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Match preview: Stags vs Morecambe

22 December 2017

Mansfield Town host Morecambe in Sky Bet League Two on Saturday (23 December, 3.00pm kick-off) and this is your comprehensive guide to the fixture.

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

Striker Kane Hemmings could make a return, but the progress of his recovery from a calf injury is unknown. 

Morecambe will be without forward Reece Deakin, who is currently recuperating from a broken leg.

A heavy challenge in the Shrimps' reserves' fixture against Fleetwood Town
last month forced the 21-year-old off, before later X-Rays revealed a fracture in
the Welshman's leg.

Furthermore, defender Dean Winnard is unavailable after missing the last
two months with an Achilles problem.

Stags' 0-0 draw with Yeovil Town last week made it just one defeat in 14 matches in all competitions as Steve Evans' men continue their march up the Sky Bet League Two table. 

The 2-0 defeat to Crawley Town a fortnight ago was the first time Stags had tasted defeat in any competition since October, and they now sit just two points outside the Sky Bet League Two play-offs. 

The Shrimps have only won once in their last six games, a 2-0 home win over Coventry City. 

Last time out, they slipped to a 2-1 defeat to bottom of the league Barnet. 

The last meeting between the two sides ended 3-1 to the Stags at the Globe Arena. 

Frontman Danny Rose gave Stags a fourth minute lead, before Morecambe hit back through striker Paul Mullin two minutes later. 

Rose gave Stags the lead once more in the 33rd minute, before loanee Ben Whiteman rounded off the scoring in the 39th minute. 

OVERALL RECORD: W - 5 | D - 0 | L - 5

The referee for the fixture will be Ross Joyce and he will be assisted by Alix Pashley and Matthew Jones. Anthony Tankard will be the fourth official. 

Mr Joyce's last match in charge of the Stags was our 2-2 draw with Luton Town in August, during which he dished out 12 yellow cards. 

Tickets for Saturday's match are available in person or via telephone on 01623 482 482 in advance of the match. Alternatively, supporters can visit www.stagstickets.co.uk 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 Saturday'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 www.ticketsfortroops.org.uk for more details.

The Sandy Pate Sports Bar will open at 9.00am on Saturday 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 Saturday.

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 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. 

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 www.mansfieldtown.net after the game and full reaction will be available to view on mansfieldtown.net 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 Saturday. 


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