Stanley boss John Coleman is relishing a good test against an unbeaten Mansfield Town side this afternoon.

Nigel Clough’s side narrowly missed out on a play-off spot last season and have had a decent start to the new campaign, picking up 10 points from their opening six games.

"Mansfield have got experienced players, a strong squad, spent a couple of quid which is good to see in our league,” Coleman told the club website.

"They have recruited well and they are unbeaten, so it will be tough but we know we can get it right.

"Since the Gillingham game on the opening day of the season, I have been impressed with our steady improvement. Forget the results, it is more about our playing style and hopefully we will continue that this weekend.

"Our home form cost us last year. We didn’t get our home form or our style of play right.

"But on Tuesday, in the EFL Trophy game against Carlisle, we took the game to them - especially kicking towards our fans.

"They are the 12th man, they suck the ball into the net and we want to give them more days where it’s all-action."

Joe Pritchard has returned to full contact training, while Jay Rich-Baghuelou will be monitored after missing the last couple of games.

"A lot will depend on how Jay Rich trains over the next few day and it’s a big day as Joe Pritchard has come back training with the first team, full contact, which is a boost,” Coleman added.

"It will be like a new signing, like Jay Rich was at the start of the season. Everyone knows Joe’s talent and hopefully going forward he can be injury free. He definitely will be a difference with the ability he has got.

"It’s a new dawn for him, he has had a couple of these now. He has a spark and I know his hunger. He went through a lot of turmoil last season and I am looking forward to him getting back in the team.

"Lewis Shipley will also be back training next week so things don’t look as gloomy as a couple of weeks ago when we had a mini glut of injuries.”