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Preview: Stags vs Pirates

11 October 2013

Everything that you need to know about our match with Bristol Rovers.

TEAM NEWS

Midfielder Jamie McGuire is set to serve a one-match ban for receiving his fifth yellow card of the season in our midweek clash with Chesterfield.

Our only other definite absentee is midfield playmaker Chris Clements, who remains sidelined with a knee injury.

Boss Paul Cox is optimistic that defender Ritchie Sutton, who was stretchered off in our last match, could feature against The Pirates.

Bristol Rovers will be without midfielder Mark McChrystal, whilst Seanan Clucas and Ellis Harrison are away on international duty.


RECENT FORM

Following back-to-back home defeats to Hartlepool United and Chesterfield, our team will be eager to return to winning ways this weekend.

We currently sit in fifth position in the Sky Bet League Two table, having amassed 18 points from our opening 10 matches of the campaign.

By contrast, Bristol Rovers have endured a sluggish start to the new season, and were beaten 3-1 on home soil by Fleetwood Town last Saturday.

John Ward’s team, who currently occupy 20th position in the table, are without a win in five matches and haven’t won away from the Memorial Stadium this term.


PREVIOUS MEETINGS

Our last meeting with Bristol Rovers was in April 2007 when Steve Elliott’s first-half strike earned The Pirates a 1-0 win in North Nottinghamshire.

Rovers did the ‘double’ over us in the 2006/07 season, with Craig Disley on the score-sheet in our 1-0 loss at the Memorial Stadium.

We have been unable to beat The Pirates in our last seven meetings.

The last time we registered maximum points from a clash with Bristol Rovers was in September 2003, when we won 3-1 in Gloucestershire.


TICKETS

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

The ticket office is also open today (Friday 11 October) until 5.00pm for supporters, who may wish to take advantage of a pre-purchase discount.

Bristol Rovers supporters should not travel to One Call Stadium, if they aren’t in possession of a valid match ticket. There will be no ticket sales to away supporters on matchdays.

Prices are as follows:

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+.

Supporters 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.

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

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


SANDY PATE BAR & RESTAURANT

Our newly-refurbished Sandy Pate Bar & Restaurant will be open to supporters from midday.

Soft drinks, alcoholic beverages, hot & cold food, and other light refreshments will be available to purchase from inside the Sandy Pate Bar & Restaurant.

The televised Sky Bet League Two clash between Plymouth Argyle and Portsmouth will also be shown on the big screen at 12.15pm.


PROGRAMME

‘The Stag’ will be available to purchase from programme booths outside One Call Stadium, and also in our club shop.

Our award-winning programme, which is priced at just £3.00, is an excellent read, packed full of interesting and exclusive content.

In this edition, we catch up with left-back James Jennings, who reflects on his first year at the club.

Elsewhere, we have an exclusive interview with Sam Clucas, whilst Iyesden Christie reveals the best xi that he played alongside during his time with us.

Regular columnists Jon Griffin, Matt Halfpenny and Tim Morriss also share their thoughts ahead of the big match.


50/50 DRAW

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

To be in with a chance of winning, all you need to do 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 approach the cold winter months.

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


TURNSTILES

Turnstiles at One Call Stadium will be opened at 2.00pm.


COMMENTARY

If you can’t be with us at One Call Stadium tonight, 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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