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Match preview: Cambridge United vs Stags

12 January 2018

Mansfield Town travel to the Abbey Stadium to take on Cambridge United on Saturday (13 January, 3.00pm kick-off) and this is your definitive guide to the fixture.

Speaking to the local media on Thursday afternoon, manager Steve Evans revealed that skipper Zander Diamond, midfielder Joel Byrom and top scorer Danny Rose are all back in training after their respective injuries. 

Striker Kane Hemmings, who limped out of our Emirates FA Cup third round clash with Cardiff last week is rated as '50/50' to be fit for Saturday after a scan revealed a minor hamstring strain. 

Defender David Mirfin is still sidelined following knee surgery. 

For Cambridge, winger David Amoo and midfielder Paul Lewis could be back in contention after a quick return to training following their respective hamstring and knee injuries. 

Winger Piero Mingoia is still out with a groin problem, whilst striker Jabo Ibehre will serve the second game of a three match ban.

Stags are currently on a run of just one defeat in their last 19 games in all competitions, a run of results which has catapulted them to seventh in Sky Bet League Two.

Manager Steve Evans' men sit just one point outside the automatic promotion places following an excellent Christmas period, during which Stags picked up three wins and a draw from their four matches. 

Last time out, they drew 0-0 with Championship high-flyers Cardiff City in the third round of the Emirates FA Cup. 

The U's have won two, drawn two and lost two of their last six games. 

They achieved a solid 0-0 draw away at Colchester United last weekend, which followed back-to-back home wins against Crewe Alexandra and Barnet at the Abbey Stadium. 

A thrilling 3-3 draw away to Notts County was preceded by defeats at home to Newport County and away to Port Vale. 

Shaun Derry's side currently occupy 12th place in Sky Bet League Two, six points behind the Stags.

Stags came from behind to win in our last meeting with the U's, which took place in September 2016. 

Cambridge skipper Leon Legge put the away side ahead early in the second half, before midfielder Jacob Mellis climbed off the bench to equalise from the penalty spot. 

With the game heading for a draw, top scorer Danny Rose popped up with his second winner in as many matches to clinch three valuable points. 

OVERALL RECORD: W - 16 | D - 11 | L - 13

Trevor Kettle will be the referee for Saturday's fixture and he will be assisted by Declan Ford and Paul Yates, whilst John Farries will be the fourth official.

Hailing from Rutland, near Leicestershire, Mr Kettle has officiated in the EFL for 15 years and usually takes charge of either League One or League Two matches.

The last time Mr Kettle took charge of a Stags' game was our 4-0 win over Port Vale in November 2017.

We have been allocated 616 tickets in the South Stand for the fixture, with more available if required.

Tickets are available to purchase in advance from the Mansfield Town ticket office in person, via telephone (01623 482 482) or online from www.stagstickets.co.uk.

Stags' fans will also be able to purchase tickets on the day of the game, but all categories will be subject to a £2 increase.

Prices are as follows:

Adults £20
Seniors (64+) £15
Students (with valid NUS card) £15
Young adults (18-21) £15
Under 18s £10
Under 12s £5
Under 5s FREE

Ambulant disabled supporters are required to purchase a ticket in the relevant age-related category, with a carer ticket free of charge if proof of middle to higher rate disability allowance is provided.

Wheelchair users can purchase tickets for £15, with a free carer ticket. To purchase wheelchair tickets, please contact Cambridge United on 01223 566500.

Pre-purchased tickets will go off-sale at 4.00pm on Friday 12 January.

Supporters who are opting to drive should use the post-code CB5 8LN for directions to the ground. Supporters are advised to park in the areas off Coldhams Lane.

The Wrestlers pub along Newmarket Road offers great Thai food or another option is The Tram Depot, which is a venue known for its character and broad selection of drinks.

Alternatively, there is a matchday kiosk situated in the away end which serves a selection of hot and cold food and drink.

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 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.

Blind or visually impaired supporters can listen to audio descriptive commentary of the game! It is strongly recommend that the service is pre-booked by contacting Nick Parker on 07929 589925 or by emailing nick.parker56@googlemail.com.

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Match report: Cambridge United 0-0 Stags

13 January 2018

Mansfield Town stretched their impressive run to just one defeat in 20 games after a hard-working performance saw them secure a 0-0 draw away at Cambridge United this afternoon.

The first half was very even, however Cambridge had the best chance of the opening period when full-back Jake Carroll had their best chance in the 37th minute, but he blasted over from just outside the six-yard box after a good passing move by the U's.

Striker Billy Waters was also looking lively for the hosts but he was unable to find a breakthrough. At the other end, Mansfield left-back Mal Benning saw two efforts from distance go over whilst fan favourite Danny Rose curled a shot just wide.

If the hosts had the better of the first half, it was Mansfield who enjoyed the better spells in the second period as the Stags went close on several occasions. Home goalkeeper David Forde had to be at his best to palm away an Alex MacDonald free-kick whilst Rose thought he had opened the scoring from inside the six-yard box but his effort was ruled out for offside.

