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Match preview: Colchester United vs Stags

18 January 2019

Match Previews

Match preview: Colchester United vs Stags

18 January 2019

Next up for the Stags in Sky Bet League Two is a trip to face Colchester United on Saturday 19 January (3pm kick-off). Here's all you need to know ahead of the clash...

Stags will be without the duo of Alex MacDonald and David Mirfin as the pair continue their recoveries from knee injuries.

Goalkeeper Bobby Olejnik has been ruled out for the season with an anterior cruciate ligament rupture, so will miss out.

Striker Craig Davies, who has an ankle injury, will also be absent.

Colchester manager John McGreal has no fresh injury concerns heading into Saturday's clash.

Stags go into the game off the back of a 1-0 victory over Crawley. Top scorer Tyler Walker scored the game's only goal - his 17th of the season - in the 88th minute of the clash at One Call Stadium.

Colchester sit fifth in the table heading into Saturday's match, yet have only won one of their last five games. The win came in their recent outing away to Port Vale, a game that ended 3-0 to the U's.



We last faced Colchester at One Call Stadium in August of last year, a game that concluded with a 1-1 scoreline. Striker Craig Davies scored for the Stags.

The referee for Saturday's clash will be Brett Huxtable, assisted by Paul Yates and Callum Walchester. The fourth official will be Andrew Williams.

Stags have received two allocations of tickets for the clash in two stands, East 1 and East 2. We have received an allocation of 286 tickets in East 1, and 156 in East 2.

For full ticket information, click here.

There are 600 car parking spaces at the stadium but it is essential that you pre-book your space in advance via the Colchester United website ( The Colchester Town Centre Park and Ride car park is situated on the opposite side of the A12 to the Stadium (signposted just off Junction 28).

This car park has 1,000 spaces and fans attending games are welcome to use the car park. It costs £3 to park there, and from the car park it is then a relatively short five minute walk across the A12 bridge to the stadium.

There are few drinking outlets close to the ground. However, the Stadium Bar located inside the stadium is open to both home and away fans. There are the usual food offerings inside the ground.

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 match courtesy of Martin Shaw and Dean Foulkes 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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