Team news: Four changes for Stags

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Mansfield Town made four changes for this afternoon’s visit of Cheltenham Town for the Stags’ opening home League Two game of the season.

Adam Chapman, James Baxendale, CJ Hamilton and Ashley Hemmings dropped to the bench from the side which lost 3-1 at home to Blackburn Rovers in the EFL Cup in midweek.

In came Kyle Howkins and George Taft to form a formidable 6ft 5ins central defensive barrier with Kevan Hurst restored to midfield and Danny Rose up front.

That meant there was one change from last weekend’s opening day win at Newport with Howkins replacing Chapman.

Stags also included new signing, experienced striker darious Henderson, on the bench for the first time.

Cheltenham, newly promoted as Conference champions, included former Stags defender James Jennings.

STAGS: Shearer; Bennett, Taft, Howkins, Benning; Collins; Mitch Rose, Clements, Hurst; Danny Rose, Green. Subs: Jensen, Chapman, Baxendale, Hamilton, Hemmings, McGuire, Henderson.

CHELTENHAM: Griffiths, Jennings, Parslow, Pell, Waters, Wright, Morgan-Smith, Whitehead, O’Shaughnessy, Suliman, Holman. Subs; Kitscha, Barthram, Hall, Cranston, Rowe, Lymn.

REFEREE: John Busby of Oxfordshire.