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Team news for Saturday's League Two clash between Mansfield Town and Northampton Town at the One Call Stadium.

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Martin Riley: Serving a ban

Martin Riley: Serving a ban

Mansfield will be without the suspended Martin Riley when Northampton visit.

Riley was shown a straight red card in the win at York last weekend after tangling with home striker Richard Cresswell, who was also sent off for his part in the incident, and the centre-back begins a three-match ban on Saturday.

However, striker Matt Rhead is available again after serving his suspension against the Minstermen.

Chris Clements suffered knee ligament damage at Bootham Crescent and the midfielder faces a lengthy absence.

Winger Lindon Meikle is nursing a knock to his hip flexor and he is a doubt as the Stags look to extend their unbeaten run in League Two to seven matches in what will be Paul Cox's 100th game as manager.

Gary Deegan is suspended as the Cobblers travel north still looking for a second win of the season.

The midfielder serves a one-match ban having received his fifth booking of the campaign in last weekend's 2-1 home defeat to Exeter - a seventh loss for the Cobblers from their opening nine games in all competitions. Winger Ishmel Demontagnac also serves the final game of his three-match suspension.

New signing Mathias Kouo-Doumbe could make his debut for the club having penned a deal until the end of the season on Thursday.

Midfielder Ian Morris, who made the bench last Saturday, is fully fit after a groin injury but long-term absentees Lewis Hornby (back), Kelvin Langmead (knee) and Alex Nicholls (broken leg) remain sidelined.

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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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