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Mansfield Preview – Another showdown with Mansfield on the way

2 September 2021

Match Previews

Mansfield Preview – Another showdown with Mansfield on the way

2 September 2021



It's a second meeting with the Stags in just five days on Saturday as we make our second trip to Field Mill.


Tuesday night's 3-1 victory at the EnviroVent made it four wins from five to start the season, with Simon Weaver's side looking to retain their current status as League Two's only unbeaten side.

In Opposition

Tuesday night's loss made it three straight defeats for the Stags, with Swindon and Bradford also getting the better of Nigel Clough's side recently.

Saturday's opponents had opened their campaign with 2-1 wins over Bristol Rovers and Newport County, following that up with a point away at Colchester, results that keep them seventh in the early standings.

Only a point separated the sides last season, with Mansfield ending the campaign in 16th, one place above Town.

Previous Meetings

As well as Tuesday night's Papa John's Trophy victory, both our meetings last season went the way of Town, with a 1-0 win at Field Mill back in November followed up by the same scoreline at The EnviroVent three months later; Aaron Martin claiming the winner.



Ones to Watch

Despite hitting double figures for goals, last season's top scorer Jordan Bowery has found himself limited mainly to minutes in cup competitions so far this season and Tuesday night's penalty miss won't help the striker's cause.

Oliver Hawkins has been picking up the slack in Bowery's absence and already has three goals to his name since making the Summer switch from Ipswich.

George Lapsile got his first of the season at The EnviroVent in midweek and will be looking for more of the same following a decent haul of eight last season.

Manager

Former Burton Albion and Derby boss Nigel Clough was appointed Manager in November 2020 and saw an instant upturn in fortunes.

Clough made over 600 appearances as a player for the likes of Nottingham Forest and Liverpool, before following his Father's footsteps into management; Mansfield his fourth club managed after Burton Albion (twice), Derby and Sheffield United.

History

The Stags have spent all but one season of their long tenure in the Football League in the bottom two divisions, and apart from the 2003/04 season have spent the majority of time residing in the fourth tier.

They also spent five seasons in the National League following relegation in 2008 before returning in 2013, reaching the League Two play-offs once since their return, losing to Newport County on penalties in the 2018/19 season.

Team News

After making seven changes for Tuesday night, Weaver has plenty to ponder selection wise ahead of the weekend, with Connor Hall expected to recover from the knock he suffered.

Deadline Day signing Jack Diamond could make his first Town appearance since scoring our third and final goal against Notts County at Wembley Stadium.

Tickets 

Tickets will be on sale in the club shop on Commercial Street on Thursday and Friday from 10am - 4pm.

Tickets are also available to purchase on the day from Mansfield's away ticket collection point at Field Mill. 

Away Travel

Harrogate Town Independent Supporters Club are running a coaches to the fixture, the early coach departs at 10:30am and family coach at 12:00pm

More information can be found via the below link...

AWAY TRAVEL

Streaming

Due to Saturday 4th September being classed as an international weekend, our trip to Mansfield is available to watch live for £10 via our streaming website.

WATCH LIVE - MANSFIELD VS TOWN
 

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