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Match preview: Stags vs Cambridge United

23 September 2017

Mansfield Town host Cambridge United in Sky Bet League Two at One Call Stadium on Saturday (23 September, 3.00pm kick-off) and this is your comprehensive guide to the fixture

Stags will be without midfielder Joel Byrom for the contest as he continues his recovery from the foot injury picked up in Stags' last home game, a 0-0 draw with Wycombe. 

Manager Steve Evans told the local media on Thursday morning that his squad were nursing 'one or two knocks' but wasn't willing to disclose who was affected.

Centre-half George Taft will be unvailable for the U's for Saturday's game under the conditions of his loan move from the Stags. 

The only other absentee in the Cambridge squad is forward Ade Azeez, who is set to be missing for a number of months with a knee injury. 

Stags are now unbeaten in their last five league games, avoiding defeat since their only loss of the season against Accrington Stanley last month. 

Back-to-back draws against Luton Town and Carlisle United were followed by an emphatic 4-1 win over Grimsby Town, before a hard-fought 0-0 stalemate with Wycombe Wanderers was played out at One Call Stadium. 

Then, Stags recorded an excellent 1-0 win over Lincoln City at Sincil Bank last week. The two sides went toe-to-toe for much of the encounter, but striker Danny Rose climbed off the bench to head home the winner just three minutes after coming on. 

Shaun Derry's side have put back-to-back wins together for the first time this season over their last two games. 

They won 1-0 away to Crewe Alexandra before returning to the Cambs Glass Stadium on Saturday and defeating Coventry City 2-1 thanks to a goal apiece from frontmen Jabo Ibehre and Uche Ikpeazu. 

The two sides sit level on points in Sky Bet League Two, however Stags possess a greater goal difference. 

Stags triumphed 3-1 the last time the two sides met in Sky Bet League Two, in January 2017. 

Manager Steve Evans' men fell behind in the eighth minute when midfielder George Maris headed the home side ahead from winger Piero Mingoia's cross. 

Stags then got back on level terms before the break when defender Rhys Bennett's header deflected off U's skipper Leon Legge and wrong-footed goalkeeper Will Norris. 

The visitors began to take charge in the second half and they deservedly took the lead on the hour mark. Midfielder Joel Byrom swung in a corner and centre-half Krystian Pearce was there to head home. 

Then, with 17 minutes remaining, right-back Hayden White's shot from range was spilled by Norris and debutant Shaq Coulthirst was on hand to dispatch the rebound.

HEAD-TO-HEAD record: W: 15 | D: 11 | L: 13

Ben Toner will officiate the fixture and he will be assisted by Declan Ford and Abbas Khan. Gary Hilton will be the fourth official. 

Mr Toner's last match in charge of the Stags was our 2-1 defeat at home to Exeter City last season. 

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 be purchased by visiting the One Call Stadium ticket office or calling 01623 482 482.

Away supporters will NOT be permitted to purchase tickets on the day of the game from our ticket office on Quarry Lane. 

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 Cambridge United 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 1.00pm 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 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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