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Match preview: Stags vs Yeovil Town

16 December 2017

Mansfield Town host Yeovil Town in Sky Bet League Two on Saturday (16 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. 

Gaffer Steve Evans is 'hopeful' that striker Kane Hemmings will be available following his calf injury. 

The Glovers have two injury concerns ahead of Saturday's match, with neither player likely to feature.

Winger Rhys Browne hasn't appeared for Darren Way's side since their 1-1 draw with Notts County last month after picking up an ankle injury.

Moreover, former Stags' midfielder Oscar Gobern will miss the return to his old club after being forced off four minutes into his League debut for Yeovil with a hamstring injury last week. 

Stags slipped to their first defeat in eight League Two games last week when they lost 2-0 away to Crawley Town. 

An excellent run of four draws and three victories propelled Stags to the Sky Bet League Two play-off places, and despite the unbeaten run coming to an end last week, Mansfield are still level on points with seventh-placed Coventry City. 

In their next seven games, Stags will only face one side who are currently above them in League Two - Wycombe Wanderers - as they aim to close the five-point gap to the top three. 

The Glovers have won just once in their last six league matches, a 3-0 victory over Stevenage at the end of October. 

Darren Way's side have lost four and drawn one of their other five games, but have enjoyed relative success in cup competitions over the last two months. 

They've progressed through two rounds of the Emirates FA Cup by beating Southend United 1-0 in the first stage before triumphing 4-2 over nine-man Port Vale after extra time in their second round replay earlier this week. 

The Glovers also progressed to the third round of the Checkatrade Trophy with a 2-0 win over AFC Wimbledon last week.

The last meeting between the two sides ended in a 0-0 draw at Huish Park in February 2017. 

Stags had the better of the chances in the encounter, but couldn't find the back of the net as they played out the first of back-to-back goalless draws in the space of a week. 

OVERALL RECORD: W - 3 | D - 2 | L - 3

The referee for the fixture will be Martin Coy and he will be assisted by Steven Plane and Paul Thompson. The fourth official will be James Bell. 

Mr Coy has never officiated a Stags' match.

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 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 or have you previously served in the Forces? If so, you can watch Saturday's match for FREE! Simply visit 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 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, 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 Saturday. 

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