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Preview: Mansfield (H)

15 February 2019

Notts County host Mansfield Town on Saturday in the biggest ever Nottinghamshire Derby.

The Magpies head into the clash in good form after picking up four points from recent matches against table-toppers Lincoln and play-off chasing Forest Green.

As a result they’ve moved within four points of safety and will hope to put the pressure on Sky Bet League Two’s other struggling sides with a win in the 1pm kick-off.

Mansfield need the points for their own reasons as they continue their push for automatic promotion and can go top of the table, for at least a couple of hours, if they win at Meadow Lane.

They lost at Newport last week which was just their fourth defeat of the season but three of those losses have come since the turn of the year.

With so much at stake, it’s no surprise there’s a crowd of over 12,000 expected at the Lane for what promises to be a cracker!

Notts boss Neal Ardley says…

“Even if you take away the rivalry, it’s a really big match because of where both teams are in the league.

“Based on that alone it’s a huge game because of the time of the season and how momentum can swing – add in that it’s Notts v Mansfield and it goes up tenfold.

“They’re a good side who will be looking to bounce back - if we play well, Mansfield will have to play really well but if we don’t, they’ll probably beat us.

“There was a gulf between the teams last time round but there won’t be much in it on Saturday and it could be a moment of brilliance or a mistake that decides it."

Stags boss David Flitcroft says…

“Neal is a fantastic manager – he came in and made a few signings which you can see are working and they’ve had good results recently.

“They’re certainly fighting and Neal has now in his armoury what he probably wanted ten weeks ago.

“No two games are ever the same. We’ve flushed out the Newport loss and this is another opportunity to get three points.

“It will be a massive match and a key one for both teams. The players have to make sure they give everything, like they have done all season.”

Team news

Notts have no fresh injury concerns following last week’s victory at Forest Green but Ardley could be tempted to shuffle the pack with a clash against Newport coming up on Tuesday.

Mitch Rose will hope to feature against his former club, as will Kane Hemmings who scored for Mansfield in this fixture last season.

Stags will be without striker Danny Rose who was involved in a heavy collision at Newport on Tuesday night but is now in a stable condition after initial concern.

The game also comes too soon for defender Ben Turner while midfielder Alex MacDonald has trained this week and will hope to return after a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

We’ve met before

Ardley’s first league match in charge of Notts was during December’s 2-0 defeat at the One Call Stadium where CJ Hamilton scored once in either half for the Stags.

Hemmings’ stoppage-time penalty denied the Magpies all three points last time Mansfield visited Meadow Lane after Terry Hawkridge gave the hosts the lead 10 minutes before half-time.

Notts haven’t beaten the Stags in the league since 2005 and will hope to end a 12-match winless run on Saturday.

Elsewhere in League Two

Second bottom Macclesfield host play-off chasing Colchester having picked up just one point from their last three matches.

Yeovil also face a top seven side when they travel to Forest Green hoping to avoid a sixth straight defeat, while 22nd-placed Morecambe visit Port Vale who are 20th.

Cambridge have won four of their last five and will look to put more distance between themselves and the dropzone when they host Tranmere, while Cheltenham head to Grimsby who have recorded three victories on the spin.

The Derby’s officials

Referee: Lee Mason

Assistants: Matthew Wilkes and Richard West

Fourth official: Craig Hicks

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Notts 1-0 Mansfield

Mackail-Smith fires Notts to huge win

16 February 2019

Notts County recorded their first league victory over Mansfield Town since 2005 with a 1-0 victory in front of 12,660 fans at Meadow Lane.

Craig Mackail-Smith played the role of hero, scoring an excellent early goal which was enough to secure a huge win for the Magpies.

It was the first time since October that Notts had recorded consecutive victories and, unsurprisingly, Neal Ardley named an unchanged squad after overseeing the impressive 2-1 victory at high-flying Forest Green Rovers last weekend.

That meant Nottingham Forest loanee Virgil Gomis had the opportunity to test himself against fellow Reds Jordan Smith, Jorge Grant and Tyler Walker, who were all handed starts by Stags boss David Flitcroft.

