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The Big Match Preview: Mansfield

14 October 2016

All you need to know ahead of the Sky Bet League Two clash at the One Call Stadium on Saturday (k.o. 3pm).

Mansfield Town vs Wycombe Wanderers
Saturday 15th October 2016, k.o. 3pm
One Call Stadium, NG18 5DA
Referee: Brett Huxtable

Last year a win at Mansfield was the catalyst for the Blues' best run of form with a sequence of seven wins from 11 games; now can the same fixture kickstart a successful streak on the road?

Gareth Ainsworth's men have boasted a superb away record in recent years but this term they've suffered from a bout of travel sickness, collecting only one point away from Adams Park, where by contrast they've excelled with four straight wins.

In that time they've lost to four of the current promotion front-runners but last week's loss at Yeovil was particularly disappointing, in a scrappy game with little goalmouth action and unable to replicate the eye-catching football which had been on display in the games building up to it.

It leaves Ainsworth with selection options, with the Blues boss hoping to have Marcus Bean and Scott Kashket back in the 18 after absences for injury and illness respectively, while Myles Weston is also close to a return.

Mansfield started the season well with 10 points from their first five games, before stumbling upon a sticky patch of form which left them winless in six league games before they recorded a morale-boosting 3-1 triumph over local rivals Notts County last weekend.

The head-to-head record lies in Wycombe's favour with eight wins in total compared to Mansfield's four, while the Chairboys have won four of their last seven trips to the One Call Stadium, scoring 17 in the process.

Tickets
Tickets are off sale from 3pm on Friday and cannot be purchased on the day.

Click here for details.

Build-Up
View photos from the lads' final pre-match training session on Facebook.

Recommended road directions
Take the normal route to the northbound M1 (M40 to Junction 10, then A43 towards Northampton). Carry on the M1 to Junction 28 and then take the A38 (Sutton Road) towards Mansfield. After passing the Kings Mill Hospital on your left and then the Nell Gwyn pub on your right, turn right at the traffic lights into Sheepbridge Lane.  After passing under a railway bridge (height restriction 10' 9") you will reach a set of traffic lights where you turn left into Quarry Lane. You will reach the stadium along on the left.

Mileage from High Wycombe = 141

Recommended area for car parking
For car parking there is a small car park at the ground available on a first come first served basis costing £5 a car. This closes at 2.30pm on match days. Note that the retail park adjacent to the North Stand (away end) does NOT allow match day parking. Some street parking is available.   

Using the train?
The best route is by using East Midlands trains from London St Pancras International changing at Nottingham. Quickest journey time is a little under 2½ hours. One Call Stadium is visible from Mansfield Rail Station. Visiting supporters should leave the station via the footbridge adjacent to Platform 2. Walk past Burger King, through the retail park, and you will arrive at the North Stand (away end). The walk will take less than ten minutes. Possible return times from Mansfield are at 17:46 (arriving St Pancras at 20:14), 18:18 (20:56), and 19:13 (21:59).

Facilities for away fans
Away fans are housed in the North Stand behind one goal. As you would expect from a relatively new stand the views of the playing action and facilities are pretty good. Ground capacity is 10,000 (all seated).  The ground telephone number is 01623 482 482 and the club email address is info@mansfieldtown.net. Please note that visiting fans must purchase tickets in advance from their own club’s ticket office. No tickets can be bought on the day for away supporters.

Facilities around the ground
There is a bar at the ground called the Sandy Pate (underneath the Ian Greaves Stand), which welcomes away fans and is free to enter. This does get busy on match days. Coming recommended is 'The Sir John Cockle’ pub on the A38 going into Mansfield from the M1. I have read that ‘The Talbot’ on the Nottingham Road (A60) near the Sainsburys Supermarket is mainly for home fans. Another option is the Midland Hotel, on Station Road. This is near the Railway Station and about a ten minute walk away from the stadium. Visiting fans are welcomed. There is also a Wetherspoons outlet called the Court House, situated in Market Place, which is listed in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide.

Can't make it?
Phil Catchpole and guest are behind the mic to provide live commentary on Chairboys Player and the FLi Player app from 2.55pm. Alternatively you can follow regular updates on our Twitter account - @wwfcofficial. Also keen an eye on Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat for more content.

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