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Preview: Dons vs Stags

13 December 2013

Everything you need to know about tomorrow's match against AFC Wimbledon...

TEAM NEWS:

Boss Paul Cox confirmed in his pre-match press conference yesterday that Ben Hutchinson and Chris Clements will both be in the squad, which travels to South London.

The duo, who have recently been out injured, featured in a behind-closed-doors friendly against Sheffield United at One Call Stadium in midweek.

Midfielder Lee Stevenson only returned to training yesterday, whilst defender Ritchie Sutton is still expected to be sidelined until the New Year.

Meanwhile, AFC Wimbledon could welcome back midfielder Harry Pell, who is available again after injury.

Nevertheless, centre-back Kevin Feely has returned to Charlton Athletic, following a short loan spell with Neal Ardley’s side, whilst Sammy Moore is still suspended.


RECENT FORM:

Our team ended their four-match losing streak with a spirited 1-1 draw at Oldham Athletic in the Second Round of the FA Cup with Budweiser last Saturday.

Sam Clucas was our scorer in the tie, which took his tally for the campaign to 11 goals in all competitions.

In Sky Bet League Two, we currently occupy 18th position, six places behind AFC Wimbledon, who are in 12th spot with 26 points.

Neal Ardley’s men haven’t won in three attempts, but recorded impressive victories over both Portsmouth (4-0) and Rochdale (2-1) in November.

The Dons also boast the joint-fifth best home record in the division, with only Oxford United and Northampton Town having taken maximum points away from South London.


PREVIOUS MEETINGS:

We have met AFC Wimbledon just four times in our history and the South Londoners have emerged victorious on all four occasions.

Our last visit to the Cherry Red Records Stadium was in April 2011, when we lost 2-1. Tyrone Thomspon’s opener was cancelled out by second half strikes from Jamie Stuart and Christian Jolley.

Under their previous incarnation of ‘Wimbledon’, we met the Dons just eight times – including an FA Cup Fourth Round tie in their triumphant 1987/88 campaign.

Ironically, our only ever victory at Wimbledon was in an FA Cup match. This was 66 years ago, back in November 1947, when we were narrow 1-0 winners.


MATCH OFFICIALS:

Saturday’s match will be refereed by Mr Michael Bull. He will be ably assisted by Mr Matthew Buonassisi and Mr Lee Venamore. The Fourth Official is Mr Constantine Hatzidakis.


MATCH TICKETS:

Supporters should pay on the day for this match. We have been allocated a section of the Your Golf Travel Stand (Terrace) and a section of the Nongshim Stand (Seating). No tickets are available from One Call Stadium.

Admission prices are as follows: 

SEATING

£19 Adults
£12 Senior Citizens (Over 65) & Students*
£9 Under 18s

TERRACING

£15 Adults
£9 Senior Citizens (Over 65) & Students*
£4 Under 18s

*Students are required to produce a valid NUS card at the turnstiles on matchday.


TRAVEL DETAILS:

- By Road…

Exit the M25 at Junction 10 and take the A3 northbound towards London. At the exit for New Malden/Worcester Park, take a left turn into Malden Road (A2043). Follow this road until the next roundabout, where you need to take the first exit into Kingston Road (still the A2043). The Cherry Red Records Stadium is around a mile down this road on the left-hand side.


- By Rail…

Supporters should alight at Norbiton station, which is around a 10-15 minute walk away. To reach the stadium, leave the station via the rear exit (Westbound platform) and take the first left into Norbiton Avenue. At the end of this road, turn right into Gloucester Road, before turning left into Cambridge Road. The main entrance to the stadium is 400 yards down this road on the right-hand side. Alternatively, both New Malden and Kingston-upon-Thames stations are located around one mile from the stadium.

Supporters are strongly advised not to alight at Berrylands station, as although this station is only ¼ mile from the stadium as the crow flies, it takes around 30-45 minutes on foot.


- Parking…

Parking at the stadium is extremely limited and for weekend matches, you need to arrive before 2.15pm to be sure of a parking space. Furthermore, parking in adjacent streets can also be tight as it is a residential area. You are advised to check to see if any parking restrictions are in place, before leaving your car.


COMMENTARY:

If you aren’t travelling to the Cherry Red Records Stadium this weekend, you can listen to full-match commentary on Stags Player (online) and Mansfield 103.2 (local radio only).

Furthermore, you can also hear full-match commentary in the Sandy Pate Sports Bar, which is open from 12noon.

Mansfield 103.2’s ‘Stags FM’ show begins at 1.00pm. To subscribe to Stags Player, click here.


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