Murray on bench for injury-hit Stags

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With injury problems mounting, Mansfield Town manager Adam Murray had to name himself on the bench for this afternoon’s home clash with Northampton Town.

He also took the gamble of pushing Ricky Ravenhill back into the side early after he hurt his hamstring in the warm-up last weekend.

However, Leicester loanee Callum Elder missed out with a calf injury so youngster Jack Thomas was given a full debut as one of four changes.

Injured defender Michael Raynes was replaced by Martin Riley.

Out also went Matt Rhead, Jamie McGuire, both dropped to the bench. Recalled on the wing was Junior Brown.

STAGS: Pidgeley, Sutton, Riley, Tafazolli, Ravenhill, Heslop, Lambe, Beevers, Thomas, Brown, Oliver. Subs: Studer, Rhead, Binham, McGuire, Marsden, Murray, Kee.

NORTHAMPTON: Duke, Moloney, Horwood, Collins, Richards, O’Toole, D’Ath, Taylor, Byrom, Holmes, Cresswell. Subs: Carter, Bodin, Hackett, Tozer, Snedker, Toney, Newey.

REFEREE: Lee Collins of Surrey.