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Match preview: Stags vs Lincoln City

6 March 2018

Mansfield Town host Lincoln City in Sky Bet League Two on Tuesday evening (7.45pm kick-off) and this is your comprehensive guide to the fixture.

David Mirfin remains the only player unavailable for selection for the Stags as the defender continues his recovery from a knee injury.

Otherwise, Stags' squad boasts a clean bill of health.

Lincoln defender James Wilson is facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines after
suffering ankle ligament damage in last month's goalless draw with
Cambridge United.

The only other absentee for the Imps is goalkeeper Josh Vickers, who has
been out since January with a leg injury.

Stags have lost just once in 13 league games in a run which includes eight wins.

They have also lost just once at home all season - to new manager David Flitcroft's former club Swindon Town. 

The Stags will begin life under Flitcroft in fifth place, two points off the top three with a game in hand over Wycombe Wanderers who occupy the final automatic promotion spot.

Lincoln have won twice in their last six league games as their play-off push has faltered slightly. 

After beating Newport County 3-1, the Imps recorded successive draws against Swindon Town and Cambridge United. 

A 1-0 win over Cheltenham Town was then followed by back-to-back defeats against Crawley Town and most recently, Crewe Alexandra. 

Our last meeting occurred at Sincil Bank in September when Stags ran out deserved 1-0 victors. 

A closely-fought contest was well-managed by the Stags until striker Danny Rose climbed off the bench to head home the winner in the second half. 

OVERALL RECORD: W - 29 | D - 19 | L - 25

The referee for the fixture will be Graham Salisbury and he will be assisted by Gary Hilton and Grant Taylor. The fourth official will be Peter Gibbons. 

Mr Salisbury's last game in charge of the Stags was our opening day 2-2 draw with Crewe Alexandra.

As part of our endeavours to maximise our capacity at One Call Stadium, our home match against Lincoln City has been made all-ticket.

EFL regulations state that the club must reserve 10% of its stadium capacity if match tickets are sold on the day of the game.

However, the club can sell-out its total capacity prior to a match, though if this policy is activated the club cannot sell tickets on the day of the game.

Therefore, in an attempt to maximise revenue and help create a vociferous atmosphere for the club's players and management, tickets could only be purchased in advance of Tuesday's fixture.

Therefore, supporters should be aware that tickets cannot be bought via telephone or in person after 5pm on Monday 05 March – except for disabled supporters, who can purchase up until kick-off on Tuesday evening. Online ticket sales, via www.stagstickets.co.uk, will cease on Monday 05 March at midnight.

More information can be found here.

The Sandy Pate Sports Bar will open from 12.00pm on Tuesday, serving the main menu until 4.00pm. 

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 Stags' fans.

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

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 6.30pm on Tuesday.

The Suite, situated 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. 

The following sites, owned by Mansfield District Council and with easy access to the One Call Stadium are Grove Street, Victoria Street, Garden Road and Church Lane.

Charges are as follows:

Grove St 70p/hr (reduces to 50p/hr from 01 April)
Victoria St 50p/hr
Garden Rd 50p/hr
Church Lane 80p/hr

All of the above pay and display surface level car parks offer cashless parking via RingGo as an additional way to pay.

Every car park has a unique code so people can either pay over the phone, by text, online or by using a free smartphone app.

Details of how to do this are displayed in each car park. Information about all Mansfield District Council car parks can be found at www.mansfield.gov.uk/carparks.

Where do I go when I get to One Call Stadium?

Hospitality

If you are a hospitality guest, please enter the stadium via the brown double doors to the rear of the Ian Greaves Stand, which is the entrance to our hospitality suites. 

The doors are located to the left of the white merchandise stall outside the Sandy Pate Sports Bar, backing onto the main car park and sign-posted 'The Kevin Bird Suite'

Media

Members of the media are asked to also head to the entrance to our hospitality suites, where our media steward will provide you with the necessary accreditation. 

The required entrance is located to the left of the merchandise stall outside the Sandy Pate Sports Bar and signposted 'The Kevin Bird Suite'.

