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Match preview: Blackpool vs Stags

6 December 2017

Mansfield Town travel to Lancashire to take on League One side Blackpool in the second round of the Checkatrade Trophy on Wednesday (06 December, 7.00pm kick-off) and this is your comprehensive guide to the fixture.

Stags' boss Steve Evans told the local media on Tuesday morning that midfielder Joel Byrom is the only definite absentee for tomorrow's clash with a groin strain.

Striker Lee Angol is fit again after his knee injury, whilst midfielder Jacob Mellis has fully recovered from the knock which forced him to sit out Sunday's win over Guiseley as an unused substitute. 

Striker Kane Hemmings, meanwhile, has returned to training after his slight calf strain, but the manager may decide not to risk him against Blackpool on Wednesday. 

For the hosts, striker Kyle Vassell and defender Curtis Tilt both limped out of their local derby with Fleetwood Town with hamstring problems last week. 

Defender Clark Robertson (foot), striker Mark Cullen (hamstring) and midfielder Jim McAlister are all still missing.

Stags are currently on an 11-match unbeaten run, which has included seven wins and four draws. 

Sunday's 3-0 win over Guiseley in the Emirates FA Cup - courtesy of a hat-trick from striker Jimmy Spencer - was Stags' sixth win in their last seven games in all competitions. 

During the last seven games, Stags have scored 15 goals and conceded just three. 

The Tangerines have won just once in their last six games, a 1-0 away win against Peterborough United. 

Last time out, they lost 4-2 to fellow Lancashire side Blackburn Rovers following a 0-0 draw with local rivals Fleetwood. 

Our last visit to Bloomfield Road was in January 2017, a match which ended 1-0 to the Stags. 

Stags sent their travelling faithful home with a warm feeling on a bitterly cold afternoon after striker Matt Green's 29th-minute effort. 

Debutant Yoann Arquin slotted the ball through for Green to run onto and the frontman's deflected effort found the back of the net to earn Stags three points and complete the double over the Tangerines. 

OVERALL RECORD: W: 8 | D: 14 | L: 17

The referee for the fixture will be Sebastian Stockbridge and he will be assisted by Geoffrey Liddle and Anthony Moore. Steven Copeland will be on fourth official duties. 

Mr Stockbridge's last match in charge of the Stags was our 3-0 defeat to Grimsby Town last season. 

 

The Checkatrade Trophy match is a pay-on-the-day fixture and admission prices are as follows:

Adults: £8
Seniors (60+): £5
Under 19s: £2

Tickets will be available to purchase from the away ticket booth on the corner of the East Stand and North Stand at Bloomfield Road.

Festival Park is a five-minute walk from the stadium, and has a number of food outlets. Inside the retail park is a McDonalds, Frankie & Benny's and the Swift Hound Flaming Grill.

Elsewhere there are a number of pubs a short walk from the stadium on Lytham Road, including a Wetherspoons. A number of food vans can be found in close proximity to the stadium.

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 Wednesday. 

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

In addition, supporters will be able to pay a one-off fee of £5 and watch the match LIVE on iFollow Stags. Existing subscribers - monthly or annual - will have access to watch the match for free. 

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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