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Match preview: Stags vs Morecambe

22 December 2017

Mansfield Town host Morecambe in Sky Bet League Two on Saturday (23 December, 3.00pm kick-off) and this is your comprehensive guide to the fixture.

Stags will be without midfielder Joel Byrom for Saturday's encounter, as he's unavailable due to a groin injury. 

Striker Kane Hemmings could make a return, but the progress of his recovery from a calf injury is unknown. 

Morecambe will be without forward Reece Deakin, who is currently recuperating from a broken leg.

A heavy challenge in the Shrimps' reserves' fixture against Fleetwood Town
last month forced the 21-year-old off, before later X-Rays revealed a fracture in
the Welshman's leg.

Furthermore, defender Dean Winnard is unavailable after missing the last
two months with an Achilles problem.

Stags' 0-0 draw with Yeovil Town last week made it just one defeat in 14 matches in all competitions as Steve Evans' men continue their march up the Sky Bet League Two table. 

The 2-0 defeat to Crawley Town a fortnight ago was the first time Stags had tasted defeat in any competition since October, and they now sit just two points outside the Sky Bet League Two play-offs. 

The Shrimps have only won once in their last six games, a 2-0 home win over Coventry City. 

Last time out, they slipped to a 2-1 defeat to bottom of the league Barnet. 

The last meeting between the two sides ended 3-1 to the Stags at the Globe Arena. 

Frontman Danny Rose gave Stags a fourth minute lead, before Morecambe hit back through striker Paul Mullin two minutes later. 

Rose gave Stags the lead once more in the 33rd minute, before loanee Ben Whiteman rounded off the scoring in the 39th minute. 

OVERALL RECORD: W - 5 | D - 0 | L - 5

The referee for the fixture will be Ross Joyce and he will be assisted by Alix Pashley and Matthew Jones. Anthony Tankard will be the fourth official. 

Mr Joyce's last match in charge of the Stags was our 2-2 draw with Luton Town in August, during which he dished out 12 yellow cards. 

Tickets for Saturday's match are available in person or via telephone on 01623 482 482 in advance of the match. Alternatively, supporters can visit www.stagstickets.co.uk to purchase their tickets before opting the 'print at home' option, if they wish to avoid the queues on matchday. 

Supporters can visit the matchday ticket office (next to the main ticket office on Quarry Lane) to purchase tickets on the day of the game. Supporters who wish to pay with cash only can also buy matchday tickets in a fast-track queue.

Furthermore, one adult and one child can watch Saturday's game for just £18 in our family block! To find out more, click here

For more information on match tickets, including prices, please click here

Do you currently serve in the forces or been medically discharged since 2001?If so, you could watch Saturday's match for FREE! Simply visit www.ticketsfortroops.org.uk for more details.

The Sandy Pate Sports Bar will open at 9.00am on Saturday and will be serving breakfast until 11.00am. 

After that, the matchday food menu will become available, which includes pies, chips, burgers and hot dogs.

Furthermore, the bar will be serving alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks to supporters of both clubs. 

Supporters with a ticket in blocks N, P, Q and R of the Ian Greaves Stand (upper tier) will be able to access the Kevin Bird Suite from 1.00pm on Saturday.

The Suite, situtated in the upper tier of the Ian Greaves Stand, will be serving hot and cold drinks for supporters to enjoy. The bar will also be open at half-time for supporters with a ticket in the aforementioned blocks.

Parking at One Call Stadium will be extremely limited and available on a first-come-first-served basis. Parking is advisable at the Müller depot (formerly known as The Dairy Crest) which costs just £3 per vehicle, with 80% of the fee heading towards selected charities at the end of each football season. Postcode: NG18 5DB

We'll be publishing live text commentary of the clash 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 Saturday. 

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

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.

Supporters who are blind or visually impaired can take advantage of our fantastic free audio descriptive commentary service. 

Provided by Alan March Sport, supporters can listen to commentary from trained audio description broadcasters. 

To take advantage of this free service, please visit the entrance to the Kevin Bird Suite at One Call Stadium after 1.00pm on Saturday. 

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Match report: Stags 2-1 Morecambe

23 December 2017

Christmas came early for Mansfield Town this afternoon as striker Danny Rose's 88th minute header sealed a 2-1 win against Morecambe at One Call Stadium.

Mansfield went into the break 1-0 to the good after Kane Hemmings broke the deadlock in the eighth minute. On his return to the team, the striker hit a terrific finish into the corner of the net after meeting Danny Rose's flick on and advancing into space on the edge of the box.

That Stags' advantage lasted only six minutes of the second half, as Morecambe frontman Callum Lang beat goalkeeper Conrad Logan with an effort across goal after he had worked his way into the area.

It remained 1-1 until the 88th minute when top scorer Danny Rose thumped a header into the roof of the net to put the Stags back in front and score what turned out to be the winner.

Manager Steve Evans made four changes to the eleven which played against Yeovil Town last week. Midfield pairing Paul Digby and Calum Butcher returned to the starting line-up, as did flying winger CJ Hamilton. Up front, there was a welcome return for hit man Kane Hemmings who had been missing recently due to a calf injury.

Mansfield started brightly but it was the visitors who had the opening chance inside the third minute. Striker Adam Campbell saw his initial effort blocked by Stags' left-back Mal Benning, before he picked up the rebound and dragged a shot wide of the upright.

A minute later, Mansfield almost opened the scoring. Right-back Hayden White saw his attempted cross flicked to the back post off a Morecambe head but winger CJ Hamilton couldn't direct his volley on target and it found the side-netting.

Morecambe weren't looking like a side that were 20th in League Two and Mansfield 'keeper Conrad Logan made two crucial saves in quick succession to deny the Shrimps. He first made himself big to deny Luke Conlan after the Morecambe man was found in space and from the following corner, the former Hibernian shotstopper got down well to meet a thumping header.

