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Match preview: Forest Green Rovers vs Stags

29 January 2019

Stags make the trip to face Forest Green Rovers on Tuesday 29 January for the rearranged Sky Bet League Two fixture (7.45pmkick-off). Here's all you need to know ahead of the clash...

Stags will be without defender Hayden White, who suffered a broken leg in the recent victory over Colchester.

The duo of Alex MacDonald and David Mirfin will miss out as the pair continue their recoveries from knee injuries.

Goalkeeper Bobby Olejnik has been ruled out for the season with an anterior cruciate ligament rupture, so will miss out.

Striker Craig Davies, who has an ankle injury, will also be absent.

Forest Green will be without midfielder Dayle Grubb for the clash.

Stags recorded a resounding 3-0 victory over Tranmere Rovers in their most recent clash at One Call Stadium. Attacking midfielder Jorge Grant scored twice in the game, with striker Tyler Walker netting the other goal. Saturday's victory was the Stags' third successive win.

Last time out, Forest Green recorded a comfortable 2-0 victory away to Stevenage in Sky Bet League Two. They have scored five and conceded none in their last two matches, winning 3-0 at home to Grimsby the week prior.

STAGS' LAST FIVE GAMES: 3W | 0D | 2L

FOREST GREEN'S LAST FIVE GAMES: 3W | 1D | 1L

The referee for Tuesday's game will be Christopher Sarginson, assisted by Christopher Husband and Paul Hobday. The fourth official will be Grant Taylor.

Mr. Sarginson last took charge of a Stags' fixture in our 3-0 victory away to Crewe earlier this season.

Forest Green announced last month: ‘...because the game was abandoned after the half time whistle, in line with our Ticketing Terms & Conditions, there will be no refunds available for the match.’

The Gloucestershire outfit, have however, slashed prices for the rescheduled match.

Tickets can be bought in advance by visiting Rovers’ website www.fgr.co.uk, by calling their ticket hotline on 0333 123 1889 or by paying on the night from the Forest Green Rovers’ ticket office.

Ticket prices are as follows:

£10 all age groups (seated
£5 all age groups (standing)

Under-16s are admitted free of charge when accompanied by a paying adult.

Parking is unavailable at the ground unless you are a blue badge holder who has pre-booked. There is limited parking at Nailsworth Primary School near the ground at a cost of £5 per car.

The away bar is open matchdays, serving a selection of vegan beers and ciders, vegan hot drinks, and a selection of vegan snacks. The Green Man pub at the ground allows entry to away supporters. There are no away pubs within an easy walk of the ground.

You can follow the game live via our Twitter updates, which can be found at twitter.com/mansfieldtownfc. The match centre on the website will also contain Opta-populated updates, which can be found here.

iFollow Stags subscribers can listen to full-match commentary of the match courtesy of Martin Shaw and Dean Foulkes by logging into www.mansfieldtown.net/ifollow.

A match report will be available to view on our website shortly after the full-time whistle, and full post-match reaction will be available for iFollow Stags subscribers by logging in through the aforementioned link.

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Match Reports

Match report: Forest Green 1-1 Stags

29 January 2019

Jorge Grant’s first-half opener was cancelled out by Reuben Reid as Mansfield Town drew 1-1 with Forest Green Rovers in a captivating contest on Tuesday evening.

Grant broke the deadlock with a neat finish in the 14th minute and Mansfield almost raced further in front as they struck the woodwork twice thereafter.

However, the home side sought the all-important equaliser after the break and it duly arrived by the head of Reid with 20 minutes remaining in the second period.

David Flitcroft named an unchanged starting line-up from his side’s 3-0 victory over Tranmere Rovers last Saturday.

Gethin Jones, who recently joined the Stags on loan from Fleetwood Town, had to settle for a place on the substitutes bench.

Both teams started in sprightly fashion under the New Lawn floodlights as they looked to assert their dominance.

Carl Winchester cleared Jordan Smith’s crossbar with a long-range effort before Jacob Mellis sought to profit from a forced mistake by James Montgomery.