Supporters

If you need to collect tickets, please head to the main ticket office on Quarry Lane. For ticket purchases, please visit the matchday ticket office, adjacent to the Quarry Lane Stand, around the corner from the main ticket office.

Entry to the Quarry Lane End is via the turnstiles situated parallel to the road running alongside One Call Stadium. 

The Ian Greaves Stand is the main stand at One Call Stadium, which backs onto the main car park. 

Away fans are housed in the North Stand, which is located next to Portland Retail Park. Please note: there is no matchday parking in the retail park. 

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.

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.

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 6.00pm on Tuesday.

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Match report: Stags 1-1 Lincoln City

6 March 2018

New Mansfield Town manager David Flitcroft was cruelly denied a win in his first game in charge of the Stags tonight as Lincoln City scored a 90th minute equaliser in an entertaining 1-1 draw at One Call Stadium.

The first half of David Flitcroft’s debut game ended goalless with neither side able to find a breakthrough despite plenty of positive, attacking play. Lincoln probably shaded the opening exchanges with Matt Rhead, playing against his former club, seeing a shot cleared off the line by Stags’ left-back Mal Benning. At the other end, striker Danny Rose and midfield maestro Alex MacDonald both tried their luck for Mansfield but found their range wanting.

It didn’t take long for the second half to produce the opening goal as in the 49th minute, the Stags went ahead. Midfielder Joel Byrom, on as a half-time substitute, headed home his first goal for Mansfield after nipping in to get on the end of a terrific cross from right-back Hayden White. That looked like it would be the winner but in the last minute of normal time, ex-Stag Ollie Palmer forced a volleyed effort past Conrad Logan to level proceedings. That wasn’t the last of the drama, however, as both Lincoln’s Luke Waterfall and Mansfield’s Rhys Bennett were shown red cards in the last few minutes as both sides ended with ten men.

After a busy first few days at the club, new Stags’ manager David Flitcroft made one change to the side that predecessor Steve Evans selected for the 1-1 draw against Coventry City last time out. Winger Alfie Potter suffered a tweak to his hamstring in training so as a precaution, the in-form wide man was left out with right-back Hayden White coming in. As a result, Paul Anderson moved forward from full back to the right side of midfield.

Before the game, Flitcroft was met by rapturous applause and a chorus of ‘David Flitcroft’s barmy army’ as the Stags’ fans gave the warmest of welcomes to their new manager.

Lincoln fielded two former Stags up front in the form of Matt Green and Matt Rhead and the latter headed a good opportunity straight at Mansfield ‘keeper Conrad Logan inside the sixth minute, though the linesman’s flag was up for offside.

The travelling supporters were up in arms on 11 minutes, demanding a red card for Stags’ midfielder Adam King after a tackle on Alex Woodyard but referee Graham Salisbury saw things differently and only produced a yellow card.

Rhead was causing problems from the Mansfield defence early on and the man mountain almost opened the scoring after seeing a timid shot deflect past Logan but thankfully for the Stags, left-back Mal Benning was in position to hook the ball away to safety.

Mansfield’s first real opening arrived in the 18th minute and it fell to top scorer Danny Rose. A cross from the right by experienced winger Paul Anderson found Rose inside the area and the fan favourite volleyed a shot towards goal but it went just over the Lincoln bar

The Stags almost hit the Imps on the counter-attack a minute later but after Anderson had released flying wide man CJ Hamilton, the former Sheffield United youngster saw his cross blocked by a Lincoln defender.

David Flitcroft’s men were now enjoying their best period of the game so far and after great work by Hamilton to cut inside from the left flank, February’s Player of the Month Alex MacDonald drilled a low shot wide of the post.

After a strong start to the game by Lincoln, the Stags were now starting to get on top. In the 26th minute, Hamilton raced down the left and looked to find striker Kane Hemmings at the near post but a Lincoln defender got there first to clear the ball for a corner.  

