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Match preview: Stags vs Colchester United

8 March 2018

Mansfield Town host Colchester United at One Call Stadium on Saturday (3.00pm kick-off) and this is your comprehensive guide to the fixture.

David Mirfin is still unavailable for selection for the Stags as the defender continues his recovery from a knee injury.

Winger Alfie Potter could be fit for a return after missing Tuesday's draw with Lincoln City as a precaution after tweaking his hamstring.

Talisman Sammie Szmodics missed the U's defeat to Barnet last time out as
he tries to overcome a troublesome back injury.

Striker Kurtis Guthrie also missed the clash with the Bees due to an ankle
injury, however manager John McGreal stated on record last week that the U's
have a clean bill of health.

Stags have lost just once in 14 league games in a run which includes eight wins.

Their excellent run of form was extended with Tuesday's 1-1 draw with Lincoln City, as former Stag Ollie Palmer cancelled out Joel Byrom's header at One Call Stadium. 

The draw kept Stags in fifth place in Sky Bet League Two, but they did close the gap on the automatic promotion places to a single point. 

Colchester have lost their last two games by a single goal, slipping to 1-0 defeats to Barnet and Crewe Alexandra, respectively. 

Prior to the back-to-back losses, the U's recorded two wins and two draws. They beat Coventry 2-1 before triumphing 2-0 against Newport County, in addition to 1-1 and 2-2 draws against Carlisle United and Port Vale, respectively. 

It was the U's who triumphed in our last meeting, winning 2-0 at the Weston Homes Community Stadium in October 2017. 

Stags dominated much of the encounter, but first half goals from midfielder Sean Murray and striker Mikael Mandron were the difference for United.

OVERALL RECORD: W - 13 | D - 17 | L - 21

Ross Joyce will officiate Saturday's home game against Colchester and he will be assisted by Alix Pashley and Chris Ward. Alf Greenwood will be the fourth official.

Mr Joyce last took charge of the Stags in our 2-1 win over Morecambe just before Christmas.

Tickets for Saturday's match are available in person or via telephone on 01623 482 482. Alternatively, supporters can visit 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 for more details. 

The Sandy Pate Sports Bar will open from 9.00am on Saturday, serving the breakfast menu 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 Colchester 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 12.00pm 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 following sites, owned by Mansfield District Council and with easy access to the One Call Stadium are Grove Street, Victoria Street, Garden Road and Church Lane.

Charges are as follows:

Grove St 70p/hr (reduces to 50p/hr from 01 April)
Victoria St 50p/hr
Garden Rd 50p/hr
Church Lane 80p/hr

All of the above pay and display surface level car parks offer cashless parking via RingGo as an additional way to pay.

Every car park has a unique code so people can either pay over the phone, by text, online or by using a free smartphone app.

Details of how to do this are displayed in each car park. Information about all Mansfield District Council car parks can be found at

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


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'


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'.


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 will contain Opta-populated updates.

To access our twitter feed, head to The match centre can be accessed here, or by clicking the link on the home page.

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 after the game and full reaction will be available to view on 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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