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Preview: Mansfield (A)

7 December 2018

Notts County travel to Mansfield on Saturday for the first Nottinghamshire derby of the season.

As well as the local rivalry, it’s Neal Ardley’s first league game in charge of the Magpies meaning there will be plenty of eyes on the One Call Stadium come 1pm.

Notts are looking for a first Sky Bet League Two win since early October and put in a spirited performance in Tuesday night’s Checkatrade Trophy defeat to Sunderland as the new boss made his bow in the dugout.

On the other hand, Mansfield occupy sixth spot in the table having only lost once all season outside of cup competitions – a 2-1 reverse against Exeter on 15 September.

They also exited the Checkatrade Trophy on Tuesday night, beaten 1-0 at home by Bury.

Form can go out of the window in a derby, though, and this one promises to be a cracker.

Ardley says…

"There are other reasons to do well besides picking up three points.

“After a tough opening to the season, fans will jump on board if we get the win and every player will be a hero for the night.

“Sometimes you can get carried away in games like this, though. We have to find the competitive edge of a derby but, at the same time, stop their threats and do what we’re good at.

“They’re a very good team who have only lost once this season and David Flitcroft is someone I’ve got on well with over the years - but for that 90 minutes we’ll be fierce rivals.”

Flitcroft says…

“Derby football is what English fans are brought up on – it’s everything that you believe in as a supporter.

“Neal's players will have another added incentive as they will be looking to impress their new boss.

“This will be my first time facing Notts at home as Stags’ manager and the match is exciting the squad and all of the staff.

“I’m happy with what we’ve done so far this year but there are always improvements that have to be made and on Saturday we need that ‘win at all costs’ mentality.”

Team news

Kane Hemmings, who spent last season on loan with Mansfield, has trained this week and could be in contention for a return to action against his former club subject to a late fitness test.

Jon Stead played 30 minutes on Tuesday night and will hope to be more involved, but Ben Hall has suffered an ankle injury and needs to see a specialist.

Flitcroft hopes Krystian Pearce will shake off a groin strain in time for Saturday while CJ Hamilton is expected to feature after playing half of the defeat to Bury.

David Mirfin is nearing a return to action but is unlikely to be fit for the derby while Alex MacDonald has bruising on a bone and is definitely out.

We’ve met before

Mansfield won 3-1 when Notts visited the One Call Stadium last season, Danny Rose grabbing a brace with Carl Dickinson netting a consolation goal.

The reverse fixture at Meadow Lane finished 1-1 with Hemmings scoring a late penalty to cancel out Terry Hawkridge’s opener which denied the Magpies all three points.

The weekend’s officials

Referee: Jeremy Simpson

Assistants: Shaun Hudson and Nigel Lugg

Fourth official: Peter Wright

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Match Reports

Mansfield 2-0 Notts

Stags win the derby with Hamilton at the double

8 December 2018

Notts County were beaten 2-0 by Mansfield Town in the Nottinghamshire Derby at One Call Stadium.

Goals either side of the break from CJ Hamilton were enough to win it for the hosts on a frenetic afternoon which could have seen many more goals.

Notts, led by Neal Ardley in his first league game in charge, had a number of good chances but were unable to find a way past Bobby Olejnik in the Mansfield net.

The Magpies lined up in a 4-3-3 formation with Jon Stead returning to the starting line up, taking the armband in the process.

He was flanked by Nathan Thomas and Will Patching, with Elliott Hewitt, David Vaughan and Rob Milsom patrolling central midfield.

Jamie Turley filled in at right back in the continued absence of Matt Tootle, while Shaun Brisley was selected to partner Elliott Ward in central defence.

Dan Jones kept his place at left back and Ross Fitzsimons continued between the sticks.

Notts made a bright start to the game and won a free-kick just outside the area with five minutes on the clock. Patching could only find the wall with his shot.

Thomas was the next man to have a go, cutting in from the left and seeing his well-struck effort palmed away by Olejnik.

