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The big derby preview: Notts County vs Stags

15 March 2018

Stags make the short trip to Meadow Lane to take on Notts County in a big local derby on Saturday (1.00pm kick-off) and this is your comprehensive guide to the fixture.

Ddefender David Mirfin is the only absentee for the Stags, as he continues his recovery from knee surgery. 

Boss David Flitcroft revealed on Thursday morning that defender Zander Diamond and midfielder Jacob Mellis are both recovering well from their respective hamstring and ankle injuries and both will continue to be assessed ahead of Saturday.

Notts County could be without goalkeeper Ross Fitzsimmons after he was in a car accident last Monday. Although he escaped unhurt, the shotstopper missed the victory over Forest Green and it's unclear whether he'll be available for Saturday.

Stags have lost just once in their last 15 games in Sky Bet League Two, a run of results which has cemented their spot in the upper echelons of the division. 

Last time out, Stags drew 1-1 at home to Colchester United after U's midfielder Brandon Comley cancelled out striker Kane Hemmings' opener. 

Our last away game ended in victory as frontman Danny Rose struck a first half winner in an excellent performance away to Exeter City. 

The Magpies have won four, drawn two and lost four of their last 10 games. 

Kevin Nolan's side had faltered slightly in recent weeks, but they returned to the top three in Sky Bet League Two with a 2-1 win over Forest Green last week.

The last league meeting between the sides was a day to remember for Stags' fans. 

Stags went ahead in the 47th minute through frontman Danny Rose and he doubled our lead just before the hour mark. 

Magpies' skipper Richard Duffy then turned the ball into his own net four mintues later to put Stags into cruise control. 

The away side did score a late consolation, as left-back Carl Dickinson curled home a free-kick in stoppage time to make it 3-1. 

OVERALL RECORD: W - 17 | D - 13 | L - 18

Andy Woolmer will take charge of Saturday's match against Notts County and he will be assisted by Daniel Robathan and Mark Russell. Graham Salisbury will be the fourth official.

Mr Woolmer last took charge of the Stags in our 2-2 home draw with Chesterfield in November.

We have now sold out our total allocation of 4,172 tickets for Saturday's hotly anticipated local derby.

We received a final allocation of 50 tickets around midday on Wednesday and these were quickly snapped up by Stags' fans, taking our total sales to 4,172.

There will be no more tickets made available for Stags' fans, in advance or on the day of the game.

The Broken Wheelbarrow at the back of the stand on Meadow Lane is not available to visiting supporters.

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.

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