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Match preview: Stags vs Forest Green Rovers

11 August 2017

Mansfield Town welcome EFL newcomers Forest Green Rovers to One Call Stadium on Saturday (3.00pm kick-off) and this is all you need to know ahead of our first home league game of the season

The only absentee from the Stags' squad will be winger Alex MacDonald, however he is nearing a comeback after undergoing minor knee surgery last month. 

Rovers have no injury concerns of their own after coming through their opening two games unscathed. 

Both sides picked up a point from their opening Sky Bet League Two fixtures. 

Stags twice came from behind away to Crewe Alexandra, with striker Danny Rose and defender David Mirfin netting after Alex frontman Chris Porter's brace of headers. 

Boss Steve Evans' men then bowed out of the Carabao Cup on Tuesday evening to League One side Rochdale. Stags dominated large parts of the encounter, but a moment of magic from Dale talisman Callum Camps secured Keith Hill's side's progress to the second round. 

Much like the Stags, Rovers have also recorded 2-2 and 0-1 scorelines thus far. 

They raced into a 2-0 lead at home to Barnet on the opening day thanks to a Christian Doidge brace, but goals from Jean-Louis Akpa-Akpro and Jamal Campbell-Ryce rescued a point for the visitors. 

In the Carabao Cup on Tuesday evening, Mark Cooper's men took League One side MK Dons to extra-time, but were knocked out by a 109th-minute strike by Nottingham Forest loanee Gboly Ariyibi. 

The last game between the two sides was during Stags' Conference-winning season of 2012/13. 

Stags ran out 2-1 winners at the New Lawn in a game which was televised on Premier Sports TV. 

Former winger Lindon Meikle's deflected effort gave Stags the lead, before midfielder Lee Stevenson converted a well-taken one-on-one effort to double Stags' advantage. 

Rovers' man James Norwood reduced the arrears late on, but it wasn't enough to prevent Stags from increasing their winning run to nine games as they edged closer to their EFL return. 

HEAD-TO-HEAD record: W: 7 | D: 4 | L: 3

Carl Boyeson will officiate the fixture and he will be assisted by Chris Isherwood and Paul Hobday. The fourth official will be Paul Thompson. 

Mr Boyeson's last match in charge of the Stags was our final game of last season away to Crawley Town, which ended in a 2-2 draw. 

Stags' fans can purchase tickets both in advance and on the day, however money can be saved if tickets are purchased prior to matchday. 

Furthermore, save time and money by purchasing your seats online from www.stagstickets.co.uk and then choose the 'print at home' option. 

All of our ticket prices can be found here.

Away fans can also purchase tickets on the day of the game from the away ticket booth next to the North Stand. 

Prices for away fans can be found here.

The Sandy Pate Sports Bar will open at 9.00am for supporters of both clubs to enjoy our breakfast menu, which is served until 11.00am. 

After that, the matchday food menu is available in our Sports Bar, serving food such as burgers, pies, chips and hot-dogs. Furthermore, the bar will be serving alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages throughout the day. 

Supporters with a ticket in the Ian Greaves Stand (upper tier) will be able to access the Kevin Bird Suite from 12.30pm on Saturday. 

The Suite, situtated in the upper tier of the Ian Greaves Stand, will be serving hot and cold drinks for supporters to enjoy.

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

To access our twitter feed, head to twitter.com/mansfieldtownfc. 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 www.mansfieldtown.net after the game and full reaction will be available to view on mansfieldtown.net and iFollow Stags.

 


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