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Match Preview | Mansfield Town (A)

11 August 2023

Morecambe travel to Mansfield Town in what is our first away trip of the 2023/24 Sky Bet League Two season.

The Shrimps claimed all three points on the opening day against Walsall with Farrend Rawson striking late to clinch victory over the Saddlers; This coming after Danny Johnson cancelled out Adam Mayor’s opener before the break.

The Stags were held to a 2-2 draw by Crewe Alexandra after taking a two-goal lead inside the opening half hour. Nigel Clough’s men were reduced to 10 men after Calum MacDonald was sent off on 58 minutes.

Derek Adam’s side narrowly exited the Carabao Cup in midweek after taking Championship side Rotherham United to penalties, whereas Mansfield advanced following a 2-0 home win over Grimsby Town, they’ll travel to Sheffield Wednesday in the next round.

The Opposition

It was a successful 2022/23 campaign for the Nottinghamshire-based club, who just missed out on a place in the play-offs to Salford City on goal difference. After winning 21 games, drawing 12 and losing 13, they ended the season on 75 points.

After spending five seasons in non-league, Town were promoted back to the Football League in 2012/13 following a first-place finish. Since then, they’ve been ever present in English football’s fourth tier. The Stags came close to promotion in 2018/19 but lost out in the play-off semi-finals to Newport County.

During pre-season, Mansfield won four out of five friendlies played, against Retford United, Alfreton Town, Oldham Athletic and Matlock Town, losing only once against Rotherham.


Manager Nigel Clough, son of Brian, has been in charge at the One Call Stadium since November 2020, having previously managed Derby County, Sheffield United and Burton Albion. After taking charge of 150 matches for the club, Clough boasts a point-per-match average of 1.60 with 68 wins, 36 draws and 46 losses.

As a player, the 57-year-old represented the likes of Nottingham Forest, Liverpool, Manchester City, Sheffield Wednesday and Burton Albion.

Key Players

Having arrived at the One Call Stadium during the summer, ex-Stoke City man Aden Flint brings a wealth of experience to Clough’s squad. The 6ft 4 defender has played across all three divisions within the EFL for the likes of Middlesbrough, Sheffield Wednesday and Cardiff City. Furthermore, with 59 career goals to-date, the former England C international is a proven threat in front of goal.

Forward Will Swan spent the 2022/23 season on loan from Nottingham Forest and finished top scorer with 10 goals in 34 appearances across all competitions. After impressing during his loan spell, the 22-year-old signed permanently for the club during the summer. As well as having two Championship appearances to his name, Swan boasts a degree of versatility and despite predominantly playing as a centre forward, he can slot into a number of other roles including right-winger, attacking midfielder and second striker.


At 37-years-old, few bring as much experience as Stephen Quinn. The former Republic of Ireland international arrived at Town in January 2021 on an initial loan deal from Burton Albion before signing permanently later that summer. As well as having 18 senior international caps to his name, Quinn has 59 Premier League appearances under his belt for Sheffield United and Hull City respectively. He also is one of only a few players to have played in Championship, League One and League Two play-off finals, though lost each one.

Derek Adams’ Pre-Match Thoughts

Speaking to the Club's media team before the game, the Gaffer said he aims for the Shrimps to keep pushing above their weight.

"We're always trying to lay down markers for our own purpose, it doesn't matter about the opposition or where we are," he said.

"We want to look after ourselves, it's important as a football club, we understand the ethos of the football club, we understand where the football club is at this moment in time, and then punch above our weight.

"That's what we try to do season on season, we've been very successful at it and the players give their all, they work extremely hard in training.

"They've got a willingness to take information on well and perform to a high standard."

Team News

After missing Tuesday night’s trip to the AESSEAL New York Stadium, Adam Mayor could be back in contention.

Speaking after the match against Rotherham United, Derek Adams said Mayor had ‘a small issue that hasn’t got any worse’. 

The youngster will be assessed on Friday ahead of Saturday's trip to Nottinghamshire.

Meet The Officials

Taking charge of Saturday’s fixture is Scott Simpson, with Steven Rushton and Daniel Robinson running the line and David Richardson completed the line-up as fourth official.

Simpson and Robinson were two of eight officials promoted from the National League at the end of last season.

Saturday’s game will be the first EFL match Simpson has taken charge of this season, with his only other game coming on Tuesday; A Carabao Cup Round One fixture between Newport County and Charlton Athletic.

