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Match preview: Port Vale vs Stags

21 November 2017

Mansfield Town travel to Vale Park to take on Port Vale on Tuesday night (21 November, 7.45pm) and this is your comprehensive guide to the fixture.

The only Stags' absentee will be striker Lee Angol, who is still recovering from a knee injury. 

For the home side, defender Anthony Kay will be missing through suspension. 

Stags' 1-0 win over Stevenage at One Call Stadium on Saturday made it eight unbeaten in all competitions. 

Striker Kane Hemmings rolled the ball home in the first half as Stags secured back-to-back victories following last week's win over Coventry City. 

Manager Steve Evans' men are now eighth in Sky Bet League Two, just two points outside the top seven. 

Vale are one of the in-form teams in Sky Bet League Two following a superb up-turn in form since the arrival of manager Neil Aspin. 

They've lost just once in their last six games and have won 13 points during that time. 

The Valiants were 22nd when Aspin joined the club, since moving up to 19th with a four point cushion over the drop zone.

The last meeting between the two sides occurred in the first round of last season's Checkatrade Trophy. 

A tight affair ended 1-0 to the Stags, with striker Matt Green climbing off the bench to score the winner in the second half. 

Green ultimately made the difference as he took his place in the 63rd minute, connecting with left-back Mal Benning's left-flank cross just three minutes later to decide the contest.

 HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORD: W: 14 | D: 12 | L: 21

Trevor Kettle will be the referee for the fixture and he will be assisted by Joe Simpson and Nigel Smith. Richard Bartlett will be the fourth official. 

Mr Kettle's last match in charge of the Stags was last season's 3-2 victory over Derby County's U23s in the Checkatrade Trophy. 

Pre-purchased tickets are now off-sale. 

On-the-day purchases can be made at the away kiosk, situated behind the away end, from 6.00pm on the evening of the game.

Matchday prices are as follows:

Adults £22
Seniors (62+) £17
Young adults (18-21) £17
Juniors (12-17) £10
Under 12s FREE
Carers FREE

Ambulant disabled supporters who receive middle or higher rate disability allowance are entitled to a free carer ticket when purchasing a match ticket in the relevant age-related category.

Wheelchair users must book directly through Port Vale on 01782 655821 as they will be situated in the opposite stand to the away supporters.

Car parking is priced at £5 per car or £16 per minibus and this is allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. No advances bookings are allowed.

The Vale Social is a pub which permits home and away fans prior to the game. The venue can be found to the right of the away end, The Hamil Road Stand.

The Bulls Head in Burslem town centre is a Titanic Brewery pub. With up to 10 real ales on the bar and 10 real ciders from the cellar at any one time as well as malt whiskies, Belgian bottled and draught beers, you will never be short of choices.

Furthermore, food and drink will be available from the kiosks at Vale Park for a nominal price.

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


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