Despite the success Mansfield were enjoying, their opponents gave them a reminder of the threat they pose as Luke Waterfall saw a free header blocked on its way through to goal before Waterfall then sent a powerful, low strike through a sea of bodies which Logan was equal to.

Though the game was still goalless after half an hour, it had offered up plenty of attacking action and a goal looked inevitable. It was Mansfield who almost opened the scoring in the 31st minute but Rose fired over the bar from just inside the area after shifting the ball onto his left foot.

Right-back Hayden White provided the assist for the winner in the reverse fixture, crossing for Danny Rose to head home, and just before the break he sent another teasing cross in from the right but with defender Rhys Bennett lurking, Lincoln ‘keeper Ryan Allsop was off his line quickly to claim.

David Flitcroft’s first substitution as Mansfield manager came at half-time with the new boss taking off Adam King, who was on a yellow card, and replacing him with fellow cultured midfielder Joel Byrom.

That substitution proved to be a masterstroke as in the 49th minute, Byrom headed Mansfield ahead. Kane Hemmings did brilliantly to hold the ball up at the near post and he laid it off for White who delivered a pin point cross which Byrom flicked across goal and past Allsop.

Lincoln were now searching for a way back in the game and Matt Green, once a cult hero at One Call Stadium, saw an acrobatic overhead kick go over the bar after Rhead had picked out his strike partner with a cushioned header.

Danny Rowe was brought on by Lincoln and he was immediately involved in the action as he tried to find an equaliser for his side. He got the ball out of his feet just inside the Mansfield area but saw a powerful drive blocked by Alex MacDonald who threw his body in front of the shot.

Mansfield almost got a second goal which, given how much time was left, would have killed the game off. A corner in by Benning found Bennett free at the back post and when the centre-half’s ball to the back post rolled out again to Benning, the Stags’ left-back smashed a shot over the bar when he should have done better.

With less than 15 minutes to go, Mansfield made their second change with forward Jimmy Spencer replacing the hard-working Kane Hemmings.

A few minutes later and Mansfield made their final change, with Will Atkinson taking the place of Paul Anderson, the versatile Atkinson taking Anderson’s place on the right wing.

Lincoln were forcing the Stags’ defence back with an aerial bombardment and a late corner almost produced an equaliser but Harry Anderson’s hooked effort, after a goal mouth scramble, landed on the roof of the Mansfield net.

Despite being under pressure, Mansfield almost killed the game off with an incisive counter-attack. Rose chipped a ball over the Lincoln defence for the on-rushing Spencer but he was just beaten to the ball by Allsop with the Imps breathing a sigh of relief.

Time was running out but in the 90th minute, Lincoln grabbed an equaliser. Rhead rose highest and headed a ball back across goal where Ollie Palmer, another former Stags’ striker, was on hand to spin and volley past Logan.

Palmer ran past his own fans to celebrate in front of the Mansfield faithful and in the ensuing celebrations, Lincoln captain Luke Waterfall was shown a straight red card for dangerously hurling a water bottle into the Stags’ crowd..

Only a minute later, it was ten versus ten. Mansfield defender Rhys Bennett was shown a second yellow card for a clumsy foul on Palmer by the right touch line as the dramatic end to the game continued.

There was to be no more late drama as the competitive local derby, and David Flitcroft’s first game as Mansfield manager, ended in a draw.

STAGS’ XI: Logan, Bennett, Benning, Pearce ©, MacDonald, Anderson (Atkinson 80’), White, Hamilton, Hemmings (Spencer 76’), King (Byrom 46’), Rose

SUBS NOT USED: Olejnik, Diamond, Mellis, Angol

LINCOLN CITY XI: Allsop, Habergham, Waterfall ©, Wharton, Rhead, Green (Palmer 81’), Williams (Rowe 64’), Bostwick, Frecklington (Anderson 67’), Eardley, Woodyard

SUBS NOT USED: Farman, Long, Whitehouse, Pett

ATTENDANCE: 6,091

REFEREE: Graham Salisbury

 

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