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Preview: Stags vs Scunny

10 January 2014

Everything that you need to know ahead of Saturday’s Sky Bet League Two clash with table-topping Scunthorpe United at One Call Stadium...

TEAM NEWS

Defender Martin Riley and midfielder Jamie McGuire both missed our trip to Exeter City last Saturday through injury.

Frontmen Sam Clucas (ankle ligament) and Ben Hutchinson (hamstring) haven’t featured since our FA Cup with Budweiser defeat to Oldham Athletic in December.

However, Darryl Westlake could feature for us, having extended his loan from Sheffield United until the end of the campaign.


RECENT FORM

Our team go into Saturday’s match with Scunthorpe on a three-match unbeaten run.

In our last outing, we collected all three points with a 1-0 victory at Exeter City, thanks to a goal by Lee Stevenson on the stroke of half-time.

Our superb defensive display in the victory at St James’ Park also saw us record our 10th clean-sheet of the season in Sky Bet League Two.
 
Meanwhile, Scunthorpe arrive at One Call Stadium top of the table and in a rich vein of form.

The Iron have won six of their eight matches in Sky Bet League Two since Russ Wilcox replaced Brian Laws in the Glanford Park hot-seat in November.

The only points have dropped during their recent run were in draws at Wycombe Wanderers (1-1) and Bury (2-2). On both occasions, the Iron conceded injury-time goals.

Finally, Scunthorpe also boast the top scorer in the division. Sam Winnall has netted on 13 occasions so far this term, and has scored four goals in his last two matches.


PREVIOUS MEETINGS

The Iron emerged as 2-0 winners when we made the trip to Glanford Park on the opening day of the season.

However, they have lost their last seven matches at One Call Stadium, and haven’t achieved victory here since a 1-0 win in August 1993.

On Scunthorpe’s last visit to North Nottinghamshire in January 2005, Adam Murray netted the only goal as we recorded a narrow 1-0 victory.

Our head-to-head record against the Iron is as follows: Won 34, Drew 19, Lost 21.


OFFICIALS

Mr Nigel Miller has been appointed as referee for this match. He will be assisted by Mr Kevin Mattocks and Mr Stephen Ross. The Fourth Official is Mr Robert Marchant.

Mr Miller, who refereed the Football League Trophy Final last term, last officiated us in April 2008, when we recorded a 2-1 victory against Wrexham.


MATCH TICKETS

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

Supporters that 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 10 January.

Away supporters should not to travel to One Call Stadium if they aren’t in possession of a valid ticket. No tickets will be 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, which also shows live sport.

Saturday’s TV schedule is as follows: Hull vs Chelsea (12.45pm), Man Utd vs Swansea (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 gain entry to the Sandy Pate Sports Bar before 5.00pm. The bar re-opens to the general public afterwards.

If you would like to hire a private booth, which are all fitted with their own plasma TV screen, either e-mail sales@mansfieldtown.net or call 01623 482482.


PROGRAMME

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

In this edition, we have an exclusive interview with centre-back Ryan Tafazolli, who has established himself in our starting line-up over the past few weeks.

As well as the thoughts of manager Paul Cox and chairman John Radford, regular columnists Matt Halfpenny, Tim Morriss and John Griffin also share their thoughts.

Elsewhere, Paul Black and John Dempster face 10 tough questions as they go head-to-head in ‘Going for Gold’ for a place in the Quarter Finals.

We also have five pages dedicated to our table-topping visitors from Glanford Park, and all the latest news from 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 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.


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 numerous items on sale which are sure to keep you warm this winter including Hoodies (£20), Trapper Hats (£12) and Diamond Coats (£45).

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 2.50pm as we look to start the New Year with a bang.

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


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