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Preview: Stags vs Torquay

25 April 2014

Everything you need to know ahead of Mansfield Town’s Sky Bet League Two match against Torquay United on Saturday…

TEAM NEWS

Goalkeeper Lewis Price is expected to don the ‘keepers gloves again as Alan Marriott and Ian Deakin are still sidelined through injury.

Defender Darryl Westlake also suffered a hamstring problem in Easter Monday’s defeat to Cheltenham Town, whilst midfielder Chris Clements missed that match due to a knee injury.


RECENT FORM

Torquay arrive at One Call Stadium knowing that anything less than three points will see them relegated to the Conference Premier.

The Gulls temporarily staved off the threat of relegation in their last outing as they came from behind to win 2-1 at local rivals Exeter City. You can watch highlights by clicking here.

Meanwhile, Mansfield currently occupy 12th spot in Sky Bet League Two and have won four of their last six matches – including a 3-0 success over promotion chasing Rochdale.

The Stags tasted defeat in their last fixture, however, as they lost 2-0 on home soil to Cheltenham Town. You can watch the goals from that match by clicking here.

You can view a complete guide analysing the recent form of every team in Sky Bet League Two by clicking here.


PREVIOUS MEETINGS

Despite winning 1-0 courtesy of Elliot Benyon’s late goal in an FA Cup First Round clash in November 2010, Torquay boast a woeful record at One Call Stadium.

The Gulls have won just two of their previous 28 league visits to North Nottinghamshire.

The last time they registered maximum points here was in October 1996, when Ian Hathaway and Garry Nelson scored the goals in a 2-1 success. Their previous victory here before that was in October 1983.

In the reverse fixture at Plainmoor in October, the two teams played out a rather uneventful 0-0 draw. You can watch highlights from that clash by clicking here.


OFFICIALS

The Football League has appointed Mr Gavin Ward as referee for Saturday’s match. He will be assisted by Mr Mark Griffiths and Mr Peter Wright. The Fourth Official is Mr Richard Bartlett.


MATCH 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 if they purchase and collect tickets before 5.00pm on Friday 25 April.

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.

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, 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.

Don't forget with our ‘Sweet Saturday’ offer, you can claim a free desert when you purchase any main course meal.

Saturday’s live TV schedule is as follows: Southampton vs Everton (12.45pm), Man United vs Norwich (5.30pm).

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 bumper edition of ‘The Stag’ for our final home match of the campaign against Torquay United.

In this edition, we bring you an exclusive review of our first season back in the Football League – with all the key numbers and memorable images of the last nine months included.

Columnist Matt Halfpenny reflects on matters at One Call Stadium, whilst Tim Morriss shares his thoughts on how football, in particular the FA Cup, can be improved for the better in the future.

Regular contributor Jon Griffin also reminisces about ‘big’ Bob Ledger, who made a lasting impression during a two-year stint with us in the 1960s.

Elsewhere, it’s the end of the season and the final of ‘Going for Gold’. Lee Stevenson and Louis Briscoe go head-to-head, but who will boast enough knowledge to be our ultimate quiz champion?

We also reveal the Stagettes’ new manager for next season, whilst reflecting on how our youngsters’ title-chances in the FCYA (Midland Division) came to an end last week.

We have four pages covering all the very latest news from One Call Stadium, five pages on our opponents from the South-West and much, much more.

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

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 see 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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