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Match Reports

Report | Mansfield Town 3 Morecambe 0

12 August 2023

The Shrimps fall to a first Sky Bet League Two defeat of the season away at Mansfield Town.

A double from Lucas Akiins either side of the break as well as Davison Keillor-Dunn strike proved the difference between the two sides.

Derek Adams' side began brightly with an early chance for Tom Bloxham, but the youngster could only volley the ball well over the bar from a good opening on eight minutes.
From there, the home side grew into the game with Akins guilty of missing two big opportunities to take the lead; The first came on 14 minutes when a header was sent wide from six yards.
Later in the half, the forward missed the target from close range, finding the side netting, after his initial effort had forced Stuart Moore into a neat save.
Former Shrimps' striker Rhys Oates looked a threat and went close with a low drive from the edge of the box which just missed the target.
Akins finally found the target in first-half injury time; Stephen Quinn floated in a free kick from the left which was flicked for Akins to head home.
Half-time: Mansfield Town 1 Morecambe 0
15 minutes into the second half, Nigel Clough's men doubled their advantage with a finish from Keillor-Dunn who ran down the middle, broke through on goal and stroked the ball past Moore.
The Shrimps' keeper then produced a fine save, low to his left, to deny Oates a third goal for the home side on 65 minutes.
Four minutes later, Eli King went in search for a goal back. He played a neat one-two before pulling the trigger from distance, but the Cardiff City loanee couldn't keep the ball down. 
Despite his earlier heroics, Moore could do nothing to prevent the Stags' third four minutes from time. Oates was bundled over in the box and Akins stepped up to send the Shrimps' keeper the wrong way from 12 yards.
Full-time: Mansfield Town 1 Morecambe 0
Mansfield Town: Pym, Johnson, Flint, Kilgour, Lewis (Clarke, 86'), Cargill (Bowery, 65'), Quinn (Boateng, 65'), Reed (Hartigan, 86'), Keillor-Dunn, Akins, Oates (Abdullah, 86').

Subs not used: Flinders, Cooper.

Goals: Akins (45+1', 87'), Keillor-Dunn (62'). 

Bookings: Cargill, Lewis. 

Red cards: None.

Morecambe: Moore, Love (Davenport, 71'), Rawson, Bedeau, Senior, Songo'o, King, McKiernan (Taylor, 60'), Mayor (Melbourne, 60'), Mellon (C Smith, 84'), Bloxham (Slew, 71')

Subs not used: A Smith, Stokes.

Goals: None.

Bookings: McKiernan, Love.

Red cards: None.

Attendance: 6,695 (192).

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Ticket News

Ticket Details | Mansfield Town (A)

28 July 2023

Tickets for our first 2023/24 Sky Bet League Two away fixture against Mansfield Town are now on sale.

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*All children 12 and under must be accompanied by a responsible adult (over 18).

If you purchase an adult ticket with a child (7-13) or junior (14-17), you will receive a family ticket for £24. To do this, you must add the adult ticket to your basket, followed by the child family ticket or junior family ticket. You can only have one child or one junior with an adult ticket to have the family ticket. If you require additional child tickets, you will need to contact the MFC Club Shop to book additional.

Disabled/Ambulant Supporters

We have five wheelchair bays and carer tickets available for this fixture. Wheelchair users and ambulant supporters will be expected to pay the relevant admission price and will receive a complimentary carer with their purchase. These tickets are not available online, they must be purchased instore.

Additional Information

Advance Sales deadline:
Friday 11 August, 17:00.
Refund deadline: Friday 11 August, 17:00.

Duplicate Ticket Requests

Anyone who doesn’t receive their tickets in time for the fixture through the post, must contact or call the Club Shop on 01524 411797 (ext 3) in advance of Friday 11 August at 17:00. We must provide Mansfield Town with a final duplicate requests list the day before the fixture to ensure any duplicate requests are available to collect on the day.

For up-to-date information, or to ask any questions, contact Anya Wood, Shrimps’ SLO.

Twitter: @Shrimps_SLO

Ticket Sale FAQs

  • Tickets sold subject to the selling order as instructed above.
  • Tickets are sold subject to availability.

Fans are strongly advised to purchase tickets in advance of the fixture to avoid delays on the day of the match.

  • For online sales, please go to:
  • For phone sales, please call 01524 411797 (option 3).
  • Call into the Club Shop, open Monday to Friday, 10:00 to 17:00.

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