Scunthorpe v Mansfield preview

Team news ahead of Saturday's League Two clash between Scunthorpe United and Mansfield Town at Glanford Park.

Last Updated: 05/08/13 at 16:10   

Etienne Esajas: Hamstrung

Etienne Esajas: Hamstrung

Summer signing Andy Dawson is expected to make his second debut for the Iron in their season opener.

Dawson, who spent over four years at the club before joining Hull in 2003, returned in May and should recover from a dead leg in time.

Fellow new recruit Etienne Esajas is manager Brian Laws' only absentee with a hamstring problem, but all nine of his other new signings are hoping to play some part.

Strikers Deon Burton and Chris Iwelumo, midfielder Sean McAllister and winger Andy Welsh are among those who could make their debuts, while Matt Sparrow, back for a second spell, may also feature.

Martin Riley is expected to be fit and give Stags manager Paul Cox a full squad to choose from on their return to Football League action against Scunthorpe.

Summer signing Riley has been nursing a dead leg but the defender should fully recover in time for Saturday's game. One or two other players have "bumps and bruises" but Cox does not foresee any major problems.

As well as Riley, five other new signings - Jamie McGuire, Paul Black, Keiran Murtagh, John McCombe and Sam Clucas - will be hoping to make their debuts for the club. There could be another new face travelling with the squad with Cox trying to conclude a deal for a striker.

Mansfield won the Conference title last season to seal their return to the Football League after a five-year absence.

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League Two Fixtures

Friday, 18 April 2014
15:00
AFC W'don v Newport
Accrington v Mansfield
Bury v Plymouth
Cheltenham v Fleetwood
Chesterfld v Exeter
Morecambe v Scunthorpe
Oxford Utd v York City  
Rochdale v Southend
Torquay v Dag + Red
Wycombe v Northamptn

Sky Bet League 2

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Scunthorpe 42 25 76
2 Rochdale 42 22 75
3 Chesterfld 42 27 74
4 Fleetwood 42 13 69
5 Burton Alb 42 5 68
6 Southend 42 12 62
7 Oxford Utd 42 8 62
8 York City 42 8 61
9 Plymouth 42 -2 58
10 Mansfield 42 -6 56
11 Bury 42 5 54
12 Dag + Red 42 -4 54
13 Newport 42 -3 53
14 AFC W'don 42 -5 52
15 Cheltenham 42 -8 52
16 Portsmouth 42 -12 51
17 Accrington 42 -3 50
18 Hartlepool 42 -2 49
19 Morecambe 42 -14 49
20 Exeter 42 -6 48
21 Bristol R 42 -9 47
22 Wycombe 42 -9 46
23 Northamptn 42 -19 46
24 Torquay 42 -23 39

Updated Wed, 16 Apr 2014

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