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Match preview: Lincoln City vs Stags (Checkatrade Trophy)

4 September 2018

Stags make the trip to Sincil Bank on Tuesday evening for their Checkatrade Trophy fixture against Lincoln City (7.45pm kick-off). Here's all you need to know ahead of the clash...

Defensive duo David Mirfin and Zander Diamond will both miss out as they continue their recoveries from long term knee and back injuries, respectively.

Imps' striker Matt Green is a doubt for the game as he was kept out of Lincoln's 3-0 win over Exeter at the weekend with a knee injury.

The last time we faced the Imps was back in March of this year, a game that finished 1-1 at One Call Stadium.

Now-Stevenage midfielder Joel Byrom scored the only goal for the Stags, before Ollie Palmer equalised late on for the visitors.

Stags maintained their unbeaten start to the league season with a 1-0 victory over Carlisle United, with Tyler Walker scoring the only goal of the game from the penalty spot.

Lincoln have started the season strongly, sitting atop of Sky Bet League Two with a three-point advantage over second-placed Newport County. Their most recent win was a 3-0 win away to Exeter City.

STAGS’ LAST FIVE GAMES: 1W | 3D | 1L

LINCOLN’S LAST FIVE GAMES: 3W | 1D | 1L

The referee for Tuesday night’s game will be Ross Joyce, assisted by Joe Clark and David Avent. The fourth official will be Christopher Ward.

Mr. Joyce last took charge of a Stags’ fixture in our 1-1 draw with Colchester at One Call Stadium in March of last season.

Tickets for this fixture are now off sale from One Call Stadium, but can still be purchased on matchday from Lincoln. Tickets purchased on matchday will see no price increase.

Full ticket information can be found here.

Parking at the ground is very limited and must be booked in advance. A little further away, adjacent to the South Park roundabout, additional parking is sometimes available (LN5 8EN). Otherwise, parking is available in and around the city centre.

Visiting supporters are welcomed into the Fanzone from 6pm, where there are bars, entertainment and food and drink on offer. There are catering points inside the stadium, and a fish and chip shop (Back of the Net) 200 yards away from the away stand.

The pubs closest to the ground are the Hop and Brewer and the Golden Eagle.

Turnstiles will open at 6.30pm tomorrow evening, and visiting supporters will enter the ground via Stacey West turnstiles 4-8.

Can't make it to the game? Stags' fans can watch the game live on iFollow for just £10, by purchasing a match pass on iFollow Stags! For more information, click here.

You can also follow the action 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 big game 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 report: Lincoln 1-2 Stags

4 September 2018

Calum Butcher scored one and set up the other as Stags began their Checkatrade Trophy group with a 2-1 win at holders Lincoln.

The 27-year-old cancelled out former Mansfield man Matt Rhead's opener with an eighth minute strike and then laid the ball for Tyler Walker to seal the victory on 73 minutes.

In an open affair, Stags were more clinical in front of goal during an encounter which should have seen more goals.

Mansfield boss David Flitcroft made seven changes from his men's last match three days previously, a well-fought 1-0 victory at home to Carlisle United in Sky Bet League Two.

Conrad Logan kept goal, while 18-year-old Lewis Gibbens was handed a second senior start on the left of a defensive trio.

There were alterations at both wing-back positions as Will Atkinson started on the right and Mal Benning the left.

Timi Elsnik, the on loan midfielder from Derby County, made his Stags' debut next to stand-in captain Alex MacDonald, with Calum Butcher ahead of the duo.

Craig Davies returned to the line-up, partnering Danny Rose in attack.

And it was Davies who was on the end of Stags' first attack, but was unable to cleanly strike a shot from 17 yards.

The striker's opposite number, Matt Rhead, opened the scoring inside six minutes with the Imps' first meaningful move.

On the right goal line, Lincoln's Harry Anderson floated in a deadly cross to the burly frontman, who characteristically nodded home from four yards.

Stags responded immediately, however, to draw level just two minutes later.

