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Season 12/13 Stagsnet Match Report
Blue Square Bet Premier
2 - 1
 Mansfield Town
Keates 68, D.Wright 78.
 Green 53.
Attendance: 4378 (593 from Mansfield)
Date: 4 April 2013


Martin Shaw at the Racecourse Ground

On a night of controversy at the Racecourse Ground, Mansfield Town's superlative winning run of 12 games came to an end. After a first half in which Mansfield looked solid and untroubled, the game exploded into life early in the second half as Mansfield came out all guns blazing. A critical moment came on 50 minutes as Luke Jones cleanly headed Adam Chapman's long throw into the net. The referee signalled a goal, but the linesman flagged for a foul. After the game, I watched the pitchside video footage that was taken by our own cameraman Mike, with Paul Cox and there was quite clearly no foul. Cox headed off to see the referee, but the referee simply said that he went with his linesman's call. From another view that I have since watched on the match DVD, there may be a slight contact between Green and the keeper but probably not enough to warrant a foul. Mansfield were in front on 53 minutes as Jones headed Chapman's corner against the bar, and Matt Green knocked it in as it dropped to the ground. Alan Marriott made a magnificent save from a Danny Wright header three minutes later though the referee had already signalled a foul. But Marriott made a mistake on 68 minutes as Wrexham equalised. A free kick from Dean Keates from 27 yards took a slight deflection off the wall to wrong-foot Marriott, but the Stags keeper would still have expected to stop it as it somehow crept through him and over the line. The momentum of the game completely shifted at this moment and ten minutes later a moment of brilliance, probably the first in the entire game from Wrexham, won the game. Sub Glen Little, only just on, powered through the Stags defence and set up Danny Wright for a fine finish from just inside the area. After that, the Stags committed bodies forward to find an equaliser and were lucky on 80 minutes as a shot from Danny Wright hit the underside of the bar and was adjudged to have not crossed the line. From my quick look at the match DVD, it seemed to confirm what I thought at the time, that it did cross the line. Mansfield were unable to get an equaliser and so the run came to an end. A disappointing result, but I thought this was a decent performance from Mansfield who were mostly solid, and certainly deserved a draw from what was a tough fixture. No time to cry over spilt milk, as there is less than 48 hours from the end of this game til the kick off at Barrow. Mansfield will be looking to bounce back with a win against a side that we beat 8-1 earlier in the season. Barrow will be all out for revenge and it promises to be a tough fixture. But these are the type of games we need to win if we want to win the title.

Sidenote: I checked with Paul Cox after the game and he confirmed what I already thought, that Lee Beevers picked up his ninth yellow card tonight, and not his tenth as reported elsewhere, so he is still one game away from a suspension.

Mansfield made two changes from the side which beat Gateshead on Monday as Meikle replaced Briscoe and Chapman came in for Stevenson. Wrexham included Martin Reilly at centre half for his first game against Mansfield since leaving at the end of last season. He went on to have a fine game against Matt Green.

In front of Wrexham's biggest crowd of the season and on a very bobbly pitch, there was a crackling atmosphere in the ground.

In truth it was a fairly quiet opening half with few chances for either side. Daniel got into the box on the left after 4 minutes but his cross towards Green was poor. The ball came back to him and his second cross found Chapman whose scuffed shot was straight at the keeper. Chapman had the second attempt of the game, this time a volley from 35 yards which was well wide on 13 minutes. The next chance for either side did not come until 28 minutes when Harris sent a brilliant 35 yard shot just wide. Excellent control from Meikle on 30 minutes and he laid the ball off for Chapman who couldn't control it on the bobbly pitch and it ran out for a goal kick.

The Stags were pushing forward through Meikle, Chapman, Green and Daniel at every opportunity but were unable to create much. On 34 minutes, a surging run from Daniel but he just overran the ball and it ran through to the keeper. A rare attacking moment for Wrexham on 38 minutes as a free kick from Keates into the box ended with a soft header at Marriott. As Marriott went to kick the ball u field from his hands, he was blocked by a Wrexham player and the ball ricocheted off, fortunately not creating any danger. Marriott and manager Cox were furious that no action was taken and no foul was given.

Mansfield nearly got a freak goal on 40 minutes as Greg Taylor's cross was heading for the top right hand corner before the keeper scooped it away at the last moment. In stoppage time at the end of the half, excellent defending from Jones as he put his head in where most wouldn't even put their boots typifying an excellent defensive display.

