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HERE'S LOOKING AT YOU: Mansfield Town

We take a closer look at our first opponents of the New Year

31 December 2017

United’s first game of the New Year sees them make the trip to Mansfield, looking to bounce back from defeat agains Coventry.

That narrow defeat to the Sky Blues ended a three-game winning run for United, who will now look to put things right at the first attempt.

But Mansfield, tipped by many for promotion this season, will prove a stern test and are in contention for the top three places as we move into 2018.

We take a look at Steve Evans’ side ahead of our visit to Field Mill:

In contention

After a summer in which manager Evans strengthened his squad considerably, there was an expectation that Mansfield would be challenging for the title this season.

And although their start to the season has been far from perfect, there are definitely promising signs for the newly-assembled side.

The Stags currently sit in 8th place, just three points off the automatic places, and have lost just one game in all competitions since the middle of October.

That impressive run of form has kept them well in the hunt for promotion and if Evans’ side can continue that momentum then they will be serious challengers come May.

Fortress Field Mill

The Stags have the second best home record in the league having lost only once on home soil this campaign – bettered only by Notts County’s unbeaten home run.

That sole defeat came against Swindon in October and was the only blip in a record which has seen Mansfield pick up 23 points at Field Mill.

Continuing that form will be vital as they look to push up the table, and United will have to be at their best to take anything from the first game of 2018.

Hoping for a turn in form…

Recent meetings between the two sides certainly favour the Stags - United have won only one of the last six meetings between the two sides.

That was the 5-2 triumph in League Two last season, with Mansfield claiming victory in the return fixture and in a Checkatrade Trophy meeting.

Carlisle United 5 - 2 Mansfield Town - 26 November 2016

Overall, however, there isn’t anything to separate the sides with both the Cumbrians and the Stags having won 29 meetings each, while 16 have ended in draws.

Earlier this season the two sides shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw as Hallam Hope’s opener was cancelled out by Callum Butcher’s second half strike.

At our level

Interestingly, the Blues and Mansfield tend to meet in the fourth tier of English football with the sides very rarely finding themselves in a higher or lower division at the same time.

In fact you have to go back to the 1986/87 season for the last time we met in a different league, as we faced the Stags in the old Third Division.

62 of our 74 meetings with Mansfield have come in the fourth tier with two more to be added to that tally this season.

Ones to Watch

- Hayden White - A familiar face to United fans after his loan spell at the club in 2014, the pacy full-back joined the Stags permanently this summer having enjoyed a productive spell on loan at the One Call Stadium last season. Formerly of Bolton Wanderers, Blackpool and Peterborough, the right back offers both defensive stability and an attacking edge so expect him to have an impact around both penalty areas on Saturday.

- Jacob Mellis - Yet another summer addition, this time from Bury, the central midfielder comes with a fine pedigree having spent time at Sheffield United and Chelsea during his younger years. Having captained England U16s, Mellis has also represented Southampton, Barnsley and Bury amongst others and comes with plenty of experience despite only being 26. He’ll provide plenty of assists and goals for the Stags this season. 

- Lee Angol - Angol’s signature was highly sought-after this summer, with Mansfield beating off plenty of competition to secure the ex-Lincoln front man. He made his name at Boreham Wood where he netted 32 goals during a productive 2014/15 season before signing for Peterborough. The strike then fired Lincoln to promotion from the National League last season and has impressed this season too.

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MATCH REPORT: Mansfield 3 - 1 United

Match report from the first game of the New Year

1 January 2018

United were the first-footers at the One Call Stadium as they went up against Mansfield Town in their first league game of the New Year.

And they had only themselves to blame for a disappointing defeat as they gifted the Stags two first half goals which gave the home side room to breathe on their way to claiming the points which took them back into the play-off places.

Mansfield pumped an early ball forward and a challenge from Hemmings earned a corner as Miller scampered back to cover. The delivery was a good one but Angol sent a tame header straight at Bonham.

The hosts had a run of set pieces, which were well dealt with by United, but MacDonald went close with a glanced header which dropped just wide of the upright.

United enjoyed spells of good possession, but MacDonald found space again when he drove forward from deep. His shot had power but it was easy for Bonham to gather.

It was the visitors who should have taken the lead on seven minutes when Cosgrove flicked a high ball from Liddle wide for Grainger to chase. His delivery was perfect for the late arriving Tom Miller, but he chose to guide his volley at the target and he lost his bearings as he stabbed a scuffed effort wide.

Carlisle were made to pay for the miss almost immediately when a 26-yard MacDonald free kick was blocked by the wall. Devitt tried to feed Grainger for the clearance, but the pass put the left back under pressure and his touch served only to bring the nippy Kane Hemmings into play. He took the ball round Bonham and picked his spot with a neat finish.

The Cumbrians tried to get back into the game quickly and a long throw from Tom Miller caused problems as Cosgrove and Liddle challenged inside the six-yard box. The ball squirmed free for Shaun Miller to volley and he was unlucky as his goal-bound shot hit Rhys Bennett and ricocheted to safety.

