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17 August 2019 Venue Brunton Park Attendance

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Preview: Carlisle United vs Stags

16 August 2019

Next up for the Stags is a trip to face Carlisle United in Sky Bet League Two on Saturday 17 August (3pm kick-off). Here's our match preview...

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Mansfield will be without long-term absentees Craig Davies and Bobby Olejnik for the clash. 

Midfield man Jacob Mellis, alongside defender Matt Preston, are suspended for the game.

The Blues have a clean bill of health heading into Saturday's fixture, after striker Hallam Hope returned to action in Tuesday's 3-0 win away to Championship side Barnsley.

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The Stags have made an unbeaten start to the 2019-20 campaign, but are yet to secure a victory, having drawn their first two matches with a 2-2 scoreline.

Carlisle have won one and lost one of their opening two Sky Bet League Two matches, but secured a phenomenal 3-0 away win over Championship side Barnsley on Tuesday evening in the Carabao Cup.

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We last faced the Blues in January of this year at Brunton Park, with the hosts winning by a 3-2 scoreline.

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The referee for Saturday's game will be Carl Boyeson, assisted by Mark Cunliffe and Billy Smallwood. The fourth official will be Adam Herczeg.

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The Stags have received an allocation of 414 tickets for the clash.

Full ticket information can be found here.

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Carlisle have informed us that, following the recent bad weather, they expect the supporters' car park to be closed for this weekend's game.

Limited street parking is available in the areas around the stadium, but supporters should be aware of parking restrictions.

More parking is available at the Rosehill Industrial Estate (CA1 2RW) opposite Tesco, and this is roughly a 20 minute walk from the ground.

The club have been informed that the Carlisle Rugby Club on Warwick Road has parking available for away supporters.

The Carlisle Rugby Club also has a club bar, which allows away supporters and is family friendly. Also on Warwick Road is the Beehive, which allows away supporters.

Hot, cold and alcoholic drinks - along with hot and cold food - are served from the kiosks in the away stand at Brunton Park. Visiting supporters are also welcome in the Sunset Suite Bar at the stadium, which shows live football on big screens and is situated on the west side of the ground.

For more, read our travel guide.

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Can't make it to the game? You can follow the action live via our Twitter match updates, which can be found here.

The match centre on mansfieldtown.net will also contain Opta-populated updates, and can be accessed here.

A report of the match will be published on the club website following the full-time whistle, and post-match reaction will be available to view on mansfieldtown.net and iFollow Stags.

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Match Reports

Report: Carlisle United 0-2 Stags

17 August 2019

One goal apiece from the strike partnership of Danny Rose and Nicky Maynard secured a 2-0 victory in convincing fashion against Carlisle United at Brunton Park.

In the 28th minute, Rose notched his third goal in as many league outings to thrust his side into the driving seat before Maynard added a classy second prior to the half-time break.

The hosts threatened to fight back in the second period but were fronted with a solid, unbreakable defence that recorded their first victory of the 2019/20 season.  

John Dempster made a total of three alterations from his side’s previous Sky Bet League Two outing.

Matt Preston, Otis Khan and CJ Hamilton made way for Hayden White, Ryan Sweeney and Willem Tomlinson as the Stags fought for three points on the road.

Mansfield made a positive start at Brunton Park and could have taken an early lead when Alex MacDonald’s outswinger clipped the back of an onrushing Krystian Pearce.

Down the opposite end, Nathan Thomas had two digs at goal only to be matched by Conrad Logan on both occasions.

A crisp passing move from the Stags was then ended with Kellan Gordon’s cross whistling the wrong side of the far post.

White was then called into action inside his own penalty area to deny Harry McKirdy any sniff at goal with some superb defending.

The contest continued to ebb and flow before, on 26 minutes, the hosts could have so easily taken the lead.

McKirdy’s late run was spotted by his teammate Thomas, yet the eventual effort from a bouncing ball was unable to be kept down as he cleared the bar from seven yards.

And they would be made to rue their missed chance just two minutes thereafter.

A deep, hanging cross from Tomlinson seemed to be floating out of play before the Stags’ number 32, Rose, arrived in the nick of time for his third goal in as many league appearances.

An assured finish by the Mansfield frontman duly sent the travelling support into collective noise as he edged his side into an advantageous position.

United threatened an equaliser minutes before the interval but were consistently thwarted by a resilient backline.

Instead, in the fourth minute of added time in the first half, Maynard doubled the lead for his side courtesy of some brilliant quick thinking.

A lofted pass from White was flicked down by Rose into the path of his strike partner, whose half volley nestled into the back of the goal beyond the outstretched hand of Adam Collin.  

Mansfield were tasked with protecting their advantage into the second period and they looked to do so by adding a third, rather than sitting deep.

Gordon’s surging run ended with a high delivery that had to be averted to safety to ensure Rose – lurking at the back post – would not be afforded a gilt-edged chance for his brace.  

Soon after, the Cumbrians were awarded a dangerously-placed set-piece but Thomas struck the subsequent attempt into the wall of black shirts.

Dempster then opted for his first substitution on Saturday afternoon as Maynard left the field in place of Hamilton.

And the proactive switch almost paid dividends within moments of its occurrence.

The energetic frontman sought to latch onto a through ball from MacDonald and would have been one-on-one with Collin had it not been slightly over hit.

United, as expected, continually pressed to recover in their latest fixture but equally continued to meet a defence determined to register their first clean sheet of the 2019/20 campaign.

Next up for Mansfield is a return to One Call Stadium as they welcome Leyton Orient on Tuesday evening.

STAGS XI: Logan (GK), White, Benning, Pearce ©, Bishop (Khan 89’), MacDonald (Smith 86’), Maynard (Hamilton 72’), Tomlinson, Sweeney, Gordon, Rose.

UNUSED SUBS: Stone (GK), Clarke, Sterling-James, Law.

CARLISLE XI: Collin (GK) ©, Elliott, Iredale, Thomas (Hope 79’), Jones, Scougall (Olomola 72’), McKirdy (Sorensen 55’), Webster, Bridge, Loft, Knight-Percival.

UNUSED SUBS: Gray (GK), Mellish, Branthwaite, Sagaf. 

REFEREE: Carl Boyeson

ASSISTANTS: Mark Cuncliffe & Billy Smallwood

FOURTH OFFICIAL: Adam Herczeg

ATTENDANCE: 4,576 (292 away)

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