Notts hearts were in mouths on 14 minutes when Fitzsimons had to come out of his goal to challenge Hamilton down the left flank. He executed the tackle well but the ball stayed in play, presenting Mal Benning with a potshot at an open goal from a wide position 40 yards out. Ward anticipated the danger, however, and was well positioned to clear the goalbound effort.

It was then Mansfield's turn for a scare as Thomas peeled off into space on the edge of the area, where he was intelligently picked out by Patching. On his weaker right foot, the winger could only guide the ball over the bar.

Benning and Forest loanee Tyler Walker both sent shots wide before Thomas had an even better chance, receiving the ball from Vaughan, beating his man for pace in the area and seeing his low shot saved by the legs of Olejnik.

Notts were well in the match and Patching sent an effort over as the visitors continued to show their attacking threat.

But the hosts were looking lively in attack themselves as Mellis played a superb through ball for Neal Bishop to send the former Notts man clear on goal. Fitzsimons made an excellent save with his leg to deny the midfielder.

Patching then had a golden opportunity of his own as the ball ran for him in the area. He couldn't find a way round Olejnik with his shot, though.

And less than a minute later Notts were ruing their missed opportunities as Benning crossed the ball to the back stick, where Hamilton was on hand to guide it back across goal and into the far corner to give Stags the lead.

Thomas sent another effort over, Brisley made an important block to deny Walker and Hamilton shot high and wide with Fitzsimons stranded once more as the clock ticked down towards half-time.

But there was to be no more action of note before the referee, who had booked Turley for a wild swipe on Hamilton earlier in the half, called time.

There were no changes for either side at the break and the hosts nearly doubled their lead six minutes after the restart, Hamilton rattling the crossbar after capitalising on Brisley's misplaced pass.

Moments later, Hayden White hit the post from a tight angle as David Flitcroft's side continued their pursuit of the game's next goal.

Ardley's first changes came on 58 minutes as Brisley made way for Tom Crawford and Kane Hemmings made his long-awaited return to action, replacing Patching.

The switch saw Vaughan move to right midfield, Hewitt to right back and Turley to centre back as Ardley changed to a 4-4-2.

Turley was called into immediate action in his new role, making an important intervention to deny Walker in the area.

But the Notts defence were unable to prevent the hosts extending their lead shortly afterwards, catching the Magpies cold on the break as Hamilton doubled his tally, cutting on to his left foot in the area and firing the ball low past the wrong-footed Fitzsimons.

Walker came close to adding a third when he pounced on a Turley mistake before drilling the ball across goal and just wide of the far post.

The Magpies needed a response and nearly had one when Ward showed good footwork and composure in the area before drilling a low effort goalwards. Olejnik dived to his left to push the ball wide.

Stead was the next man to have a glimpse at goal as Jones picked him out with a sensational cross from the left. The forward got underneath the ball, however, and was unable to direct his header goalwards.

Jones had to get back quickly as the Stags broke away down the left, Hamilton crossing for Walker who looked certain to score. Jones slid in to make an outstanding challenge, quelling the danger.

Walker was then on the receiving end of a foul by Hewitt which earned the Welshman a booking shortly before Stead made way for Kristian Dennis with 10 minutes to play. Milsom took the armband.

Dennis was yellow carded following a collision with Olejnik and four minutes were added on at the end of the match, during which Fitzsimons denied substitute Danny Rose.

And that was to be the game's final shot as the hosts claimed local bragging rights.

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Ticket News

Mansfield off sale

Do not travel without a ticket

7 December 2018

Tickets for Notts County’s Sky Bet League Two trip to Mansfield Town on Saturday 8 December (kick-off 1pm) are now off sale.

This is a strictly all-ticket fixture. No tickets will be available on the day from the One Call Stadium.

Supporters who need to collect their pre-paid ticket on matchday can do so from the programme booth at the away end.

Click here for an away-day guide, supplied by Mansfield Town.

Official away travel will depart from near the club shop on Meadow Lane at 11am.

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