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Stags to take on Clipstone in friendly tonight

27 November 2017

A Mansfield Town XI will take on NCEL Premier Division side Clipstone in a friendly tonight in a bid to raise funds towards the restoration of the Cobras' clubhouse.

Taking place at 7.00pm at Clipstone's home ground, The Worksop Van Hire Stadium, a strong Stags' squad will play a fundraising game after the Cobras' clubhouse was vandalised last month.

Thousands of pounds' of damage was caused by vandals as catering equipment was ruined and the walls soiled with sauce on Saturday 28 October. The Cobras have since set up a crowdfunding page to help pay for the damage.

After learning of the vandalism at the Worksop Van Hire Stadium, gaffer Steve Evans contacted Clipstone vice-chairman Andy Sumner with the offer of a friendly to help raise funds for the restoration of their clubhouse.

A strong squad is expected to be involved in the fixture, with no competitive game or reserves' match scheduled for this week.

The Cobras, managed by Ian Cotton, are currently bottom of the NCEL Premier Division, without a point from their opening 20 games.

After former manager Billy Fox resigned in January 2017, Cotton and his Blidworth Welfare side agreed to take over the Cobras' remaining games and subsequently stayed with the club for the current campaign.

Although they are bottom of the division, the Cobras have some quality in their ranks and have been involved in a number of closely-fought games this season.

Stags' fans are encouraged to attend the fixture to help with Clipstone's fundraising endeavours, and admission prices are as follows:

Adults: £5
Concessions: £3
Under 16s: FREE with a paying adult

The venue is as follows:

The Worksop Van Hire Stadium,
Clipstone Road East,
NG21 9AB


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