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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 Shrewsbury Town 34 64
2 Burton Albion 34 64
3 Wycombe Wanderers 34 63
4 Luton Town 34 58
5 Bury 34 58
6 Southend United 34 58
7 Newport County AFC 34 53
8 Plymouth Argyle 34 52
9 Stevenage 34 52
10 Northampton Town 34 50
11 AFC Wimbledon 34 46
12 Morecambe 34 45
13 Portsmouth 34 44
14 Exeter City 34 44
15 Accrington Stanley 34 43
16 Cambridge United 34 41
17 Mansfield Town 34 41
18 Dagenham & Redbridge 34 40
19 Oxford United 34 39
20 York City 34 36
21 Carlisle United 34 36
22 Tranmere Rovers 34 34
23 Cheltenham Town 34 34
24 Hartlepool United 34 27