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Preview: Stags vs Cod Army

22 February 2014

Everything you need to know ahead of Saturday's match with Fleetwood Town.

TEAM NEWS

Manager Paul Cox is without James Jennings (quad), Martin Riley (calf), Louis Briscoe (back) and Jake Speight (knee) for the visit of Fleetwood Town.


RECENT FORM

We go into this match on the back of an unfortunate 3-0 defeat at high-flying Oxford United last Saturday.

However, our team earned maximum points from our last home fixture – a 2-1 success against Southend United just under a fortnight ago. To watch highlights, click here.

Meanwhile, Gareth Evans’ brace ended Fleetwood’s three-match winless streak in Sky Bet League Two as they won 2-0 against relegation-threatened Northampton Town last Saturday.

The Cod Army also won 1-0 at Chesterfield in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Area Final in midweek, but it wasn’t enough to earn them a place at Wembley.

Graham Alexander’s men are also the second-highest scorers in this division, having scored 48 goals in their 30 matches. Only promotion-rivals Rochdale have scored more.


PREVIOUS MEETINGS

In seven previous matches with the Cod Army, we are yet to taste victory.

The most recent meeting between the two teams came in the North-West three months ago, when Antoni Sarcevic’s hat-trick helped Fleetwood to a memorable 5-4 victory. You can watch all the goals from that match by clicking here.

On their last visit to North Nottinghamshire, we held Fleetwood to a 1-1 draw. Jamie Vardy had put the visitors on course for a victory, but Exodus Geohaghon’s last-gasp levelled earned us a point.

Our full record against tomorrow’s opponents is as follows: Played 7, Won 0, Drew 2, Lost 5.


OFFICIALS

Mr Brendan Malone has been appointed as the referee for his match. He will be assisted by Mr Nicholas Gibbons and Mr James Wilson. The Fourth Official is Mr Ollie Yates.


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 from One Call Stadium before 5.00pm on Friday 21 February.

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.

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 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.

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

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

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.

There is just one private booth still available for this match. Call 01623 482482 or e-mail sales@mansfieldtown.net for more information.


PROGRAMME

Our award-winning matchday programme, ‘The Stag’ will be on sale before this fixture.

In this edition, we catch up with Anthony Howell, who has produced a series of impressive performances in midfield in recent weeks.

Elsewhere, we have the usual thoughts of manager Paul Cox and chairman John Radford, whilst George Pilkington and loanee Darryl Westlake go head-to-head in ‘Going for Gold’.

Columnist Jon Griffin tells us about an ex-Stag who once jumped over a mini, whilst fellow contributor Matt Halfpenny reflects on our previous meetings with Fleetwood.

Academy Director John Ramshaw brings us up-to-date with the progress of our youngsters, and columnist Tim Morriss shares his views on UEFA’s proposals for the next two European Championships.

We also have five pages dedicated to our promotion-chasing visitors from the Fylde Coast, as well as all the other latest news from around One Call Stadium.

‘The Stag’ is priced at just £3.00 and is available to buy from sellers 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 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 just £1 and contains a unique number. The person who is in possession of the ticket in which the first minute 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 including Hoodies (£20), Trapper Hats (£12) and Diamond Coats (£45). The SSA’s special match pin badges are also available for just £3.

You can buy any of these items and much, much more, from our club shop or 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 what else we have in stock.


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 listen to 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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