After a terrific performance away at Cardiff City in the Emirates FA Cup last week, and with the hotly anticipated replay to come on Tuesday, Mansfield manager Steve Evans made just one change to his line up, welcoming back top scorer Danny Rose in place of striker Kane Hemmings, who picked up a knock in Wales last Saturday.

Influential midfielder Joel Byrom returned to the squad, settling for a place on the bench, but club captain Zander Diamond just missed out despite returning to training this week.

The first effort of the game went in the way of the hosts as, inside the third minute, Cambridge striker Billy Waters saw his snap shot go wide of the Mansfield goal from the edge of the box.

It was the U's who started the game the brighter and a few minutes after Waters' sighter, attacking midfielder Jevani Brown saw his effort fly over the bar after working space on the edge of the area.

On his return from injury, striker Danny Rose had Mansfield's first opportunity in the 10th minute. Great inter-play down the left flank saw winger CJ Hamilton go clear and his pull back from the by-line found Rose but he directed his left-footed shot just past the upright.

Mansfield and Rose had the ball in the back of the net inside the 15th minute but after the former Barnsley man had chased down a ball over the top and lobbed David Forde in the Cambridge goal, referee Trevor Kettle judged the Mansfield man had fouled Greg Taylor in the build-up, which looked slightly harsh.

The Stags were slowly but surely building a foothold in the game and left-back Mal Benning almost scored a spectacular opener but his effort from 25 yards out zipped just over the bar with Forde beaten.

The game entered a bit of a lull midway through the first half with the only real talking points being a harsh looking yellow card for Mansfield striker Lee Angol before gaffer Steve Evans was spoken to by referee Trevor Kettle for his complaints about that booking.

On the half hour mark, Benning tried his luck again from a similar position as his previous attempt and it unfortunately had the same result, flying just over the bar.

A whipped free-kick by Cambridge's Adam Phillips almost found Waters at the back post but the attacker was a second too late in his dive to win the ball, watching as it fizzed past him and out for a Mansfield goal kick.

Cambridge should have taken the lead inside the 37th minute as they had the best chance of the game so far. Left-back Jake Carroll bombed forward and was found free inside the area but with only Mansfield 'keeper Conrad Logan to beat, he failed to keep his powerful effort down.

Mansfield's defence was unlocked in the early stages of the second half as Cambridge's man mountain, Uche Ikpeazu, received the ball inside the area but after he swivelled to create a goal scoring opportunity, Cambridge's top scorer saw his effort from six yards saved brilliantly by the legs of Logan.

It was then the turn of the Stags to go close to netting the opener. Benning was given time to float a brilliant ball in from the left but Angol's header was easily held by Forde after the former Peterborough man had climbed highest.

Stags' top scorer Danny Rose won a free-kick for Stags near the hour mark and from 30 yards out, midfielder Alex MacDonald forced Forde into a tremendous save with the former Millwall stopper clawing the ball out of the top corner.

Cambridge received a huge let off in the 64th minute as Angol did well to evade Bradley Halliday's wild challenge inside the box before hitting a shot over from an acute angle.

Mansfield then made their first substitution of the game, right-back Hayden White replacing Alfie Potter with Paul Anderson moving forward to the right side of midfield.

The travelling Mansfield faithful were up celebrating in the 68th minute when Danny Rose flicked the ball into the back of the net, but the Stags' celebrations were short lived after the goal was chalked off for a dubious looking offside call.

Mansfield were now getting on the front foot and Rose almost acrobatically volleyed in Benning's powerful cross but after doing well to twist his body, the shot went over the bar.

With less than 15 minutes to go, the game was an open, end-to-end affair and after Mansfield lost possession in the Cambridge box, the hosts counter-attacked but Brown saw a shot comfortably saved by Logan.

The Stags introduced pacey forward Omari Sterling-James and midfielder Will Atkinson in the last 10 minutes, the duo replacing Paul Anderson and Jacob Mellis respectively, as the visitors looked to push forward and claim the win.

Mansfield centre-half Krystian Pearce almost proved to be an unlikely matchwinner but after finding himself just inside the Cambridge area, his volley was well blocked by a U's body. Mansfield picked up the rebound and almost worked another opening but Hamilton's drilled low pass somehow missed the Stags' bodies waiting to tuck it in.

In the end, the game finished 0-0 with both teams feeling they had chances to win it in what was a closely fought contest.

STAGS' XI: Logan, Bennett, Benning, Pearce ©, MacDonald, Mellis (Atkinson 87'), Angol, Anderson (Sterling-James 81'), Potter (White 64'), Hamilton, Rose

SUBS NOT USED: Olejnik (GK), Digby, Spencer, Byrom

CAMBRIDGE UNITED XI: Forde, Halliday, Carroll, Deegan ©, Taylor, Waters (Corr 80'), Ikpeazu, Phillips (Amoo 64' (Dunk 74')), Maris, Brown, Darling

SUBS NOT USED: Mitov (GK), O'Neill, Elito, Davies

ATTENDANCE: 4,324 (499 away)

REFEREE: Trevor Kettle

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