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Season 06/07 Stagsnet Match Report
Coca Cola League 2
Mansfield Town  
2 - 0
 Swindon Town
Barker 3, Brown 38.
 
 
Attendance: 2274 (276 from Swindon)
 
Date: 5 December 2006

REPORT BY SEAN THE MAD STAG

BATMAN & ROBIN RETURNS

At a very windy, cold & rainy Field Mill, Peter Shirtliff stuck with the same line up that started against Doncaster Rovers in the FA Cup last Saturday, following their very impressive performance. Peter Shirtliff did however make one change to his subs bench. In came fit again Johnny Mullins for Chris Beardsley to give him more defence options.

There was no nostalgic return for ex-Stag Lee Peacock, as he was left out of the Swindon Town squad altogether. Swindon boss Paul Sturrock was making his second visit to Field Mill this season, last time he was here, he was managing Sheffield Wednesday and Stags sent them packing in a pre-season friendly.

Swindon won the toss and elected to attack the North Stand, where their supporters were congregated and with the fierce wind at there backs.

The game started with each side seeing a lot of possession, but without any serious goal attempt.

On 3 minutes Stags won a free kick midway on the right hand side of the Swindon half, where Hamshaw took it short to send Simon Brown down the right flank, where he fired in an excellent cross straight onto Iceman Jon Olav Hjelde head, who nodded in down and top scorer Richie Barker reacted quickly to score his 13th goal of the season. This goal ended nearly 8 hours of play without scoring from open play much to the delight of all the players and fans alike.

The Mansfield Stewards were at it again after 5 minutes when they ejected a Swindon fan from away end, somewhat of a record for them!!

The Stags goal led a charmed life in the 6th minute when Christian Roberts fired a powerful shot at goal, which deflected off Hjelde and looped over the stranded Muggleton onto the top of the bar and out for a corner. The corner came to nothing.

By this time the game was being played in heavy rain and a biting wind.

Coke & D’Laryea were putting in some no nonsense tackles in the midfield. Once such tackle won by D’Laryea in the 14 minutes shot forward into the path of Mickey Boulding, who carried the ball forward & played in Barker on the right hand edge of the penalty, who crossed the ball into the box for a golden opportunity for Brown to head goal number 2, but he headed wide & out for a goal kick.

Tricky Swindon right winger Ricky Shakes out paced Jelleyman & sent in a wicked cross, which was dealt with assertively by Jake Buxton with a solid header away from the penalty area.

The game became a very attack minded affair with Swindon using the width very well. Hamshaw tackling back gave a needless free kick away on the Swindon left wing. The resulting free kick was crossed in by Jake Smith & Ady Williams rose unchallenged to head the ball just over the bar.

In the 20th minute Brown wasted another golden opportunity to score when he found himself unchallenged in the Swindon penalty area, only to fire his first time shot straight a keeper Phil Smith.

The exotically named Sofiane Zaaboub got the better of Buxton, following a mistake in midfield by Boulding & he fired in a dangerous left wing cross straight cross the Stags penalty area & out for a throw in. Zaaboub was left in acres of space on the left wing after Buxton & Hamshaw were pulling further into the middle of the park. Fortunately nothing came of this.

Following a quick throw in by Buxton, in the 28 minute, Barker raced through on goal & could only fire his shot into the side netting.

Another goal opportunity was wasted in the 32nd minute this time Boulding was the culprit. A long throw in by Hamshaw was flicked on inadvertently by the Swindon defence to an unmarked Boulding, who should have shot first time & was eventually crowded out by stout defending.

By this time Stags should have 4-0 up with all the chances they had created & Swindon did not look like a side that were 2nd in the league table. Brown was on fire & on another night could’ve & should’ve scored a hat trick. Another opportunity went begging in the 37th minute when the ball was crossed & Brown ghosted in at the far post to head the ball wide of goal when it seemed certain that he was going to score.

From the resulting goal kick, keeper Smith kicked the ball straight out to Hamshaw, who fed Buxton & the ball crossed in first time to Brown, who looked 2 yards offside. Brown promptly rounded the keeper & fired the ball past the despairing dive of a defender & into the back of the net. 2-0 & both goals from open play!! They are a bit like waiting for a bus, when 2 come at the same time!!

