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Match preview: Stags vs Swindon

29 December 2018

Stags welcome Swindon Town to One Call Stadium on Saturday 29 December for our latest Sky Bet League Two fixture (3pm kick-off). Here's all you need to know ahead of the clash...

Stags will be without the duo of Alex MacDonald and David Mirfin, as the pair continue their recoveries from knee injuries.

Striker Craig Davies will be absent due to an ankle problem.

Goalkeeper Bobby Olejnik, who was recently ruled out for the season with an anterior cruciate ligament rupture, will also miss out.

For Swindon, Olly Lancashire and Steven Alzate are both doubts for the match.

Stags stretched their unbeaten streak in Sky Bet League Two to 15 matches on Boxing Day with an impressive 2-1 win over Bury. In-form forwards CJ Hamilton and Tyler Walker were on target for Mansfield. The victory over the Shakers secured the third successive win for David Flitcroft's side in the league, pushing us up to third in the table.

Swindon came from behind on Boxing Day to earn a 1-1 draw away to Northampton, meaning they sit 13th in the league heading into Saturday's clash.

STAGS' LAST FIVE GAMES: 3W | 1D | 1L

SWINDON'S LAST FIVE GAMES: 1W | 2D | 2L

We travelled to the County Ground to face Swindon in October of this year, in which a tight contest ended goalless. Stags played most of the match with ten men after Will Atkinson was dismissed in the 43rd minute for a second bookable offence.

The referee for Saturday's match will be Trevor Kettle, assisted by Chris Isherwood and Alix Pashley. The fourth official will be Robert Atkin.

The last match involving the Stags that Mr. Kettle took charge of was our resounding 4-0 victory over Northampton earlier this season. Striker Danny Rose scored twice in the match, with the other goals coming courtesy of Timi Elsnik and CJ Hamilton.

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 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.

Full ticket information can be found here.

Please note that, on police advice and for ease of congestion, the gate between the North and Ian Greaves Stand will be closed after every home game this season, 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.

Ticket holders in Blocks N, P, Q and R of the Ian Greaves Upper tier will also be able to access our Kevin Bird Suite from 1pm.

Supporters will also be able to purchase 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 updates or via the match centre on mansfieldtown.net, which can be found here.

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.

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 0-0 Swindon Town

29 December 2018

Mansfield Town played out a stalemate with Swindon Town as they earned a point to round off 2018 at One Call Stadium, stretching our unbeaten streak in Sky Bet League Two to 16 matches.

With both sides sharing good chances in the first half, it looked to be set up for an entertaining second period that ultimately didn’t arrive.

The Stags were unable to capitalise on their second-half dominance and – despite late chances falling their way – it meant that neither side would sign off the year with victory.

For the third successive time, David Flitcroft had opted for an unchanged starting line-up that also accompanied an untouched substitutes bench.

An early tempo was laid out at One Call Stadium by the hosts as both CJ Hamilton and Tyler Walker saw efforts from the right-hand side blocked with relative ease.

Neat one-touch football, which ended with a Mal Benning cross, then looked to be profitable, yet it was hooked away by Jak McCourt as it sailed towards Walker in the middle.

And for all of Mansfield’s hard work in the opening moments they almost found themselves behind in the 10th minute.

Krystian Pearce had possession nicked away from him by Elijah Adebayo, but a strong save from Conrad Logan thereafter thwarted Keshi Anderson’s low strike.

The game ebbed and flowed as the Stags responded with an attack of their own. Hayden White’s cross found Hamilton in the middle but his deft flick was turned behind by the Swindon defence.

Timi Elsnik then found himself with no options as he strode forward with intent. Instead, the Slovenian decided upon a drive from 30 yards that was only just collected by Lawrence Vigouroux.

Mansfield showed no signs of letting up as Benning almost ended a training ground routine in style. Collecting a short corner from Jacob Mellis, the left wing-back looked to have found the bottom corner, had it not been for another well-timed block.

The Robins came closest just shy of the half-hour mark, though, when Matt Taylor struck the frame of Logan’s goal. The shot-stopper did well to tip the disguised effort from his set-piece onto the bar.

Brilliant work from Walker soon allowed White to get a strike away but, not for the first time, had it blocked and subsequently sent behind for only a corner.

The on-loan striker soon had Vigouroux scrambling when a curling, long-range effort had to be touched over to prevent his side falling behind.

Both sides had battled hard thus far, and it showed no signs of easing as the half drew to a close.

Several corners went unpunished from a Stags viewpoint before Anderson was denied smartly by the feet of Logan.

It was a nervy end to the half for Flitcroft’s side when Anderson almost poked home from a corner. The midfielder was unable to get a clean connection though, ensuring it would honours even at the break.

Second-half proceedings began with the hosts as much the better side.

Benning’s cross was met by the head of teammate Mellis, but the Stags midfielder was unable to steer it goalwards with sufficient power.

Chances were few and far between in the second period but the hosts continued to search for the opener.

Neal Bishop, who had put himself about all afternoon, made space for a cross that was marginally too high for Hamilton in the middle.

In the meantime, Otis Khan had replaced Elsnik on the hour mark in an attempt to try and force the opener.

And the substitute had a chance not long after to pounce on Logan’s long punt upfield – but he was unable to capitalise on the opportunity as it bounced all the way through.

Pearce then found himself in the referee’s notebook after tugging down Kaiyne Woolery to halt a rare Swindon attack.

Matt Taylor assumed responsibility of the subsequent free-kick but could only find Ryan Sweeney’s mid-rift in the amber and blue wall.

Chances were still a rarity in the Stags’ latest Sky Bet League Two clash but Mansfield looked most likely to score as the clock ticked towards 90.

Hamilton let fly from a tight angle and forced a smart save from Vigouroux, before the following corner was turned out of harm’s way by the visitors.

Mellis was next in-line to try his luck but saw his effort from the edge of the area blocked by the head of Sid Nelson.

Pinball football ensued in the final minute of added time but Flitcroft’s side were ultimately held despite being the better side for the majority of the afternoon.

The draw will look to be put behind them quickly, though, as the Stags make the trip to face Grimsby Town on New Year’s Day.

STAGS XI: Logan (GK), White, Benning (Rose 79’), Preston, Pearce ©, Bishop, Mellis, Sweeney, Walker, Elsnik (Khan 60’), Hamilton.

SUBS NOT USED: Kean (GK), Atkinson, Butcher, Law, Graham.

SWINDON XI: Vigouroux (GK), Knoyle, Doughty, McCourt, Nelson, Anderson, Adebayo (Richards 65’), Woolery, Conroy, Taylor ©, Woolfenden.

SUBS NOT USED: McCormick (GK), McGlashan, Dunne, Iandolo, Smith, Twine.

REFEREE: Trevor Kettle.
ASSISTANTS: Chris Isherwood & Alix Pashley.
FOURTH OFFICIAL: Robert Atkin.

ATTENDANCE: 5,311 (486 away).

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