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Match preview: Stags vs Stevenage

17 November 2017

Mansfield Town host Stevenage in Sky Bet League Two on Saturday (18 November, 3.00pm kick-off) and this is your comprehensive guide to the fixture.

Top scorer Danny Rose will miss Saturday's encounter through suspension after he picked up his fifth booking of the season against Coventry City last week. 

Striker Lee Angol and defender David Mirfin were due to return to training on Thursday after their respective knee and hamstring injuries, but boss Steve Evans was set to assess the pair on the training field before deciding whether they are fit enough to play a part on Saturday.

Stevenage defender Kevin Toner will sit out this afternoon's match as he completes his three-match ban after the Aston Villa loanee was sent off against Yeovil Town last month.

Meanwhile, 20-year-old Ben Kennedy is out for six weeks with a knee injury. The highly-rated youngster underwent an arthroscopy operation after sustaining a blow to the knee against Forest Green Rovers.

Stags are seven games unbeaten in all competitions, including four in Sky Bet League Two. 

An excellent display by Steve Evans' men against Coventry City ended in a 1-0 victory for the Stags, courtesy of winger Alex MacDonald's fine 30-yard strike. 

Prior to that, Stags coupled an Emirates FA Cup victory over Shaw Lane with wins against Notts County and Everton U23s in the Checkatrade Trophy. 

Furthermore, we attained credible draws away to Barnet and Newport County, in addition to a 1-1 stalemate at home to Exeter City, despite a dominant display at One Call Stadium.

Stevenage have won three, lost two and drawn one of their last six games in all competitions. 

A 3-2 victory against Accrington Stanley was followed by back-to-back defeats against Forest Green Rovers and Yeovil Town. 

They bounced back with a 5-0 hammering of Nantwich Town in the Emirates FA Cup and a 3-1 win against Brighton & Hove Albion U23s in the Checkatrade Trophy. 

They then held league leaders Notts County to a 1-1 draw last week. 

Stags came out on top in the last meeting between the sides, which took place at the Lamex Stadium in April 2017. 

Both sides were competing for a place in the Sky Bet League Two play-offs and it was Stags who stole a march on their Hertfordshire rivals. 

Striker Danny Rose hammered a close range effort into the roof of the net to ensure Stags won 1-0 and returned to north Nottinghamshire with three points. 

HEAD-TO-HEAD record: W: 5 | D: 0 | L: 5

Tom Nield will officiate the fixture and he will be assisted by Michael D'Aguilar and Michael Denton. Robert Merchant will be the fourth official. 

Mr Nield has never officiated the Stags before as this is his first season in the EFL after being promoted from the National League group of officials at the beginning of this season.

Stags' fans can purchase tickets both in advance and on the day of the game. 

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

Ticket prices can be found here.

Tickets can also be purchased by visiting the One Call Stadium ticket office on Quarry Lane or by calling 01623 482 482.

Away supporters will be able to purchase tickets from the away ticket booth behind the North Stand on Saturday. Please note: this will be cash only. 

The Sandy Pate Sports Bar will open at 9.00am for supporters to enjoy pre-match food and drink.

We will be serving breakfast from 9.00am until 11.00am and then the matchday menu will become available, 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 Stevenage 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 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.

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 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 1-0 Stevenage

18 November 2017

Mansfield Town extended their unbeaten run to eight matches this afternoon as striker Kane Hemmings' first half goal secured 1-0 victory over Stevenage at One Call Stadium.

Stags were dominant in large spells and could have made the scoreline more emphatic following numerous good passages of play.

The opening to the game was a closely fought affair but the Stags soon began to dominate and they took the lead in the 23rd minute when frontman Kane Hemmings tapped into an empty net from close range after Stevenage 'keeper Joe Fryer had a moment to forget when coming to claim a cross.

Mansfield and Hemmings saw a second goal controversially ruled out in the second half but the men in amber and blue continued to be the better of the two teams with 'keeper Conrad Logan not facing a shot on target all afternoon.

After a brilliant 1-0 victory away at Coventry City last week, Stags' manager Steve Evans made only two changes to his team, welcoming back midfielder Jacob Mellis from suspension in place of winger Paul Anderson and fielding striker Jimmy Spencer in place of top scorer Danny Rose, who was missing after picking up his fifth yellow card of the season last time out.

With the Stags' playing away last weekend on Armistice Day, they used this opportunity to pay tribute to fallen servicemen and women. After an impeccably observed minute's silence and a moving tribute by members of the armed forces, the game got underway with Mansfield starting on the stronger foot, winger CJ Hamilton cutting in from the right and striking an effort at Stevenage 'keeper Joe Fryer inside the first two minutes.

Stevenage responded with a good chance – what turned out to be their best of the afternoon – of their own inside the third minute as top scorer Matt Godden raced onto a Chris Whelpdale header but struck his effort just over the bar.

The visitors then tried their luck again moments later but midfielder Tom Pett saw his shot from distance comfortably fly over the Mansfield goal.
It had been a close opening 10 minutes, with Stevenage probably shading proceedings, but the Stags nearly got the early goal in the ninth minute. A corner from midfielder Joel Byrom was headed back across goal by

Mansfield skipper Zander Diamond and frontman Jimmy Spencer was there to meet it but he looped his header over the bar.

