Town Field Mill-bound on Sunday
Where? From the Triton Showers Community Stadium on Tuesday to the One Call Stadium on Sunday. The Hatters make their customary Blue Square Bet Premier to Field Mill in Mansfield. Post code junkies should remember NG18 5DA. That should stand you in good stead.
How go get there. As if you didn’t know, straight up the M1, exit junction 27 and take the A608 into Mansfield. The ground is sign-posted from the outskirts. If you fancy taking the Bobbers, they leave Maple Road at 9.30am. Their fare is £20 for adults and £17 concession.
Remember, remember. Due to our replay at Nuneaton this game has been switched to a 1pm Sunday lunchtime kick-off instead of its televised spot on Thursday night. This game will not be screened live.
Tickets! Tickets! Town fans have been given the covered and all-seated North Stand behind the goal. Admission prices are £15 for adults, £12 for concessions, £8 for 11-16-year-olds and £4 for under-10s.
We’ve definitely been here before, haven’t we? Absolutely – but with limited success. The Town are yet to beat the Stags in a league fixture at Field Mill. You have to go back to September 1989 for the one and only time the Hatters have won in this part of Nottinghamshire – a 4-3 victory in the League Cup. Roy Wegerle and Lars Elstrup both struck a brace.
Recent times. The Town’s record at Field Mill since that win reads a miserable played six, won none, drawn three, lost three. Since relegation to the Blue Square Bet Premier the Town have scored just once in four visits – including an FA Trophy semi-final first leg tie. Time for a change, eh?
X-Factor. Had this fixture been played earlier in the campaign then it could have been more likely that a number of familiar faces could have been lining up against the Town at Field Mill. The Stags snapped up ex-Hatters George Pilkington, Godfrey Poku and Jamie Hand in the summer but all three have yet to hold down a regular first-team berth. Pilks was brought in as club captain but has been restricted to four appearances, Hand has managed just one whilst Poku has returned on loan to Southport. Mansfield’s assistant player/manager is another former Town man: Adam Murray. Jon Shaw is the only current player in the Hatters squad to play for the Stags and that came during a loan spell in 2010 in which he netted three times.