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Preview: Torquay vs Stags

18 October 2013

Can our side return to winning ways on the English Riviera? Here’s our match preview for tomorrow’s clash with Torquay United.


Midfielder Jamie McGuire could return to action tomorrow, having served a one-match suspension for receiving five yellow cards.

However, Paul Black (ankle) and Ryan Tafazolli (knee) are doubts, as the duo both picked up knocks in our reserve team loss at Hull City this week.

Midfielder Chris Clements is still sidelined, but is making good progress with the knee ligament injury, which he sustained in the win at York City in September.


Our team are without a win in three matches in all competitions, but have registered 10 points from their last four away matches in Sky Bet League Two.

By contrast, Torquay, who are managed by Alan Knill, have won just once in six matches at Plainmoor this term, which was against Cheltenham Town last month.

Our side currently sit seventh in the table, whilst The Gulls are in 22nd position – just one place above the dreaded drop zone.


Our last meeting with Torquay United was an FA Cup First Round clash at One Call Stadium in November 2010.

The Gulls, who were then under the guidance of Paul Buckle, earned a hard-fought 1-0 victory, thanks to Elliott Benyon’s late winner.

That encounter was the only time we have faced The Gulls in cup competition, despite 67 previous meetings between the two clubs.

We have registered several big victories over Torquay, though we were beaten 1-0 on our last visit to Plainmoor, back in November 2008.

Our full record against The Gulls is as follows: P67, W31, D18, L18.


Stags supporters travelling to Plainmoor tomorrow, will be housed in a section of the Bristow’s Bench Stand.

Torquay United have informed us that the away terrace, which usually houses visiting supporters, will be closed for this fixture.

Admission will be by cash payment at the turnstiles on the day, with prices as follows: 

£21 - Adults
£17 - Concessions (Over 65s/Students with valid NUS card)
£10 - Age 17/18
£6 - Age 12 to 16
£5 - Age 11 and under

Ambulant disabled supporters will pay the full-rate, dependant on their age. The accompanying carer will be admitted free-of-charge.

Please contact Torquay United on 01803 328666 (Extension 0) for further details.


Supporters, who aren’t travelling to Plainmoor, can listen to full-match commentary on Stags Player (online) and Mansfield 103.2 (local radio only). 

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

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