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Preview: Cobblers vs Stags

14 March 2014

Everything you need to know ahead of Saturday's match away to Northampton Town.

TEAM NEWS

Darryl Westlake could be included in the squad for Saturday’s match, after manager Paul Cox revealed earlier today that the full-back didn’t tear his hamstring in the defeat to York.

Nevertheless, team-mate Ritchie Sutton is still sidelined due to a hamstring injury, which is expected to rule him out of action for around three weeks.


RECENT FORM

Our team slipped to 18th position in Sky Bet League Two, after a controversial 1-0 defeat at home to high-flying York City on Tuesday.

In a game of very few clear-cut chances, the Minstermen achieved all three points courtesy of Ryan Bowman’s contentious spot-kick on the half-hour mark.

Meanwhile, Northampton are unbeaten in five matches - their best form of the season so far.

Despite having been rooted in the bottom two for much of the campaign, Chris Wilder’s men boosted their survival hopes with a vital 1-0 win at Exeter City in midweek.

Ian Morris scored the all-important winner for the Cobblers, which moved them to within three points of the third-bottom Grecians.

Therefore, Northampton go into Saturdays match knowing that a win will take them level on points with Exeter, who don’t face out-of-form Newport County until Sunday.


PREVIOUS MEETINGS

In the reverse fixture at One Call Stadium in September, we recorded a 3-0 victory.

Goals from Ben Hutchinson and Sam Clucas fired us into a 2-0 lead at the break, before Mathias Doumbe’s spectacular own-goal completed the rout. You can watch highlights by clicking here.

Our last visit to the Sixfields Stadium was on Boxing Day 2005. The Cobblers won 1-0 courtesy of David Hunt’s goal midway through the second half.

In 67 previous meetings, there has been 10 draws between the two teams. Three of those have finished 0-0 – with the only stalemate in Northamptonshire occurring in January 1969.

Our full record against the Cobblers is as follows: Played 67, Won 35, Drew 10, Lost 22.


MATCH OFFICIALS

The Football League has appointed Mr Andy Haines as referee for this match. He will be assisted by Mr Darren Blunden and Mr Mark Mellor. The Fourth Official is Mr Nick Hobbis.


MATCH TICKETS

Tickets for this match are on sale at the ticket office up until 4.00pm on Friday 14 March. After this point, tickets will only be available on matchday at Northampton Town.

Tickets bought before matchday are priced as follows:

£20: Adults
£16: Senior Citizens (Over 65)
£14: Adult Disabled*
£8: Under 18s
FREE: Under 7s

Tickets bought on matchday are priced as follows:

£22: Adults
£18: Senior Citizens (Over 65)
£16: Adult Disabled*
£10: Under 18s
FREE: Under 7s

*Carers (if required) are admitted free-of-charge.


TRAVEL DETAILS

- By Road…

Leave the M1 at Junction 16 and take the A45 towards Northampton. You will eventually reach the stadium on your right-hand side. The stadium is also well-signposted in the local area, should you be travelling via a different route.

- By Rail…

Northampton Rail station is approximately a 25-30 minute walk from Sixfields Stadium. If you choose to walk, come out of the main station entrance, go across the car park, up the steps and turn right onto Black Lion Hill. Go over the railway bridge and straight on along St James' Road. At the HSS Hire outlet, turn left onto St James' Mill Road. After approximately 400 yards, turn right at the Fabric Warehouse (opposite Jewson) onto Harvey Reeves Road, which becomes Edgar Mobbs Way. This road leads you to the stadium. Alternatively, you can catch a D2 bus from outside the station which passes the Sixfields Stadium. If you arrive close to kick-off, there is a taxi rank situated in the station forecourt.

- Parking…

There is a fair sized car park located at the stadium, which costs £4. Parking in the facilities at the nearby cinema and restaurant complex is strictly prohibited, and parking there could result in your car being issued with a £60 parking ticket.


TWITTER

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


COMMENTARY

If you aren’t travelling to the Sixfields Stadium, you can hear full-match commentary on Stags Player (online) and Mansfield 103.2 (local radio only).

You can also hear full-match commentary in the company of other supporters in the Sandy Pate Sports Bar, which is open from midday.

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


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