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Match preview: Cambridge United vs Stags

20 September 2018

Stags travel to the Abbey Stadium this weekend for our away clash against Cambridge United in Sky Bet League Two. Here's all you need to know ahead of the match.

Stags' boss David Flitcroft is hopeful of having striker Craig Davies available for selection, following his recent hamstring problem. Speaking in this week's news conference, he said: “I’m hopeful of having him but again, until Friday 2pm, we’ll still leave it until then to make a decision on whether Craig is involved or not on Saturday.”

Midfielder Jacob Mellis will miss out due to suspension.

Defensive duo David Mirfin and Zander Diamond will be absent as they continue their recoveries from long-term, respective knee and back injuries.

Most Cambridge players are available for selection, except Harrison Dunk. Jabo Ibehre and Dimi Mitov are fresh injury concerns and could also miss out.

The last time we faced Cambridge was back in January of this year, a game that finished 0-0 at Abbey Stadium.

Stags fell to a narrow 2-1 loss to Exeter City last week, their first league defeat of the season. The game was preceded by an impressive 2-1 win over Lincoln City in the Checkatrade Trophy, and a 1-0 victory over Carlisle United.

Cambridge have endured a tough start to their season, losing four of their last five, finding themselves 19th in the table. Their last victory came at the start of this month, an impressive 1-0 win away to Stevenage.



The referee for this weekend's game will be Nicholas Kinseley, assisted by Matthew Smith and Stephen Finch. The fourth official will be Daniel Leach.

The last Stags' fixture that Mr. Kinseley took charge of was our 1-0 victory away to Coventry City. Midfielder Alex MacDonald was the hero on the afternoon, as his superb effort from 25 yards in the 84th minute earned all three points for Mansfield.

Stags have received an initial allocation of 616 tickets in unreserved seating for the match.

Full ticket information can be found here.

There is no parking at the ground. On-street parking is recommended by the club on Ditton Walk, Coldham's Lane and Whitehall Road. 

The Supporters' Club at the ground, with a £2 entrance fee, allows a few away supporters in. There are few pubs in the vicinity of the ground, with the closest being the Wrestlers and the Tram Depot. Within the ground there are several tea bars serving the usual food and drinks.

Going to the game? Read our travel guide!

You can follow the game live via our Twitter updates, which can be found at 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 big game by logging into

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: Cambridge United 1-1 Stags

22 September 2018

Mansfield Town were held to a 1-1 draw against Cambridge United after Danny Rose’s opener was cancelled out by George Maris’ deflected effort.

In what was a fiercely contested fixture at Abbey Road, Rose gave his side the lead on 26 minutes with a classic poacher’s finish. The Stags had spurned several opportunities beforehand and were unfortunate not to see themselves three up.                                                                  

But the opener triggered United’s hunger and they pressed for an equaliser that eventually arrived two minutes from time. Maris found the net with a deflected strike that ensured both sides would take just a single point.

David Flitcroft made a total of two changes following his side’s first league defeat exactly a week ago. Calum Butcher made way for Rose, whilst Hayden White was replaced with Mal Benning due to suffering a knock. 

The hosts, Cambridge United, had the game’s first half-chance after being awarded a free-kick 30 yards from goal. An in-swinging delivery could have caused problems had it not been for an offside flag on the far side. 

In the sixth minute Mansfield began to grow into the game. A long throw was met by Ryan Sweeney and the centre-back’s flick-on just couldn’t be turned goalwards by anybody in a green jersey.

Alex MacDonald then unleashed an effort from the edge of Cambridge’s 18-yard box but saw it well blocked by the head of Greg Taylor.

Otis Khan then picked the ball up in the middle of the park and dribbled past his man. He tried to thread a ball towards Mal Benning but was unable to do so.

Bobby Olejnik was called into action on 19 minutes – a superb save low to his left denied Barry Corr with a strong wrist.

Two minutes later and the Stags almost took the lead at Abbey Road. Danny Rose met a floated cross by MacDonald at the back-post, but the angle was just too tight for the striker as he found the side netting.