Winger Alex MacDonald was the match-winner at Coventry with a tremendous 30-yard strike and the former Scotland under 21 international almost put the Stags ahead in the 15th minute but after cutting inside his low shot was claimed by Fryer at the near post.

The game flared up a minute later after a late tackle by Stevenage's Danny Newton on Mansfield left back Johnny Hunt. With the Mansfield bench and fans incensed, referee Tom Nield took a moment to think about things before showing the Stevenage man a yellow card.

MacDonald went close again in the 18th minute when he latched onto a chest down by Spencer before driving into the box and fizzing a shot wide of the upright from just inside the area.

The opener arrived six minutes later and it was the men in amber and blue who were celebrating. A ball into the area was completely missed by Fryer in the Stevenage goal, allowing Spencer to head the ball down to strike partner Kane Hemmings who had the simple task of rolling into an empty net.

The Stags were now playing with the confidence of a side who were looking to make it eight games unbeaten in all competitions and a training ground routine from a corner ended in midfielder Jacob Mellis seeing his shot from around 10 yards out blocked by a Stevenage body.

Stevenage went into the game level on points with Mansfield and Darren Sarll's side were looking to draw level. They went close in the 31st minute when Joe Martin saw his whipped free kick from the edge of the Mansfield area just miss the target.

Mansfield were still looking the more likely to get the next goal and Fryer had to be at his best in the 34th minute to parry away Spencer's effort across goal after the former Plymouth man had been slipped through by Mellis.

With half-time approaching, it was very much a case of one-way traffic and Mansfield nearly added a second when flying winger CJ Hamilton went clear down the left but his pass from inside the area was intercepted.

The fourth official indicated two minutes added time at the end of the first half and Stevenage nearly made the most of it. Winger Chris Whelpdale found space but he fired across goal with Stags' 'keeper Conrad Logan untested, as he had been all half.

The Stags nearly got off to a perfect start in the second half when Spencer flicked on a corner at the near post which forced Fryer into an impressive save.

Stevenage replied and in the 48th minute, Pett struck a speculative effort well over the bar for the visitors as they failed to test Logan once again.

The game was really livening up just before the hour with referee Tom Nield at the centre of it all. Mansfield and Kane Hemmings thought they had their second in the 57th minute when the Oxford United loanee fired home after another mistake by Fryer but Nield bizarrely awarded the goal, before changing his mind and giving Boro a free-kick whilst Stags were busy celebrating.

Stevenage frontman Godden has eight goals so far this season for but he was lacking sharpness in front of goal and let rip from 25 yards out but Logan never looked worried.

The experienced Zander Diamond nearly headed home for the Stags in the 72nd minute but he couldn't direct his effort on target after rising highest to meet classy midfielder Joel Byrom's in-swinging free kick.

Mansfield were continuing to press and after Mellis brilliantly spun his man on the edge of the area, Spencer poked his pass just wide of the post under close watch from a Stevenage defender.

Stevenage were awarded a dangerous looking free kick in the 78th minute after Mellis went to ground 19 yards from goal, but once again, Logan wasn't called into action as Martin saw his effort deflect over off the Stags' wall.

With less than ten minutes to go, Mansfield still looked comfortable but were looking to double their advantage and former Leeds United manager Steve Evans brought on attacker Omari Sterling-James in place of Jimmy Spencer, who had worked tirelessly all afternoon.

The Stags went close in the 82nd minute when MacDonald did brilliantly to get to the right byline and the ball fell kindly for Hemmings, who had a great opportunity to seal the three points, but he saw his first time shot go just wide.

Former Chelsea youngster Mellis was awarded the sponsor's Man of the Match award after an impressive display but he was replaced by midfielder Will Atkinson in the 85th minute as Mansfield looked to maintain their slender lead.

Sterling-James almost had an immediate impact as he put MacDonald through in the area but the powerful winger took one too many touches and saw his effort blocked well by Stevenage captain Ronnie Henry.

A lightning quick counter-attack by Mansfield in the 89th minute saw Hamilton race clear down the left wing and he picked his pass, finding Atkinson free in the area, but after taking the ball around two defenders, the former Southend United midfielder directed his shot just past the post via a deflection.

Mansfield introduced midfielder Calum Butcher late on in place of striker Kane Hemmings as Stevenage tried to force some late pressure but they failed to muster up a shot of any kind and despite a late corner which was over-hit, the Mansfield defence were untested.

Though on the balance of play it could have been by a more comfortable margin, Kane Hemmings' first half goal was enough to give the Stags their second successive 1-0 victory.

In doing so, Stags extended their unbeaten run to eight matches in all competitions and moved up to eighth position in Sky Bet League Two.

STAGS' XI: Logan, White, Bennett, Diamond ©, Hunt, Byrom, Mellis (Atkinson 85'), MacDonald, Hamilton, Spencer (Sterling-James 81'), Hemmings (Butcher 90')

SUBS NOT USED: Olejnik, Pearce, Anderson, Potter

STEVENAGE XI: Fryer, Smith, Martin, King, Wilkinson, Whelpdale (Samuel 88'), Beautyman (McKee 46'), Pett (Conlon 64'), Newton, Godden, Henry ©

SUBS NOT USED: Day (GK), Franks, Van Cooten, Wilmot

REFEREE: Tom Nield

ATTENDANCE: 3,353 (141 away)

 

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