Mansfield Town Travel To Priesfield Stadium To Face Gillingham In A Top Of The Table Six-Pointer
Games are starting to come thick and fast as the Stags face a tough away trip to Gillingham in a second versus third clash in EFL League Two.
With three games within the space of a week, Nigel Clough’s Mansfield Town will look to build on their progression in the Carabao Cup with a victory at Priestfield Stadium against the high-flying Gills.
The two sides are separated by only one point in the table and a victory for either side will feel like a massive three points in the early-season promotion picture.
With the Stags looking to extend their unbeaten streak to 13 games, can the amber and blues get past the Gills to move closer to the top of the table?
Unstoppable Stags Too Hot To Handle
In league and cup competitions, Mansfield Town have been in red-hot form, progressing to the Fourth Round of the Carabao Cup and sitting third in League Two.
The amber and blues’ last competitive game was in the Carabao Cup as they came from 2-1 down to draw 2-2 and then with the penalty shootout 3-1 against Peterborough United.
Following Will Swan’s opener in the fifth minute, the Posh took a foothold in the game and scored twice through Jonson Clarke-Harris to put them 2-1 in front.
An added time penalty from Lucas Akins saw the game go to a penalty shootout which the Stags edged 3-1 and booked their place in the next round, drawing Port Vale at home in Round Four.
In terms of their league game last weekend, the Stags were able to grind out a 1-0 win against Barrow.
Ollie Clarke’s low drive in the 72nd minute was enough for Mansfield Town to seal all three points at the One Call Stadium and keep their unbeaten home and league start intact.
A Slip-Up For The Gills
Neil Harris’ Gillingham outfit travelled to struggling Doncaster Rovers as they looked to gain another valuable win that would keep them at the top of the League Two table.
With stars like Scott Malone, Macauley Bonne, Tom Nichols and Shaun Williams, it was a surprise when the hosts took the lead in the 12th minute.
Ben Close opened the scoring for the lowly Rovers as they looked to secure only their second win of the season.
In added time of the second-half, Conor Masterson’s effort saw the game levelled up at 1-1 but the Gills still dropped down to second due to the result at Notts County.
With that being said, Gillingham failed to hold onto the point as Close scored a second in the dying stages of the game to secure an ever-important win for Doncaster that propelled them out of the drop zone.
The loss saw the Gills fall into the claws of the Stags with the teams only separated by a point with the top seven only separated by five points in a very close League Two table.
The Gills have endured all three of their defeats so far this season in the last five matches in League Two and have only picked up six points from a possible 15.
Also, Gillingham are the joint-worst in terms of goals scored with eight, however, they are the joint-second best in terms of goals conceded with eight, amounting to a zero goal difference.
As a top three side, to be scoring so little is a weakness for the Kent-based side but their defensive record has allowed them to compete for wins and maintain their high league position so far this term.
For the Stags, they are one of the most in-form teams in League Two, gaining 11 points from a possible 15 in the last five league matches.
With three wins and two draws, the amber and blues have shown why they should be taken as real contenders for promotion this term.
Scoring eight goals and conceding three in their last five matches, the Stags are well and truly doing everything they need to in order to keep themselves in amongst the promotion-hunting pack.
In the all-time League Two head-to-head, the Stags and the Gills have only faced each other on two occasions with Gillingham spending most of their time in League One whilst Mansfield Town had a stint in Non-League when the Kent-based side were in the fourth tier.
Both of these games happened last season after the Gills were relegated down to League Two with the Stags winning 2-0 on both occasions.
Four goals have been scored in total with an average of two goals per game and it is set to be another thrilling encounter between two great sides this weekend.