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Match Preview: Macclesfield Town v Mansfield Town

23 August 2018

The Silkmen welcome Mansfield Town to Moss Rose this Saturday, with Mark Yates’ side looking forward to their second home league match in five days.  

Both teams come into the encounter on the back of Tuesday night draws.  

The Silkmen bagged their first point of the season against Cheltenham Town, whilst Mansfield’s unbeaten campaign continued with a stalemate at Tranmere Rovers.  

The last time the sides met in the Football League was in April 2008, where Macc held the visiting Stags to a 0-0 draw.  

However, the last time the Silkmen were involved in a match that finished goalless was way back in January - so there’s a high chance of the ball hitting the back of the net on Saturday!  

The Stags are currently enjoying an unbeaten run that dates back to 10th April, and as such, they will no doubt prove to be strong opposition. 

However, our visitors currently sit mid-table in Sky Bet League Two - with just one win under their belt so far this season.  

 

Team News  

Long-term absentees Elliott Durrell and Ryan Lloyd will be forced to sit out once again as they continue their rehabilitation, although Ben Stephens and Peter Vincenti are not too far away now and may claim their Silkmen debuts on Saturday. 

 

One To Watch – Tyler Walker  

Tyler joined Mansfield on loan from local rivals Nottingham Forest over the summer.  

The forward’s move came after an encouraging spell in Forest red, before finishing last season on loan at Bolton Wanderers.  

The Forest Youth product and England under-20 international scored the Stags’ first goal this season, netting in the 12th minute against Newport County, which paved the way for a 3-0 opening day win.  

He has started all competitive fixtures for Mansfield this season thus far, and David Flitcroft’s faith in his number 19 has paid off as he scored a first-half hat-trick in the Stags 6-1 thrashing of Accrington Stanley in the Carabao Cup.  

The 21-year-old is the son of former England international Des Walker and has 33 Forest appearances  under his belt, as well as loan spells at Burton Albion, Stevenage and Port Vale.  

However, if proceedings continue how they have started, this could be Walker’s breakthrough season.  

 

The Opposition  

Mansfield Town have played in League Two since winning the Blue Square Premier on the final day of the 2012/13 season.  

The Stags held on to win 1-0 at Wrexham that day and in doing so, ended a five-year absence from the Football League.  

On the way to the title, Manager Paul Cox guided Mansfield to 21 league wins out of 25 after the turn of the New Year -turning what looked to be a mediocre season in December to a rather remarkable one come April.  

The Stags finished eighth last season - just shy of a Play-Off position.  

David Flitcroft left fellow promotion rivals Swindon Town in March, with ambitions to take the Stags into the top seven and the 44 year old will be setting his sights on this over the coming months. 

 

By Matt Bates


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