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Preview: Colchester v Stags

4 May 2023

The Stags are set for the Sky Bet League Two regular season finale on Monday (08 May) away at Colchester United (12.30pm kick-off). Here’s all you need to know…


Defender Elliott Hewitt will be out of action for the majority of next season after suffering an ACL injury at home to Leyton Orient last month.

Full-back Stephen McLaughlin will miss the rest of the campaign also (knee).

Midfielders Louis Reed and Ollie Clarke will be assessed ahead of the trip to Colchester.

John-Joe O'Toole trained for the first time this week since sustaining a foot injury, but Monday is likely to come too soon for the centre-back.


The referee for Monday’s match is Benjamin Speedie. Mr. Speedie will be assisted by Justin Amey, Marc Wilson and fourth official, Alan Cresswell.


The club has sold out its initial allocation of 989 tickets for our final day clash at the JobServe Community Stadium, which includes five pairs of wheelchair and carer tickets. An additional 200 tickets have also been sold since.

Due to bank holidays and postage delays, the club will not be sent additional tickets directly to One Call Stadium for supporters to purchase in person. However, our hosts have placed an additional and final allocation of 500 tickets on their website for away supporters to use here. 

All tickets are 'print at home' or to be downloaded and shown via a QR code from a mobile device.

The club strongly advises supporters to purchase tickets in advance of the match. 'Pay on the day' will be available, subject to availability.

Advanced ticket prices (02 May - 06 May) are as follows:

Adult: £20.50

Concession*: £15.50

Under-18: £11.75

Carer: FREE

Matchday ticket prices are as follows:

Adult: £22.50

Concession*: £17.50

Under-18: £13.75

Carer: FREE

*Concessions are Senior (65+), Ambulant Disabled, NHS and Armed Forces.

Tickets are available from our hosts’ website until kick-off, via the aforementioned link, subject to availability.

Parking has now sold out at the stadium.


Our official fans’ club – the Stags Supporters’ Association – are providing family friendly coach travel to Colchester United.

Coaches will depart at 6.30am from One Call Stadium.

Coach prices are as follows:

Amber/Junior Members: £15

Blue Members: £20

Non-Members: £30

To book, call or text the travel line on 07967 689 579


Unable to make it to the game on Monday?

iFollow Stags’ subscribers based in the UK and overseas can watch the game in full for just £10 here.

Commentary of the contest will be provided by Martin Shaw and Dean Foulkes. Coverage starts approximately eight minutes before kick-off.

You can follow all the action from the fixture live via our Twitter match updates here.

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

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

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Match Reports

Report: Colchester 0-2 Stags

8 May 2023

Mansfield Town ended the 2022/23 League Two campaign on a winning note as Riley Harbottle and James Gale struck the Stags to a well-deserved 2-0 victory over Colchester United in Essex.

Harbottle put Mansfield ahead on the stroke of half-time after rising inside the box to thump home Davis Keillor-Dunn’s cross with a powerful header.

Gale added a second for Nigel Clough’s men after cooly converting a chance in the seventh minute of stoppage time at the end of the first half.

Victory for Mansfield ends the season with the yellows in eight place.

Manager Nigel Clough named one change to the starting XI as top scorer Will Swan replaced Rhys Oates in attack. The Stags were also boosted pre-match by the return from injury of midfielder Anthony Hartigan, who made the bench.

Stags started brightly and crafted their first opening within two minutes when Callum Johnson’s right-sided cross found Stephen Quinn lurking inside the box, but the Irishman’s heavy touch saw the ball out for a goal kick.

The hosts demonstrated their own threat in the early stages when Noah Chilvers teed up Alex Newby just outside the box on seven minutes. The midfielder touched the ball forward a pace before curling a right-footed effort narrowly beyond the top right corner of Mansfield’s goal.

Stags experienced much possession early on but it was Colchester who next went close. Right back Jayden Fevrier found space to drive down the right before cutting inside and blasting an effort wide from outside the box.

Mansfield remained patient and found a way through Colchester on 22 minutes. Lucas Akins smartly mopped up a loose ball in midfield, drove at the hosts’ defence and slipped it to Keillor-Dunn inside the box. The forward held the ball up, shifted it onto his right and drilled a low shot into the clutches of Tom Smith.

Ten minutes later Stags created several openings. 

First, Quinn’s left-sided corner dropped favourably inside the box for Kilgour, whose half-volley was agonisingly blocked at close range.

A minute later Mansfield were in again. 

Quinn worked into the left side of the box well before playing a square pass to Hiram Boateng, who had found space at the back post. Boateng’s half-volley into the ground zipped goalwards to force Smith into an important parry. And then, Keillor-Dunn’s subsequent corner was glanced inches wide by Kilgour, who had risen well inside the box.

Mansfield continued to wear down the Colchester defence and won a free-kick within the attacking half during the first minute of first-half injury time. Keillor-Dunn’s looping delivery was met by Riley Harbottle inside the box who arrowed a header beyond Smith to clinch the lead at the break.


Stags began the second half unchanged and continued to work possession to try and create openings. That opening almost came on 54 minutes after Callum Johnson worked down the right to find Boateng outside the box but the midfielder flicked the ball up and volleyed it narrowly wide of the bottom right corner.

Two minutes later Mansfield came even closer. Keillor-Dunn received the ball just outside the box, turned and floated a dipping effort against the crossbar with his right instep.

Colchester almost found a goal themselves on 58 minutes when John Akinde found space to lash a strike goalwards from inside the box which clipped the top of the crossbar.

A lull in goalmouth action ensued in the following period as both sides jostled for possession in midfield.

Stags crafted their next big opportunity on 87 minutes when Louis Reed threaded an excellent pass in behind to intercept Will Swan’s run. The forward worked his way into the area and agonisingly steered an effort into the side-netting from a tight angle.

Pym and Kilgour combined heroically to keep Mansfield’s lead intact on 93 minutes. An initial curling effort from inside the box was impressively palmed away by Pym only to the feet of Sears, whose follow-up effort was blocked on the line by Kilgour.

Mansfield doubled their lead in the seventh minute of added time through substitute James Gale. The young forward received the ball inside the Colchester box and finished composedly into the bottom left corner of Smith’s goal.

Stags pushed for further goals in the closing stages but to no avail as Mansfield ended the season in eighth place. 


COLCHESTER: Smith, Greenidge, Chambers, Dallison, Chilvers, Read (Kelleher, 83’), Newby (Jay, 66’), Akinde (Hopper, 66’), Hall (Kazeem, 66’), Miranda (Skuse, 74’), Fevrier (Sears, 83’)



STAGS: Pym, Harbottle, Kilgour, Perch (Bowery, 83’), Johnson, Reed (Hartigan, 92’), Boateng (Oates, 66’), Quinn (Quinn, 83’), Keillor-Dunn (Maris, 66’), Akins, Swan (Gale, 92’)

UNUSED SUB: Flinders


REFEREE: Benjamin Speedie

ATTENDANCE: 6,910 (1,350 Stags’ supporters)

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