It has been confirmed that Mansfield Town will visit Cheltenham Town in the Emirates FA Cup Third Round following Monday’s draw.
The Stags grabbed a injury-time winner in the 120th minute against Dagenham and Redbridge in the Second Round to secure a 2-1 win. Nicky Maynard’s close-range finish at the death was enough to avoid a penalty-shootout and book Nigel Clough’s Stags’ place in the next round.
Mansfield Town will travel to the Jonny-Rocks Stadium on January 9 to play the Robins, who are currently second in SkyBet League Two. The Stags will relish the challenge, currently sitting 19th themselves, to upset the odds, reach the fourth round and give themselves a change of a bumper draw against a Premier League giant.
Their furthest journey into the Emirates FA Cup took them to the sixth round back in the 1968-69 season, but they have already surpassed last season’s effort, which ended with a 2-0 defeat to Shrewsbury FC in the second round.
Former Nottingham Forest player, and Derby County and Burton Albion manager Nigel Clough took the reins at One Call Stadium on November 6, and has overseen four wins, a draw and a defeat to newly-promoted Harrogate Town. Clough was in the stands to watch the Stags secure a shock win over Sunderland in the Papa John’s Trophy the day after his appointment.