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The big kick-off preview: Stags vs Newport County AFC

4 August 2018

Stags' 2018-19 Sky Bet League Two campaign gets under way this weekend as we welcome Newport County to One Call Stadium. Here's all you need to know ahead of the clash...

Stags will be without defenders David Mirfin and Zander Diamond as the pair continue their recoveries from respective long-term knee and back injuries.

Midfielder Paul Anderson will also miss out with a groin problem.

Exiles boss Michael Flynn has revealed that he may not have one or two players available for Saturday's game, but did not state which players he may be missing

Flynn could grant on-loan Bristol City midfielder Tyreeq Bakinson his debut against the Stags, after signing for the club this week.

The referee for Saturday's game will be Paul Marsden, assisted by Robert Atkin and Anthony Moore. The fourth official will be James Wilson.

This will be the first Stags' game that Mr. Marsden has taken charge of.

Mansfield enjoyed a very encouraging pre-season campaign, winning three out of a possible four games against Championship opposition, while drawing the other.

Newport had a mixed bag of results in their pre-season, with a 2-0 win over Hereford being the highlight. Their last game of pre-season ended in a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Championship side Stoke City.

Stags' last five games: W: 4 | D: 1 | L: 0

Newport's last five games: W: 1 | D: 2 | L: 2

Tickets for the match are available to purchase online via www.stagstickets.co.uk, at the ticket office on Quarry Lane, or by calling the ticket office on 01623 482 482.

Supporters can also purchase tickets on the day of the game. The matchday ticket office will also be open for fans to buy tickets from 12pm until 3pm.

Our family ticket offer is also available for Saturday's game, which admits one adult and one child for just £18! Supporters that have purchased a family ticket will be seated in our family block, which is located in Block A of the Quarry Lane End. Fans with a family ticket may also be seated in Block B of the Quarry Lane End if demand dictates so.

Away supporters can collect their tickets from the programme booth outside the North Stand prior to kick-off. Tickets will be made available for collection at around 1.30pm.

Please note that, on police advice and for ease of congestion, the gate between the North and Ian Greaves Stand will be closed after the game, re-opening approximately 20 minutes after the final whistle.

The Sandy Pate Sports Bar will open at 9am, serving delicious cooked breakfasts until 11am. After this, the bar will not serve food from the main menu, although the matchday kiosk inside the bar will open at 12.30pm, serving pies, chips, burgers and hot dogs.

Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks are available for both home and away supporters, and the bar is located at the rear of the Ian Greaves Stand.

The bar will begin to serve food from its main menu following the full-time whistle. 

The sports bar will remain open until 11pm after the match.

Supporters will also be able to purchase this season's first edition of our award-winning matchday programme, The Stag, which will be available to buy around the ground for just £3 before the match. Fans can buy The Stag from the merchandise stand near the Sandy Pate Sports Bar, or any of our mobile programme vendors around the ground.

Car parking is severely restricted at One Call Stadium and works on a first come, first served basis. All reserved car parking spaces are within the location of the Ian Greaves Stand car park.

Matchday parking costs £5.00 per car. Please note that the car park shuts at 30 minutes prior to kick-off due to safety regulations.
 
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 50p/hr.
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.

Can't make it to the game? You can follow the action live via our Twitter feed or via the match centre on our wesbite, which will contain Opta-populated updates.

iFollow Stags subscribers can 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 the club website after the full-time whistle, and post-match reaction will be available to view on mansfieldtown.net and iFollow Stags.

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Match report: Stags 3-0 Newport County

4 August 2018

Mansfield Town’s curtain-raiser for the new Sky Bet League Two season ended in delight as they produced a stunning display to overcome Newport County 3-0 at One Call Stadium.

It was two halves of brilliance from the Stags as a first-half opener from Tyler Walker was followed up with a second-half brace from Otis Khan. David Flitcroft’s men dominated much of the proceedings and he will no doubt have been delighted to see his side earn the first victory of their league campaign.

Khan, who missed out on Stags’ final pre-season fixture against Rotherham United, was Flitcroft’s only change in place of Calum Butcher. Aside from this, it was an unchanged line-up for his side’s first competitive match of the 2018-19 season.

The starting 11 also included five players making their competitive debuts for the Stags. Matt Preston, Neal Bishop, Craig Davies, Khan and Walker the debutants – with the latter two making the most significant impact.

The visitors were forced under immediate pressure from the Stags with an attempt to find Davies in the middle, but Alex MacDonald’s ball fell straight into the arms of ‘keeper Joe Day.

