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Match preview: Stags vs Lincoln City

29 August 2017

Mansfield Town's Checkatrade Trophy campaign gets underway on Tuesday evening when they entertain Lincoln City at One Call Stadium (7.45pm) and this is your comprehensive guide to the fixture.

Defender Zander Diamond will be aiming to recover from a slight knock after missing Saturday's 2-2 draw at home to Luton Town. 

The Imps have no new injury concerns, with just midfielder Josh Ginnelly sidelined with an ankle injury.

Stags recorded their second 2-2 draw of the season on Saturday when they played out a four-goal thriller with Luton Town. 

Defender Rhys Bennett gave Stags the lead in the first half, before frontman Lee Angol doubled their advantage in the second period. However, Luton duo James Collins and Danny Hylton rescued a point late on, before Stags' striker Jimmy Spencer missed a last-minute penalty. 

The Imps secured a resounding 4-1 victory over Carlisle United last time out. An Alex Woodyard double put the Imps ahead, before former Stag Matt Rhead converted a penalty after Tom Parkes received his marching orders. 

Former Stags' winger Reggie Lambe got the Cumbrians back in the game, but winger Billy Knott rounded off the victory in the 87th minute. 

The last meeting between the two sides was in an FA Cup second round replay in December 2012. 

Stags progressed to the next round - where they met giants Liverpool - thanks to an own goal from Paul Farman and winger Louis Briscoe, despite Adam Smith's 41st minute equaliser. 

HEAD-TO-HEAD record: W: 26 | D: 17 | L: 25

The referee for the match will be David Webb and he will be assisted by Stephen Wade and Duncan Street. Thomas Bramall will undertake fourth official duties. 

Mr Webb's last match officiating the Stags was our 2-1 defeat to Wycombe Wanderers in last season's Checkatrade Trophy.

Stags' fans can purchase tickets both in advance and on the day. For Tuesday's match, tickets are only available for purchase in the Ian Greaves Stand. The Quarry Lane End is not open for this fixture.

You can save time by purchasing your seats online from www.stagstickets.co.uk and then choose the 'print at home' option. 

Prices are as follows: 
Adults: £10
Concessions: £5

Tickets can be purchased by visiting the One Call Stadium ticket office or calling 01623 482 482 from 10.00am on Tuesday.

No tickets will be sold to away fans at One Call Stadium.

The Sandy Pate Sports Bar will open at 12.00pm for supporters to enjoy pre-match food and drink. The main menu will be available until 4.00pm, before the matchday menu takes over, serving food such as burgers, pies, chips and hot-dogs.

Furthermore, the bar will be serving alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages throughout the day. 

Also in the Sandy Pate Sports Bar, the SSA will be selling their unique Stags v Lincoln matchday pin badges for just £3. 

Please note: the Kevin Bird Suite will not be open for this fixture.

We'll be publishing live text commentary of the encounter on our twitter feed and the match centre on mansfieldtown.net will contain Opta-populated updates.

To access our twitter feed, head to twitter.com/mansfieldtownfc. The match centre can be accessed here, or by clicking the link on the home page on Tuesday evening. 

Furthermore, iFollow Stags subscribers will be able to listen to full-match commentary of the clash, courtesy of commentators Martin Shaw and Dean Foulkes. 

A report of the match will be published on www.mansfieldtown.net after the game and full reaction will be available to view on mansfieldtown.net and iFollow Stags.

 

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Match report: Stags 1-3 Lincoln City

29 August 2017

A much-changed Mansfield Town were defeated 3-1 by Lincoln City in the Checkatrade Trophy group stage at One Call Stadium this evening.

The home side made 10 changes to their starting XI from their last match against Luton Town, and were the better side for much of the contest. 

Stags took the lead in the sixth minute of the match, when winger Alfie Potter bent the ball home from the edge of the box after being fed through by striker Jimmy Spencer.

The Imps got back on level terms late in the first half when midfielder Elliott Whitehouse headed home from eight yards out, before second half goals from former Stags Ollie Palmer and Matt Green sealed the victory for the Imps – the latter in second half stoppage time when Stags had sent everybody forward in search of an equaliser.

Stags’ boss Steve Evans made 10 changes to the side which drew 2-2 with Luton Town on Saturday, with defender Krystian Pearce the only man to keep his place and was also handed the captain’s armband for the affair.

Defenders George Taft and Johnny Hunt made their first starts of the season, whilst midfielder Jack Thomas was named in midfield, along with Alex MacDonald, who made his first appearance since returning from a knee injury.

Stags started brilliantly and immediately put the visitors under pressure when frontman Omari Sterling-James was brought down on the right flank, but winger Alex MacDonald’s free-kick was headed away from danger.

Winger Alfie Potter showed great pace to nip past former Stag Ollie Palmer and left-back Sam Habergham with the ball, but was then brought down as he went to cross. MacDonald was again the man to take it, but Palmer headed away.

Potter and MacDonald were both in the thick of the action early on and in the fourth minute, the latter expertly shifted the ball onto his right foot and clipped a great cross into the box, but it fell loose the Imps’ six-yard box before it was hacked clear.

Stags then took a much-deserved lead in the sixth minute. Olejnik cleared the ball first-time towards the halfway line, where Potter rose beautifully to flick the ball on to striker Jimmy Spencer.

The former Northampton Town winger carried on his run and received the ball back from Spencer before bending it past Imps’ stopper Paul Farman from the edge of the box.

