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Match preview: Stags vs Grimsby Town (1.00pm kick-off)

7 September 2017

Mansfield Town welcome Grimsby Town to One Call Stadium in Sky Bet League Two on Saturday (1.00pm) and this is your comprehensive guide to the fixture.

Stags have no injury concerns after skipper Zander Diamond completed 90 minutes in the under 21s' Central League match against Rotherham United on Tuesday. 

Likewise, Grimsby Town also have a clean bill of health and could call upon defender Danny Collins after he served a one-match ban last week. 

Stags have recorded back-to-back draws in Sky Bet League Two. They were held to a 2-2 stalemate by Luton Town in their last match at One Call Stadium before securing a 1-1 draw at Carlisle United last week. 

Manager Steve Evans' men fell behind to a Hallam Hope goal in the first half, before debutant Calum Butcher struck just two minutes after coming on as a substitute to seal a point at Brunton Park. 

The Mariners lost 3-2 at home to Wycombe Wanderers a fortnight ago as a brace from Adebayo Akinfenwa and a Joe Jacobson strike recorded a victory for the Chairboys at Blundell Park, despite former Stag Mitch Rose and JJ Hooper's efforts. 

Last week, Russell Slade's side recorded a 1-0 victory over Crewe Alexandra thanks to Mitch Rose's header. 

We last met in February 2017 when the Mariners ran out 3-0 winners at Blundell Park. 

Former Stag Chris Clements opened the scoring in the first half, before Calum Dyson bagged a second half brace to ensure the home side wrapped up the three points. 

HEAD-TO-HEAD record: W: 19 | D: 11 | L: 18

Paul Tierney will officiate the fixture and he will be assisted by Simon Beck and Michael McDonough. The fourth official will be Tom Nield.

This is the first time Mr Tierney will have officiated the Stags since our 1-1 draw with Torquay United in the Blue Square Premier in the 2008/09 season. He has since regularly refereed in the Premier League and Championship.

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.

No tickets will be sold to away fans at One Call Stadium.

The game is strictly allocated seating for home and away fans and supporters must sit in the seat which corresponds with their ticket.

The Sandy Pate Sports Bar will open at 9.00am for supporters to enjoy pre-match food and drink.

The breakfast menu will be available until 11.00am, before the matchday menu takes over, 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 Grimsby 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 11.00am 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.

Please note: the gate between the Ian Greaves Stand and the North Stand will be locked from 9.00am until approximately 3.30pm. 

Parking at One Call Stadium will be severely limited on Saturday and home supporters are advised to park in the Dairy Crest (Muller) on Quarry Lane, at a cost of £3. All proceeds from this car park go to charity. 

Away supporters are advised to park in the pay and display car park on Nottingham Road opposite the Gala Bingo. This car park offers the easiest walking route to the away end at One Call Stadium and costs just £3 for 12 hours. 

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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