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Match preview: Stags vs Cheltenham Town

20 January 2018

Mansfield Town host Cheltenham Town at One Call Stadium on Saturday (20 January, 3.00pm kick-off) and this is your definitive guide to the fixture.

Defender David Mirfin will miss the Robins' clash as he continues to recover from knee surgery which has kept him out of action since our Checkatrade Trophy clash with Blackpool last month.

Manager Steve Evans has said that frontman Kane Hemmings has a strong chance of featuring on Saturday, depending on how he trains on Thursday and Friday.

The visitors will be without left-back Jordan Cranston, who is out for the season with a hamstring injury, whilst Jordan Foster is missing with an Achilles injury.

Frontman Jaanai Gordon, meanwhile, is out for the rest of the campaign after suffering an anterior cruciate ligament injury in September.

After losing for only the second time in 21 matches against Cardiff City in mid-week, Stags will be looking to return to winning ways in Sky Bet League Two on Saturday. 

Boss Steve Evans' men are six games unbeaten in the league and will be hoping to make it seven against the Robins.

Cheltenham have only recorded one win in their last five games in Sky Bet League Two and that came with a strong performance against Colchester United, beating the U's 4-1.

Their last match in Sky Bet League Two ended with a 2-0 home defeat to Accrington Stanley on Saturday.

This will be the second time the sides have met this season when they meet on Saturday. Cheltenham ran out as 3-0 winners in September earlier this campaign at the LCI Rail Stadium.

All of the goals came in the second half for Cheltenham with Brian Graham, Joe Morrell and Danny Wright netting for the Robins.

OVERALL RECORD: W - 6 | D - 5 | L - 10

Darren Handley will officiate Saturday's fixture and he will be assisted by Richard Wild and David Benton. Michael D'Aguilar will be the fourth official.

The last time Mr Handley took charge of a Stags' game was our 1-1 draw away with Carlisle United in September 2017.

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 Cheltenham 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. Parking is advisable at the Müller depot (formerly known as The Dairy Crest) which costs just £3 per vehicle, with 80% of the fee heading towards selected charities at the end of each football season. Postcode: NG18 5DB

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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