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Preview: Stags vs Carlisle

7 August 2015

Everything you need to know ahead of the visit of Carlisle United in Sky Bet League Two...

TEAM NEWS:

Both playing camps are reporting a clean bill of health in their squads ahead of tomorrow's opening fixture.

RECENT FORM:

Adam Murray's side have an opening day home match for the first time since the 2012/2013 season and face a Carlisle United side who finished just one place above the Stags last season.

The Cumbrians have enjoyed a fairly healthy pre-season, overcoming Oldham Athletic of League One and Championship side Preston North End as well as picking up wins at local Cumbrian non-league sides. 

The only blemish on their pre-season record was a 2-0 defeat away at Bradford City, but ex-Stags boss Keith Curle will surely be pleased with how his side have fared on the whole. 

For what it's worth. Adam Murray’s new look Stags' side won three out of their other six pre-season fixtures, which also included a 1-1 draw against top-flight Leicester City.

PREVIOUS MEETINGS:

Our last meeting with Carlisle United was back in January of last season at Brunton Park.

After a Vadaine Oliver opener, the Cumbrians came from behind to win 2-1 thanks to late goals from Charlie Wyke and Kyle Dempsey.

The last meeting between the two teams in North Nottinghamshire, last September, finished in a 3-2 win for the Stags.

Overall, we have won four times in our last ten meetings with United, which also included one draw and five wins for the Cumbrians since 2000, however last season’s fixtures were the first time the clubs have met since a 1-1 draw in 2006.

Our complete record against the Cumbrians is as follows: Played 70, Won 26, Drew 15, Lost 29.


MATCH OFFICIALS:

The Football League has appointed Mr Lee Swabey as the referee for this match. He will be ably assisted by Mr Ian Rathbone and Mr Mark Griffiths. The Fourth Official is Mr Nicholas Hopton.

Mr Ward may be remembered by some supporters, having officiated our 2-1 defeat away at Plymouth Argyle in April of last season.


MATCH TICKETS:

This is an ALL-TICKET match for all supporters. It is advised that you purchase tickets in advance as we are expecting big queues, however tickets will be on sale on the day.

Full ticketing information can be found here.

Tickets are on sale up until kick-off.


STAGS WALL/TWITTER:

Updates on tomorrow's game are on the Stags Wall.

You can follow us on Twitter, (@MansfieldTownFC), for pre-match build up and minute-by-minute updates on the match.

COMMENTARY:

If you can’t get down to One Call Stadium tomorrow, you can listen to full-match commentary on Stags Player (online) and updates via Mansfield 103.2 (local radio only).

Furthermore, you can also hear full-match commentary in the Sandy Pate Sports Bar, which is open from 12noon.

FANCY A FLUTTER?

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