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Match preview: Stags vs Sheffield Wednesday

14 July 2017

Match Previews

Match preview: Stags vs Sheffield Wednesday

14 July 2017

Mansfield Town continue their preparations for the 2017/18 season with the first of three home friendlies against Championship opposition as they take on Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday (3.00pm kick-off).

Stags' boss Steve Evans revealed in Tuesday morning's news conference that defender Zander Diamond has an infection in his toe but should be okay for the visit of the Owls, whilst frontman Omari Sterling-James has a slight hamstring strain, but isn't expected to be out for a long period of time.

For Wednesday, striker Jordan Rhodes was forced off after scoring a brace in Tuesday's 5-0 win over Alfreton Town with a cut to the face.

Both sides began their pre-season schedules with comprehensive victories.

Stags defeated a Maltese Players Association XI 5-0 during the pre-season tour of Malta. A brace from striker Lee Angol in addition to strikes from frontman Danny Rose and midfielders Paul Digby and Will Atkinson ensured Stags got their pre-season campaign off to a flying start.

The Owls visited non-league side Alfreton Town on Tuesday night and romped to a 5-0 victory.

Frontman Jordan Rhodes scored a brace inside one first half minute, whilst striker Atdhe Nuhiu, winger Adam Reach and defender Connor O'Grady also got on the scoresheet.

The last time the two sides met was in 2015 as the Owls recorded a 4-1 win over the Stags at Hillsborough in the first round of the EFL Cup.

Two early goals from the hosts through striker Lucas Joao and midfielder Jose Semedo got Wednesday off to a flying start before Stags' defender Ryan Tafazolli bundled the ball home just before the break to give the visitors hope.

But two more goals for the Championship side in the second half from defender Kieran Lee and winger Modou Sougou saw them progress to the second round.

Head-to-head record: W: 4 D: 5 L: 4

The referee for this weekend's game will be John Brooks and he will be assisted by Mark Jones and Ian Dudley. The fourth official will be Dave Plowright.

The last time Mr Brooks officiated a Stags' match was in August last year in a 1-0 home win over Yeovil Town.

Stags' fans can purchase tickets in advance of Saturday's game by visiting our ticket office on Quarry Lane, or by calling us on 01623 482 482.

Alternatively, supporters can head to www.stagstickets.co.uk and purchase their tickets online.

Supporters are reminded that the Quarry Lane End will be closed for this fixture.

Prices are as follows:

Pre-purchased: Adults £10 | Senior citizens and 17 & under £5
Matchday prices: Adults £12 | Senior citizens and 17 and under £6

The Sandy Pate Sports Bar will be open from 9am on Saturday and we will be serving our breakfast menu until 11am.

After that, the matchday menu will become available until kick-off and supporters can enjoy chips, pies, burgers and much more for a great price! 

Stags' fans with a ticket in the upper tier of the Ian Greaves Stand will have access to the Kevin Bird Suite to enjoy a pre-match drink from 1pm. The bar will be serving both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.

For those who are unable to make Saturday's game, the ONLY place to receive blow-by-blow updates is on our twitter feed.

To access our twitter feed, head to twitter.com/mansfieldtownfc.

All post-match reaction will be published on our official website, www.mansfieldtown.net, and on iFollow Stags.


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