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MATCH PREVIEW

PUBLISHED
18:00 21st April 2017

Match preview: Stevenage vs Stags

Mansfield Town travel to Stevenage on Saturday (22 April, 3.00pm kick-off) and this is your comprehensive guide to the fixture.

Team news

Stags have no new injury worries ahead of Saturday's Sky Bet League Two clash, with only goalkeeper Scott Shearer expected to miss out. 

Stevenage top scorer Matty Godden is likely to miss the remainder of the season with a broken big toe, which has come as a huge blow to the Boro. 

Boro could also be without winger Ben Kennedy, who limped out of their win over Barnet a three weeks ago, as well as Aston Villa loanee Henry Cowans and defender Ronnie Henry. 
 
Recent form

Stags picked up a hugely important four points from a possible six over the Easter weekend as they boosted their hopes of finishing in the top seven. 

A first half header from defender Krystian Pearce was enough to clinch a superb three points against Wycombe Wanderers on Good Friday. 

They were then held to a 1-1 draw at home to Luton Town on Monday, as Hatters' striker Danny Hylton's second half penalty cancelled out midfielder Alfie Potter's opener. 

Manager Steve Evans' men now sit two points outside the top seven with three games remaining. 

Stevenage have just begun to falter slightly following an incredible run of just one defeat in 13 games. 

After their 1-0 triumph over Barnet, they slumped to back-to-back defeats against Colchester and Morecambe, before recording a draw against Carlisle United on Easter Monday. 

The Boro still occupy a play-off spot, four points above the Stags. 

Previous meeting

The last meeting between the two sides ended in defeat for the Stags as a goal in each half secured a 2-1 victory for Stevenage.     

Stags dominated the early exchanges of the game as defenders Rhys Bennett and Mal Benning both saw chances go begging.     

Following a clash of heads with Stevenage’s Ben Kennedy, defender Krystian Pearce was forced off for treatment, meaning the Stags had to play six with minutes with ten men.     

Pearce was reintroduced to the action and goalkeeper Scott Shearer was called into action for the first time, pulling off a smart stop to deny Boro striker Harry McKirdy.     

After midfielder Kevan Hurst fired just over from 25 yards out, Boro took the lead in the next meaningful action of the match.    

Midfielder Chris Clements conceded a free-kick 25 yards from goal and Charlie Lee glanced a header past Shearer from Henry Cowans’ right-footed delivery.     

Stags could have equalised five minutes later but Benning’s header from eight yards missed the target when he should have done better.    

Benning was in the thick of the action and had a penalty shout turned down in the 43rd minute when he appeared to be pushed by Ronnie Henry.    

Stags got a well-deserved equaliser on 54 minutes when Stevenage failed to clear a Kevan Hurst cross and striker Pat Hoban was on hand to swivel and rifle the ball home.     

Despite Stags looking to build on their equaliser, they were dealt a suckerpunch three minutes later as Stevenage re-took the lead.     

Stags lost possession in midfield and McKirdy picked up the loose ball and carried it from halfway before slotting past Shearer from just inside the box. 

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

Match officials

The referee for the fixture will be Graham Salisbury and he will be assisted by Joe Clark and Ian Smedley. The fourth official will be Andrew Fox. 

Mr Salisbury's last match in charge of the Stags was our 2-0 victory over Leyton Orient at the end of September. 

Tickets

We have been allocated 600 South Stand tickets to sell in advance for the fixture, but can request up to 1,390 if needed.    

Please note, tickets will be available on the day directly from Stevenage, however all categories are subject to a £2 increase.    

Prices for the clash are as follows: 

Adults (22-59): £20 
Concessions (60+): £17 
Under 22 (17-21): £12 
Under 16 (11-15): £8 
Under 12 (11 & under): £6 
Family of three (one adult, two U16s): £30 
Family of four (two adults, two U16s): £40    

Wheelchairs users will be seated within the home supporters and they must call Stevenage’s ticket office to book their spaces on 01438 223223. Please note, there are only six disabled bays available for use and the carer will receive a ticket free of charge.    

Ambulant disabled supporters will be required to purchase a ticket in the relevant age-related category.     

Pre-purchased tickets will go off-sale at 2.00pm on Friday 21 April.   

Furthermore, should supporters wish to watch the Emirates FA Cup semi-final between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday (5.15pm kick-off), Stevenage will be showing it in the Broadhall Suite at The Lamex Stadium, which is situated between the Away Stand and the East Terrace. 

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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