JUNIOR MENDES has an extra incentive to help fire Town back into the play-off placings with victory at Torquay tomorrow (1.00).
The 28-year-old frontman rides shotgun to Pawel Abbott at Plainmoor determined to extend his own scoring run to three straight games.
It's a task manager Peter Jackson is confident he can achieve as Town look to match their win on the same ground last season and Mendes bids to replicate his goal for Mansfield against Torquay in March.
"The reaction of the crowd and all the team to his strike against Walsall shows how delighted everyone is for Junior and it has given him a massive lift," said Jackson, who expects heavy rain and gales for an early kick-off to avoid the England v Wales World Cup qualifier.
"Junior has the shirt now and it's up to him to carry on scoring, continue playing well and keep his place ahead of Andy Booth, John McAliskey and Akpo Sodje, who are all knocking on the door.
"We are lucky to have five good strikers to call on, but I'm very happy with Junior at the minute and it's up to him to develop his partnership with Pawel Abbott. They look a dangerous combination."
Town have Jon Worthington and Efe Sodje back from suspension in an 18-strong squad to tackle Torquay, who were promoted ahead of Town last season but who are yet to notch a home win and are second-bottom of the table.
"I've seen Torquay and they are one of the better sides, so no-one should take any notice of the table," said Jackson.
"Our big incentive is to try and get back in the play-off zone and Torquay will be expecting a tough game, so I expect us to give them a tough game."