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Preview: Robins vs Stags

28 December 2013

Everything you need to know ahead of tomorrow's match against Cheltenham Town...

TEAM NEWS:

Manager Paul Cox could welcome back defender John Dempster, who is available for selection again following a two-match suspension.

Nevertheless, both Ben Hutchinson and Sam Clucas remain sidelined through injury.

Meanwhile, Cheltenham could be without influential midfielder David Noble, who is expected to undergo a late fitness test.

The 31-year-old hobbled off with a knee injury an hour into the Robins' 1-0 victory over Exeter City on Boxing Day.

Should Noble miss out, team-mate Matt Richards could figure in Mark Yates' starting line-up.


RECENT FORM:

Our 3-0 defeat at Rochdale on Boxing Day extended our disappointing winless streak to 13 matches.

The loss also saw us slip to 21st position in Sky Bet League Two, with only Torquay United, Bury and Northampton Town now below us in the table.

By contrast, Cheltenham have been in superb form in recent weeks, and second only to Newport County in the current form table.

The Robins, who are just four points off the Play-Offs, are on an impressive 11-match unbeaten league run, during which they have kept six clean-sheets.

Mark Yates' team have been beaten just twice at Whaddon Road this term, but seven home draws have hindered their promotion aspirations.


PREVIOUS MEETINGS:

Goals from Richie Barker and Simon Brown earned us a 2-0 victory on our last visit to Whaddon Road in October 2005.

However, the Robins gained revenge with a 5-0 success in the reverse fixture in North Nottinghamshire on the final day of the 2005/06 campaign.

Furthermore, since their elevation to the Football League in 1999, Cheltenham also boast the superior head-to-head record.

They have registered eight victories, compared to our five, with just the one draw, which occured in August 2000.

No fewer than 45 goals have been scored between the two teams in our 14 previous meetings, but interestingly, 14 of those goals have been scored in the final 10 minutes.



MATCH OFFICIALS:

Tomorrow's match will be officiated by Mr Stephen Martin. He will be assisted by Mr Andrew Fox and Mr Geoff Law. The Fourth Official is Mr Paul Rees.


MATCH TICKETS:

Supporters should pay at the turnstiles on matchday at Whaddon Road. We will be housed in the all-seater Hazlewoods Stand (Whaddon Road End), which can accommodate up to 1,100 supporters.

Admission prices are as follows: £21 Adults, £15 Senior Citizens (Over 65), £7 Under 18s & Students*.

*Students, who must be in full-time education, will be required to produce a valid NUS card at the turnstiles.

Wheelchair disabled supporters will be charged £15, with a carer admitted free-of-charge.


TRAVEL DETAILS:

- By Road…

Exit the M5 at junction 10 and take the A4019 towards Cheltenham. At the traffic lights, continue straight on and turn left at a roundabout near a McDonalds. Continue along this road for about 300 yards, passing a double mini-roundabout, before turning right into Swindon Lane. At the next roundabout (signed Prestbury), go straight on and you will pass Cheltenham Racecourse on your left-hand side, where there is a ‘Park & Ride’ facility. However, to reach the stadium, turn right into Albert Road (signed Gloucestershire University) and at the next roundabout, turn left into Prestbury Road. The ground is signposted from here.

- By Rail…

Cheltenham Rail station is around two miles from Whaddon Road and isn't really within walking distance. A taxi will cost in the region of £8.

- Parking…

Limited car parking spaces are available at the stadium. Parking costs £5 per vehicle. Alternatively, you may wish to park at Cheltenham Racecourse, where a shuttle bus service to the stadium is in operation. Supporters should be aware that street parking in the residential area around the stadium is restricted.


COMMENTARY:

If you aren’t travelling to Whaddon Road, 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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