We’re down to the bare bones, says Stags coach ahead of crucial Sunday clash

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A lengthening injury list is a real headache for Hemel Stags as they gear up for Sunday’s elimination play-off clash against London Skolars.

In their first season as a semi-pro club the Stags made it through to the second round of the Championship 1 play-offs after a tense victory over Oxford at Pennine Way at the weekend.

But they will have to be at the top of their game when they take on Skolars on the London side’s home turf.

When the clubs last met at Pennine Way, Skolars were clear 40-18 winners but Stags will be hoping their March victory at the New River Stadium, when they came home with a 26-8 scalp, will be a better indication of what’s in store.

Eddie Mbaraga, Chad Sharp and Christian Champion are all set to miss out and coach Troy Perkins said: “Our injury list is getting longer and longer, and we’re pretty much down to the bare bones now.

“They’ve come at the wrong end of the season for us, but we’ve got lots of character and we always work hard.”

Skolars coach Joe Mbu believes his side have found a new lease of life as they approach Sunday’s crucial Kingstone Press Championship One clash.

He said: “We trained on Tuesday and the boys were bubbly, lively and bouncing around like it was pre-season, which I hope is a good indication of what’s to come this weekend.”