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Preview: Stags vs Oxford

15 November 2013

Everything that you need to know ahead of tomorrow's clash with Oxford United...

TEAM NEWS

Manager Paul Cox will be hoping our team can record a first league win in seven attempts tomorrow, when we lock horns with Oxford United at One Call Stadium (3.00pm).

The match could see a return for John Dempster and Lee Beevers, both of whom are available for selection again following suspension.

However, loanee frontman James Alabi is still suspended due to the straight red card he received in our recent last Sky Bet League Two clash at Southend United.

Striker Ben Hutchinson will be out of action for around a month with a groin tear, whilst Ollie Palmer is a doubt with a hamstring problem.

Tomorrow could also see a farewell appearance for youngster Jack Blake, as it is the last match in his one-month loan spell from Nottingham Forest.

Meanwhile, both Tom Newey (head) and Andy Whing (ankle) could return for Oxford, but skipper Jake Wright (hamstring) is set for a month on the sidelines.

The U’s will also be without frontman Alfie Potter, who underwent surgery on an ankle injury yesterday.


RECENT FORM

Our side ended a 471-minute run without finding the target last week, as they cruised to an emphatic 8-1 win at St Albans City in the FA Cup with Budweiser.

Our last victory in Sky Bet League Two was back in September when Calvin Andrew’s strike settled our clash away at Chesterfield.

Meanwhile, the U’s, who currently occupy second spot, boast both the best away record and tightest defence in Sky Bet League Two.

Chris Wilder’s side have won five and drawn two of their seven matches on the road, and have shipped just 13 goals in league action.


PREVIOUS MEETINGS

Our last meeting with Oxford United came back in April 2010. The U’s were 2-0 winners thanks to a late double from James Constable.

Nevertheless, Chris Wilder’s side were beaten 2-1 on their last visit to North Nottinghamshire in September 2009, with Ryan Williams and Jake Speight on target for us.

In 30 previous meetings between the two clubs, there has never been a 0-0 draw.

Our full head-to-head record is as follows: Played 30, Won 12, Drew 4, Lost 14.


OFFICIALS

Saturday’s referee is Mr Charles Breakspear. He will be ably assisted by Mr Rob Merchant and Mr Wayne Porter. The Fourth Official is Mr Guy Stretton.

Mr Breakspear will be familiar to our supporters, having refereed us on three occasions during our title-winning Conference Premier campaign of 2012/13.

Mr Breakspear oversaw our 1-0 victories over Hyde and AFC Telford United at One Call Stadium, along with our 2-0 defeat to Newport County at Rodney Parade.


TICKETS

Home supporters can purchase tickets up to 3.00pm on matchdays.

Supporters, who wish to take advantage of a pre-purchase discount, can do so today, if they purchase and collect tickets from One Call Stadium before 5.00pm.

Oxford supporters should not travel to North Nottinghamshire if they aren’t in possession of a valid ticket. No tickets will be sold to visiting supporters on matchdays.

ADVANCE PRICES & COLLECTIONS

£18 – Adults
£13 – Senior Citizens/Students*
£8 – Aged 7 to 16

MATCHDAY PRICES & COLLECTIONS

£20 – Adults
£15 – Senior Citizens/Students*
£10 – Aged 7 to 16

*To qualify, students must be in full-time education and in possession of a valid NUS card. Senior Citizens are defined as 60+.

Children aged six or under are admitted to One Call Stadium free-of-charge, on the provision that they are accompanied by a responsible adult.


PARKING

We have extremely limited parking available at One Call Stadium, but some spaces are available on a first come, first served basis, priced at £5 per vehicle.

Supporters are strongly advised not to park in the retail park behind the North Stand (away end) as you may be issued with a parking ticket.

The Sat-Nav code for One Call Stadium is: NG18 5DA.


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 be purchased from inside the Sandy Pate Sports Bar.

There is a still time to hire a private booth in the Sandy Pate Sports Bar for tomorrow’s match. For further details, click here.


PROGRAMME

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

In this edition, we have an exclusive interview with teenage midfielder Jack Blake, whose one-month loan spell from Nottingham Forest ends on Saturday.

Elsewhere, Kevin Pilkington selects his best XI from his time with us, whilst Calvin Andrew and Ollie Palmer go head-to-head in the big quiz.

We also reveal which players are taking part in the ‘Movember’ movement, whilst Matt Halfpenny, Tim Morriss and Jon Griffin continue their regular columns.

‘The Stag’, which is priced at just £3, is available to purchase from programme booths, the club shop and from 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 1.00pm.

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, which will be essential as we now enter the cold winter months.

Alternatively, you could 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 2.00pm.


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 match, 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 2.50pm.


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