The visitors were punished for missing those chances when Mansfield took the lead in the eighth minute. Oxford United loanee Kane Hemmings ran into space after latching onto striker Danny Rose's header and he kept his composure to mark his return with a goal, firing into the corner from the edge of the area.

Morecambe had only won one of their last six going into the game but going behind didn't dampen their spirits as they kept trying for a way back into the game. Striker Vadaine Oliver had an optimistic shot from range which was blocked by Stags' skipper Zander Diamond.

The game had quietened down somewhat since the Stags took the lead but they had a great chance to double their advantage in the 26th minute.

Capitalising on a misplaced pass, Danny Rose charged at the Morecambe defence before slipping the ball to his strike partner Hemmings. He teed up Hamilton inside the area but the former Sheffield United man sliced his chance wide of the near post.

In the 33rd minute, Vadaine Oliver caused a moment of panic inside the Mansfield area after acrobatically playing the ball across goal but with no Morecambe player attacking it, Logan was able to claim the ball at the far post.

Mansfield should have gone into the break 2-0 ahead after a brilliant opportunity late in the half. After CJ Hamilton was fouled on the left wing, former Scotland under 21 international Alex MacDonald delivered a brilliant free-kick which found Diamond unmarked in the area but his diving header went wide of the post.

Morecambe captain Michael Rose had the first chance of the second period. He found space 25 yards out but his curled effort was comfortably watched wide of the post by Conrad Logan.

Morecambe managed to capitalise and draw level in the 51st minute. Callum Lang, on loan from Wigan Athletic, darted into the Mansfield area before drilling a shot across goal and past Logan.

Looking for a way to retake the lead, Mansfield manager Steve Evans made a double substitution in the 54th minute, bringing attacker Paul Anderson and midfielder Jacob Mellis on in place of Kane Hemmings and Calum Butcher.

The Shrimps were continuing to ask questions of Mansfield and just past the hour, Michael Rose thundered an effort from range which just flew wide of the right-hand post.

Impressive striker Adam Campbell was given time on the edge of the Mansfield area to get a shot away and it had Logan beaten but it fortunately clipped off the post and went out for a goal kick.

Stags' top scorer Danny Rose almost put his side back in front in the 68th minute but after meeting MacDonald's whipped cross, the former Barnsley man couldn't direct his header goal bound.

With twenty minutes to go, Mansfield made their final change, Paul Digby being substituted for midfielder Will Atkinson.

Morecambe's Rose was continuing to try and find his range as he looked to put the Shrimps ahead. He saw another long-distance effort go just past the target with Logan seemingly beaten.

The game was definitely in the balance as it crept into its final stages. Former Chelsea youngster Jacob Mellis tried his luck from 25 yards out but his shot whistled past Morecambe stopper Barry Roche's left-hand post.

Starting on the bench, Morecambe introduced their most prolific attackers in Kevin Ellison and Adam McGurk and the latter almost made a quick impact. He got on the end of Conlan's cross from the left but headed it straight at Logan.

It was then the turn of the veteran Ellison to go close. He was picked out at the back post but saw a well struck volley blocked by Mansfield's Hayden White.

At the other end, Mansfield broke and almost retook the lead. Hamilton did brilliantly to beat his man, turning him inside and out, before cutting inside and hitting a powerful effort just over the Morecambe bar.

The game could have gone either way with less than ten minutes remaining.

For the visitors, Ellison saw another shot blocked, this time by Diamond, whilst for the Stags, former Ipswich man Paul Anderson was denied by a full-stretch tackle by Steven Old after racing clear inside the Morecambe area.

It had been five games since Danny Rose had found the back of the net for the Stags but the former Bury man put that dry spell to an end as he headed home the winner in the 88th minute.

Paul Anderson, who had impressed since being introduced from the bench, raced down the right and he delivered a ball to the back post where Rose was waiting to climb highest and head past Roche to send One Call Stadium into raptures.

Rose almost added a spectacular second in the final minute of normal time. He raced onto a MacDonald long ball and hit a terrific volley that almost caught out Roche with the Morecambe 'keeper off his line, but it just strayed wide of the post.

Referee Ross Joyce added five additional minutes and in the first of those, Morecambe had a chance to level it up. They were awarded a dangerous looking free-kick from a central position but Rose's low effort was deflected wide by Anderson.

There was to be some late controversy with the Mansfield bench up in arms.

Firstly they believed that Ellison had kneed right-back Hayden White in the chest after the Mansfield full back had tackled the Morecambe man and they then were stunned when Rose was booked for diving when it appeared that he had been fouled by Roche. The visiting 'keeper then raised his arms to Rose and was booked for his troubles.

The final chance of the match came deep into injury time when Morecambe threw goalkeeper Barry Roche into the area, and the former Chesterfield shot-stopper got his head to the corner, but Stags got the ball clear.

At the end of a highly competitive affair, Danny Rose's 12th of the season was enough to win it for the Stags and send them to within a point of the play-offs.

STAGS' XI: Logan (GK), White, Bennett, Diamond ©, Benning, Butcher (Mellis 54'), Digby (Atkinson 70'), MacDonald, Hamilton, Rose, Hemmings (Anderson 54')

SUBS NOT USED: Olejnik (GK), Pearce, Angol, Spencer

MORECAMBE XI: Roche (GK), McGowan, Kenyon, Old, Oliver (Ellison 72'), Campbell (Thompson 81'), Conlan, Lavelle, Muller, Rose ©, Lang (McGurk 72')

SUBS NOT USED: Nizic (GK), Fleming, Lund, Osbourne

ATTENDANCE: 3,058 (63 away)

REFEREE: Ross Joyce

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