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MATCH PREVIEW | Colchester United v Mansfield Town

6th October 2017

A win for Mansfield Town at Colchester United on Saturday could propel them up into the top four of Sky Bet League Two as the Stags look to build on last weekend's derby win over table-toppers Notts County.

Steve Evans' side beat the Magpies 3-1 at the One Call Stadium to end their neighbours' nine-match unbeaten run, Danny Rose netting twice before his cross was turned into his own net by Richard Duffy for their third.

There was an injury time consolation from Carl Dickinson but it did not dampen Mansfield's celebrations at full time as they claimed a win that moved them up to eighth place.

The Stags have amassed nineteen points from their eleven games so far, six points off the summit and seven points more than their hosts this weekend who are sixteenth in the table.

But, the U's will be a tough proposition having seen an improvement in league results recently, a 2-2 draw at Grimsby Town where they were denied victory by a late penalty was followed by a 1-0 win at Yeovil.

Mansfield go into the game with no fresh injury worries but full-back Haydn White is the only one of four currently on the treatment table who has a chance of making a return to selection.

Centre-back Zander Diamond, and midfielders Joel Byrom and Alfie Potter will miss out but Evans is hopeful that they could be available for next Saturday's home match with Swindon Town.

Colchester could be without midfielder Sammy Szmodics who suffered an ankle injury in the match at Grimsby whilst utility player Ben Dickinson, defender Luke Prosser and midfielder Courtney Senior continue their long lay-offs.

Saturday's match will be the 49th league meeting between the two sides with Mansfield looking for their fourteenth victory whilst there have been sixteen draws and nineteen wins for Colchester.

The Stags have lost their last five matches at Colchester with their most recent success in November 1995 when they ran out 3-1 winners at Layer Road.

In the corresponding fixture last season, Colchester were 2-0 winners in March thanks to goals from Dickinson and Szmodics but only six of the Stags side that started that game are still with the club.

The match kicks off at 3pm at the Weston Homes Community Stadium and Mansfield 103.2 will have regular reports from the game in Sportsbeat.


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