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Match preview: Accrington Stanley vs Stags

18 August 2017

Match Previews

Match preview: Accrington Stanley vs Stags

18 August 2017

Boss Steve Evans will take his Mansfield Town squad to face Accrington Stanley on Saturday (19 August, 3.00pm) and this is your comprehensive guide to the fixtu

Stags' winger Alex MacDonald returned to action in Tuesday's behind-closed-doors friendly with Peterborough and he will travel to Accrington with the rest of the squad. 

Fellow winger Alfie Potter, however, has a slight calf strain and will be assessed ahead of the weekend. 

Accrington will hope to welcome 'two players' back to their squad from the group who missed the defeat to Yeovil through injury. 

Stags have enjoyed an unbeaten start to their Sky Bet League Two campaign, recording a draw and a win from their opening two fixtures. 

They drew 2-2 with Crewe Alexandra on the first day of the season when efforts from striker Danny Rose and defender David Mirfin cancelled out Chris Porter's double. 

Seven days later, striker Rose got his second of the campaign and winger Paul Anderson bagged his maiden Stags' goal to ensure victory was secured over EFL newcomers Forest Green Rovers. 

Stanley have won one and lost one so far in their league campaign. 

They recorded a 3-1 victory at home to Colchester United on the opening day, before succumbing to a 3-2 defeat away to Yeovil Town last week. 

The sides last came face-to-face in February 2017, which turned out to be an eventful night at One Call Stadium. 

The match finished 4-4 and Stags twice came from behind to rescue a point during the eight-goal thriller. 

Defender Omar Beckles and midfielder Shay McCartan put Stanley 2-0 ahead inside the first half an hour, before defender Rhys Bennett bundled the ball over the line to halve the deficit. 

However, former Stag Billy Kee restored their two goal advantage when he hit a dipping half-volley which flew under the bar into the back of the net. 

Defender Hayden White then scored Stags' second of the evening during first half stoppage time when he headed home from Joel Byrom's corner. 

Stags were much the better side in the second half and got a deserved equaliser in the 63rd minute when striker Shaq Coulthirst slotted home a penalty following a foul on defender Krystian Pearce. 

But the game wasn't level for long. Just three minutes later, Kee got his second of the evening from the spot as Pearce blocked off the former Stag in the box. 

With Stags heading for their first defeat in nine games, striker Yoann Arquin scored a sensational late leveller. 

The Frenchman let the ball drop over his shoulder before firing a ferocious half-volley into the back of the net from 35 yards out. 

HEAD-TO-HEAD record: W: 1 | D: 4 | L: 8

The referee for the fixture will be Darren Bond and he will be assisted by Nick Greenhalgh and James Mainwaring. Peter Gibbons will be the fourth official. 

Mr Bond's last match officiating the Stags was our 0-0 draw at home to Notts County at Meadow Lane in January. 

Stags have been allocated a total of 677 tickets for the trip to the Wham Stadium, 177 of which are seated and the other 500 standing.

Seated tickets are located in the Whinney Hill Stand and standing tickets will be situated behind the goal in the Coppice Terrace. Please note, the fixture will be ALL-TICKET for away supporters and no tickets will be available on the day in Lancashire.

Stags' fans can purchase tickets either in the Coppice Terrace (standing) or the Whinney Hill Stand (seating).

Prices for both stands are as follows:

Adults: £20
Concessions (64+): £15
Students (ID must be shown): £15
Under 18s: £15
Under 12s: £5

Supporters who require wheelchair access should call Jessica Fish at Accrington Stanley on 01254 356950.

Ambulant disabled supporters will be required to purchase a ticket in the relevant age-related category.

To receive a free carer ticket, they must provide proof of disability allowance.

Furthermore, car parking can be pre-booked at a cost of £5 per car by calling 01254 356950.

To purchase your tickets, please call our ticket office on 01623 482 482 or visit us on Quarry Lane.

Tickets will go off-sale at 4.00pm on Friday 18 August

Both home and away fans can grab a pre-match drink in the Accrington Stanley Sports Bar, which is located in the Blackrock EMI stand.

The bar overlooks the pitch and offers a selection of lager, cider and soft drinks.

However, if you are looking for an away fans' only pub, The Whittakers Arms is situated 200 yards away from the ground.

We'll be publishing live text commentary of the encounter on our twitter feed and the match centre on will contain Opta-populated updates.

To access our twitter feed, head to The match centre can be accessed here, or by clicking the link on the home page on Saturday afternoon. 

Furthermore, iFollow Stags subscribers will be able to listen to full-match commentary of the clash, courtesy of commentators Martin Shaw and Dean Foulkes. 

A report of the match will be published on after the game and full reaction will be available to view on and iFollow Stags.

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