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Match preview: Stags vs Barnet

2 February 2018

Mansfield Town host Barnet in Sky Bet League Two on Saturday (03 February, 3.00pm kick-off) and this is your comprehensive guide to the fixture.

Stags are without midfielder Jacob Mellis (hamstring) and defender David Mirfin (knee), both of whom boss Steve Evans says are at least two weeks away from a return to action. 

The Bees are without a number of first team players, including goalkeeper
Jamie Stephens who continues to be absent with a hamstring injury.

Defender Harry Taylor and frontman Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro are missing
with respective metatarsal and knee injuries.

Bees' manager Graham Westley is also without full-back Elliott Johnson and
striker Dave Tarpey, who are both sidelined with long-term knee injuries.

Stags are currently eight games unbeaten in Sky Bet League Two, a run which catapulted them into the top three last weekend, before other teams played their game-in-hand during mid-week. 

In our last two fixtures, Stags have scored 94th minute winners. 

Our home clash with Cheltenham Town two weeks ago was a rollercoaster of an affair, during which Stags twice came from behind thanks to goals from CJ Hamilton and Kane Hemmings, before winger Hamilton slammed the ball home in stoppage time to secure three points. 

Last week at Morecambe, Stags went behind to a Callum Lang goal in the first half, before striker Danny Rose struck in the second half to make it 1-1. 

We then scored our second injury time winner in as many weeks as Mal Benning's shot from the edge of the box found the bottom corner. However, the goal is being reviewed by the Dubious Goals Committee as frontman Jimmy Spencer claims he got a touch en route to goal. 

The Bees have enjoyed somewhat of a revival under new boss Graham Westley, securing two draws since his appointment. 

Barnet are rock bottom of Sky Bet League Two, but have attained back-to-back 1-1 draws in the last two weeks, against Lincoln City and Cheltenham Town, respectively. 

Nothing could split the sides in our last meeting, which took place at the Hive Stadium in October and ended 1-1. 

Frontman Kane Hemmings scored his first goal for the Stags to put Steve Evans' men in front, before former loanee Shaq Coulthirst equalised for the Bees. 

OVERALL RECORD: W - 9 | D - 11 | L - 7

Scott Oldham will be the referee for the fixture and he will be assisted by Stephen Wade and Richard Wigglesworth. Thomas Bramall will be the fourth official. 

Mr Oldham has never officiated the Stags, with the current campaign being his first in the EFL after being promoted from the National League last season.

Tickets for Saturday's match are available in person or via telephone on 01623 482 482. Alternatively, supporters can visit www.stagstickets.co.uk to purchase their tickets before choosing the 'print at home' option, if they wish to avoid the queues on matchday.

Supporters can visit the matchday ticket office (next to the main ticket office on Quarry Lane) to purchase tickets on the day of the game. Supporters who wish to pay with cash only can also buy matchday tickets in a fast-track queue.

Furthermore, one adult and one child can watch Saturday's game for just £18 in our family block! To find out more, click here.

For more information on match tickets, including prices, please click here.

Do you currently serve in the forces or been medically discharged since 2001?

If so, you could watch Saturday's match for FREE! Simply visit www.ticketsfortroops.org.uk for more details. 

The Sandy Pate Sports Bar will open from 9.00am on Saturday, serving breakfast until 11.00am.

After that, the matchday food menu will become available, which includes pies, chips, burgers and hot dogs.

Furthermore, the bar will be serving alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks to supporters of both clubs.

Also in the Sandy Pate Sports Bar, the SSA will be selling their unique Stags vs Barnet 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, situated 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.

Parking at One Call Stadium will be extremely limited and available on a first-come-first-served basis. The club recommends as an alternative parking venue: Grove Street, Mansfield, NG18 1EL at 70p per hour.

Matchday parking at the Dairy Crest on Quarry Lane is no longer available. 

Where do I go when I get to One Call Stadium?

Hospitality

If you are a hospitality guest, please enter the stadium via the brown double doors to the rear of the Ian Greaves Stand, which is the entrance to our hospitality suites. 

The doors are located to the left of the white merchandise stall outside the Sandy Pate Sports Bar, backing onto the main car park and sign-posted 'The Kevin Bird Suite'

Media

Members of the media are asked to also head to the entrance to our hospitality suites, where our media steward will provide you with the necessary accreditation. 

The required entrance is located to the left of the merchandise stall outside the Sandy Pate Sports Bar and signposted 'The Kevin Bird Suite'.

Supporters

If you need to collect tickets, please head to the main ticket office on Quarry Lane. For ticket purchases, please visit the matchday ticket office, adjacent to the Quarry Lane Stand, around the corner from the main ticket office.

Entry to the Quarry Lane End is via the turnstiles situated parallel to the road running alongside One Call Stadium. 

The Ian Greaves Stand is the main stand at One Call Stadium, which backs onto the main car park. 

Away fans are housed in the North Stand, which is located next to Portland Retail Park. Please note: there is no matchday parking in the retail park. 

We'll be publishing live text commentary of the clash 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 Steve Hartshorn. 

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.

Supporters who are blind or visually impaired can take advantage of our fantastic free audio descriptive commentary service.

Provided by Alan March Sport, supporters can listen to commentary from trained audio description broadcasters.

To take advantage of this free service, please visit the entrance to the Kevin Bird Suite at One Call Stadium after 1.00pm on Saturday.


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