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Mansfield Town (H)

17 March 2018

Notts County host Mansfield Town in a local derby with much more than bragging rights at stake.

Both teams are firmly in the automatic promotion race in Sky Bet League Two and only three points separate the sides heading into the game.

Notts have rediscovered the winning habit of late, taking maximum points from two of their past three league games to move back into the top three.

After suffering successive home defeats against Exeter City and Crawley Town in mid-January, the Magpies have won three games on the bounce at Meadow Lane to reignite their promotion hopes after a slight wobble post-Christmas.

Mansfield, meanwhile, have been steady, losing just once in their last 15 league matches, and are well-positioned ahead of the final stretch of fixtures.

Following Steve Evans' departure to Peterborough United at the end of last month, the Stags swiftly swooped for Swindon's gaffer David Flitcroft, who has drawn both of his games in charge thus far.

While this game won't crown either side as a promotion winner or condemn them to another season in the fourth tier, it could go a long way towards deciding the final fate of both the Magpies and the Stags.

Notts manager Kevin Nolan says...

"We have got to play all the teams around us in the coming weeks and it's going to be great.

"It gives it that little bit of extra spice. We're going enjoy it and go at it 110%.

"Mansfield is the next game and the most important thing is we prepare properly and make sure we're ready."

Click here for more from the manager.

Mansfield boss David Flitcroft says...

"Meadow Lane can be quite an intimidating place. They’ve made it a fortress and we’ve got to try and take hold of that and take ownership ourselves.

"It can only come through the performance of the players and the energy they show.

“Like in any big competition or any sporting event, that’s where you’ve got have your focus.

"Stick to the game-plan, the game-plan might change but you’ve got to be adaptable."

Team news

Kevin Nolan reported a clean bill of health for his team with Ross Fitzsimons returning to the fold following his car accident earlier in the month.

Mansfield defender David Mirfin is the only confirmed absentee for the Stags, as he continues his recovery from knee surgery.

Zander Diamond (hamstring) and midfielder Jacob Mellis (ankle) are both recovering well from knocks and continue to be assessed in the build-up to the game.


Danny Rose is an invaluable asset to the Stags and has been the spearhead of their promotion push this season, scoring at a regular rate to keep them within touching distance of the top three.

The former Bury striker is well-known to Notts fans and defenders after bagging a brace when the Stags beat Notts 3-1 at the One Call Stadium at the end of September.

The 24-year-old is only three goals shy of hitting 20 for the season and was rewarded for his fine form with a new contract which will keep him in blue and amber until the end of the 2019-20 season.

We've met before...

Notts currently hold superiority in the head-to-head stakes despite not beating the Stags in the league since August 2003, when Glynn Hurst's brace and a goal from Mike Edwards secured a 3-2 victory.

Last season's home match against Mansfield was Nolan's first game in charge of Notts, finishing goalless to end the Magpies' run of 10 successive league defeats.

What are the odds?

Could Nolan be the one to end the barren spell against the Stags?

Sky Bet have priced Notts up as 13/8 odds-against favourites for victory at Meadow Lane, while Mansfield are 17/10 to register a first win under Flitcroft's management. The draw is available at 9/4.

Notts have scored two or more goals in each of their last three home games and can be backed at 7/4 to do so again against the Stags.

Fancy Notts to win and keep a clean sheet? It's 10/3 for Nolan's men to win to-nil or 9/2 for both teams scoring with the three points staying in Nottingham.

Shola Ameobi garnered himself a reputation as something of a derby-day specialist during his time at Newcastle United with seven goals in 16 appearances against arch-rivals Sunderland.

Could he continue that form on the big stage in the black and white of Notts? The striker is 13/2 to be the first name on the scoresheet.

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Match Reports

Notts 1-1 Mansfield

17 March 2018

Notts County were denied victory on derby day by a last-minute penalty from Kane Hemmings.

