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Match preview: Newport County vs Stags

20 October 2017

Mansfield Town travel to Newport County this weekend (Saturday 21 October, 3.00pm kick-off) in the second of three consecutive away fixtures and this is your comprehensive guide to the contest.

Stags have winger Alfie Potter available again after he missed the last three games with a calf injury. 

Midfielder Joel Byrom and defender Zander Diamond are both still missing, but are approaching full fitness. 

Whilst speaking to the local media on Thursday morning, manager Steve Evans revealed the club are waiting on results of scans on winger Paul Anderson (back) and defender David Mirfin (hamstring). 

Winger Robbie Willmott is unavailable due to a knee complaint, whilst striker Marlon Jackson will also be missing.

Skipper Joss Labadie is ruled out for the foreseeable future after being forced off with a hamstring strain after 15 minutes of Tuesday's defeat to Colchester United.

Manager Michael Flynn brought former Wycombe Wanderers striker Paul Hayes to the club on Tuesday – after contacting the former Chairboys' man on LinkedIn!

The 34-year-old should be available for Saturday's game, after his international clearance wasn't confirmed in time for Tuesday's defeat to Colchester.

Stags recorded a good point away at Barnet on Tuesday evening. Striker Kane Hemmings opened the scoring – and his Stags' account – just before the half-time interval, before former Stags' loanee Shaq Coulthirst struck five minutes from time to rescue a point for the hosts.

Prior to that, Stags lost 3-1 at home to Swindon Town after losing 2-0 away to Colchester.

The Exiles have two wins and two defeats from their last four games.
Michael Flynn's men lost 3-1 away to Luton Town at the end of September, before achieving a 2-0 home win against Yeovil Town.

They backed that up with a 4-0 thumping of Forest Green Rovers, but slipped to a 2-1 defeat against Colchester United on Tuesday evening.

Stags triumphed 2-1 at One Call Stadium in the sides' last meeting, in February of this year.

County's Ryan Bird put the away side ahead after just five minutes, before centre-half Krystian Pearce equalised for the Stags 12 minutes later.

Exiles' defender Craig Reid then handled in the area on 75 minutes and Peterborough United loanee Shaq Coulthirst dispatched the resulting penalty.

HEAD-TO-HEAD record: W: 7 | D: 2 | L: 5

The referee for the fixture will be Charles Breakspear and he will be assisted by Grant Taylor and Dean Treleaven. The fourth official will be Mark Russell.

Mr Breakspear's last match in charge of the Stags was the 0-0 draw away to Cheltenham Town last season.

Stags' fans can purchase tickets in advance or on the day, with no price increase.

Tickets will be available on the day from the mobile ticket unit at Rodney Parade and purchases must be made in cash.

Prices are as follows:

Bisley Stand (Covered)   Purevans.com Stand (Uncovered)  
Adults £20 Adults £18
Seniors (60+) £16 Seniors (60+) £16
Students (16-21) £14 Students (16-21) £12
Under 16s £8 Under 16s £8
Under 12s £6 Under 12s £6
Under 6s FREE Under 6s FREE

Ambulant disabled supporters must purchase their tickets in the relevant age-related category from the Stags' ticket office, whilst wheelchair users must buy their tickets directly from Newport County by ringing 01633 674 963.

A five-minute walk from the away turnstiles is the Excelsior Club, which is located on Corporation Road. This is the most convenient place for travelling Stags' fans to enjoy a pre-match beverage.

The clubhouse inside the ground also allows home and away fans to enjoy a drink both before and after the game.

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 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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