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Mansfield Town vs Wycombe Wanderers
Tuesday 12th September 2017, k.o. 7.45pm
One Call Stadium
Referee: Rob Lewis
Mansfield’s unbeaten home record comes under threat from a Wycombe side who’ve collected seven points from a possible nine on the road so far, in what could be an intriguing night of League 2 action at the One Call Stadium.
Gareth Ainsworth’s men have so far matched their record from the start of the 2014/15 campaign which culminated in a play-off final at Wembley, with three wins, two draws and one defeat to show for their efforts.
That year they won 13 and lost just two on the road, while the Chairboys are currently unbeaten away from home since February. However, the toughest test yet could lie in wait tonight, with Steve Evans’ Stags heavily tipped for automatic promotion following a summer of considerable investment into the playing squad.
New signings can sometimes take time to gel, and Mansfield’s two wins from six matches so far may not have been the fast start their supporters might have hoped, but they’ll be looking to build on their impressive 4-1 victory over Grimsby on Saturday with a second successive home triumph.
Gareth Ainsworth will hope to have Adebayo Akinfenwa available again after the Chairboys’ top scorer missed Saturday’s draw at Newport through injury, but could keep faith with the same XI that performed impressively at Rodney Parade.
Steve Evans has hinted at making changes in the name of squad rotation to keep his players fresh with three games in a week, and added that there has been a virus in the camp which may take its toll.
Wanderers hold the upper hand with nine wins from the 23 meetings in all competitions, while the Stags have recorded six victories.
It’s been over a decade since the Blues last lost at Mansfield, scoring 11 times on their last six visits.
Man in the middle
Rob Lewis has shown just seven yellow cards in his four games so far this season, and last took charge of a Wycombe game in December when he oversaw the 1-0 win over Leyton Orient.
Wanderers will be wearing their third-choice Utilita-sponsored white strip this evening.
Initially Mansfield had made the game all-ticket for away fans, but have now confirmed that Chairboys supporters will be able to buy tickets at the ground on the day of the match.
Advance sale prices are as follows - there is a £2 increase when bought on the day.
Seniors (over 60): £16
Young Adults (18-21): £15
Juniors (7-17): £12
Children (6 and under): FREE
Call 01494 441118, buy online or purchase from Adams Park before 1pm on Tuesday.
By Adrian Wood
Postcode: NG18 5DA
Using the car? These are the 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 = 138 (average journey time 2 hours 25 minutes)
Suggested car parking area
Limited parking is available at One Call Stadium. There is a small car park, which is available on a first come first served basis, and costs just £5 per car. Supporters are advised to arrive as early as possible. The retail park adjacent to the North Stand (away end) does not permit match day parking. Supporters parking here may be issued with a parking ticket. Some street parking is available.
Fancy using the train?
This is not really an option for this fixture as the last London bound train departs Mansfield at 19:53. For anyone using the train to get there, the best route is by using East Midlands trains from London St Pancras International changing at Nottingham. Quickest journey time is around 2½ hours. One Call Stadium is visible from Mansfield Rail Station. 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.
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. Please note that visiting fans must purchase tickets in advance of travel to One Call Stadium from the visiting club's ticket office. No tickets can be bought on the day of the game for away supporters.
Spare time before or after match?
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.
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Additional info provided by Mansfield Town
Matchday programmes can be purchased for £3 from either the club shop, a programme seller or a merchandise stall.
Pubs can be found closer to the town centre which is around a 10 minute walk from the stadium. The pubs are friendly and welcoming of most away supporters, but again fans of rival clubs may not be granted entrance.
When you wish to enter the stand and find your seat, please make your way to the turnstile number on your ticket and show the staff your ticket.
Sausage Roll £2.00
Double Cheeseburger £4.50
Hot Dog £3.00
Mushy Peas £1.00
Pie, Crisps/Choc, Soft/Hot Drink £5.00
Hot Dog, Crisps/Choc, Soft/Hot Drink £5.00
Pie and Alcoholic Drink £5.00
Double Cheeseburger and a Beer £6.00
Crisps, Choc and Soft Drink £3.00
Bovril/Tea/Coffee/Hot Choc £2.00
Soft Drink £2.00