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Match preview: Crawley Town vs Stags

8 December 2017

Match Previews

Match preview: Crawley Town vs Stags

8 December 2017

Mansfield Town travel to Sussex to face Crawley Town in Sky Bet League Two on Saturday (09 December, 3.00pm kick-off) and this is your comprehensive guide to the fixture.

Stags will be without midfielder Joel Byrom, who is currently sidelined with a groin injury. 

Striker Kane Hemmings should be fit after recovering from a calf injury despite gaffer Steve Evans' decision not to take him to Blackpool on Wednesday. 

In that Checkatrade Trophy defeat to Blackpool, defender David Mirfin limped off after taking a knock to the knee and will be assessed before Saturday's game. 

The only absentee for Crawley is captain Jimmy Smith, who is out with a hamstring injury. 

Stags are currently seven games unbeaten in Sky Bet League Two, including four draws and three wins. 

Steve Evans' men won three consecutive games in November; back-to-back 1-0 victories over Coventry City and Stevenage were followed by a 4-0 thumping of Port Vale. 

Stags' last league outing ended in a 2-2 draw with local rivals Chesterfield. 

Crawley have won just once in their last nine games in all competitions, a 3-1 win at home to Exeter City last month. 

The Reds have, however, recorded credible draws against Coventry City, Lincoln City and Luton Town during that nine-game spell. 

The last meeting between the two sides was on the last day of the 2016/17 campaign in a match that ended 2-2.

Stags were still in with a shout of securing a play-off spot and raced into a 2-0 lead. 

Striker Danny Rose opened the scoring before on-loan midfielder Ben Whiteman doubled Stags' advantage after 23 minutes.

Winger Dean Cox converted Andre Blackman's cross before half-time to halve the deficit, before Jordan Roberts made it 2-2 ten minutes after the restart. 

OVERALL RECORD: W: 6 | D: 1 | L: 3

The referee for the fixture will be Gavin Ward and he will be assisted by Nicholas Cooper and Andrew Laver. Stephen Brown will undertake fourth official duties. 

Mr Ward's last match officiating the Stags was our 3-1 victory away to Cambridge United in January 2017. 

We have received a total of 600 tickets to sell in advance for the fixture - 300 in the Checkatrade Stand (seating) and 300 in the KR-L Stand (standing). 

Pre-purchased tickets are available from our ticket office in Quarry Lane, either in person or via telephone (01623 482 482). 

Alternatively, supporters who wish to buy adult, senior, under 21 or under 18 tickets in either stand can do so online from

Please note, tickets will be available to purchase on the day from Crawley Town, with no price increase. Cash and card payments can be made at the main ticket office, and cash only at the ticket cabin.
Prices are as follows: 
  Checkatrade Stand (seating) KR-L Stand (standing)
Adults  £20 £16
Seniors (65+) £15 £12
Under 21s £13 £11
Under 18s £10 £10
Under 16s £4 £4
Under 11s £1 £1
Family ticket (two adults & two under 16s) £34 £30
Family ticket (one adult & one under 16) £17 £15
Wheelchair users must purchase a ticket in the Checkatrade Stand, and they will also receive a free carer ticket. To purchase their tickets, wheelchair users must call Crawley on 01293 410 000.
Ambulant disabled supporters will also receive a free carer ticket upon purchase of their match ticket in the relevant age-related category. 
To purchase your tickets, either visit our ticket office on Quarry Lane, or call us via telephone on 01623 482 482. Alternatively, supporters purchasing tickets in the aforementioned categories can do so on
The ticket office is open between Monday and Friday from 10am until 5pm. 
Pre-purchased tickets will go off sale at 4.00pm on Friday 08 December.

All fans - home and away - are permitted to use the Redz bar, which is situated at the southern end of the ground, at the back of the Structured Communications South Terrace.

Supporters can purchase hot snacks and drinks, as well as alcoholic refreshments.

Redz is fully accessible, with a ramped entrance, and has an accessible toilet. Children can use the venue if accompanied by an adult.

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. 

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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