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16:17 20th January 2017

Match preview: Cambridge United vs Stags

Mansfield Town travel to the Cambs Glass Stadium to face Cambridge United on Saturday 21 January (3.00pm kick-off) and this is your definitive guide to the fixture.

Team news

Stags will still be without defender Kyle Howkins for the trip to Cambridgeshire with the knee injury he picked up in the Checkatrade Trophy victory over Oldham Athletic. 

The only other absentees are defenders George Taft and Corbin Shires, who continue to work on their rehabilitation from their respective hamstring and knee injuries. 

The U's currently have four players in the treatment room, but there's no recent additions to their injury list. 

Defender Josh Coulson is out for the season with an ankle injury, whilst winger Medy Elito is still struggling with a knee injury.

Striker Barry Corr is nearing a return to action after his thigh injury, but is only expected to be available again at the beginning of February.

Midfielder Harrison Dunk has an issue which is preventing him from training and therefore will be unavailable to face the Stags. 

Recent form

Mansfield Town are currently on a five-match unbeaten run across all competitions and were last week denied a fourth consecutive victory as they were held to a 0-0 draw by Notts County. 

Prior to the draw at Meadow Lane, Stags defeated Oldham 2-0 in the Checkatrade Trophy, Crewe 3-0 and Blackpool 1-0, both in Sky Bet League Two. 

Cambridge sit eighth in Sky Bet League Two, just one point outside the play-offs. 

They're currently on an eight-match unbeaten run in the league, recording six victories and two draws during that time. 

The U's recorded a 0-0 draw at home to Blackpool last Saturday, after being knocked out of the Emirates FA Cup by Leeds United prior to that. 

Previous meeting

The two sides played out a goalless draw in the last fixture, which took place at One Call Stadium in September 2016. 

That draw was the third consecutive draw between the Stags and the U's, after neither side could find a winner in last season's meetings. 


Match officials

The referee for Saturday's fixture will be Gavin Ward and he will be assisted by Paul Hobday and Christoper Kidd. Adam Crysell will undertake fourth official duties.

The last time Mr Ward officiated a Stags' match was last season's 1-0 defeat away to Leyton Orient. 


Tickets can be purchased in advance from the One Call Stadium ticket office on Quarry Lane, however Cambridge United will also be selling tickets on the day of the game.

Ticket prices for the fixture at the Abbey Stadium are as follows: 

Adults: £20
Concessions (64+, student, young adult (18-21)): £15
Under 18s: £10
Under 5s: FREE

All tickets will be subject to a £2 increase on the day.

Disabled supporters and their carers are eligible to purchase tickets in the relevant age-related category with a free carer ticket if those supporters receive the middle or higher rate of Disability Living Allowance. 

Wheelchair users will be required to pay £15, with a carer free of charge. Wheelchair users will need to purchase tickets in advance from Cambridge United by calling 01223 566 500.

Stags’ fans can arrange to collect their tickets from Cambridge United by informing our ticket office whilst purchasing.

Tickets will go off-sale at 4pm on Friday 20 January. 

To purchase your tickets, please visit our ticket office on Quarry Lane, or alternatively please telephone us on 01623 482 482.

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 

Stags Wall

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


Supporters can listen to full-match commentary on Stags PlayerHD from 3.50pm. 

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