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

Cheltenhm 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 Wycombe Wanderers 21 42
2 Shrewsbury Town 21 40
3 Luton Town 21 40
4 Burton Albion 22 40
5 Plymouth Argyle 21 37
6 Southend United 21 35
7 Newport County AFC 21 34
8 Exeter City 22 34
9 Bury 21 31
10 Morecambe 21 30
11 Accrington Stanley 21 30
12 Cambridge United 21 29
13 Stevenage 21 28
14 Portsmouth 21 27
15 AFC Wimbledon 21 27
16 Mansfield Town 21 26
17 Oxford United 21 25
18 Cheltenham Town 21 25
19 Northampton Town 21 24
20 Dagenham & Redbridge 21 21
21 Carlisle United 21 21
22 York City 21 20
23 Tranmere Rovers 21 19
24 Hartlepool United 21 13