Matt Preston leaped highest to win his side possession moments later, setting away Tyler Walker to fire just wide with his left foot.

And Flitcroft’s men took full advantage of their growing stature in the game with the opening goal on 26 minutes.

Jake Carroll’s attempted clearance fell only into the path of Rose who had the easiest of finishes from seven yards – slotting the ball through David Forde’s legs to net his first league goal of the season.  

The opening goal somewhat spurred the home side on as they searched for an instant response. Two great pieces of defending by Krystian Pearce and Preston prevented the U’s from levelling proceedings.

Then, just past the half-hour mark, Reggie Lambe was inches away from finding the back of the net.

Mansfield fell asleep at a set piece and the winger was free down the left flank; but Olejnik’s right arm took the sting out of the effort, allowing Sweeney to clear off the goal-line in heroic fashion.

The Stags found themselves pinned back following the opener in Cambridge yet still managed to spring back to life on odd occasions.

Rose fed CJ Hamilton with a delightful ball and the latter gave it to Walker. The striker looked to swivel and shoot in one movement but fired the ball against the shins of Taylor.

The Stags continued to be put under the cosh by the home side and were relieved to hear the half-time whistle with their lead still intact.

Early into the second-half the hosts continued where they left off. Jevani Brown brought the ball down in style but was unable muster an effort on target.

Down the other end, though, Bishop tried his luck from 25 yards with a scuffed effort that was dragged wide of Forde’s goal.

Preston had a chance of his own seconds later when he met Khan’s corner with a header. However, it was turned behind smartly by Cambridge’s goalkeeper.

The subsequent delivery from the other side eventually found its way over to Rose, who struck the top of the crossbar with an acrobatic overhead kick.

The fans inside Abbey Road had watchful eyes on what was quickly becoming an end-to-end contest. This time David Amoo had two chances to find an equaliser but was unable to take either.

Walker nipped the ball away from Louis John just shy of the hour mark and set away down the right flank. He made a yard of space and curled a ball into the box that was nodded over by Bishop.

Next in line was MacDonald as the ball was cleared by United. The ball rolled kindly into his path 22 yards from goal but the midfielder’s drilled effort sailed slightly over Forde’s crossbar.

Preston then clashed with Amoo inside the penalty area but Nick Kinseley waved away any penalty appeals – before making amends with a superb block moments later.

Amoo was involved again in the 75th minute as he fed teammate Ade Azeez – but Olejnik was on hand to deny the striker with a fantastic save at the near post.

Maris found space for a cross with just ten minutes remaining but Sweeney was in the right place at the right time, yet again.

The Stags suffered an almighty scare in the 88th minute courtesy of Maris. The U’s midfielder struck the ball from distance and it took a hefty deflection against the thigh of Bishop, leaving Olejnik rooted.

Luckily for Flitcroft’s side it rolled wide of the target.

But they had no such luck a few seconds later when Maris again tried his luck.

This time, another effort took another deflection but crashed against the inside of the post for an equaliser.

Lambe then had a chance to win the game for the hosts but fired his effort into the midriff of Olejnik, in added time.

Mansfield Town are in league action next Saturday when they face Northampton Town at One Call Stadium.

CAMBRIDGE UNITED XI: Forde (GK), Halliday, Carroll, Taylor, Deegan ©, Amoo (Lewis 81’), Corr (Azeez 68’), Maris, Lambe, Brown (O’Neil 90’), John. 

SUBS NOT USED: Iron (GK), Taft, Osadebe, Davies.

STAGS XI: Olejnik (GK), Benning, Preston, Pearce, Bishop, MacDonald, Khan (Elsnik 76’), Sweeney, Walker (Graham 84’), Hamilton, Rose.

SUBS NOT USED: Logan (GK), Atkinson, Butcher, Sterling-James, Gibbens.

REFEREE: Nick Kinseley.

Matthew Smith & Stephen Finch.

Daniel Leach.

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