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One Call Stadium (ATT 2,756) 8th March 2014 - Kick off 15:00

Mansfield Mansfield Town vs Newport County AFC Newport

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A Howell (90)

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R Howe (50)

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Last Updated: 07/03/14 3:40pm

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James Jennings: Back in contention

James Jennings: Back in contention

Team news for Saturday's League Two clash between Mansfield and Newport at the One Call Stadium.

Defenders James Jennings and Martin Riley look set to come back into the reckoning for the Stags.

Both players were injured in the defeat at Oxford on February 15 but made their return to action in a behind-closed-doors game at Alfreton on Tuesday, getting 90 minutes under their belts.

Jennings (thigh) and Riley (calf) are likely to have to settle for a place on the bench, with Stags boss Paul Cox expected to stick with the same defence that kept a clean sheet at Dagenham last weekend.

Elsewhere, however, the likes of Louis Briscoe, Ben Hutchinson, Chris Clements, Lindon Meikle, Michael Cain and Ollie Palmer will hope to come into Cox's starting plans.

Newport will wait on defender Ismail Yakubu ahead of their trip to Mansfield.

The former Barnet defender was forced off against Fleetwood on Tuesday night with a thigh injury and is a doubt for the trip, with his possible absence maybe opening the door for Byron Anthony to return having been rested in midweek.

With Newport having suffered from a fixture backlog in recent weeks, midfielder Max Porter was also given a chance to recuperate on Tuesday and he looks likely to return to contention.

Goalkeepers Lenny Pidgeley and Jamie Stephens are edging closer to full fitness so this match could be the last Exiles appearance for Elliott Parish, whose loan deal expires after the Stags clash.

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Sky Bet League 2

Sky Bet League 2
Pos Team P Pts
1 Burton Albion 46 94
2 Shrewsbury Town 46 89
3 Bury 46 85
4 Wycombe Wanderers 46 84
5 Southend United 46 84
6 Stevenage 46 72
7 Plymouth Argyle 46 71
8 Luton Town 46 68
9 Newport County AFC 46 65
10 Exeter City 46 64
11 Morecambe 46 63
12 Northampton Town 46 61
13 Oxford United 46 61
14 Dagenham & Redbridge 46 59
15 AFC Wimbledon 46 58
16 Portsmouth 46 57
17 Accrington Stanley 46 56
18 York City 46 52
19 Cambridge United 46 51
20 Carlisle United 46 50
21 Mansfield Town 46 48
22 Hartlepool United 46 45
23 Cheltenham Town 46 41
24 Tranmere Rovers 46 39