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Match preview: Cambridge United vs Stags

20 September 2018

Match Previews

Match preview: Cambridge United vs Stags

20 September 2018

Stags travel to the Abbey Stadium this weekend for our away clash against Cambridge United in Sky Bet League Two. Here's all you need to know ahead of the match.

Stags' boss David Flitcroft is hopeful of having striker Craig Davies available for selection, following his recent hamstring problem. Speaking in this week's news conference, he said: “I’m hopeful of having him but again, until Friday 2pm, we’ll still leave it until then to make a decision on whether Craig is involved or not on Saturday.”

Midfielder Jacob Mellis will miss out due to suspension.

Defensive duo David Mirfin and Zander Diamond will be absent as they continue their recoveries from long-term, respective knee and back injuries.

Most Cambridge players are available for selection, except Harrison Dunk. Jabo Ibehre and Dimi Mitov are fresh injury concerns and could also miss out.

The last time we faced Cambridge was back in January of this year, a game that finished 0-0 at Abbey Stadium.

Stags fell to a narrow 2-1 loss to Exeter City last week, their first league defeat of the season. The game was preceded by an impressive 2-1 win over Lincoln City in the Checkatrade Trophy, and a 1-0 victory over Carlisle United.

Cambridge have endured a tough start to their season, losing four of their last five, finding themselves 19th in the table. Their last victory came at the start of this month, an impressive 1-0 win away to Stevenage.



The referee for this weekend's game will be Nicholas Kinseley, assisted by Matthew Smith and Stephen Finch. The fourth official will be Daniel Leach.

The last Stags' fixture that Mr. Kinseley took charge of was our 1-0 victory away to Coventry City. Midfielder Alex MacDonald was the hero on the afternoon, as his superb effort from 25 yards in the 84th minute earned all three points for Mansfield.

Stags have received an initial allocation of 616 tickets in unreserved seating for the match.

Full ticket information can be found here.

There is no parking at the ground. On-street parking is recommended by the club on Ditton Walk, Coldham's Lane and Whitehall Road. 

The Supporters' Club at the ground, with a £2 entrance fee, allows a few away supporters in. There are few pubs in the vicinity of the ground, with the closest being the Wrestlers and the Tram Depot. Within the ground there are several tea bars serving the usual food and drinks.

Going to the game? Read our travel guide!

You can follow the game live via our Twitter updates, which can be found at The match centre on the website will also contain Opta-populated updates, which can be found here.

iFollow Stags subscribers can listen to full-match commentary of the big game by logging into

A match report will be available to view on our website shortly after the full-time whistle, and full post-match reaction will be available for iFollow Stags subscribers by logging in through the aforementioned link.

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