In just the 4th minute, Newport began to grow into the game. Keanu Marsh-Brown tried to take matters into his own hands and open the scoring, shooting from 25 yards out, only to see it skid wide of Conrad Logan’s post.

Moments later, teammate Jamille Matt almost latched onto a fine cross from the right-flank but it evaded him and Logan was able to comfortably pluck the ball from the sky.

Hayden White then lost his footing allowing Marsh-Brown to collect the ball and drive forward, but Preston came across to deal with the danger relatively easily.

Padraig Amond was next up for the Exiles. He nodded the ball across the six-yard box looking for Scot Bennett, however Mal Benning was on hand to produce a vital touch to prevent what would have been a certain goal for Newport’s midfielder.

And Benning would have felt even prouder as Flitcroft’s side proceeded to take the lead no less than two minutes later.

CJ Hamilton had a shot blocked on the edge of the area before Davies picked up the pieces, laying-off strike-partner Walker, who saw his effort tipped round the post. Pinball football ensued from the following corner but Walker, that man again, was there to pounce on Krystian Pearce’s touch and open the scoring in the 12th minute.

Michael Flynn’s outfit instantly searched for a response through Amond but Logan, as he so often does, produced a fine save at his near post to protect his side’s lead.

Davies then wrestled with his man, finding a yard of space to unleash a rocket from the edge of the area that unfortunately hit the woodwork rather than the netting.

Urged on by the Stags’ faithful, fighting spirit was shown by the home side, epitomised by Benning as he wriggled away from several challenges to earn his side a free-kick.

On the half an hour mark, Matt found a pocket of space in-behind White – but his effort lacked any power to trouble Logan.

Marsh-Brown was then involved once more down the left-flank but his arrowed effort at goal, again, didn’t do enough to trouble the Stags’ shot-stopper.

The first-half seemed to be petering out for the home side, as they defended their one-goal lead with purpose, but not before Davies tried his luck with another curling effort, though, it sailed wide of Day’s far post.

Just moments before the half-time whistle, Walker had a great opportunity to double his and the Stags’ goal tally. Peeling away from Demetriou at the heart of Newport’s defence, Khan found the striker with an inch-perfect ball, but he hesitated just long enough for the centre-back to recover in the nick of time.

In the 52nd minute, shouts erupted from the stands as Benning collided with the Exiles’ skipper, Andrew Crofts, but any appeal of a spot-kick were waved away by referee Paul Marsden instantly.

Flitcroft’s men continued to pile on the pressure with two efforts from Khan having different conclusions. The first, a curling effort that failed to hit its intended target, but the midfielder made no mistake with the second.

After Bishop had found Walker with a delicately chipped ball over the top, the Stags’ goalscorer in turn found Khan who made no mistake from 11 yards – burying his header past Day whose dive was ultimately in vain on 56 minutes.

Just shy of ten minutes later, Khan made his mark once more. Doubling his tally for the afternoon with a sumptuous strike from the edge of Day’s box, which was met with rapturous celebrations from the home crowd.

Minutes later, Dan Butler’s cross from the right-hand side found Amond in the box but it was also met with a raised flag to indicate offside against from assistant Robert Atkin.

White then produced a stunning block to keep Mansfield’s three-nil lead intact on 78 minutes. Amond’s first touch allowed him to first round Preston, then Logan, before sliding in at the last second to deny the Exiles a consolation goal.

Mansfield’s performance levels never dipped below brilliant; even when substitute Josh Sheehan took aim at Logan’s goal in second-half stoppage time, he was on hand to push the ball away to safety yet again.

This victory for the Stags will no doubt give belief to fans and players alike as attentions will quickly switch to their next fixture – a trip to Huish Park to face Yeovil Town.

STAGS XI: Logan (GK), White, Preston, Pearce ©, Hamilton, Benning, Bishop, MacDonald, Khan (Butcher 74’), Davies (Graham 90’), Walker (Mellis 90+4’).

SUBS NOT USED: Olejnik (GK), Sweeney, Sterling-James, Gibbens.

NEWPORT COUNTY XI: Day (GK), Butler, Franks, Demetriou, Forbes, Bennett, Crofts © (Semenyo 59’), Dolan, Marsh-Brown (Cooper 72’), Matt (Sheehan 59’), Amond.

SUBS NOT USED: Townsend (GK), Pipe, Harris, Bakinson.

REFEREE: Paul Marsden.

ASSISTANTS: Robert Atkin & Anthony Moore.

FOURTH OFFICIAL: James Wilson.

ATTENDANCE: 4,423 (320 away)

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