Five changes for Stags against Cheltenham

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Mansfield Town boss Adam Murray made five changes for his first game in full-time charge of the club for this afternoon’s visit of Cheltenham Town.

Murray swapped things round formation-wise, going 4-3-3 after playing 4-4-2 at Cambridge last weekend.

Despite being rushed into hospital last weekend with a chest infection, Dimitar Evtimov replaced Sasha Studer in goal, who missed out with a thigh problem.

Martin Riley’s tight hamstring kept him out, so loanee Luke Waterfall was brought into the centre of defence.

Also, loanee Keiron Freeman returned to left back, which meant Lee Beevers was left out.

In midfield Fergus Bell joined Simon Heslop and Chris Clements with Vadaine Oliver the lone striker, flanked by wingers Reggie Lambe and loanee Junior Brown, making his full debut.

That meant Rakish Bingham and Rob Taylor were dropped to the bench.

MANSFIELD: Evtimov; Sutton, Tafazolli, Waterfall, Freeman; Heslop, Clements, Bell; Lambe, Oliver, J. Brown. Subs: Rhead, Bingham, McGuire, Palmer, Beevers, R. Taylor, Bishop.
CHELTENHAM: Carson, Braham-Barrett, M. Taylor, T. Brown, Ferdinand, Richards, Harrison, Gornell, Deaman, Hanks, De Vita. Subs: Gould, Haworth, Kotwica, Black, Sterling-James, Williams, Dale.
REFEREE: Chris Sarginson of Staffordshire.