The striker scored from the spot with one of the last kicks of the game to snatch a draw for the Stags, who had fallen behind to Terry Hawkridge's third goal of the campaign.

Kevin Nolan made one change to the side that beat Forest Green Rovers as Shola Ameobi replaced Lewis Alessandra up front.

A punishing wind was blowing around Meadow Lane, making it difficult for either side to get hold of the game.

Jon Stead nodded the ball wide at the near post and Liam Noble's first-time effort went over as Notts pressed for the early advantage.

A blizzard descended soon descended on Meadow Lane, causing more issues for both sides, and onlookers had to wait until the 32nd minute for the next meaningful shot of note - Danny Rose seeing his effort comfortably dealt with by Adam Collin.

Two minutes later, Ameobi had a golden opportunity to give his side the lead when he was picked out at the back post by Jorge Grant. Stags keeper Conrad Logan did brilliantly to save with his legs.

But there was nothing the keeper could do from the resultant corner, Ameobi crashing a header off the crossbar and Hawkridge nudging the ball over the line despite the close attentions of a number of Stags defenders.

The Magpies headed back into the tunnel ahead and reemerged for the second half unchanged.

It could have been 2-0 on 56 minutes when Stead flashed a low cross across the six-yard box only for no-one to be on hand to turn it home.

Hemmings saw a shot deflect into the side-netting for the visitors before former Notts man - and Stags captain - Krystian Pearce received lengthy treatment for an injury.

The onus was on the visitors to score the next goal and Paul Anderson tried his luck on the hour, sending a 25-yard effort swerving a yard wide of the post.

Pearce diverted Ameobi's cross on to the roof of his own net as the Magpies came close to an unorthadox second goal.

And Mansfield nearly benefitted from a deflection of their own moments later when Alex MacDonald's strike took a nick off a Notts man on its way into Collin's grasp.

Tensions were beginning to rise at the Lane and a melee ensued when Mal Benning fouled Jon Stead down the flank. Benning joined his team-mate Will Atkinson in the book.

Rose bent a shot narrowly wide of the far post shortly before Alesssandra replaced Hawkridge down the right with nine minutes to go.

Logan saved a bobbling Grant effort and Rhys Bennett sent a header wide as the side's exchanged chances during the game's final throes.

Seven minutes of added-on time were signalled and Collin was at his best to palm MacDonald's header over the crossbar as the Stags pressed for an equaliser.

And they were given a golden chance to level proceedings when Alessandra was adjudged to have handled the ball inside the area in the final minute.

Hemmings stepped up and beat Collin, sending the ball into the bottom corner to secure a point for the visitors.

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Tickets: Mansfield Town (H)

16 March 2018

Tickets are now on sale for Notts County's Sky Bet League Two match against Mansfield Town on Saturday 17 March (1pm).

With a large crowd expected, Notts fans are strongly encouraged to buy their tickets online in advance and scan their barcode from their phone at the turnstile.

On matchday, only Mansfield tickets will be available to purchase from the ticket office and matchday booth between 12pm and kick-off.

Tickets for any other home or away fixture can be purchased up to 12pm and for 15 minutes after the game.

Please note – matchday sales will be available to home supporters only. No away tickets will be available on the day.


Category Derek Pavis Stand Air-IT Kop Stand Haydn Green Family Stand
Adult £20 £20 £20
60 and over £14 £14 £14
18-21 £14 £14 £14
Under 18 £7 £7 £7
Under 16 £5 £5 £5
Under 12 £1 £1 £1
Under 7† Free Free Free

Prices for supporters aged 12 and over will rise by £2 on matchday.

†Under 7s' tickets cannot be claimed online.

How to buy

Tickets can be purchased online and printed at home by clicking here. More information on buying tickets online can be found here.

Alternatively, visit the Meadow Lane ticket office or call 0115 955 7210.


Click here for more information on the Family Stand.

Download a handy matchday guide and map here.


To enquire about hospitality for this fixture, please email or call 0115 955 7222.

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