Walker, Mansfield's top scorer, whistled the first shot of the game narrowly over the crossbar inside two minutes before there was a huge moment of controversy at the other end.

Mackail-Smith beat Ben Turner for pace to latch on to a through ball just outside the area, where he was hauled down by the defender. With only the keeper standing in the forward's way it looked certain that referee Lee Mason would brandish a straight red card but, after a lengthy wait, he only produced a yellow.

Jim O'Brien couldn't beat the wall with the subsequent free-kick but, shortly after Enzio Boldewijn had seen an effort deflected wide, Mackail-Smith gave Notts the lead their bright start deserved.

It was a sweetly-struck effort from the Wycombe loanee, who showed tremendous technique to rifle the bouncing ball low into the corner from just outside the area under pressure from onrushing defenders.

The noise inside Meadow Lane was deafening and the Magpies carved out an opportunity to make it 2-0 on 28 minutes. Sam Stubbs showed excellent composure before playing the ball into the channel for Mackail-Smith, who beat his man and crossed the ball low into the area. Gomis met it with a first-time shot which was diverted wide by Matt Preston.

It was all Notts, who saw Boldewijn bobble an effort straight at Stags keeper Jordan Smith, Jon Stead loop a header just wide and Mackail-Smith fire an effort over from 20 yards before Mason called time on the half.

Flitcroft decided to make a sub at half-time, replacing defender Turner with forward Nicky Ajose.

And the visitors enjoyed a good spell of pressure after the restart, culminating in CJ Hamilton sending an effort over from the edge of the area.

With an hour on the clock, Preston went into the book for a powerful lunge on Gomis after the two players raced each other to a loose ball in midfield.

Notts had regained control and they had another chance of their own with just over 15 minutes to play when Boldewijn showed good feet in the area before firing his shot over the bar.

O'Brien sent a left-footed volley just wide as the Magpies continued their pursuit of a goal to kill the game off.

But, as long as the scores were locked at 1-0, there was still a chance for the Stags - and you could sense a little pressure building when Boldewijn wrote his name into the referee's notebook for delaying the taking of a free-kick after Grant had been fouled in a dangerous position.

Ardley made a double change shortly afterwards, sending Kane Hemmings and Lewis Alessandra on for Gomis and Stead.

And Notts continued to keep their rivals at arm's length heading into four minutes of added time, which passed without incident as the Magpies claimed a huge win.

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Matchday ticket details

16 February 2019

Notts supporters are strongly advised to purchase their ticket for this afternoon's derby online in advance.

E-tickets can be printed at home or scanned from a mobile device at the turnstiles (if the screen is not damaged), saving fans a queue at the ticket office. Click here to visit the online ticket office.

The matchday booth will not be in operation for this fixture. Everyone wishing to buy in person must visit the ticket office. Please leave extra time if you're doing so.

Mansfield supporters are reminded that the away end is SOLD OUT. There are no away tickets available. In the interests of supporter safety, any visiting fans who are found to be purchasing tickets in home areas will be denied entry. Any that do access the ground will be ejected without a refund.

Matchday prices

Category Derek Pavis Stand Air-IT Kop Stand Haydn Green Family Stand
Adult £22 £22 £22
65 and over £16 £16 £16
18-21 £16 £16 £16
Under 18 £9 £9 £9
Under 16 £7 £7 £7
Under 12 £1 £1 £1
Under 7† Free Free Free

†Under 7s' tickets can only be claimed online if an adult purchase is made in the same transaction.

How to buy

Tickets can be purchased online and printed at home by clicking here.

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

Tickets to the value of £1.50 or more will be subject to a 60p per ticket administration fee when purchased online or over the phone.

Bringing the kids?

Click here to find out what's happening in the Family Stand.

Hospitality

To enquire about hospitality for this fixture, please email kirsty.edwards@nottscountyfc.co.uk or call 0115 955 7222.

Click here to view our range of packages.

Sensory rooms

Supporters with complex learning difficulties are able to book tickets in the club's sensory rooms by emailing alice.kelk@nottscountyfc.co.uk.

Parents and carers are able to visit the rooms before matchday if they wish to check its suitability.

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