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Match preview: Grimsby Town vs Stags

26 December 2017

The games continue to come thick and fast as Stags travel to Grimsby Town on Boxing Day (1.00pm kick-off) and this is your comprehensive guide to the fixture.

Midfielder Joel Byrom continues to be the sole absentee for the Stags with the former Northampton man currently sidelined with a groin injury.

For Grimsby, midfielder James Berrett could be given a first start since returning from injury. The former Republic of Ireland under 21 international has been an unused sub for the last two games as he's eased back into action following injury.

Mansfield's dramatic 2-1 win over Morecambe on Saturday ended a run of three league games without a win.

However, the Stags have only tasted defeat once in their last fifteen games all competitions and that run has seen them move to just a point outside the Sky Bet League Two play-off places.

Grimsby have only lost one of their last five games. The Mariners recorded three successive wins against Swindon Town, Barnet and Forest Green Rovers before recording a 0-0 draw away at Notts County.

On Saturday, their unbeaten streak came to an end when Luton Town recorded a 2-0 victory against Russell Slade's side.

The last meeting between the two sides occurred in September 2017, with Stags striding to a comprehensive 4-1 win.

Frontman Lee Angol scored a brace of penalties, whilst centre-half Krystian Pearce scored one and forced an own goal into the Grimsby net to cap a fine afternoon for the Stags.  

OVERALL RECORD: W - 20 | D - 11 | L - 18

The referee for the fixture will be Darren England and he will be assisted by Matthew McGrath and Mark Jones. Ken Haycock will be the fourth official. 

Mr England's last match in charge of the Stags was our 1-1 draw with Accrington Stanley last season. 

Stags' fans will be able to purchase tickets on the day of the game, however all categories, apart from juniors, are subject to a £2 increase from the advanced prices.

On-the-day prices are as follows:
Adults: £20.00
Seniors (65+): £13.00
Students (must have valid NUS card): £13.00
Young adults (15-18): £13.00
Juniors (14 & under accompanied): £5.00
Juniors (14 & under unaccompanied): £7.00
Ambulant disabled: £20.00
Wheelchair users: £20.00

Ambulant disabled supporters and wheelchair users are eligible to receive a free carer ticket when middle to higher rate disability allowance is provided.

Inside Blundell Park, away fans are treated to their own bar, named Scotties. The club bar shows live sport and there is plenty of seating for supporters who opt to enjoy a pre-match drink.

Furthermore, the Blundell Park Hotel is nearby and is a popular venue, although it quickly reaches its capacity so supporters will have to arrive in good time, whilst The Rutland Arms also has a good reputation.

It is an 83-mile trip from One Call Stadium to Blundell Park, which will take approximately one hour and 40 minutes. The post-code for supporters using a sat-nav is: DN35 7PZ.

Parking is unavailable at the ground, therefore supporters are advised to make use of legal on-street car parking around the stadium.

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 Tuesday. 

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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