Back Home for Christmas!

Hello People! Apologies for the lack of posts recently, there was one written but I can’t find it anywhere so I thought it better to start a-fresh! I’ve been a very busy guy recently and there’s been so much going off at Field Mill, I’m back from my grotto of Stag-land to bring you up to date with my thoughts.

 I can’t believe I’ve been writing these for nearly a year now, time flies when you’re having fun! For those who haven’t noticed all the adverts on TV & Radio- it’s December, meaning it’s Christmas!

Since I last posted, one man has made a huge list, he’s checking it once, he’s checking it twice, he’s finding out who’s naughty & nice! David Holdsworth has made ‘a few’ changes to the Stags squad. Through the Field Mill doors have come John Challinor, Andy Burgess and Lee Morris. Out on a permanent basis goes the last player from our football league days, Jon D’layrea, who joined Northwhich after a successful loan spell. Also out on loan is Craig Dobson & Stevie Istead. It certainly looks like Mr Holdsworth will swoop again come January, to try and strengthen our promotion push.

Since my last post (After the win at Crawley) the side suffered their second home loss of the season, crashing out of the FA Cup to Forest Green Rovers 2-1 right in the dying seconds as the game was heading for extra time. Forest Green have since gone on to beat Bath City and now face an away tie with Notts County – gutted, yes! Eastbourne came to Field Mill and grabbed a well earned 1-1 draw – Holdsworth not at all happy with his side’s performance. As the final week on the loan transfer window approached, our home game with Luton was postponed due to bad weather, given Holdsworth’s new signings (mentioned above) chance to settle in ahead of our trip to struggling Ebbsfleet last Saturday. We hugely expected to win, and over-confidence became our greatest downfall, losing 2-1.

As November came to a close, October’s manager of the month had been victim to the curse – his next task was to break a curse as we travelled to Gateshead on Tuesday 1st December.

It’s a well known fact that Mansfield struggle away from home midweek, the last win coming at Lincoln City during the relegation season. With key players out through injury and suspension, Holdsworth’s side had what seemed like a huge task ahead of them. On a wet and windy night, Stags started brightly and had chances to go ahead, however they were caught on the counter attack once more and trailed 1-0 at half time; same old story. Clearly the side had been subject of a ‘ticking off’ at half time, and they responded by winning 3-1! Ollie Hotchkiss came off the bench to bury a beautiful free kick to level things up before the wind caught hold of Andy Burgess’ corner to make the game 2-1 Stags. The travelling fans didn’t care about the wind or rain; they could sense a Stags victory on the cards. With 5 minutes remaining Stags threw on Lee Morris who made the game safe with a neat finish! A 3-1 midweek away win, I didn’t see that when I opened my advent calendar!

So now I’m up to date with this, I think Stags have to really kick on this December and get maximum points to cement a definite play-off spot, and maybe – just maybe – push for that glorious top spot. Grays Athletic visit Field Mill Saturday, make sure you’re there! Tamworth the following week is the first hurdle of our FA Trophy run – don’t forget David Holdsworth wants to win it!

I must now get back to Stag-grotto and make sure everything’s on track for the big day! If you don’t hear from me for a while don’t worry I will return, I’m just trying to concentrate on my radio work for now. Be good children, Santa watches over you all the time! Merry Christmas, Let’s hope it’s a very Merry Christmas for the Stags too.

Thanks for reading, catch you all soon.

Craig AKA Santa!

“Mansfield Town FC; Making a list, checking it twice!”

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