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Preview: Stags vs Robins

21 April 2014

Everything you need to know ahead of Mansfield Town’s Sky Bet League Two match against Cheltenham Town at One Call Stadium on Easter Monday…

TEAM NEWS

Midfielder Jamie McGuire is available for selection again after serving a two-match ban for accumulating 10 yellow cards this season.

Striker Jake Speight could be named in the starting line-up after coming off the bench to score in our 1-1 draw at Accrington Stanley on Good Friday.

However, the Stags will be without goalkeepers Alan Marriott and Ian Deakin, who are still injured, as well as long-term absentee Lee Beevers.

Forward Ben Hutchinson is unlikely to feature, despite making good progress in his recovery from a hamstring problem.


RECENT FORM

Our team go into this match on a fantastic seven-match unbeaten run, which has lifted us into the top half of the Sky Bet League Two table.

Nevertheless, we were denied a fifth straight win in our match at Accrington Stanley on Good Friday as Kai Naismith’s injury-time spot-kick saw us held to a 1-1 draw.

We currently find ourselves seven points adrift of the Play-Off zone and anything other than a victory will put paid to our slim promotion chances.

Meanwhile, Cheltenham go into this match on the back of a narrow 2-1 defeat at home to Fleetwood Town on Good Friday. Jamie Cureton fired them ahead, but goals from Antoni Sarcevic and Josh Morris earned the Cod Army maximum points.

The Robins currently have 52 points and occupy 16th position in Sky Bet League Two. A win tomorrow would secure their survival in this division for another season.


PREVIOUS MEETINGS

In the reverse fixture at Whaddon Road earlier this term, we earned a gritty 2-1 victory thanks to early goals from Matt Rhead and Anthony Howell.

Since Cheltenham’s elevation to the Football League in 1999, there has only been one draw in 15 meetings between the two teams.

Our full record against the Robins is as follows: Won 6, Drew 1, Lost 8.


OFFICIALS

Mr Andy Woolmer has been appointed by the Football League as the referee for this match. He will be ably assisted by Mr Alan Clayton and Mr Kevin Mattocks. The Fourth Official is Mr Daniel Meeson.


MATCH TICKETS

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

Away supporters should not to travel to One Call Stadium if they aren’t in possession of a valid match ticket. No tickets are sold to away supporters on matchdays under any circumstances.

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, providing they are accompanied by a responsible adult.


PARKING

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

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 in the Sandy Pate Sports Bar, which is open from a restaurant post-match from 6.00pm.

Today’s live TV schedule is as follows: Leyton Orient vs Wolverhampton Wanderers (12.15pm), Leeds United vs Nottingham Forest (5.15pm), Manchester City vs West Bromwich Albion (8.00pm).

On matchdays, only supporters with a valid match ticket can enter the Sandy Pate Sports Bar before 5.00pm. The bar re-opens to the general public afterwards.


PROGRAMME

We have another packed edition of ‘The Stag’ for this Sky Bet League Two match with Cheltenham Town.

In this edition, forward Ben Hutchinson discusses his life inside and outside of football and reveals why he has opted to take part in a charity bike ride from London to Amsterdam this summer.

Elsewhere, boss Paul Cox and chairman John Radford share their thoughts ahead of the big-match, whilst Academy Director John Ramshaw updates us on the progress of our youth team.

We also have an exclusive interview with midfielder Jack Thomas, who made his recent debut in the recent 3-0 thumping of Rochdale at One Call Stadium.

Columnist Jon Griffin reflects on how coal-mining has affected the club down the years, whilst fellow contributor Tim Morriss reveals his opposition to FIFAs plan for international matches.

Matt Halfpenny takes a look at the latest happenings in Sky Bet League Two, whilst Lee Stevenson lock horns in the Semi-Final of ‘Going for Gold’.

We also have five pages dedicated to our visitors from the Abbey Business Stadium, and four pages of news covering the latest happenings around One Call Stadium.

‘The Stag’ is priced at just £3.00 and is available to buy from sellers who are located in and around the ground.

You can also download ‘The Stag’ to your smartphone, laptop or PC. Visit www.matchdaydigital.co.uk for more information.


50/50 HALF-TIME 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.


SSA’s GOLDEN GOAL

Tickets for the SSA’s ‘Golden Goal’ competition are available pre-match from sellers inside the Sandy Pate Sports Bar.

Each ticket costs £1 and contains a unique number. The person who is in possession of a ticket in which the first goal is scored is the winner of a cash prize.


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.

We have several items on sale, as well as the SSA’s special match pin badges which are available for just £3.

You can buy items from both our club shop and matchday retail outlet, which is situated adjacent to the Ian Greaves Stand.

If you can’t make this match, visit www.stagsclubshop.com to view a complete stock list.


TURNSTILES

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


TWITTER

Follow us on Twitter (@MansfieldTownFC) for comprehensive pre-match coverage and minute-by-minute updates throughout the match.


COMMENTARY

If you can't be with us at One Call Stadium, you can hear exclusive full-match commentary on Stags Player (online).

Our regular commentary team of Nigel Pinnick, Martin Shaw and Steve Hartshorn will be on air from approximately 2.50pm.

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


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