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MATCH PREVIEW - A look ahead to our final away match of the season

27 April 2023

Match Previews

MATCH PREVIEW - A look ahead to our final away match of the season

27 April 2023

Having guaranteed EFL football for the 2023/24 season with the 3-2 victory against Newport in midweek, we head into their final couple of fixtures high in confidence.

And there is plenty on the line in our final away game of the season as we head to Mansfield to face a side who are in the thick of the playoff mix.


Our opponents

The Stags were defeated 2-1 at home to already promoted Leyton Orient on Tuesday, a result that saw them on the outside looking in, separated by goal difference to Bradford City and Salford City immediately above them and only three points back of Stockport County and Carlisle United.

Their recent form is mixed though, having been beaten only once in the past ten but drawing five games during this spell.

On home turf they have taken 35 points from 22 games, 11th best in the division and eight draws seeing them drop points compared to some of the sides around them.

Previous meetings

Town are yet to taste defeat against the Stags, going unbeaten in their five encounters to date. Earlier in the season a first-half double from Luke Armstrong either side of an Alex Pattison strike.

In 2020/21 Town did the double in their first season as an EFL club with a pair of 1-0 wins. In November Calvin Miller's strike was enough to secure all three points whilst Aaron Martin's goal was the difference in the home fixture later in the season.

Last season Town triumphed 3-1 away from home thanks to goals from Luke Armstrong, Jack Muldoon and George Thomson in a game that saw Mansfield reduced to nine men. The return fixture in early February at The Envirovent Stadium ended goalless.

The man in charge

Nigel Clough is the man in charge at Field Mill. After a stellar playing career for Nottingham Forest and latterly Liverpool, Manchester City and Burton Albion, as well as earning 14 England caps.

After hanging up his boots he went into management taking Burton Albion through the divisions over the course of a decade before following his father's path by taking the Derby County job where he is in the hot seat for four years.

A brief spell at Sheffield United then followed before a return to Burton Albion.

Clough took over at Mansfield midway through the 2020/21 season.

Ones to watch

Forward Will Swan, on loan from Nottingham Forest, leads the way with nine goals on the season. Veteran Lucas Akins is close behind on eight goals, as well as adding five assists.

Davis Keillor-Dunn is in a rich vein of form at present, netting six times and he will form a dangerous partnership with Hiram Boateng with, who has six assists.

Peterborough loanee Christie Pym will be between the sticks for Clough's side with veteran James Perch again having a good season in defence.


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 since the turn of the century.

They also spent five seasons in the National League following relegation in 2008 before returning in 2013 where they have remained since.

They have reached the League Two play-off final since their return, losing to Newport County on penalties in the 2018/19 season and to Port Vale last season.

Team news

Town's continue to have long-term absentees Stephen Dooley and Kayne Ramsay on the sidelines. While Warren Burrell also joined the list of long-term absentees after undergoing an operation on a hernia this week.

Danny Grant and Alex Pattison also continue their return from injury. However, it is unclear whether they will be fit in time.

Otherwise Simon Weaver will have a full squad to select from.

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