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Mansfield v Sutton preview

23 March 2023

Match Previews

Mansfield v Sutton preview

23 March 2023

The teams occupying the two places immediately outside the Sky Bet League Two play-off zone are in direct competition on Saturday as Sutton head to the East Midlands to face Mansfield Town. U's will be in all green.

U's will be looking for a third double of the season having already beaten Crawley and Harrogate at home and away, and come out on top 2-1 when Mansfield visited the VBS at the end of August.Tope Fadahunsi came off the substitutes' bench for the second home game running to grab the winner after Oliver Hawkins had cancelled out Josh Neufville's superb first half goal. By coincidence Crawley, Harrogate and Mansfield are three of the four sides over whom U's completed the double last season.

Mansfield were in action on Wednesday, sharing a goalless draw with Grimsby, and that result put them two points above U's with a game in hand in 8th place, and two points behind Salford who occupy the last play-off position, but U's would move above The Stags with a victory at the One Call Stadium.

Wednesday's draw was Mansfield's third game without a win, but they have been in or around the play-off area for much of the season. They are the only side to have both scored five and conceded five in home games this season, beating Wimbledon 5-2 in August but then losing by the same score at home to both Swindon and Salford. The addition of Danny Johnson, one of League Two's most consistent marksmen over recent seasons, who was recalled from his loan at Walsall in January, gives them an extra threat up front alongside Rhys Oates but they lost both Oliver Hawkins and George Lapslie to Gillingham in the transfer window.

Sutton have had ten days without a game since the 1-0 defeat at home to Grimsby and manager Matt Gray reports that some of the players who have been sidelined through injury are now close to a recall, although a couple of knocks picked up in training mean that a late decision will be made on selection.

Saturday's referee is Simon Mather, who U's fans will remember as being in charge for the famous game against Hartlepool in May 2021 that clinched the National League championship. This season he refereed the game at Stockport in October.

Advance tickets are sold on line and are available until midnight on Friday, through this link. It is necessary to register to buy the tickets, using the 'assign attendee' box having selected your ticket. 

Prices are: Adults £20; Concessions (age 65+) £18; Young Adult (age 18-21) £16; Junior (age 13-17) £13; Child (age 7-12) £9; Under 7 free. There is a family ticket available, covering one adult and either a junior or a child, at £23, and children under 13 must be accompanied by a full paying adult or senior.

Tickets will be on sale on the day from the away ticket booth, card or cash. Adult, concession and young adult matchday prices are £2 more than the above, junior and child prices an extra £1. Under 7s remain free and family tickets remain at £23.

Ambulant and Wheelchair disabled pay the relevant age category above. Ambulant disabled must be in receipt of the below to obtain a free carer ticket: Proof of entitlement to the higher rate of the Disability Living Allowance (DLA); Proof of entitlement to the enhanced rate of the Personal Independence Payment (PIP); A copy of registration documents which certify Registered Blind status or qualifying documentation from a registered optician equivalent to registration requirements. Any ambulant disabled who struggle with steps can be seated around row G as this row is situated straight from the concourse.

With this being an international weekend EFL games are being live streamed, and so you can watch all the action from the One Call Stadium on iFollow Sutton United. A match pass costs £10, and can be bought here

The Supporters' Club coach leaves at 8.30am, and is now fully booked.

For independent supporters travelling by car leave the M1 at junction 28, then take the A38 towards Mansfield. After around six miles turn right into Belvedere Street (at crossroads), then after a quarter of a mile, turn right into Quarry Lane for One Call Stadium. Matchday car parking is not available, but there are nearby pay and display car parks at  Grove Street, Victoria Street, Garden Road and Church Lane, all with easy access to the ground.
Those travelling by train are advised that engineering works between Kettering and Leicester mean that journey times are extended by about an hour on East Midlands Trains on Saturday, with trains diverted via Corby. Leave St Pancras at 08.21, 09.21 or 10.22, changing at Nottingham in all cases to arrive at 12.01, 13.01 and 14.01. You can see the ground from the station. Leave the station via the footbridge, adjacent to Platform 2. Walk past Burger King, through the retail park, and you will arrive at the North Stand (away end). It should take no longer than five minutes on foot. Return at 17.12, 18.12 or 19.12, again changing at Nottingham.
Supporters who can't travel to Mansfield but who want to see live football on Saturday may want to support the 2023 Non League Day, with on loan midfielder Adam Lovatt's Farnborough team away to Hampton & Richmond and Matt Ridley likely to feature in the Chesham side at Metropolitan Police, who U's play next Tuesday in the Surrey Senior Cup. Local sides Banstead, Chipstead, Corinthian Casuals and Kingstonian are all at home. For the ninth time, Non-League Day has partnered with Prostate Cancer UK to encourage clubs and fans to raise funds to stop the disease which kills one man every 45 minutes.



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