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Preview: Stags vs York

11 March 2014

Everything you need to know ahead of our match against York City at One Call Stadium.

TEAM NEWS

Defenders James Jennings and Martin Riley are again in contention for a place in the squad for the match against York City.

Defender Ritchie Sutton is set to have a scan on an injury sustained in last Saturday’s win over Newport County.

Winger Louis Briscoe will make his 200th appearance for the club, should he feature at any stage during the match.

The Minstermen, who arrive at One Call Stadium in a rich vein of form, are likely to be unchanged from their win at AFC Wimbledon.

That could mean a start for centre-back John McCombe, who left us by mutual consent in January.


RECENT FORM

Our team jumped up three places to 17th position in Sky Bet League Two, with a last-gasp 2-1 victory over Newport County on Saturday.

Rene Howe’s strike shortly after the re-start cancelled out Ryan Tafazolli’s opener, but Anthony Howell stole the headlines with a late winner.

You can watch highlights from Saturday’s match by clicking here.

Meanwhile, York made it four away wins in five matches with a 1-0 success at AFC Wimbledon on Saturday. 

Striker Michael Coulson bagged the decisive goal, which took Nigel Worthington’s team up to 9th position in the table.

A victory tomorrow could take us to within a point of the Minstermen – and into the top half of the table for the first time since November.


PREVIOUS MEETINGS

The reverse fixture between the two teams at Bootham Crescent in September saw our team come from behind to win 2-1. 

Ryan Brobbel put the Minstermen ahead after just two minutes, but a Sam Clucas spot-kick and Ollie Palmer’s late close-range strike earned us all three points.

You can watch highlights from the win at Bootham Crescent by clicking here.
 
However, most Stags’ supporters will have painful memories of York’s visit to One Call Stadium, which came at the end of the 2011/12 campaign.

In front of a sell-out crowd, the visitors earned a crucial 1-0 win in a Conference Premier Play-Off Semi-Final courtesy of Matty’s Blair header in extra-time.

Nevertheless, we have recorded some big wins against York in recent years including a 5-0 thrashing of them in September 2010.

Our full record against the Minstermen is as follows: Played 89, Won 33, Drew 18, Lost 38.


OFFICIALS

Mr Darren Drysdale has been appointed by the Football League as referee for this match. Mr Drysdale will be remembered by supporters, having officiated our defeat at Southend United in November.

He will be assisted by Mr Mark Dwyer and Ms Amy Fearn. The Fourth Official is Mr David Benton.


MATCH TICKETS

Home supporters can purchase tickets up to 7.45pm 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 Monday 10 March.

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.

Don't forget with our ‘Bargain Tuesday’ offer, you can claim another main course meal at half price, when you purchase any main course meal.

Remember, only supporters with a valid match ticket can enter the Sandy Pate Sports Bar between 5.00pm and 9.30pm. The bar re-opens to the general public afterwards.

To book a private booth in the SPSB for this match, e-mail sales@mansfieldtown.net or call 01623 482482.


MATCHDAY PROGRAMME

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

In this edition, we catch up with winger Lindon Meikle, who played in an important role in our winning goal against Newport County on Saturday.

Columnist Jon Griffin reminisces about previous meeting with York City, whilst Matt Halfpenny selects his ‘team of the season’ in Sky Bet League Two, but will you agree with him?

In ‘Going for Gold’, the Quarter-Finals continue as Louis Briscoe and Matt Rhead go head-to-head, but who will boast enough knowledge to progress to the final four?

Elsewhere, Academy Director John Ramshaw reflect on our young guns’ recent matches in the FCYA (Midland Division), whilst we take a look at how our ladies team secured survival in the Midland Combination League.

There are five pages dedicated to our opponents from Bootham Crescent, along with all the very latest news from One Call Stadium – including how you can get your Season Ticket for next term.

‘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. For more information, visit www.matchdaydigital.co.uk.


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 6.00pm.

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 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 7.35pm.

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


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