The hosts had enjoyed an early spell of possession, however, Mansfield began to grow into the clash with little under nine minutes on the clock.

Grant was slipped in by Neal Bishop but had to settle for a corner prior to an effort that the on-loan midfielder stabbed wide.

But with his next opportunity, Grant made no mistake in opening the scoring in Gloucestershire.

He was fed the ball once more – this time by Nicky Ajose – and he slotted home via the inside of the post to put his side in pole position on 14 minutes.

Flitcroft’s charges had withheld some early pressure from the Green Devils and were deserved of breaking the deadlock.

Forest Green began to string some crisp passing moves together inside the Stags’ half as they sought the equaliser – but the visitors were mainly restricted to efforts from distance.

Ajose was left bewildered when his delicately-flicked header struck the upright and, unfortunately from a Stags point of view, rebounded back into play.

George Williams then found himself on the receiving end of a high, sweeping ball yet his measured volley only connected with the mid-rift of Smith.

The Stags continued to reply to each attack and were unfortunate not to find the back of the net once more.

Tyler Walker rifled a 25-yarder towards goal that cleared Montgomery, but would not dip underneath the crossbar in time as Mansfield struck the woodwork twice in quick succession.

It signalled the last notable action of an enthralling first period that marked Grant’s smart finish as the difference.

Rovers were at the Stags’ throats from the restart but more resolute defending ensured they were able to snuff out any immediate danger that looked to rear its head.

Paul Digby, who was part of the Stags' roster last season, then angled a header that dropped wide of Smith’s goalmouth.

It was a similarly frenetic opening to the second period as the home side pressed to restore parity.

As the clock ticked towards the half-hour mark, Flitcroft made his first switch; new signing Jones entered the fray in place of Ajose.

And the right wing-back’s first involvement almost saw him latch onto the end of a Rovers defensive mistake.

However, Jones instead connected with ‘keeper Montgomery who had to be replaced by his counterpart Lewis Ward for the remainder of the evening.

Winchester then fizzed a teasing ball into the middle but it ultimately evaded everyone inside the 18-yard-box.

And the hosts’ continual pressure told with 69 minutes elapsed.

Liam Shephard was allowed time to swing a delivery towards the near post – substitute Rueben Reid rising highest to turn it goalwards with his forehead.

Walker and Grant linked-up well as they so often do minutes later, but the latter was unable to beat Ward as the Rovers ‘keeper claimed the ball expertly.

The affair in Nailsworth ebbed and flowed as it was Forest Green’s turn to test their opposite numbers.

Winchester’s drilled attempt sailed wide of Smith’s target before Grant also watched an effort of his own fall marginally off target.

Rovers’ goalscorer, Reid, then squandered a brilliant chance as he lofted the bouncing ball over Smith’s bar rather than opting for power.

Mellis was adjudged to have fouled Brown as he charged forward – and the subsequent effort from the latter was knuckled wide of the mark.

Just one minute later, the Stags were awarded a dangerous set-piece of their own but it unfortunately had the exact same outcome.

The Stags had to defend for their lives with five minutes of added time signalled on the near side; and they did just that to take a well-deserved point back to the East Midlands.

Mansfield’s next outing sees them face Macclesfield Town at One Call Stadium this forthcoming Saturday.

STAGS XI: Smith (GK), Benning, Preston, Pearce ©, Bishop, Mellis, Sweeney, Walker, Ajose (Jones 55’), Hamilton, Grant.

SUBS NOT USED: Logan (GK), Khan, Atkinson, Law, A. Smith, Rose.

FOREST GREEN XI: Montgomery (GK) (Ward 61’), Shephard, Rawson, Winchester, Doidge, Brown, Williams (Reid 59’), Gunning ©, McGinley (James 46’), Digby, Mills.

SUBS NOT USED: Collins, Campbell, McCoulsky, Mondal.

REFEREE: Christopher Sarginson

ASSISTANTS: Christopher Husband & Paul Hobday.

FOURTH OFFICIAL: Grant Taylor.

ATTENDANCE: 2,128 (204 away).

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