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Glanford Park 3rd August 2013 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: E Ilderton

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Last Updated: 05/08/13 4:10pm

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Etienne Esajas: Hamstrung

Etienne Esajas: Hamstrung

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

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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Sky Bet League 2

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1 Scunthorpe United 44 80
2 Chesterfield 44 78
3 Rochdale 44 78
4 Fleetwood Town 44 75
5 Burton Albion 44 72
6 Southend United 44 68
7 York City 44 67
8 Oxford United 44 62
9 Plymouth Argyle 44 58
10 Bury 44 57
11 Dagenham & Redbridge 44 57
12 Mansfield Town 44 57
13 Portsmouth 44 57
14 AFC Wimbledon 44 56
15 Newport County AFC 44 55
16 Cheltenham Town 44 55
17 Hartlepool United 44 52
18 Accrington Stanley 44 51
19 Morecambe 44 50
20 Exeter City 44 49
21 Wycombe Wanderers 44 47
22 Bristol Rovers 44 47
23 Northampton Town 44 47
24 Torquay United 44 42