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Preview: Grimsby Town vs Stags

4 October 2019

Next up for the Stags is a trip to face Grimsby Town at Blundell Park on Saturday 05 October. Here’s all you need to know ahead of the match…

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The Stags will be without goalkeeper Bobby Olejnik after the shot-stopper dislocated a finger last week.

The clash will also come too soon for forwards Craig Davies and Jordan Graham. 

Wing-back Hayden White could feature, having returned to training late this week after missing last Saturday's loss to Plymouth through illness.

Grimsby will be without defender Ludvig Öhman.

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We last faced the Mariners away from home on New Year’s Day. A Neal Bishop header was enough to give the Stags all three points that afternoon as they ran out 1-0 victors at Blundell Park.

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The referee for Saturday’s game will be Paul Marsden, assisted by Richard Wigglesworth and Ian Smedley. The fourth official will be Alix Pashley. 

The last match involving the Stags that Mr. Marsden took charge of was our 1-1 draw away at Northampton Town in April 2019.

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The Stags have received an allocation of 988 tickets for the match.

For full ticket information, click here.

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Parking is extremely limited around Blundell Park. Supporters are advised to arrive early and use the local street parking. Please be aware, though, that some areas close to the ground have matchday parking restrictions.

Inside Blundell Park, away fans are treated to their own bar, named Scotties. The club bar shows live sport and there is plenty of seating for supporters who opt to enjoy a pre-match drink.

Furthermore, the Blundell Park Hotel is nearby and is a popular venue, although it quickly reaches its capacity so supporters will have to arrive in good time, whilst The Rutland Arms also has a good reputation.

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Can't make it to the game? iFollow Stags subscribers can listen to full-match commentary of the clash courtesy of commentators Martin Shaw and Dean Foulkes. Not an iFollow Stags subscriber? Sign up by heading to mansfieldtown.net/ifollow.

You can also 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: Grimsby Town 0-1 Stags

5 October 2019

Krystian Pearce's 96th minute winner earned ten-man Mansfield all three points late on at Blundell Park.

With time ticking away, the Stags' captain stabbed home from a Mal Benning free kick in the sixth minute of stoppage time to send the 681 travelling fans into raptures.

Hayden White was sent off after the referee had deemed his challenge on Jake Hessenthaler worthy of a red card, but the Stags withstood second half pressure before stealing the points in dramatic fashion.

Stags’ boss John Dempster made two changes to his side. Defender Hayden White came into the team ahead of Conor Shaughnessy and forward Nicky Maynard replaced winger CJ Hamilton.

The hosts started strongly and had a glorious chance to take the lead within the opening two minutes through Luke Waterfall. Jake Hessenthaler found James Hanson at the back post. The towering striker cushioned the ball back across the six-yard box into the path of Waterfall, but Logan was there to deny him. The pressure was eventually relieved when Max Wright’s cross sailed over everybody in the box and away to safety.

The hosts were the better side in the opening exchanges and were adamant they should have had a penalty on 13 minutes, when Moses Ogbu’s powerful drive struck Pearce. The referee waved away the claims for handball and pointed for a corner, which was comfortably cleared by Neal Bishop.

The Stags were then looking nervously over to the officials again shortly after. Jordan Cook sent in a looping cross for Hanson who directed the ball past Logan and wheeled away in celebration, only to find the assistant referee had raised his flag for offside.

On 18 minutes, Hanson was there again, heading narrowly wide from Hessenthaler’s beautifully weighted corner as the hosts looked to turn the screw. Defender Harry Davis then sent a defence-splitting pass over the top and Hanson raced clear of Pearce. Bearing down on goal, the striker managed to hook the ball over Logan but luckily for the amber and blue it went wide of the post.

The Stags' best opening of the early exchanges came after 22 minutes. Industrious work from Danny Rose down the right-channel fashioned an opportunity for Alex Macdonald. Unfortunately, his rasping drive was inadvertently blocked by his own teammate Nicky Maynard. The ball broke to Bishop who fired wide from 25 yards.

Mansfield’s best moment of the half came on the half-hour-mark and it should have brought the opening goal. Otis Khan found himself in a pocket of space and skipped past two defenders, with the second hacking him down to concede a free-kick. From the resulting set piece, he swung a right footed delivery onto the head of Rose, but the striker could only direct his effort into the hands of the grateful James McKeown in the Grimsby goal.

The first chance of note fell to the visitors on 48 minutes. Again, Khan found himself in a central position with time and space but could only fire straight at McKeown from 25 yards. Mal Benning then fizzed an effort over for the Stags on 57 minutes as they began to get a foothold in the contest.

The game appeared to swing the hosts' way on the hour mark, when Mansfield were reduced to ten men. Hayden White appeared to get his foot to the ball, but the referee deemed his challenge on Jake Hessenthaler as dangerous and showed him a red card.

John Dempster responded by switching to a 4-4-1 formation as he looked to solidify the defensive shape of his side. Hanson was again causing problems for Stags’ back-line and it took two crucial blocks from Ryan Sweeney to deny him an opening on 72 minutes. Firstly, the managed to block the striker’s goal bound header, before again getting himself in the way to deny him a second time.

The Stags responded on 76 minutes as substitute CJ Hamilton rode the challenge of Luke Hendrie before crossing low, but he couldn’t find Khan who was lurking menacingly in the box.

The amber and blue were defending bravely, and this was epitomised by Kellan Gordan who blocked Ahkeem Rose’s cross on 78 minutes. He was then called into action again to make a crucial interception from Hanson with the striker six yards from goal.

The away side were having to sustain heavy pressure and Rose squandered an opportunity down the left when he failed to find a Grimsby shirt, with his teammates queuing up in the box. Benning was again there to make a heroic interception in added time, with the ball looking certain to find a Mariners attacker.

This would prove crucial, as Mansfield then won the game deep into injury time. CJ Hamilton breezed past Luke Hendrie who was forced to hack him down. Benning swung in the subsequent free-kick and from the resulting goalmouth scramble, Pearce was there to force the ball home to spark jubilant scenes of celebration.

There was not time for the shell-shocked Mariners to respond as Mansfield clung on to claim a dramatic victory.

GRIMSBY XI: McKeown (GK), Hendrie, Gibson, Davis, Waterfall, Robson, Wright (Green 27), Hessenthaler, Ogbu (Rose 76), Cook (Whitehouse 85), Hanson.

UNUSED SUBS: Clifton, Russell (GK), Pollock, Hewitt, Rose.

STAGS XI: Logan (GK), White, Pearce, Bishop, MacDonald, Khan (Shaughnessy 85), Maynard (Hamilton 63), Sweeney, Gordon, Rose (Cook 83), Benning.

UNUSED SUBS: Tomlinson, Afolayan, Smith, Stone (GK)

REFEREE: Paul Marsden

ASSISTANTS: Richard Wigglesworth, Ian Smedley.

FOURTH OFFICIAL: Alix Pashley.

ATTENDANCE: 5087 (681)

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