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Match preview: Cheltenham Town vs Stags

25 September 2017

Mansfield Town make the trip to Gloucestershire to face Cheltenham Town tomorrow (Tuesday 26 September, 7.45pm kick-off) and this is your definitive guide to the fixture.

Midfielder Joel Byrom will be unavailable for the fixture as he continues to recover from the foot injury he picked up against Wycombe Wanderers. 

Manager Steve Evans said on Monday morning that there were 'one or two knocks' within the squad, but wouldn't disclose who is affected.

Cheltenham will be without 21-year-old frontman Jaanai Gordon, who is expected to be missing for two months with a knee injury. 

Stags are currently on a six-match unbeaten run, which stretches back to the 2-2 draw at home to Luton Town last month. 

Since the stalemate with the Hatters, Stags have won three and drawn two of their league fixtures, including Saturday's 2-1 victory over Cambridge United. 

After going behind to a header from U's skipper Leon Legge, Stags hit back through a penalty from midfielder Jacob Mellis before frontman Danny Rose hit the winner two minutes from time. 

The Robins, who currently lie 21st in League Two, have picked up four points from their last two games after a spell of three defeats in four games. 

Back-to-back home defeats against Exeter City and Stevenage were followed by a 0-0 draw away to Yeovil Town. 

Three days later, they lost 1-0 away to Newport County before bouncing back with an excellent 3-1 win at home to Colchester United. 

Cheltenham then recorded an excellent 1-1 draw away to Accrington Stanley on Saturday. 

Our last meeting with the Robins ended in a 0-0 draw on a tough afternoon at the LCI Rail Stadium. 

After heavy rain over a number of weeks in Gloucestershire, the pitch was in a terrible condition and neither side could assert any sort of authority on the game, despite Robins' midfielder Kyle Storer being shown an 18th-minute red card for a lunge on Stags' Jamie McGuire. 

Midfielder Ben Whiteman had three good opportunities to open the scoring, but scuffed the trio of chances on the difficult pitch. 

Former loanee Shaq Coulthirst then skied an opportunity late in the game from an acute angle. 

HEAD-TO-HEAD record: W: 6 | D: 5 | L: 9

Brett Huxtable will officiate the fixture at the LCI Rail Stadium and he will be assisted by Robert Dabbs and Christopher Kidd. Ravel Cheosiaua will be the fourth official. 

Mr Huxtable last took charge of a Stags' game last season, in the 1-1 draw at home to Wycombe Wanderers.

Tickets are still on sale for tomorrow's fixture.

We received an allocation of 504 tickets in the Hazlewoods Stand for the Sky Bet League Two fixture.

Tickets will also be available to purchase on the night of the game, with no price increase. 

Prices are as follows:

Adult £21
Senior (65+) £15
Under 18 and student  £7 (student ID must be provided)
Wheelchair user £15 (plus free carer)
Ambulant disabled As per above price range (with free carer)

Supporters have until midday tomorrow (Tuesday) to purchase their tickets in advance by visiting the ticket office on Quarry Lane, or by calling 01623 482 482. 

Parking at the ground is very limited and spaces are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. The club does, however, operate a free park and ride service from Cheltenham racecourse, which welcomes away fans.

Supporters can enjoy a pre-match drink in a selection of pubs between the ground and the town centre, all within a short walk of the venue.

At the stadium there is a bar called 'The Robins Nest', which allows home and away fans prior to the match.

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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