v Ossett Town, Grimsby Town v Buxton, Woking v Farnborough, Oxford City v Bishop's Stortford, Kingstonian or Brentwood Town v Dartford, Welling United v Newport County, Ebbsfleet United v Hereford United, Dorchester Town v Luton Town, Braintree Town v Havant & Waterlooville, Canvey Island or Chesham United v Leatherhead or Bath City, Wealdstone or Corby Town v Hayes & Yeading United, Bromley or Staines Town v Boreham Wood, Billericay Town v Cambridge United, Shortwood United or Merthyr Town v Tonbridge Angels, Maidenhead United v Sutton United, Forest Green Rovers v AFC Totton, Maidstone United v Salisbury City, Leiston v Chelmsford City or Dover Athletic or Hampton & Richmond Borough.