Simon Wormull has called on Lewes to be more ruthless if they get the chance to shoot down the Stags.

Wormull was part of the Lewes team that gave Darlington a real scare in the first round of the FA Cup last season.

The Rooks bombarded their League Two visitors for the opening half hour but failed to take their chances and were eventually overrun 4-1.

They face more League Two opposition when they visit Mansfield and Wormull, who has been a key figure this season, wants them to learn lessons from the Darlington defeat.

He said: "We have got to be more ruthless in front of goal. We started really well against Darlington and could have been 2-0 up before they scored.

"When you play teams at a higher level you have be ruthless.

"Darlington took their chances well and that was the difference.

"Mansfield are struggling and the general feeling is we can go there and get a result. We have been doing really well in the league and the pressure is on them to beat us, particularly being at home, but we have got to make the most of any chances we have."

Wormull is enjoying his football again and it has shown in his performances this season, including the winner in the third qualifying round when Lewes beat Sutton 1-0.

His career he taken him from White Hart Lane to the Dripping Pan via representing his country, helping Rushden get into the Football League and managing Crawley.

As a teenager the Crawley-born midfielder was one of Tottenham's brightest young talents. He played for their reserves at 15 - one of the youngest players to do so - and was a second team regular for five seasons.

He played four first team matches in the Intertoto Cup but with an array of talent ahead of him, including the likes of the Jurgen Klinsmann, Teddy Sheringham, Ilie Dumitrescu, Nick Barmby and Gica Popescu, his chances of breaking through were severely hampered.

After spells at Brentford and Albion, when injury denied him a first team outing, Wormull dropped into non-league football where his performances earned him call-ups to the England semi-professional side.

He played for Dover, Rushden, Stevenage and Crawley - where he had a spell as caretaker manager - before joining Lewes in March 2006.

He said: "I had four or five years in the reserves at Tottenham but if you look at the players they had around I could have not really argue with what happened there.

"However, those experiences will help me and I in turn can now help the younger players at Lewes.

"I am feeling great this year. Last year I played in a number of different positions and wasn't getting any continuity. I had a chat with Steve King in the summer and said I wanted to play central midfield as I thought it was my best position and I have had a good run but I have got to continue to play well.

"I am 31 now but my desire is that of a 21-year-old. I have aspirations and I want to be successful with Lewes."

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