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MATCH PREVIEW

PUBLISHED
14:14 24th September 2016

Match preview: Stags vs Grimsby Town

Mansfield Town host Grimsby Town at 12.15pm on Saturday (24 September) and this is your comprehensive guide to the fixture.

Team news

Stags' boss Adam Murray stated in his Monday morning news conference this week that a number of players are nearing full fitness after a spell on the sidelines. 

Midfielders Chris Clements and Jack Thomas were said to be continuing their rehabilitation from their respective hamstring and groin injuries, with Murray 'hopeful' that Clements would be available for Saturday's visit of the Mariners, however Thomas will miss out. 

Murray said on Monday that defender Kyle Howkins will be 'nearly there' next week whilst fellow centre-half George Taft will be missing for four to six weeks. 

New signing Oscar Gobern could be pushing for a start after the midfielder completed 45 minutes against Hartlepool United last week.

The Grimsby trio of Dan Jones, Rhys Browne and Sean McAllister were all said to be pushing for a recall for last week's 2-0 defeat against Crewe after their respective injury lay-offs, however all three eventually missed out. 

After a full week of training, the trio are expected to mount a more convincing challenge to be included in manager Paul Hurst's squad this week. 

Recent form

Stags are without a win in their last three games after 0-0 draws at home to Cambridge United and away to Hartlepool United either side of a 1-0 home defeat to Barnet.

However, the three winless games have coincided with an unfortunate injury list but with a number of players stepping up their rehabilitation, there are positives signs coming out of Adam Murray's camp. 

The Mariners have had a rollercoaster of a start to life in the EFL with three wins, a draw and four defeats. 

After a 2-0 opening day victory over Morecambe, the Lincolnshire side went four games without a win, including an EFL Cup defeat to Derby County, but bounced back by thumping Stevenage 5-2. 

Their solitary September win came a fortnight ago over Luton Town at Kenilworth Road thanks to a brace by striker Omar Bogle.

Previous meeting

The last EFL meeting between the two sides was all the way back in 2008 when Grimsby triumphed 2-1 at One Call Stadium. 

The teams have since met in the Blue Square Premier, with the last match in 2012. 

Stags recorded a 2-0 victory on that occasion, with goals from striker Matt Rhead and midfielder Adam Chapman securing the victory for Paul Cox's men. 

OVERALL RECORD: WON - 19 | DRAWN - 11 | LOST - 16

Match officials

The referee for the occasion is Geoff Eltringham and he will be assisted by Akil Howson and Billy Smallwood. The fourth official for the fixture is David Benton. 

Mr Eltringham last took charge of the Stags in last season's incredible 5-0 victory over Notts County at One Call Stadium. 

Tickets

All ticket information can be found here.

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 2.55pm. 

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