A good half from Mansfield, very solid at the back, on a terrible pitch.

Half time 0-0

On 47 minutes, Chapman's corner was headed by Jones at the far post, back across goal and it eventually came back to Chapman who fired into the side netting.

Controversy on 50 minutes as Mansfield had a goal disallowed. Chapman's long throw was headed into the net by Jones. The referee awarded the goal but then noticed the linesman flagging and changed his mind (see notes in summary above).

Wrexham's free kick was immediately won back by Daniel who got to the byeline and crossed for Chapman whose low hard drive was saved on the line by the keeper. A minute later at the other end, Harris fired just over the bar.

Mansfield were deservedly in front on 53 minutes. From Chapman's corner from the right, Jones headed towards the roof of the net, the keeper tipped it on to the bar and, as it dropped, Green was quickest to react, stabbing the ball home from close range.

With the Stags now high on confidence, Daniel made a terrific run from the edge of his own area all the way to the byeline, but his cross was straight to the keeper.

A moment of magic from Alan Marriott on 56 minutes as a cross from the right was headed towards the top right corner by Danny Wright and Marriott tipped it away. The referee gave a free kick although it was not clear what for, which was a shame in a way for Marriott. Great control by Green and a run towards goal but he lost control on the bobbly pitch and it ran through to the keeper.

Wrexham had not looked like equalising but were gifted a goal on 68 minutes. A free kick from Keates 27 yards from goal was deflected off the wall which seemed to wrong foot Marriott. The ball came at him without much pace but somehow he juggled it into the net. In despair he rolled on to his back as the Racecourse Ground erupted.

There was immediately a huge shift of momentum towards Wrexham. On 72 minutes, Clarke shot straight at Marriott.

Chapman sent a blistering free kick which hit the keeper and bounced away on 74 minutes. Briscoe replaced Daniel on 77 minutes.

Wrexham were ahead on 78 minutes. Glenn Little came on as substitute for Wrexham and within 10 seconds, and with an excellent piece of play, he set up Danny Wright who fired past Marriott from 12 yards.

Wrexham were unlucky on 80 minutes when Adebola squared to Danny Wright who fired against the underside of the bar. The ball bounced down and was definitely over the line before coming out, but the inept officials waved play on.

Mansfield had a goal disallowed on 81 minutes as Meikle played in Green but Green was a yard offside, as shown on the match DVD, before putting the ball into the net.

Rhead replaced Chapman on 82 minutes. Then on 83 minutes, Jones headed just over from Murray's corner. Mansfield's final chance to equalise came on 90+2 as Briscoe's shot was blocked following a long throw from Beevers. Wrexham should have made it 3-1 on 90+4 as they had a 3-against-1 break but Keates fired over.

A good reception from the Mansfield fans at the final whistle. The Stags were unlucky in this one, and need to bounce back quickly at Barrow.

Man of the match: Luke Jones

Report by: Martin Shaw at the Racecourse Ground

Line Up:
Marriott 5 He's been outstanding this season, recently completed 50 clean sheets for the club, and only conceded three goals in the 12 game winning run. However he'll be the first to admit that his mistake was costly tonight. There is no keeper that makes no mistakes though and he is still the best in this league. Made one fabulous save from Danny Wright although the referee did award a free kick.
Beevers 7 Good game, and was in the wars yet again.
Dempster 7 Very solid at the back.
Jones 7.5 Fine defensive display. Had one header harshly disallowed, and another that hit the bar leading to Green's goal.
Taylor 7 Another solid game.
Murray 7 Worked tremendously hard and didn't deserve to be on the losing side.
Howell 7 Very solid and didn't allow Wrexham to control the game.
Chapman 7 Good corners and long throws created danger. Good game.
Meikle 7 Did well on the right wing on a difficult pitch for a winger. One piece of control was sublime.
Green 7 His 20th goal of the season, and his 50th in less than 2 seasons.
Daniel 6 A couple of fabulous runs from his own half, but also some poor distribution and lost the ball too often.
Sub Line Up:
Briscoe (for Daniel, 77) -
Rhead (for Chapman, 82) -
Subs not used: Sutton, Stevenson, Hutchinson.
Opposition Line Up:
Maxwell; S.Wright, Riley, Westwood (Walker 21), Hunt; Cieslewicz (Little 77), Clarke, Harris, Keates; D.Wright, Ormerod (Adebola 66). Subs: Rushton, Thornton.
Darren Handley 4 Very poor set of officials. The officials got the two key decisions badly wrong.

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