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Match preview: Stags vs Cambridge United

23 September 2017

Mansfield Town host Cambridge United in Sky Bet League Two at One Call Stadium on Saturday (23 September, 3.00pm kick-off) and this is your comprehensive guide to the fixture

Stags will be without midfielder Joel Byrom for the contest as he continues his recovery from the foot injury picked up in Stags' last home game, a 0-0 draw with Wycombe. 

Manager Steve Evans told the local media on Thursday morning that his squad were nursing 'one or two knocks' but wasn't willing to disclose who was affected.

Centre-half George Taft will be unvailable for the U's for Saturday's game under the conditions of his loan move from the Stags. 

The only other absentee in the Cambridge squad is forward Ade Azeez, who is set to be missing for a number of months with a knee injury. 

Stags are now unbeaten in their last five league games, avoiding defeat since their only loss of the season against Accrington Stanley last month. 

Back-to-back draws against Luton Town and Carlisle United were followed by an emphatic 4-1 win over Grimsby Town, before a hard-fought 0-0 stalemate with Wycombe Wanderers was played out at One Call Stadium. 

Then, Stags recorded an excellent 1-0 win over Lincoln City at Sincil Bank last week. The two sides went toe-to-toe for much of the encounter, but striker Danny Rose climbed off the bench to head home the winner just three minutes after coming on. 

Shaun Derry's side have put back-to-back wins together for the first time this season over their last two games. 

They won 1-0 away to Crewe Alexandra before returning to the Cambs Glass Stadium on Saturday and defeating Coventry City 2-1 thanks to a goal apiece from frontmen Jabo Ibehre and Uche Ikpeazu. 

The two sides sit level on points in Sky Bet League Two, however Stags possess a greater goal difference. 

Stags triumphed 3-1 the last time the two sides met in Sky Bet League Two, in January 2017. 

Manager Steve Evans' men fell behind in the eighth minute when midfielder George Maris headed the home side ahead from winger Piero Mingoia's cross. 

Stags then got back on level terms before the break when defender Rhys Bennett's header deflected off U's skipper Leon Legge and wrong-footed goalkeeper Will Norris. 

The visitors began to take charge in the second half and they deservedly took the lead on the hour mark. Midfielder Joel Byrom swung in a corner and centre-half Krystian Pearce was there to head home. 

Then, with 17 minutes remaining, right-back Hayden White's shot from range was spilled by Norris and debutant Shaq Coulthirst was on hand to dispatch the rebound.

HEAD-TO-HEAD record: W: 15 | D: 11 | L: 13

Ben Toner will officiate the fixture and he will be assisted by Declan Ford and Abbas Khan. Gary Hilton will be the fourth official. 

Mr Toner's last match in charge of the Stags was our 2-1 defeat at home to Exeter City last 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 and then choose the 'print at home' option. 

Ticket prices can be found here.

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

Away supporters will NOT be permitted to purchase tickets on the day of the game from our ticket office on Quarry Lane. 

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 Cambridge United 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 will contain Opta-populated updates.

To access our twitter feed, head to 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 after the game and full reaction will be available to view on and iFollow Stags.

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Match Reports

Match report: Stags 2-1 Cambridge United

23 September 2017

Mansfield Town extended their unbeaten run to six games as they came from behind to defeat Cambridge United 2-1 at One Call Stadium this afternoon.

After a goalless first half, Cambridge defender Leon Legge headed the away side into the lead in the second period before substitute Jacob Mellis converted a penalty to get the Stags back on level terms.

With both sides pushing for a winner, frontman Danny Rose struck his second goal in as many games to complete a superb turnaround from manager Steve Evans' side.

After scoring the winner in the 1-0 victory away to Lincoln City last weekend, Rose scored a brace in the 4-0 Central League Cup win over Burton Albion in midweek and was rewarded with a starting spot this afternoon in what was Stags' only change from the win at Sincil Bank.

Cambridge got the game underway but it was Mansfield who started the brighter. Rose won a very early free-kick but captain Krystian Pearce was penalised for a push after left-back Johnny Hunt had hung it up from the dead ball.

The Stags continued to try and get on the front foot in the opening stages. Good play down the left flank between Rose and Hunt ended in the ball being switched to right-back Hayden White but his cross was claimed by David Forde in the U's goal, with striker Kane Hemmings lurking.

Mansfield nearly benefitted from a slice of good fortune as a deflected ball put White clear on the right-hand side. His cross was deflected into the path of Hemmings, who flicked it on to his strike partner Rose and he narrowly missed the ball with an acrobatic overhead effort.

Striker Jabo Ibehre is joint top goalscorer for Cambridge this season, he and fellow front man Uche Ikpeazu both netting three apiece thus far, and it was Ibehre who had the first real sight of goal for the visitors, but his tame header was easily dealt with by goalkeeper Conrad Logan.

Logan had to be at his best on 25 minutes as Cambridge had the game's first clear chance. The ball fell kindly to midfielder Jevani Brown on the edge of the Mansfield area and his low shot looked destined for the bottom corner before the former Hibernian 'keeper got down to tip the ball round the post.

Former Barnsley frontman Rose had a very lively opening half-hour and he nearly took advantage after closing down defender Leon Legge, but the Cambridge captain's clearance deflected into the grateful hands of U's goalkeeper David Forde.