Adam Crookes slipped on the ball, eight yards from his own goal, allowing Butcher to coolly finish low into the far corner to restore parity.

With a quarter of an hour played, Butcher almost turned provider with a low right-wing cross, but home 'keeper Sam Slocombe comfortably gathered inside his own goal area.

Three minutes later, Butcher forced Stags' first corner following good work from Elsnik and MacDonald, before the ex-Millwall man fired over the angle from 22 yards moments later.

Remaining in the thick of the action, Butcher helped chalk up another Stags' flag-kick as his cross inside the penalty area was blocked into the side netting.

Midway through the first half, Lincoln's Shay McCartan robbed MacDonald of the ball midway inside his own half. And after a surging run into the Mansfield box, Logan had to make a fine one-handed stop to turn his shot behind for a corner.

Stags tried their luck from distance in quick succession. Butcher's hit, from 25 yatds, was blocked, before Elsnik's low piledriver from a similar distance was steered straight at Slocombe.

With seven minutes left until the break, MacDonald sprayed a brilliant diagonal ball for the advancing Davies, who took a touch inside the area to control, before shooting aganst a defender to gain a corner.

Then at the other end, Rhead headed the ball into the ground and wide from Anderson's right-flank delivery.

Near the end of the half, Stags came close through Butcher. 

Pouncing on a short backpass to the goalkeeper, the midfielder snuck inside to skip over the home shot-stopper, but his strike from the right-side of the box was blocked as Crookes raced back to the cover the goal line.

A left-sided free-kick from the hosts caught Stags off guard three minutes after the interval. Quickly taken towards McCartan, his vicious strike was bravely stopped by the head of Hayden White to prevent Logan from being called upon.

Imps' defender Michael Bostwick had to perform similar duties on 55 minutes, standing in the way of a long-range attempt from MacDonald.

On 65, Benning's deep left footed cross clipped the body of Bostwick, allowing Slocombe to gather.

Joan Luque's pot shot did little to trouble Logan on 67, flying well off target from outside the box.

White raced forward to set-up Davies with a high ball near the back post, but his header ballooned over the far post.

Mansfield made a double change with 19 minutes to play as Tyler Walker and CJ Hamilton replaced Danny Rose and Craig Davies.

And Walker made the difference within the blink of an eye, finding the net with his first touch.

Butcher provided the assist to the marksman on loan from Forest, whose right-footed drive from 18 yards was too well hit for Slocombe to stop.

The two combined again on 76. Walker latched on to the midfielder's pass but his left-footed attempt from the other side of the box was off target.

Two minutes later, White picked out Hamilton with a sumptous forward ball. And with an exquisite first touch, Hamilton tried to wriggle beyond two home defenders before seeing his eventual hit blocked.

In the 87th minute, Logan punched away a Lincoln free-kick to ignite a Stags' counter. White sped away through the middle as Mansfield powered forward, but his pass towards Walker was too heavily hit and the hosts breathed again.

In the third minute of the fourth added on, Lincoln were reduced to ten men.  After Butcher displayed great strength to win a free-kick, a tangling of players saw an unsavoury coming together, in which the Imps' Michael O'Connor appeared to punch Tyler Walker.

And Stags showed their professionalism until the death to confirm the win, with Wolves and Scunthorpe left to play in Group G of the competition.

LINCOLN: Slocombe, Gordon, Bostwick (McCombe 80), Anderson, Tuffold, Chapman, Luque (O'Connor 81), Mensah (Andrade 68), Anderson, McCartan, Rhead

UNUSED SUBS: Smith, Frecklington, Akinde, Adebayo-Smith

STAGS: Logan, White, Preston, Gibbens, Atkinson, Elsnik, MacDonald, Benning, Butcher, Davies (Hamilton 72), Rose (Walker 71)

UNUSED SUBS: Olejnik, Bishop, Khan, Graham, Law

ATTENDANCE: 4,205 (260 Stags' fans)

REFEREE: Ross Joyce

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