Fans to flock back? Pie points deduction for Eastbourne?

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HOPEFULLY Stags’ recent run of form will bring the more fickle fans of Mansfield Town flooding back to Field Mill this Saturday for the start of this season’s FA Cup adventure.

The hardcore fans, as always, have stuck with this exciting new-look squad this season which, with five wins in six games, have really started to make their mark on the Blue Square Premier Division.

However, the new owners’ hopes that the town would flock back to support them have not yet materialised.

We have had the credit crunch’s continuing bite on family spending and also a large number of fans who would rather ‘wait and see’ before leaping onto the bandwagon of success.

On August Bank Holiday Monday the best home turnout of 3,785 Stags fan turned out for the only home 0-0 of the season!

Despite the Mill wins over Oxford United and Hayes and Yeading, the home fans total dipped inexplicably below the magic 3,000 mark by the time Forest Green Rovers visited on 3rd October for the first time this season.

Two successive away wins to cement fourth place in the league since then – five wins in six – and the magic of the FA Cup will surely boost matters this Saturday.

It won’t do any harm that, after the bruising encounter at Altrincham two weeks ago in which Alty had two men sent of, this has the makings of a ‘grudge match’ too.

I would be surprised to see it finish 11 on 11. I would also be surprised to see anything other than a Stags win as one or two players can remember how they were treated at Altrincham.

David Holdsworth has continued to bring players in and tinker with his squad and the new owners have continued to fully back him. Now is the time for the rest of the town to do the same on Saturday.

By the way, if it did end in a replay and we had to to go back to Altrincham on Tuesday night, don’t miss the fish and chips on offer opposite the ground. It went straight into my top 10 footy chippies of all time three weeks ago!

Hope everyone who made a weekend of the Eastbourne trip enjoyed the sea air and three points.

It wasn’t quite as cold as last year but the sea breeze was enough to force me into a third clothing layer for the first time this season.

Although a good location and decent set-up for a little club, they have been blacklisted in my books for being one of those strange and most unwelcome football clubs that do not serve pies!

Now that should merit a points deduction!

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