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Match preview: Stags vs Swindon Town

12 October 2017

Mansfield Town return to One Call Stadium this Saturday as they host Swindon Town in Sky Bet League Two and this is your definitive guide to the encounter (3.00pm kick-off).

Stags' boss Steve Evans expects to have defender Hayden White fit and available after he returned to full training on Tuesday. 

Defender Zander Diamond (groin), midfielder Joel Byrom (foot) and winger Alfie Potter (calf) are all still sidelined as they recover from their respective injuries. 

Swindon talisman Luke Norris recovered quickly from a shoulder injury and completed 90 minutes in a 2-1 defeat to Cheltenham Town last week.

First choice goalkeeper Lawrence Vigouroux is suspended for Saturday's match as he serves the second game of a four-match ban for using foul and abusive language towards the officials in last month's 2-1 defeat to Coventry City.

Left-back Chris Hussey is still expected to be missing, with Matt Taylor continuing in the full-back berth in his absence.

Stags are still unbeaten at One Call Stadium in Sky Bet League Two this season and they will be looking to extend their unbeaten run to seven games against the Robins. 

Their last match at One Call Stadium ended in an excellent 3-1 victory over local rivals Notts County. 

With the game locked at 0-0 at the break, Stags blew away their Derby Day opponents in the second half as striker Danny Rose grabbed a brace before his low cross was diverted in by Magpies' defender Richard Duffy. 

Manager Steve Evans' men will, however, be looking to bounce back from last week's disappointing 2-0 defeat away at Colchester United. 

The Robins have won three and lost three of their last six games. 

After losing 1-0 to Notts County in September, they recorded back-to-back victories against Stevenage (3-2) and Forest Green Rovers (2-0). 

A 2-1 defeat at home to Coventry City was followed by a 2-0 win against the Cambridge United at the County Ground, but they lost to a last-gasp goal from Danny Wright in a 2-1 defeat away to Cheltenham Town last week. 

The two sides haven't met since a League Two clash at the County Ground in 2007, when the Robins ran out 2-0 winners. 

Striker Barry Corr put the home side ahead in the fourth minute, before an own goal from Stags' defender Jon-Olav Hjelde in the 38th minute put the game out of reach of the visitors. 

HEAD-TO-HEAD record: W: 10 | D: 13 | L: 19

Saturday's referee will be Oliver Langford and he will be assisted by Michael George and James Wilson. Christopher Sarginson will be the fourth official. 

The majority of games Mr Langford has refereed in the last three seasons have been in the Championship, however he did officiate our 2-0 home defeat to Exeter City in November 2015. 

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 Swindon Town 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 12.00pm 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.


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