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Match preview: Stags vs Carlisle United

31 December 2017

Mansfield Town kick off 2018 with a home match against Carlisle United on New Year's Day (3.00pm kick-off) and this is your comprehensive guide to the fixture.

Stags will be without midfielder Joel Byrom for Monday's encounter, as he's unavailable due to a groin injury. 

Defender David Mirfin will also sit out the clash as he recovers from minor knee surgery. 

Carlisle United have two long-term absentees, with neither player set to appear again this season.

Midfielder Jason Kennedy underwent a pelvic operation last month, but the club revealed last week that the 31-year-old will go under the knife again next month, with the recovery period expected to be 12 months.

Influential wideman Nicky Adams was also ruled out for the season when he picked up a cruciate knee ligament injury last month.

Stags' excellent 2-1 win over Wycombe Wanderers on Saturday extended their superb run of form to just one defeat in 17 games in all competitions. 

They now have seven points from a possible nine over the festive period and can reaffirm their promotion aspirations against Carlisle on Monday. 

Manager Steve Evans' side sit level on points with seventh-placed Accrington Stanley, who occupy the last play-off spot. 

Carlisle, who are 13th in Sky Bet League Two, were defeated 1-0 at home to Coventry City on Saturday. 

The Cumbrians have three wins in their last 10 games in all competitions, including an FA Cup victory over League One side Gillingham. 

The two sides' last meeting was an eventful 1-1 draw at Brunton Park back in September. 

Cumbrians' frontman Hallam Hope put the home side ahead in the first half, before striker Kane Hemmings missed the chance to draw Stags level from the penalty spot. 

Deadline Day signing Calum Butcher then climbed off the bench and executed an exquisite 25-yard lob to salvage a point for the visitors. 

OVERALL RECORD: W - 29 | D - 17 | L - 29

Darren Drysdale will officiate the fixture and he will be assisted by Duncan Street and Joe Clark. Steven Rushton will be the fourth official.

Mr Drysdale's last match in charge of the Stags was our 3-1 local derby win over Notts County in September 2017.

Tickets for Monday's match are available in person or via telephone on 01623 482 482 in advance of the match. Alternatively, supporters can visit to purchase their tickets before opting the 'print at home' option, if they wish to avoid the queues on matchday. 

Supporters can visit the matchday ticket office (next to the main ticket office on Quarry Lane) to purchase tickets on the day of the game. Supporters who wish to pay with cash only can also buy matchday tickets in a fast-track queue.

Furthermore, one adult and one child can watch Monday's game for just £18 in our family block! To find out more, click here

For more information on match tickets, including prices, please click here

Do you currently serve in the forces or been medically discharged since 2001?If so, you could watch Saturday's match for FREE! Simply visit for more details.

The Sandy Pate Sports Bar will open at 9.00am on Monday and will be serving breakfast until 11.00am. 

After that, the matchday food menu will become available, which includes pies, chips, burgers and hot dogs.

Furthermore, the bar will be serving alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks to supporters of both clubs. 

Supporters with a ticket in blocks N, P, Q and R of the Ian Greaves Stand (upper tier) will be able to access the Kevin Bird Suite from 1.00pm on Monday.

The Suite, situtated in the upper tier of the Ian Greaves Stand, will be serving hot and cold drinks for supporters to enjoy. The bar will also be open at half-time for supporters with a ticket in the aforementioned blocks.

Parking at One Call Stadium will be extremely limited and available on a first-come-first-served basis. Parking is advisable at the Müller depot (formerly known as The Dairy Crest) which costs just £3 per vehicle, with 80% of the fee heading towards selected charities at the end of each football season. Postcode: NG18 5DB

We'll be publishing live text commentary of the clash 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 Monday. 

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

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

Supporters who are blind or visually impaired can take advantage of our fantastic free audio descriptive commentary service. 

Provided by Alan March Sport, supporters can listen to commentary from trained audio description broadcasters. 

To take advantage of this free service, please visit the entrance to the Kevin Bird Suite at One Call Stadium after 1.00pm on Monday. 


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