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Preview: Stags vs Latics

17 December 2013

Everything you need to know about tonight's clash with Oldham Athletic at One Call Stadium...

MATCH INFORMATION

If scores are level at the full-time, two periods of 15 minutes extra-time will be played. Should scores still be level after these periods, the winners will be decided by a penalty shoot-out.

As you may already be aware, the winners face a mouth-watering trip to Liverpool in the Third Round.


TEAM NEWS

Manager Paul Cox has a near full-strength side to choose from for this match, with Ritchie Sutton (thigh) the only definite absentee.

The Latics could welcome back forward Kirk Millar following ankle and calf problems, but youngster David Mellor is a doubt.


RECENT FORM

Since our 1-1 draw at Boundary Park just 10 days ago, the Latics have failed to win in two attempts.

Last week, Lee Johnson’s team were eliminated from the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy following a 6-5 penalty shoot-out defeat at home to Chesterfield.

Then, on Saturday, the Latics’ four-match unbeaten league run was brought to a dramatic end by Brentford, who beat them 1-0 at Griffin Park courtesy of Jonathan Douglas’ injury-time winner.

Meanwhile, elsewhere in London last weekend, we ended a six-match losing streak with a well-deserved point at AFC Wimbledon.


RECENT CUP HISTORY

The Latics boast plenty of recent pedigree in the FA Cup with Budweiser.

Last season, they defeated Liverpool in a thrilling tie at Boundary Park, before bowing out of the competition to Everton in a Fifth Round Replay at Goodison Park.

In the last decade, Oldham have also reached the Third Round on five occasions – with Manchester City (2005), Everton (2008) and Nottingham Forest (2013) amongst their cup victims at that stage.

Nevertheless, our side also boast many happy memories in this competition in recent years.

In the 2012/13 campaign, we reached the Third Round for the first time in five years, where Luis Suarez’s hotly-disputed goal saw us narrowly lose to Liverpool.

In 2006, we also lost to Newcastle United at St James’ Park in the Third Round, whilst two years later, we beat Brighton & Hove Albion en route to a Fourth Round tie with Middlesbrough.


PREVIOUS MEETINGS

The Latics boast the superior head-to-head record, having won 25 of the 55 previous meetings.

Their last visit to North Nottinghamshire came in March 2003, when Fitz Hall’s 88th minute spot-kick earned the visitors a 1-0 win in an ill-tempered encounter that saw three players sent-off.

Our last victory over Oldham came 35 years ago, during our season-long stay in English football’s second-tier. We were 1-0 winners at Boundary Park.


OFFICIALS

Mr Sebastian Stockbridge has been appointed as the referee for this match. He will be able assisted by Mr Andy Hendley and Mrs Amy Fearn. The Fourth Official is Mr Mark Heywood.


TICKETS

Home supporters can purchase tickets up to 7.45pm on midweek matchdays.

Supporters are reminded that they must be in possession of a valid match ticket before entering the stadium, as no cash turnstiles are in operation.

Visiting supporters are strongly advised not to travel to One Call Stadium if they aren’t in possession of a valid match ticket. No tickets are sold to visiting supporters on matchdays.

Tickets for this match are priced as follows:

£20 – Adults
£10 – Concessions
£5 – Under 16s


CAR PARKING

Unfortunately, we have no parking facilities available at One Call Stadium for this match.

This is due to ongoing development work at the rear of the Ian Greaves Stand and space being taken up by lorries from BT Sport in the main staff car park.

We apologise for any inconvenience that this may cause.


SANDY PATE SPORTS BAR

The Sandy Pate Sports Bar will be open to supporters from noon.

Soft drinks, alcoholic beverages, hot & cold food, and other light refreshments can all be purchased here.

Don't forget that with our ‘Bargain Tuesday’ offer, if you purchase any main course meal, you can get another at half-price.

Only supporters with a valid match ticket can gain access to the Sandy Pate Sports Bar from 5.00pm onwards, but the bar will re-open to the general public following the match.


MATCH PROGRAMME

Our award-winning matchday programme, ‘The Stag’ will be on sale before this match.

In this edition, we have all the very latest news from One Call Stadium, including the thoughts of chairman John Radford and boss Paul Cox.

Elsewhere, Matt Halfpenny, Tim Morriss and Jon Griffin continue their regular columns and we have five pages dedicated to our visitors from Greater Manchester.

This edition of ‘The Stag’ is priced at just £2 and is available to purchase from programme booths, the club shop and sellers inside One Call Stadium.


50/50 DRAW

Supporters can win a fantastic cash prize in our 50/50 matchday draw.

All you need to do to be in with a chance of winning is purchase a ticket from our sellers, who will be located in and around One Call Stadium from 6.00pm.

The 50/50 draw takes place at half-time.


CLUB SHOP

Why not pay a visit to our club shop, where you can find a wide-range of Stags-related merchandise, suitable for supporters of all ages.

Amongst items available are replica shirts, polo shirts, hats, scarves and seat warmers, all of which are certain to make ideal Christmas presents.

Alternatively, you can also visit our matchday retail outlet, adjacent to the Ian Greaves Stand and located next to the entrance for the Sandy Pate Sports Bar.


TURNSTILES

Turnstiles at One Call Stadium will be opened at approximately 6.45pm.


TWITTER

Follow us on Twitter, @MansfieldTownFC, for comprehensive coverage and minute-by-minute updates on the match.


COMMENTARY

If you can’t be with us at One Call Stadium for this fixture, you can listen to full-match commentary on Stags Player (online).

To subscribe to Stags Player, where there will also be post-match reaction, click here.

Our regular commentary team of Nigel Pinnick, Martin Shaw and Steve Hartshorn will bring you live coverage from 7.35pm.


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