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Match preview: Carlisle United vs Stags

1 September 2017

Mansfield Town will travel to Brunton Park to face Carlisle United this Saturday (3.00pm kick-off) and this is your comprehensive guide to the fixture.

Stags' boss Steve Evans told the local media on Thursday that defender Zander Diamond will train on Thursday and Friday before a decision is made as to whether he's fit enough to face Carlisle United. 

He said: "Zander will train today. He trained yesterday with the medical side. He was in yesterday; our injured players are in seven-days-a-week now. It's the medical staff that have to work them quite hard and Zander trained really well yesterday.

"One or two days' training; does that allow you to be fit to be competitive in League Two? We'll see how it is. If he trains exceptionally well on Thursday and Friday, he'll travel, if not we'll properly make him available on Monday."

For the hosts, only defender Tom Parkes is missing due to suspension, after being dismissed against Lincoln City last week.

Goals from defender Rhys Bennett and striker Lee Angol contributed to a 2-2 draw with Luton Town last Saturday as Stags picked up their fourth point out of a possible six at One Call Stadium.

Stags' manager Steve Evans then made 10 changes to his side for the midweek Checkatrade Trophy defeat to Lincoln City, as the Imps won 3-1 after winger Alfie Potter had put the Stags in an early lead. 

The Cumbrians have won two and lost two of their first four Sky Bet League Two fixtures.

After losing at home to Swindon Town on the opening day, Keith Curle's side bounced back to record victories against Cambridge United and Cheltenham Town.  

However, in their last Sky Bet League Two match against Lincoln City, they were defeated 4-1 after defender Tom Parkes was sent off just after going 2-0 down. 

The sides last met in March at One Call Stadium, when the Stags ran out 2-0 victors. 

After a first half which balanced on a knife-edge, frontmen Matt Green and Shaq Coulthirst struck in the second period to ensure the Stags won all three points.

HEAD-TO-HEAD record: W: 29 | D: 16 | L: 29

The referee for the fixture will be Darren Handley and he will be assisted by Geoffrey Liddle and Neil Sharp. Marc Edwards will undertake fourth official duties. 

Mr Handley's last match taking charge of the Stags was our 1-0 win over Blackpool in November 2016, manager Steve Evans' second match in charge.

We received an allocation of 500 tickets in the Pioneer Foods Stand for the match, however more tickets are available if required.

Tickets will be available on the day of the game at Brunton Park, but please note, these will be subject to a £3 increase. Tickets will be available from the Pioneer Foods Stand ticket office.

Prices for the encounter are as follows:

Adult £19
Senior (65+) £16
Young person (18-22) £13
Junior (11-17) £10
Child (7-10) £7
Infant (6 and under) FREE
One adult and one junior £27
One adult and two juniors £35
One senior and one junior £24
Wheelchair

£4 (plus free carer)

All categories apart from junior and children are subject to a £3 increase on the day.

Supporters aged 11 and under must be accompanied by a paying adult and under no circumstances will tickets be sold to under 11s unaccompanied.

We have received two sets of wheelchair user tickets and these are available on a first-come-first-served basis.

Ambulant disabled supporters are required to purchase a ticket in the relevant age-related category, but will be eligible to receive a free carer ticket if proof of higher rate disability allowance is provided.

Supporters wishing to purchase tickets can do so by calling our ticket office on 01623 482 482 or by visiting us on Quarry Lane.

Supporters have until 4pm on Friday 01 September to purchase their tickets.

United's Sunset Lounge is open from 12.30pm and will be showing the live lunch-time game between Bradford City and Bristol Rovers. 

The bar will be serving hot food and tea and coffee, whilst the Sporting Inn Bar will serve alcoholic drinks. 

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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