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Whaddon Road Ground (ATT 2,928) 29th December 2013 - Kick off 15:00

Cheltenham Cheltenham Town vs Mansfield Town Mansfield

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S Jombati (86)

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A Howell (21)
M Rhead (45+2)

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Last Updated: 27/12/13 4:06pm

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Steve Elliot: Expected to miss out

Steve Elliot: Expected to miss out

Team news for Sundays League Two clash between Cheltenham Town and Mansfield Town at Whaddon Road.

Cheltenham will be without defender Steve Elliott for the visit of Mansfield.

The experienced centre-back has missed the last two games with an ankle injury and will not feature during the busy festive period.

Young midfielder Kemar Roofe returned to action as a substitute in Cheltenham's 1-0 Boxing Day victory over Exeter and is in contention for a starting place.

That win extended the Robins' unbeaten run to 11 league games and saw them move to within four points of a play-off spot.

John Dempster returns to the reckoning for free-falling Mansfield ahead of their trip to Cheltenham.

The defender missed the 3-0 defeat at Rochdale on Boxing Day through suspension and could be restored to the centre of the Stags back four against the Robins.

Jamie McGuire, Lee Stevenson, Ritchie Sutton and James Jennings will also be vying for recalls after being dropped at Spotland, where Paul Cox's team suffered a ninth loss in a 13-game winless streak to leave them just one point outside the relegation places.

Sam Clucas (ankle) and Ben Hutchinson (hamstring) remain out injured. Eleven-goal leading scorer Clucas is expected to be out for around two months and fellow midfielder Hutchinson is looking at up to six weeks on the sidelines.

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Sky Bet League 2

Sky Bet League 2
Pos Team P Pts
1 Scunthorpe United 42 76
2 Rochdale 42 75
3 Chesterfield 42 74
4 Fleetwood Town 42 69
5 Burton Albion 42 68
6 Southend United 42 62
7 Oxford United 42 62
8 York City 42 61
9 Plymouth Argyle 42 58
10 Mansfield Town 42 56
11 Bury 42 54
12 Dagenham & Redbridge 42 54
13 Newport County AFC 42 53
14 AFC Wimbledon 42 52
15 Cheltenham Town 42 52
16 Portsmouth 42 51
17 Accrington Stanley 42 50
18 Hartlepool United 42 49
19 Morecambe 42 49
20 Exeter City 42 48
21 Bristol Rovers 42 47
22 Wycombe Wanderers 42 46
23 Northampton Town 42 46
24 Torquay United 42 39