Stags' Manager John Dempster after the win at Walsall. (Photo credit: Mansfield Town)

Mansfield Town host Colchester United tomorrow as the Stags look to push their way back into the League Two play-off picture.

October saw Mansfield bounce back from a slow start to the season with the Stags taking ten points from a possible fifteen in the League.

A 2-1 win away at Walsall last weekend has lifted Mansfield into 14th and back into grasping distance of play-off places.

Next they face Colchester United who are mounting their own challenge for a place in the play-offs. The Suffolk club are currently 9th in League Two; just three points above the Stags.

Speaking before the game, Mansfield manager John Dempster said: “It’s been a positive month.

“Now we can only control the future. That month has been and gone and we want to have a positive November.”

The Mansfield players celebrate after scoring at the Bescot Stadium. (Photo credit: Mansfield Town)

Saturday’s game is shaping up to be about as equal as you can get on paper. Mansfield have struggled to get results at home this season with just two victories at the One Call Stadium so far this campaign.

“Our home form hasn’t been good enough. We’ve had some unfortunate results and at times we’ve underperformed.

“The support on a Saturday when they’re (the fans) singing the way they do and supporting the players like they did. I think it drives you on and it breeds confidence.”

The Stags celebrate after their win at the Bescot Stadium last weekend. (Photo credit: Mansfield Town)

However, the visitors themselves have just two League wins on the Road this season. Although, they managed a convincing 3-1 away win at Crawley Town in the Carabao Cup earlier this week to secure an away tie at Manchester United in the next round.

Colchester have reaped the benefits of a strong attacking set-up and Mansfield would do well to be wary of the U’s front line. English striker Luke Norris leads the U’s goal scoring table with four in the league this season.

However, former Derby County Striker Theo Robinson and experienced forward Frank Nouble have three a piece with goals coming from all across the attacking line.

“Now we can only control the future. That month has been and gone and we want to have a positive November.”

John Dempster

The Stags are by no means short of goals themselves. Veteran EFL striker Nicky Maynard has already netted six this campaign. However, it’s Danny Rose that leads Mansfield’s goal-scoring tables with seven this season.

Only Bradford City’s Eoin Doyle has more in League Two with an impressive tally of thirteen.

Mansfield Defender Malvind Benning battles against his former club. (Photo credit: Mansfield Town)

With it looking so even between the two play-off chasing sides and with both sets of strikers in fine form, it’s shaping up to be a very entertaining game as the League Two promotion race begins to heat up.

Come May, both sides could be looking back on games like tomorrow’s as a real six-pointer.

January 2019: Mansfield edged a five-goal-thriller when the two sides met at the Colchester Community Stadium. Goals from Nicky Ajose, Tyler Walker and CJ Hamilton ensured the three points would be coming back from East Anglia with the Stags.

 

Stag’s manager John Dempster speaks to the press ahead of the Colchester United match. (Audio provided by Mansfield Town Football Club)