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MATCH PREVIEW

PUBLISHED
13:04 29th September 2016

Match preview: Crewe Alexandra vs Stags

Mansfield Town travel to Crewe Alexandra on Saturday afternoon (3pm kick-off) for the first time in 13 years and this is your comprehensive guide to the fixture. 

Team news

Stags' boss Adam Murray will still be without midfielder Jack Thomas and centre-half George Taft, who are both still recovering from their respective groin and hamstring injuries. 

Midfielder Chris Clements completed 90 minutes during Tuesday's 1-1 draw with Accrington Stanley, which Murray said will do him 'the world of good'. 

Centre-half Kyle Howkins is still expected to be missing after suffering a hamstring injury in the Checkatrade Trophy defeat to Doncaster Rovers at the end of August. 

Alexandra were boosted by the midweek news that Chelsea loanee Alex Kiwomya will not require surgery on the shoulder injury he sustained in the club's victory over Grimsby Town, but he will be out of action for around four weeks.

Striker Callum Saunders, son of Dean, missed the midweek defeat to Wycombe Wanderers alongside defender Ben Nugent, who were both deemed unfit to travel. 

Recent form

Stags ended a run of four games without a goal with a stunning free-kick by midfielder Chris Clements in Tuesday's 1-1 draw with Accrington Stanley. 

It was Adam Murray's side's third draw of the month after stalemates at home to Cambridge United and away at Hartlepool United. 

The Railwaymen have began to stutter recently after a run of three successive victories at the beginning of September. They were held to a 1-1 draw by Blackpool a week ago before receiving a comprehensive 5-1 beating at Wycombe Wanderers on Tuesday evening.

Previous meeting

The last meeting between the two sides was all the way back in January 2003 when the Cheshire side triumphed 2-0 over then-manager Keith Curle's side at Gresty Road.

Stags ended the game with 10-men due to Iyseden Christie's second-half red card and after going ahead through Dave Walton, Crewe secured the points in the 96th minute thanks to John Miles. 

OVERALL RECORD: WON - 28 | DRAWN - 15 | LOST - 30

Match officials

The referee for the fixture will be Ross Joyce and he will be assisted by Alix Pashley and Neil Radford. The fourth official will be Ricky Wootton. 

Mr Joyce last officiated a match involving the Stags in last year's 1-1 draw with Cambridge United.


Tickets

Tickets for the trip to Crewe Alexandra are still on sale from our ticket office, and supporters have until 5pm on Friday 30 September to purchase their seat.

The Cheshire club have allocated us 560 tickets for the fixture, as well as seven pairs of tickets for disabled fans and their carers.

Prices are as follows: 

Adults£22
Seniors£17
Ages 12-16£10.50
Under 11s£6.50
Disabled supporters£17 + free carer

Tickets are also available on the day from the away ticket office which is situated next to the away turnstiles at Crewe Alexandra. This will be open from 12pm and both cash and card payments are accepted. 

Furthermore, supporters can also collect their tickets from the away ticket office at the Alexandra Stadium, if they so wish.

Disabled supporters and wheelchair users must pre-purchase tickets from the Stags' ticket office. 

To purchase tickets in advance, supporters can either visit the One Call Stadium ticket office on Quarry Lane or call us on 01623 482 482. 

Tickets will go off sale at 5pm on Friday 30 September. 


Twitter

We'll be tweeting build-up, team news, live text commentary and post-match reaction from our twitter feed (@mansfieldtownfc).

Matchday live

Supporters can view all of our social media updates on our MATCHDAY LIVE thread on mansfieldtown.net. 

Stags Wall

All of our social media posts will appear on the Stags Wall.

Commentary

Supporters can listen to full-match commentary on Stags PlayerHD from 2.50pm. 

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