Lincoln did well to contain Stags after the opening goal, but the next real action of the game involved the Imps needing a last ditch challenge to prevent Stags’ lead from doubling.

Spencer, who started impressively, received the ball on the edge of the box and slotted it through the smallest of gaps to on-rushing left-back Johnny Hunt, who was denied what looked to be a certain goal by a superb last-ditch tackle by Sean Long.

Stags were overpowering their Lincolnshire opponents and Potter again proved to be a thorn in their side when he won a free-kick on the right-edge of the box in the 16th minute. MacDonald clipped it onto the head of defender George Taft, but he couldn’t direct his effort on target.

The Imps didn’t have their first sight of goal until the 27th minute, when skipper Krystian Pearce brought down Lincoln forward Billy Knott 25 yards from goal. Habergham took control of the situation, but curled his kick harmlessly over the bar.

Lincoln won their second corner of the game in the 32nd minute but Stags cleared the ball to Thomas and he set Potter away on the counter attack. The winger carried the ball from just inside the Stags’ half to the edge of the Lincoln box, where he fed it through to Sterling-James, but the former Solihull Moors man dragged his shot just wide of the far post.

Spencer was excellent for the Stags in the first half and his clever through ball towards midfielder Jack Thomas almost perfectly found the 21-year-old, but Luke Waterfall was there to intervene.

Despite being second-best for almost the entirety of the first half, the Imps were level five minutes before the break. Hunt and MacDonald were both sucked into the ball in the corner, but Jordan Maguire-Drew managed to escape their attentions and lay it off for right-back Sean Long, who whipped the ball onto the head of midfielder Elliott Whitehouse and he directed his header beyond Olejnik in the Stags’ goal.

Three minutes later, Lincoln boss Danny Cowley was sent to the stands by referee David Webb.

As the game edged towards the half-time interval, Stags had another good chance to add to their goal tally.

Sterling-James was given the opportunity to run at the Lincoln defence for the first time and he got to the byline before finding Alfie Potter at the back post, but his volley was deflected over the bar.

The two sides came out for the second half and Stags should have had a penalty in the 47th minute. The ball was played into the box and Jimmy Spencer went racing after it, only to be pulled back by Waterfall, but nothing was given by referee David Webb.

Lincoln came forward three minutes later and Olejnik was called into action after Johnny Hunt misjudged his header and Billy Knott hit a half-volley which the former Exeter man had to tip around the post.

The Imps had a corner a minute later but Stags broke forward through Potter and should’ve done better. The former Havant and Waterlooville man carried the ball through the middle of the pitch, fed it to Thomas on the right, then received it back in the box but his touch was loose and Lincoln cleared long up-field.

Boss Steve Evans’ men started piling on the pressure and winger Alex MacDonald had two chances within as many minutes.

Thomas and Sterling-James combined down the left and the latter rolled the ball into the box for the over-lapping Alex MacDonald, but his shot was deflected and Farman saved easily.

The next effort tested the Imps’ stopper much more vigorously, however. Spencer played an intricate reverse pass to MacDonald and he hit a stinging effort towards the near post, which Farman got down to and held at the second attempt.

Olejnik had to be alert in the 64th minute as former Stag Ollie Palmer was sent through on goal, but the Stags’ ‘keeper came racing out of this goal and collected the ball from the feet of the Imps’ frontman.

Lincoln were enjoying a good spell of possession and they had a golden opportunity to take the lead from a header. Waterfall peeled off to the back post and the ball was planted perfectly on his head, but he could only direct his effort into a crowd of players and Stags cleared.

Stags replaced Jack Thomas with midfielder Will Atkinson after 72 minutes.

MacDonald, whose delivery from set pieces had been good all night, curled a ball into the box on 77 minutes and midfielder Paul Digby flicked a header against the bar.

Just two minutes later, however, Stags were behind. MacDonald appeared to be pushed on the edge of the box, but the referee allowed play to go on and Sean Longs low drive was turned in by Ollie Palmer from a yard out.

Manager Steve Evans reacted to going behind by introducing striker Danny Rose and winger CJ Hamilton in place of the Alex MacDonald and Jimmy Spencer.

Stags went close to equalising in the 86th minute when Hunt’s long throw was headed out to Atkinson on the edge of the box, and the substitute hit an excellent volley marginally wide.

Stags were piling bodies forward as the fourth official indicated a minimum of five minutes would be added, and the visitors scored their final goal in the last minute of extra time. 

Goalkeeper Bobby Oleknik made his way forward as Stags were awarded a last minute corner, but the Imps broke and with second half substitute Matt Green one-on-one with Will Atkinson, the Bath-born forward rolled it into the net from 25 yards to ensure Lincoln secured maximum points in the first Checkatrade Trophy fixture of the season. 

STAGS’ XI: Olejnik, White, Pearce, Taft, Hunt, Thomas (Atkinson 72), Digby, MacDonald (Hamilton 82), Potter, Sterling-James, Spencer (Rose 82)

SUBS NOT USED: Logan, Bennett, Benning, Byrom

LINCOLN XI: Farham, Long, Waterfall, Dickie, Habergham (Eardley 65), Anderson, Whitehouse, Woodyard (Bostwick 65), Maguire-Drew (Green 77), Knott, Palmer

SUBS NOT USED: Vickers, Rhead, Arnold, Raggett

REFEREE: David Webb

ATTENDANCE: 2,495 (898 away)

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