Another frustrating weekend lies ahead for Mansfield Town
DESPITE the backlog of fixtures, Mansfield Town will endure a frustrating weekend away from competitive action.
With scheduled opponents Wrexham in FA Trophy action, there will be no trip to Wales for the Stags tomorrow.
And with no game able to be pulled in, Paul Cox and his men face a blank weekend before travelling to Hereford on Tuesday night.
The wait is all the more galling as Mansfield clocked up back-to-back away wins at Stockport and Southport to cut the gap to the play-offs from nine points to just three, with games still in hand. But tomorrow their rivals get a chance to increase that gap once again.
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However, it is not all bad news for Mansfield who had been training in Derby because of the snow.
Along with volunteers, the training pitch at the side of the One Call Stadium was cleared of snow to allow players to get back training on grass.
And they then travelled to the Football Association's state-of-the-art St George's Park yesterday to play a behind-closed-doors friendly with a Notts County development side, to keep them match sharp.
And they responded with a 4-0 victory, Matt Rhead scoring twice and Lee Stevenson and Nick Wright also finding the target.
And with no league game this weekend, the Stags could potentially pull in another behind-closed-doors friendly tomorrow in order keep the players on song before heading to Hereford.
Mansfield have slashed admission prices ahead of their next home game on Saturday February 2 against promotion-rivals Dartford.
Tickets are £10 adults and concessions (U16s, students and senior citizens aged 65 or above) are only £5.