In the 41st minute following another great tackle in midfield by Coke, Barker (Batman) & Brown (Robin) were 2 on 1 with Swindon defender Williams, who defended stoutly & fired the ball out for a throw in.

The half was coming to an end when a mistake by the impressive Giles Coke let in wing wizard Shakes, who ran through with pace & fire a shot on goal, which Muggleton saved easily.

HALF TIME – MANSFIELD TOWN 2 SWINDON TOWN 0

Neither side made any changes to their line up for the start of the 2nd half.

Swindon came out with a lot of gusto & forced 2 quick corners in succession, which luckily came to nothing.

Stags first attack on goal in this half came in the 50th minute when Hamshaw popped up on the left wing & went on a mazy run & fired in a shot from 20 yards out, which very nearly squirmed under the body of keeper Smith.

2 minutes later Boulding beat the Swindon offside trap & whipped in a dangerous cross from the left hand side, which caused the Swindon defender to panic & slice his clearance over his own bar. The resulting corner came to nothing.

A minute later Coke surged forward & fired in a shot from 20 yards out, but it was straight down keeper Smith’s throat.

In the 58 minute Swindon forced a left wing corner, which was an in-swinging corner & was dealt with by Muggleton with a 2 handed punch. A minute later Swindon striker Jutkiewicz spun round his marker & fired a powerful shot on target forcing Muggleton into low full length 2 handed save.

On 63 minutes both sides made their first substitution. Stags introduced Nathan Arnold in place of Boulding, who by his standards had a poor game. Arnold took up his position on the left wing.

By now the game was becoming scrappy with both teams cancelling each other out.

Referee M Jones produced his first yellow card of the game in the 70th minute when Zaaboub deliberately handled the ball in the middle of his own half stopping another Stags attack.

Goal hero Brown could’ve scored again in the 74th minute when Arnold crossed the ball from the left wing only for him to smash his 10 yard shot wide.

Following yet another Swindon corner, Michael Timlin was booked for a late & crude tackle on D’Laryea near the Stags bye line. D’Laryea was replaced soon after by Callum Lloyd, as he couldn’t shake his knock off.


In the 80th minute a hopeful ball was played forward by the Swindon defence through towards the Stags penalty area. Muggleton came charging out of his penalty area & cleared the ball, only to be felled by a waist high challenge by Brownlie, who had only just come on as a substitute. Brownlie injured himself in the challenge & whilst he was receiving treatment the Stags fans were shouting “OFF OFF OFF” & much to their annoyance referee Jones only produced a yellow card.

The game was drawing to an end & no other real chances of note were made by either side in the last 10 minutes.

Mullins was introduced into the action, in place of Hamshaw for the last 3 minutes. Buxton was pushed into central midfield to fill the D’Laryea role.

Muggleton kept a welcome clean sheet and Batman & Robin returned!!

FINAL SCORE – MANSFIELD TOWN 2 SWINDON TOWN 0

M.O.T.M Alex John-Baptiste


Report by: REPORT BY SEAN THE MAD STAG



Line Up:
Muggleton – 8 clean sheet & made some important saves
Buxton – 8 excellent performance again
Hjelde – 8 very solid again
Baptiste – 9 very impressive throughout
Jelleyman – 7 solid performance again
Hamshaw – 8 caused the Swindon defence a lot of problems
Coke – 8 another very good performance
D’Laryea – 8 solid again, unsung hero of the midfield
M.Boulding – 7 could’ve done better
Brown – 8 should’ve scored 4 times but will be delighted with his goal
Barker – 9 lead by example & scored yet again
Sub Line Up:
Arnold (for Boulding, 63) 7 – good display
Lloyd (for D'Laryea, 80) 7 – held his own in midfield
Mullins (for Hamshaw, 87) 6 – ok performance
Subs not used: White, Reet.
Opposition Line Up:
Smith (P), Smith (J), Ifil, Williams, Nicholas, Shakes (Brown, 66), Weston, Timlin, Zaaboub, Jutkiewicz, Roberts (Brownlie, 63 (Wells, 83)). Subs not used: Stewart, Pook
Referee:
M Jones (Cheshire) 8 – excellent game but should’ve sent Brownlie off


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