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PREVIEW: MANSFIELD TOWN

26 November 2018

The Reds have the opportunity to pick up their second win in four days when they head to in-form Mansfield Town on Tuesday evening.

After a 3-0 win over Crewe three days ago, three points would be the perfect way to head into a weekend off for the Reds, who aren’t in action on Saturday.

It will be a tough task for Town, who face a Mansfield side beaten just once in the league all season – at home to Exeter in September. They are on a run of just one defeat in 24 league matches.

They drew 1-1 at Lincoln City on Saturday thanks to a 93rd minute equaliser from midfielder Jacob Mellis at Sincil Bank.

HEAD TO HEAD

Crawley and Mansfield have met 12 times in league action – six times in non-league and six times in the Football League. The first meeting was back in 2008, when the Reds ran out 2-1 winners at home thanks to goals from Adam Quinn and Jamie Cook. We then lost the next three encounters with the Stags before recording a fantastic 4-1 at Field Mill in our Conference winning season. Dannie Bulman, Matt Tubbs and Craig McAllister (2), were all on target in that fixture. Tubbs was on target again in the return fixture, alongside Kyle McFadzean, in a 2-0 win.

We have beaten Mansfield once in the Football League era. That came in December last year when Joe McNerney and Ibrahim Meite were on target in a 2-0 win. Two of our last three matches at Mansfield have ended in defeat with a 4-0 loss in September 2015 and a 3-1 defeat the following season. The last encounter between the two sides came on the final day of last season when Karlan Ahearne-Grant’s opener was cancelled out by Kane Hemmings in a 1-1 draw.

ONE TO WATCH

Tyler Walker may only be 22 years old but he has a bright future ahead of him if he continues his current run of form. With eight goals in 17 games for Mansfield this season, he is the Stags’ top scorer. On loan from Nottingham Forest, Walker has been at Field Mill since the start of the season. He’s also played for Burton Albion, Stevenage, Port Vale and Bolton Wanderers, all on loan from the City Ground. He is the son of former England and Forest defender Des Walker.

TICKETS AND TRAVEL

Tickets for the fixture remain on sale from the stadium box office until 1.30pm on Tuesday. They will be available to purchase on the night from the Mansfield ticket office, but there is a £2 increase if bought there and it's cash only.

Adults £22 (£24)

Seniors 65+ £18 (£20)

Young Adult 18-21 £16 (£18)

Junior 7-17 £12 (£14)

6 & under free.

GH Coaches are running a minibus to the game departing at 1.30pm from the stadium, however space is limited. The cost is £20 so please call Alain Harper 07771 792 346 to book.

COVERAGE

Tuesday’s match is available to watch on iFollow by purchasing a match pass for £10. You can do so here. Gary Smith from BBC Sussex and Surrey from 7.40pm will provide commentary for all subscribers to the service.

There will also be coverage across the official Crawley Town social media accounts on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.


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