It was end-to-end, as United played some good football without quite managing to find a way through, and Bonham was needed at the other end when Hamilton used pace to get into the area. The cut back was inviting for Hemmings but he couldn't get his poke past the stubborn visiting stopper.

Grainger, Cosgrove and Shaun Miller had half chances as Carlisle picked up the pace and Jones was disappointed with himself when he was first to a weak clearance from Pearce. The shot was there to be taken but he pulled at it and it spun harmlessly wide.

More defensive hesitation was United's downfall just after the half hour when a huge lump into the box found Tom Miller and Jack Bonham in two minds. The keeper checked his run, and the defender completely missed his clearing kick, which allowed Hamilton to put the ball into the mix. Bonham got hands to the initial shot but Rhys Bennett kept his eye on it and he gladly stabbed it home from just two yards out.

Home tails were up and both Angol and Hemmings headed wide as they got forward with purpose in a dangerous spell. But United saw it through to the break with plenty to think about as they headed down the tunnel.

Hallam Hope and Richie Bennett replaced Shaun Miller and Danny Grainger for the start of the second half and the big striking partnership had Mansfield stretched as they got to the flick-ons with Carlisle looking to get forward and back into the game.

Reggie Lambe almost found a way through when he controlled well from a big kick from Bonham. His first touch opened a gap but he popped his low drive too close to Logan.

Carlisle once again had the better of the possession but their frustration was summed up when Tom Miller nodded a deep corner onto the roof of the net.

But they got a foothold in the game just after the hour when Bennett was pushed to the ground by Logan as he tried to take a bouncing ball past the stranded keeper. The referee took an age to make his decision, but Jamie Devitt stayed calm and slotted the spot kick home via the base of the post.

And it should have got better for the Cumbrians when Hope pulled wide to deliver a beauty of a cross for Cosgrove to attack. His header beat Logan, but it spooned up off the woodwork leaving Richie Bennett with the width of the target to aim at. The unmarked forward lashed at the loose ball and he had explaining to do as his effort smacked onto the bar and whipped away to safety.

The Stags made sure they punished their wayward visitors for their misses when Potter dropped a shoulder as he surged away on a break. His low cross cut the defence open and Hemmings was there to get the touch which sealed the points and took Mansfield back into the promotion mix.

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Goals

Mansfield Town - Hemmings (9, 75), Rhys Bennett (30)

Carlisle United - Devitt (67 pen)

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Bookings

Mansfield Town - Angol (51), White (90)

Carlisle United - O'Sullivan (86), Bennett (90)

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Teams

Mansfield Town - Logan, Bennett, Benning, Pearce, MacDonald, Mellis (Atkinson 83), Angol (Thomas 88), Anderson, Potter (White 79), Hamilton, Hemmings. Subs - Olejnik, Digby, Sterling-James, Butcher.

Carlisle United - Bonham, T Miller, Liddle, Hill, Parkes, Grainger (Hope 46), Lambe (O'Sullivan 80), Jones, Devitt, Cosgrove, S Miller (Bennett 46). Subs - Bacon, Nabi, Ellis, Brown.

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Referee - Darren Drysdale

Attendance - 3,632 (320 away fans)

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AWAY DAYS: Mansfield Town ticket information

Ticket information for the trip to Mansfield Town

29 December 2017

Mansfield Town v Carlisle United, Monday 1 January, kick off 3pm

Tickets will now be available on the day of the game from the away ticket office/programme booth. This is cash only and tickets will increase by £2 on the day. 

Prices 

Adult £20
Senior 60+ £16
Young adult 18-21  £15
Junior 7-17 £12
U6 FOC

Young Adults are advised to carry ID on match day as this will be requested on arrival at Mansfield Town. 

Ambulant disabled and wheelchair supporters will pay the relevant price with the carer free of charge.

Dates of sale 

These tickets will go on sale on at full time in the Morecambe game on Saturday 25 November from the West Stand Ticket Office.

Tickets will then be available from the Pioneer Stand Ticket Office Monday - Friday 10am - 5pm until 5.15pm on Saturday 30 December. Ticket sales on home match days will be from the West Stand Ticket Office. 

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Methods of purchase:

In person – come to the main ticket office in the Pioneer Foods Stand at the designated time. Ticket sales on home match days will be from the West Stand ticket office. 
 
Post – send in a cheque for the correct amount, a covering letter and a stamped addressed envelope.
 
Phone – ring the ticket office on 0844 371 1921 at the designated times and pay with a credit / debit card. Calls to this line are charged at 7p per minute from a landline. Mobile charges may vary.
 
Internet – click HERE and follow the online instructions. 
 
Please note - to post tickets out to customers who have made their purchase over the telephone there is an additional charge of 75p. All credit cards used will incur a £1 surcharge. The last day tickets will be posted is 5pm on Monday 18 December 2017.
 
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Bus Travel
 
For further information on travel, contact the following: 

Carlisle United Supporters' Group Away Travel: 07563 700 987 

Route A66 West Cumbrian Travel: 07825 840 123

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