Mansfield Town look to protect unbeaten streak at Bootham Crescent

Mansfield Town look to protect unbeaten streak at Bootham Crescent

Mansfield Town look to protect unbeaten streak at Bootham Crescent

First published in Sport York Press: Photograph of the Author by , Sports reporter

MANSFIELD TOWN arrive at York City enjoying a five-game unbeaten streak in Sky Bet League Two.

The Stags grabbed a point from the battle of the promoted sides when they drew 1-1 at Newport last weekend and boss Paul Cox has his players in confident mood.

They’ll come with a score to settle too, having been forced to wait a season to return to the League pyramid after the Minstermen came out triumphant in the two-legged Conference play-off semi-final 16 months ago.

The first leg, played at Bootham Crescent, was a fractious affair, with chief executive Carolyn Still arrested outside the ground and cautioned following an altercation with police.

A lot has changed since then, with Nigel Worthington now in the City hot-seat, but the rivalry is sure to be fierce as Mansfield look to build on a solid start to the campaign.

While the Minstermen are toiling towards the foot of the table, Mansfield are in tenth with nine points from their first six games.

Since losing 2-0 at Scunthorpe in their opener, and 2-0 at Tranmere in the Capital One Cup first round, the Stags haven’t tasted defeat.

Draws with Exeter, Portsmouth and Newport have been supplemented by wins over Wycombe and Dagenham & Redbridge with clean sheets in three of those five games.

Up front, Sam Clucas, converted from a winger to a forward in recent games, has now set himself an ambitious 15-goal season target as he has scored in consecutive games having netted ten last season from the flanks for Hereford.

Cox has yet to make a decision on who is to partner Clucas.

However, he won’t be able to call on Matt Rhead, who serves a suspension after being sent off having receiving two yellow cards in the Newport draw.

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