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Season 12/13 Stagsnet Match Report
Blue Square Bet Premier
Southport  
1 - 2
 Mansfield Town
Whalley 6.
 
 Murray 19, Stevenson 54
Attendance: 804 (80 from Mansfield)
 
Date: 19 January 2013

FOURTH AWAY WIN ON TROT FOR STAGS

Martin Shaw at Haig Avenue

A fourth away win on the trot for Mansfield Town with a good performance at Southport to recover from a sluggish start. Preparation for the game was not good and the Stags should have been allowed to travel the night before in my opinion with difficult traveling conditions likely on the morning of the game while the game was likely to go ahead after only an inch of snow on Friday and the pitch not frozen. Fortunately all players were able to get to Southport and so the Stags were able to name an unchanged side. Mansfield were behind on 6 minutes with a magnificent solo goal from the hugely impressive Shaun Whalley, after a combination of Murray and Stevenson had given the ball away in the middle of the park. The Stags started to come to life from around the 15 minute mark and were level on 19 minutes when Daniel made an outstanding run down the left, got to the byeline and pulled the ball back to Murray whose first shot was blocked but he buried the rebound. The Stags dominated the rest of the half but were unable to get in front until 54 minutes, when Stevenson scored from the edge of the box with a fine finish. The Stags had several chances to make the game safe but were unable to, and Southport, who were largely outplayed, had two chances to undeservedly equalise as Jones headed off the line following a corner on 80 minutes and Ledsham had a shot wickedly deflected inches wide of the post on 85 minutes. In stoppage time, sub Briscoe sent a wonderful effort against the underside of the bar. But it didn’t matter as the Stags picked up six points from two away days to the North-West.

The pitch was in terrific condition and great credit to the groundstaff and volunteers who cleared an inch of snow off the pitch in the morning. On a cold afternoon, three players have to be named and shamed for wearing gloves: Beevers, Howell and Green! With reporters not able to wear gloves as they have to make notes, I don’t see why players should.

The Stags were unchanged from the team that won at Stockport. Southport were not allowed to play on-loan Stags pair Andy Owens and Godfrey Poku.

On 3 minutes, Daniel sent a 25 yard shot miles over the bar.

Mansfield were behind on 6 minutes with a magnificent solo goal from the hugely impressive Shaun Whalley, after a combination of Murray and Stevenson had given the ball away in the middle of the park. Whalley took the ball forward into the area, and planted a left footed shot just inside the left post from the right hand side.

On 17 minutes, Beevers crossed from the left and Green headed low straight at the keeper.

The Stags were level on 19 minutes when Daniel made an outstanding run down the left, got to the byeline and pulled the ball back to Murray whose first shot was blocked but he buried the rebound. It was the first time in the game that the Stags had tried to play the ball down the wing.

On 22 minutes, Meikle played Daniel in down the left and his cross was caught by the keeper at full stretch. On 24 minutes, Benjamin volleyed straight at Marriott. A minute later and back to the other end as Howell sent a wild shot over the stand. A great bowl out from Marriott to Daniel on 26 minutes, but Daniel’s cross was blocked. Then a minute later Daniel blasted a shot over the bar after Dempster had fluffed a shot from a Murray corner. Straight to the other end and Tames wasted a good chance when his cross-cum-shot was across the face of goal.

Lee Stevenson got into the box on 33 minutes and floated a shot wide. A minute later a rare shot from Ritchie Sutton was dreadful and going miles wide until it was deflected straight at the keeper! Then on 35 minutes, Stevenson had a shot blocked and Howell had a shot blocked. It was a good spell of pressure from Mansfield.

On 39 minutes, Stevenson chipped wide of the left post, with just too many players between him and the net. Beevers broke into the area on 45 minutes and his half-hearted shot was blocked.

Half time 1-1




On 46 minutes Marriott spilled a corner but a shot on the follow up was blocked. Green had a shot deflected away on 53 minutes.

On 54 minutes, Mansfield took the lead as Stevenson scored from the edge of the box with a fine finish into the bottom right corner after good play from Green.

On 56 minutes Meikle broke into the box and nearly set up Green, but not quite. Good play from Meikle on 59 minutes as he turned and his shot was on target but deflected wide. Another good move from the Stags on 64 minutes but Green’s cross was cut out. Then on 66 minutes Green had a powerful shot blocked, the rebound was just out of reach of Stevenson, and then Sutton fired a terrific effort just over. Two shots in one game for Sutton came as quite a surprise but this was a cracking effort. A good break from Green to Meikle and back to Green on 68 minutes but the ball was just ahead of Green.

Jones had a shot blocked from a free kick on 77 minutes. All the chances were falling to Mansfield. But on 80 minutes Jones was in action at the other end as he cleared an effort off the line as Marriott failed to deal with a corner. Then Marriott made a great save from Ledsham on 84 minutes, though the offside flag was already up. And on 85 minutes, Ledsham had a shot deflected inches wide as Mansfield hung on their nerves.

Briscoe replaced the hard-working Daniel on 89 minutes. On 90+1 Meikle took a shot at goal from a difficult angle which was crazy as he had little chance of scoring.

On 90+3 minutes, a brilliant effort from Briscoe as he burst forward and thundered a shot against the underside of the bar.

The Stags were worthy winners.

Man of the match: Colin Daniel


Report by: Martin Shaw at Haig Avenue



Line Up:
Marriott 6 Spilled a corner and was lucky that the shot was blocked. Good save from a shot that turned out to be offside.
Sutton 7 Defended very solidly. Had a decent shot just over. Distribution could be better.
Dempster 8 Dominant and didn’t put a foot wrong.
Jones 7 Crucial clearance off the line near the end. Solid, and no mistakes.
Beevers 7 Good defending. One good cross for a Green header otherwise distribution was disappointing.
Meikle 6.5 Worked hard. Unlucky with one shot on target that was deflected wide. Showed immaturity when he tried a ridiculous shot in stoppage time instead of winding the clock down.
Murray 7.5 Partly responsible for Southport’s goal when he failed to collect Stevenson’s ball, but recovered very well, including the equaliser. Good distribution, used the ball well, and ran the show in midfield.
Howell 7 Good game, and played a part in Stevenson’s goal. Desperately needs to improve his finishing as he sent another shot over the stand.
Daniel 9 Gave Southport problems all match on the left wing and they couldn’t handle him. Superb play to set up Murray’s goal. Worked very hard as well. Told me after the game that he has never scored with a free kick before this season which surprised me.
Stevenson 7 Another goal, really well taken from the edge of the box. Always looks likely to get a goal. Partly responsible for the Southport goal with a loose pass that didn’t reach Murray.
Green 7 Looked sharp. Unlucky with powerful shot blocked and always looked dangerous.
Sub Line Up:
Briscoe (for Daniel, 89) - Brilliant effort against the underside of the bar in stoppage time.
Subs not used: Thompson, Clements, Wright, Rhead.
Opposition Line Up:
McMillan; Smith, Grand, Akrigg, Willis (Bakare H/T); Whalley, Parry, Tames (Joyce 72), Benjamin, Ledsham, Moogan (Chalmers 79). Subs not used: Hibbert, Lynch.
Referee:
Chris Kavanagh (Lancashire) 6 A few erratic decisions but didn’t make any howlers


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