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Match preview: Stags v Northampton Town

27 September 2018

Stags return to One Call Stadium this weekend, as we welcome Northampton Town for a 3pm kick-off in Sky Bet League Two. Here's all you need to know ahead of the clash...

Saturday's fixture will come too soon for defender Hayden White, who will miss the game. Midfielder Jacob Mellis will also be absent as he serves the final match of his suspension.

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

For the Cobblers, forwards Junior Morias and Daniel Powell are doubts due to hamstring injuries.

The referee for Saturday's game will be Trevor Kettle, assisted by Alix Pashley and Stephen Wade. The fourth official will be Thomas Harty.

Mr. Kettle last took charge of a Stags' fixture in our 0-0 draw away to Cambridge United in January earlier this year.

Last time out, Stags conceded late on via George Maris' deflected effort to draw 1-1 away to Cambridge. Stags boast the joint-best defensive record in the league, having conceded just seven goals in eight games.

Northampton have had a tough start to the league, and find themselves in 20th position ahead of the weekend's fixture.

STAGS' LAST FIVE GAMES: 2W | 1D | 2L

NORTHAMPTON'S LAST FIVE GAMES: 0W | 2D | 3L

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.

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 this season's fourth 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 4-0 Northampton Town

29 September 2018

Mansfield Town secured an emphatic 4-0 victory over Northampton Town as Danny Rose starred with a second-half brace.

On his first league start for the Stags, Elsnik broke the deadlock with a fine run and finish only five minutes into the game. It became slightly quiet as the first-half petered out, before exploding back into life in the second 45.

Rose netted two goals either side of a clever finish by Hamilton to get back to winning ways in sublime fashion.

Manager David Flitcroft made just a solitary change for the fixture against Northampton Town as Alex MacDonald was ruled out with a knee injury. Elsnik was chosen as his replacement whilst the rest of the starting XI remained intact.

It was a positive start for Mansfield under the sun as CJ Hamilton found Danny Rose in the middle. The striker leapt highest but couldn’t direct his header goalwards.

Northampton were then awarded a corner on five minutes, which the Stags were able to profit from in superb fashion.

Elsnik picked up the ball just outside the 18-yard box and ran the length of the pitch before firing home with aplomb into the bottom left-hand corner.

It seemed for all the world as though the Slovenian would cross but the midfielder went alone to net his first goal in a yellow and blue jersey.

The home side continued to dominate possession but somewhat lacked that final ball.

Rose then challenged for another hanging ball – this time in the middle of the park – before being taken out by Leon Barnett, who received a yellow card for his troubles.

The subsequent free-kick saw Tyler Walker get his head to a Krystian Pearce flick-on but it fell safely into the arms of ‘keeper David Cornell.

Northampton launched a counter-attack through Sam Foley and the midfielder almost met Sam Hoskins’ cut-back from the right, had it not been for a vital touch by the Stags’ skipper, Pearce.

A minute later, the visitors had another chance via Kevin van Veen. The Dutchman had a pocket of space 20 yards from goal, but Bobby Olejnik was equal to the effort.

Rose won yet another header on the half-hour mark following Bishop’s looping cross – but no Stags player was there to connect with the knock-down in a crowded penalty area.

Kevin van Veen was next to find himself in the referee’s notebook following a bad challenge on Ryan Sweeney in the 35th minute.

Elsnik then tried to double both his own and his side’s tally for the afternoon with a strike from the edge of the area that was well blocked.

Flitcroft’s men pressed for a two-goal cushion as the first-half came to a close but were unable to do so. Several corners were well cleared by the visiting side before they had a chance themselves to equalise.

Olejnik made a fine save, getting down low to deny a rasping strike from the left-hand side just moments before the half-time whistle.

In the second minute of added time, ‘keeper Cornell denied both Elsnik and Matt Preston in style ensuring the Cobblers would only find themselves a goal down at the interval.

Otis Khan tried to double his side’s advantage moments after the restart when he flashed a curling effort marginally wide in the 46th minute.

Then, two minutes later, the attacking midfielder tried his luck once more from a free-kick. His bending effort had to be tipped over acrobatically by Cornell.

Walker then found himself one-on-one against Cornell, the busier of the two goalkeepers, but the on-loan striker fired it against the legs of Northampton’s shot stopper.

The home side piled on the pressure via Mal Benning who set Elsnik up to cross. A low, whipped delivery was met by Walker but he didn’t get enough contact as he watched it roll wide.

It seemed only a matter of time before Flitcroft’s side would convert a subsequent chance – and it duly arrived in the 57th minute.

Rose pressed Barnett who struck his attempted clearance against the striker’s shins. It then fell to Cornell who suffered the same fate allowing him to roll the ball home from a tight angle.

Pearce’s loose header fell to half-time substitute, Andy Williams, but the following cross was plucked out of the air by Olejnik.

In audacious fashion, Rose spotted Cornell off his line before attempting to lob the Cobblers’ goalkeeper from just inside the opposition half; however, he was alert to the attempt, shuffling back to catch the ball.

Rose was involved yet again on 70 minutes when he found himself on the end of what was originally meant to be a clearance from Sweeney. He brought it down but fired against the legs of the ‘keeper.

Entering the final 15 minutes and the Stags were in full control of proceedings, thus far.

Hamilton fed the ball into Rose but the striker couldn’t keep his half-volley down as it floated over the crossbar.

Bishop then had a header at the front post well-saved via corner-kick from Khan.

And it soon became three for the Stags when Hamilton profited from some fine work by substitute, Will Atkinson.

In the 82nd minute, the flying winger was slipped in down the right-flank before he gave Cornell the eyes to squeeze the ball just inside the near post.

Hamilton then turned provider for Rose as the latter netted his second goal of the afternoon. The striker converted a low cross from the right-hand side, completing a second-half rout at One Call Stadium.

Benning tried his luck with a free-kick in the dying embers of the match, but it was well held by Cornell.

It was a fine footballing display from the Stags, as they will undoubtedly go into Tuesday’s clash with Oldham Athletic high on confidence.

STAGS XI: Olejnik (GK), Benning, Preston, Pearce ©, Bishop, Khan (Davies 88’), Sweeney, Walker (Atkinson 74’), Elsnik (Butcher 90’), Hamilton, Rose.

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

NORTHAMPTON TOWN XI: Cornell (GK), Buchanan, Odoffin, Barnett, Taylor ©, Hoskins, Foley, Van Veen (Williams 46’), Bowditch (Bridge 67’), Walters, O’Toole.

SUBS NOT USED: Ward (GK), Facey, Pierre, Turnbull, Pollock.

REFEREE: Trevor Kettle.

ASSISTANTS: Alix Pashley & Stephen Wade.

FOURTH OFFICIAL: Thomas Harty.

ATTENDANCE: 4’550 (485 away).

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