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Match preview: Stags vs Stevenage

17 November 2017

Mansfield Town host Stevenage in Sky Bet League Two on Saturday (18 November, 3.00pm kick-off) and this is your comprehensive guide to the fixture.

Top scorer Danny Rose will miss Saturday's encounter through suspension after he picked up his fifth booking of the season against Coventry City last week. 

Striker Lee Angol and defender David Mirfin were due to return to training on Thursday after their respective knee and hamstring injuries, but boss Steve Evans was set to assess the pair on the training field before deciding whether they are fit enough to play a part on Saturday.

Stevenage defender Kevin Toner will sit out this afternoon's match as he completes his three-match ban after the Aston Villa loanee was sent off against Yeovil Town last month.

Meanwhile, 20-year-old Ben Kennedy is out for six weeks with a knee injury. The highly-rated youngster underwent an arthroscopy operation after sustaining a blow to the knee against Forest Green Rovers.

Stags are seven games unbeaten in all competitions, including four in Sky Bet League Two. 

An excellent display by Steve Evans' men against Coventry City ended in a 1-0 victory for the Stags, courtesy of winger Alex MacDonald's fine 30-yard strike. 

Prior to that, Stags coupled an Emirates FA Cup victory over Shaw Lane with wins against Notts County and Everton U23s in the Checkatrade Trophy. 

Furthermore, we attained credible draws away to Barnet and Newport County, in addition to a 1-1 stalemate at home to Exeter City, despite a dominant display at One Call Stadium.

Stevenage have won three, lost two and drawn one of their last six games in all competitions. 

A 3-2 victory against Accrington Stanley was followed by back-to-back defeats against Forest Green Rovers and Yeovil Town. 

They bounced back with a 5-0 hammering of Nantwich Town in the Emirates FA Cup and a 3-1 win against Brighton & Hove Albion U23s in the Checkatrade Trophy. 

They then held league leaders Notts County to a 1-1 draw last week. 

Stags came out on top in the last meeting between the sides, which took place at the Lamex Stadium in April 2017. 

Both sides were competing for a place in the Sky Bet League Two play-offs and it was Stags who stole a march on their Hertfordshire rivals. 

Striker Danny Rose hammered a close range effort into the roof of the net to ensure Stags won 1-0 and returned to north Nottinghamshire with three points. 

HEAD-TO-HEAD record: W: 5 | D: 0 | L: 5

Tom Nield will officiate the fixture and he will be assisted by Michael D'Aguilar and Michael Denton. Robert Merchant will be the fourth official. 

Mr Nield has never officiated the Stags before as this is his first season in the EFL after being promoted from the National League group of officials at the beginning of this season.

Stags' fans can purchase tickets both in advance and on the day of the game. 

You can save time by purchasing your seats online from www.stagstickets.co.uk and then choose the 'print at home' option. 

Ticket prices can be found here.

Tickets can also be purchased by visiting the One Call Stadium ticket office on Quarry Lane or by calling 01623 482 482.

Away supporters will be able to purchase tickets from the away ticket booth behind the North Stand on Saturday. Please note: this will be cash only. 

The Sandy Pate Sports Bar will open at 9.00am for supporters to enjoy pre-match food and drink.

We will be serving breakfast from 9.00am until 11.00am and then the matchday menu will become available, serving food such as burgers, pies, chips and hot-dogs.

Furthermore, the bar will be serving alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages throughout the day. 

Also in the Sandy Pate Sports Bar, the SSA will be selling their unique Stags v Stevenage matchday pin badges for just £3. 

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.

We'll be publishing live text commentary of the encounter 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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