HADEN Tye takes his weekly look at why we have cause for optimism this weekend...
Argyle's first ever meeting with Mansfield Town was in 1958. The Pilgrims came out as 4-0 victors, with Wilf Carter scoring a hat trick and Peter Andersen also getting on the score sheet. Argyle's business with Mansfield wasn't done there though. Later in that season, in March 1959, the Pilgrims scored eight against the Stags, with Wilf Carter scoring again. Alex Govan, Harry Penk, Jimmy Gauld also scored, with a brace from Johnny Williams and two own-goals making it onto the scorers list for Argyle that day in an 8-3 victory at Home Park.
On the Road Again
Last time out away from home, Argyle clinched a big victory at Adams Park against Wycombe Wanderers. The Pilgrims currently sit second in the table, with Saturday's opponents in 11th place. Argyle have won three of their four away fixtures in the league this season, bringing back to Home Park an impressive nine points from their travels. Mansfield are currently unbeaten at home in this campaign, but have only won once, drawing their other three games at the One Call Stadium this year.
It's the Bickle Things
In September 1970 Argyle strolled past Mansfield away from home, with a Mike Bickle double inspiring the Pilgrims to victory, with Don Hutchins, Bobby Saxton and Keith Allen also scoring. It was a rare highlight however, as Argyle finished the season in 15th place, whilst the Stags had a more successful time, finishing seventh.
You don't have to go far back to find the last time the Pilgrims beat Mansfield, as it was merely five months ago at Home Park. The record books say the Argyle scorers on that day were Anthony O'Connor and Carl McHugh - although Anto might tell you different about the second goal! The final score was 2-1. On-loan Vadaine Oliver scored the Stags' goal on that day, however he has since signed for York City.