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MATCH PREVIEW

PUBLISHED
18:00 24th March 2017

Match preview: Morecambe vs Stags

Mansfield Town travel to Morecambe on Saturday (25 March, 3.00pm kick-off) and this is your comprehensive guide to the fixture.

Team news

Stags will be missing skipper Lee Collins for the trip to the Globe Arena after he sat out last week's win over Carlisle United with a hamstring injury. 

Manager Steve Evans revealed at Thursday morning's news conference that defender Krystian Pearce (ankle sprain) was set to take part in training on Thursday, but he will be assessed before a decision is made as to whether he'll be available for Saturday. 

Morecambe's second-choice 'keeper Danijel Nizic will be unavailable for the Shrimps after being called up to Australia's under 23s' squad. 

Apart from the international call-up, the Shrimps have no further absentees. 
 
Recent form

Stags recorded their first win for five games last week against promotion-chasing Carlisle United. 

Second half goals from strikers Matt Green and Shaq Coulthirst secured a well-deserved 2-0 win for the Stags and kept them in touch with the play-off group. 

Prior to that victory, manager Steve Evans' men had lost two and drawn two of their previous four fixtures, despite dominating much of the four matches. 

The Shrimps have lost their last five games in Sky Bet League Two and have subsequently slipped to 16th in the table. 

Tuesday's 2-1 defeat at home to Accrington followed a slender 1-0 loss away to second-placed Plymouth Argyle. 

Jim Bentley's side's last win came at home to Grimsby Town in February, courtesy of a Lee Molyneux strike. 

Previous meeting

The two sides last faced each other on Boxing Day 2016 and the Shrimps ran out 1-0 winners. 

Good opportunities to open the scoring presented themselves to both sides in the opening ten minutes, with striker Matt Green being inches away from connecting with a Lee Collins cross from the left, before Aaron McGowan failed to test Scott Shearer from 18 yards. 

However, the Shrimps scored the only goal of the game in the 13th minute. Rhys Turner ghosted into the Stags’ box before laying it to the right for Peter Murphy to shoot. 

Shot-stopper Shearer parried from close range but Andy Fleming was there to prod it home to give the Shrimps an early lead. Stags almost got back on level terms shortly after when midfielder Ashley Hemmings’ cross found Green in the box, and veteran ‘keeper Barry Roche had to be alert to tip his looping header over the bar. 

Manager Steve Evans’ men continued to press for an equaliser for the remainder of the first half and were the better of the two sides at the start of the second period. 

In the 58th minute, defender Krystian Pearce played a defence-splitting pass through for Green to run on to, but was beaten to it by Roche. 

Stags then created their best chance of the game just a few minutes after striker Danny Rose had replaced Pat Hoban. 

Centre-half Kyle Howkins pressed forward and lashed a 25-yard effort towards goal which fell into the path of Rose, but he could only hit his effort against the upright. 

Despite creating the better of the chances, Stags couldn’t find an equaliser as the Shrimps left One Call Stadium with a victory.

OVERALL RECORD: WON - 4 | DRAWN - 0 | LOST - 5

Match officials

The referee for the fixture will be Robert Jones and he will be assisted by Michael Denton and Neil Sharp. The fourth official will be Darren Handley. 

Mr Jones has already officiated two Stags' matches this season - the 1-0 win away to Blackpool in January and the 3-2 opening day victory over Newport County. 

Tickets

The Shrimps have allocated us 400 tickets to sell in advance and these will go off sale at 2.00pm on Friday 24 March. 

Please note, supporters will be able to pay-on-the-day at the Globe Arena by paying in cash at the away turnstiles, or via card at the Shrimps' ticket office. 

Prices are as follows: 

Adult£21
Concession£17
Junior (15-18)£6
Under 14FREE with a paying adult*
Disabled (with carer free)£17

*Up to three under 14s will be eligible to receive a free ticket per paying adult. If an adult needs more than three under 14s' tickets, they will be required to pay £6 for each additional under 14. 

We have been given three pairs of wheelchair and carer tickets in the Peter McGuigan Stand, which can be purchased from our ticket office for £17. 

Stags' fans will also be able to purchase tickets on the day, with no price increase. 

Pre-purchased tickets will go off-sale at 2.00pm on Friday 24 March. 

To buy your tickets, please call our ticket office on 01623 482 482 or visit us on Quarry Lane. 

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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