Cambridge were starting to get the ball down and play some intricate football and they again came close to getting the first goal. Ibehre saw a shot blocked from inside the area and as it rebounded out to Brown, defender David Mirfin threw his body on the line to deflect the ball over.

Winger Alfie Potter had a speculative effort for the home side which was deflected out for Mansfield's first corner of the game but the resulting delivery failed to mount to anything as midfielder Paul Digby just missed the ball.

With time running out in the first half, midfielder Calum Butcher clipped a ball over the top of the Cambridge defence but Stags' winger Alex MacDonald was just beaten to it by Forde.

In the last attack of the opening period, Mansfield nearly took the lead but Potter's cross was just too high for Rose who couldn't get meaningful contact on the ball.

For the third successive game, Mansfield went into half time with score at 0-0 and neither side had really done enough to get on top, despite Cambridge having the better of the chances.

This was a fixture which had only produced one goal in the past four encounters at One Call Stadium and on the evidence of the first half, it looked like it would be more of the same.

Mansfield tested Cambridge's resolve early in the second with a corner from the left but after Pearce won the initial header, Rose was penalised for a high foot when try to win the knock down.

Rose was then fouled by Cambridge left-back Harrison Dunk but MacDonald's whipped delivery from the free-kick was glanced wide by the head of Digby.

It was then Cambridge's turn to try their luck and they should have opened the scoring. Winger Piero Mingoia lifted a ball in from the left and Ibehre found himself in plenty of space six yards out, but he could only direct the ball wide of the upright.

Stags' gaffer Steve Evans then made a double substitution, bringing on midfielder Jacob Mellis and winger Paul Anderson in place of Paul Digby and Alfie Potter.

Burly frontman Uche Ikpeazu was continuing to cause Mansfield's back line problems and he cut inside from the left just before the hour, but saw his effort go just wide of the goal.

Mansfield then hit back with a chance of their own as the game started to open up. Rose had an effort blocked from the right of the area before winger Alex MacDonald saw an acrobatic effort saved by Forde.

With both sides pushing for an opener, Cambridge took the lead on 58 minutes. Winger George Maris sent in a ball which found Legge at the far post and he thumped a header down into the ground before it bounced up and past Logan to give the visitors the lead.

Mansfield were still well in the game and they nearly drew level almost immediately. The ball just ran away from MacDonald in the box but as Rose threw himself at it, Forde was there to smother the opportunity.

The game had sparked into life since the restart and Mansfield were presented with a golden opportunity to draw level on 65 minutes.

Right-back Hayden White looked to play a lovely one-two with Hemmings but was then tripped as he drove into the area and referee Ben Toner had no option but to point to the spot.

Midfielder Jacob Mellis stepped up from twelve yards and though Forde guessed the right way and got hands to his initial spot kick, the former Millwall 'keeper had a moment to forget as the ball squirmed underneath him and rolled into the net.

The game was now back in the balance and Mansfield were looking to get the next goal. MacDonald received the ball in the box after being played through by White but he couldn't keep his effort down, firing a good opportunity over the bar.

Mansfield continued to press and Rose's ball from the right found Hemmings in the area, but the former Oxford United frontman saw his volley well-held by Forde.

Ikpeazu nearly scored a spectacular effort for Cambridge but after keeping the ball up, his overhead kick lacked the power and accuracy to test Logan.
Stags' boss Steve Evans then made his final change, introducing frontman Lee Angol in place of Kane Hemmings.

Mellis had been lively since his introduction and after finding space 25 yards out, he hit a low effort which was deflected wide for a Mansfield corner.

With less than ten minutes to go, it was still all to play for and Mansfield had two good chances in quick succession. Former Peterborough United forward Lee Angol saw a powerful effort parried away by Forde.

Moments later, nimble footwork in the area by MacDonald presented him with space to fire a shot which was deflected out to Angol who then saw his effort blocked.

Backed by a noisy home support, Mansfield were in the ascendancy and they scored what turned out to be the winner on 88 minutes.

Centre-half David Mirfin played a long free-kick into the box and Krystian Pearce headed the ball down in the box towards striker Danny Rose and he arrowed a left-footed effort into the bottom corner.

The fourth official indicated there would be a minimum of six minutes for the Stags to see out at the end of the game.

Cambridge started to pile on the late pressure and Mingoia hit a dipping volley from 20 yards out, which Logan punched away from goal.

Rose then went into the referee's notebook for a late foul on right-back Brad Halliday and Forde pumped the ball into the Mansfield area, but after the ball bounced around dangerously, Angol was on hand to boot it clear.

Mansfield's resolute defence saw out the closing moments to secure a big win for the Stags as they kept up their unbeaten home record.

STAGS XI: Logan, White, Hunt, Mirfin, Pearce©, Digby (Mellis 54'), Potter (Anderson 54'), Butcher, Rose, Hemmings (Angol 74'), MacDonald

SUBS NOT USED: Olejnik (GK), Bennett, Atkinson, Sterling-James

CAMBRIDGE XI: Forde, Halliday, Deegan, Taylor (Howkins 90'), Legge ©, Mingoia, Ikpeazu, Dunk, Ibehre, Maris (Amoo 81'), Brown (Elito 68')

SUBS NOT USED: Mitov (GK), Carroll, O'Neil, Foy

ATTENDANCE: 3,814 (349 away)

REFEREE: Ben Toner

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