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Match preview - Town look to continue in winning ways as Mansfield arrive in Harrogate

23 October 2023

Match Previews

Match preview - Town look to continue in winning ways as Mansfield arrive in Harrogate

23 October 2023

The 2-1 come from behind win against Colchester made it three wins on the bounce on their travels and Simon Weaver’s side will be looking to take that form into a pair of home fixtures over the next week.

Crewe are the visitors on Saturday but before then there is an equally tough test tomorrow evening when unbeaten Mansfield Town arrive at The Envirovent Stadium when Town will look to end a run of three successive defeats on home turf. 


Our opponents  

Through 13 games the Stags are yet to taste defeat, the only unbeaten side remaining in the division and have registered eight draws so far.

They come into the game well placed, sitting in sixth position on 23 points and within striking distance of the top three and boast the best defensive record in League Two having conceded just 10 goals so far. 

Previous meetings 

Town are yet to taste defeat against Mansfield, going unbeaten in seven league and cup encounters since entering the EFL.  

Last season Town won comfortably at home, an early Alex Pattison strike followed by a double from Luke Armstrong blowing Mansfield away in the first-half to secure a 3-0 victory whilst there was a 2-1 away win at the end of the season that dashed the home sides playoff hopes. 

Simon Weaver’s side are yet to concede at home in the league in three encounters against tomorrows opponents, with last seasons win preceded by a 0-0 draw in 2021/22 and a 1-0 win in 2020/21 thanks to Aaron Martin’s volleyed strike. 

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 

Davis Keillor-Dunn is having an exceptional start to the season, notching eight goals and three assists. Midfield partner George Maris has three goals and two assists. 

Forward Lucas Akins has three goals whilst veteran Stephen Quinn has four assists from midfield. 

During the summer the club added defensive solidity in Callum Macdonald from Bristol Rovers and Aden Flint from Stoke City, both of whom have settled in well as has Baily Cargill who arrived from Forest Green Rovers. 

After a loan spell during 2022/23 ‘keeper Christie Pym made a permanent move to the club this summer and has been an ever present so far as has been defensive midfielder Louis Reed. 


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 
Simon Weaver will likely still be without both Abraham Odoh and Rod McDonald with the duo missing recent weeks through injury. 

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