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Season 03/04 Stagsnet Match Report
Nationwide League Division 3
Carlisle United  
0 - 2
 Mansfield Town
 Corden 54, Mendes 63
Attendance: 4,154 (402 from Mansfield)
Date: 15th November 2003

Mansfield dominated possession for large parts of this game against the hapless Cumbrians and although the scores were level at half-time, it was more down to the Stags lack of a quality pass in the final third of the pitch than anything the home side did to keep them out. As early as the 3rd minute Mansfield should have been in front as Corden turned back a flicked throw from Bobby Hassell in to the path of Junior Mendes who lashed the ball against the underside of the bar from 6 yards out when it looked easier to score. The Stags looked threatening from all the set pieces as Day twice headed over and Artell also met a right wing corner to power a header wide.
Day also found himself as the most forward Stags player, when Carlisle failed to clear their lines, but his lack of pace prevented him from getting in a shot on goal.

There was an impressively solid look about the Stags back four, as full backs Vaughan and Hassell defended well and got forward at every opportunity, however neither Lawrence nor Corden were in the best of form and despite territorial advantage, the first half was a largely scrappy affair with the home side also forcing several corners which came to nothing. Pilkington did have to smartly tip over one speculative 25 yard effort.

H-T 0-0

Mansfield came out with much more purpose in the second half and laid siege to the Carlisle goal, again without finding the elusive killer ball. It came as no surprise when they went in front on 53 minutes, Mendes who worked tirelessly broke free on the right hand side of the box and his clipped cross was headed against the bar by Larkin, with CORDEN on hand to ram the ball into the net from 3 yards out. Carlisle had till that point battled and closed down players, but what little confidence they had drained away as Mansfield poured
forward searching for the vital 2nd goal. It came on 64 minutes from the tireless MENDES and was a brilliant piece of opportunism. He picked up the ball on the left hand goal line and used his pace to ghost past two challenges and create a shooting chance which he smashed across Glennon into the far corner. From then on Carlisle were reduced to aimless long balls forward and half breakaways,
but the immaculate Artell dealt with everything they could muster, ably supported by Day.

Plenty of balls flashed across the home goal mouth and substitute Beardsley was denied by Glennon as he deflected a right wing cross goalwards only for the keeper to react well and turn his effort round the post.

Curtis was excellent, and covered the hard yards in midfield as Mansfield drove forward relentlessly, however they were unable to turn the scoreline into the embarrassing cricket score it could have been.

You have to feel for the 3500 or so Carlisle fans, they finished well beaten rabble by a Mansfield team who never hit top gear.

Man of the Match: Dave Artell

Report by: Terry Hallam at Brunton Park

Line Up:
Pilkington 7 dealt with everything he had to on a relatively quiet afternoon
Hassell 7 good display defended well and made several dangerous forward runs
Vaughan 7 solid and linked well with Corden in 2nd half
Artell 9 Magnificent never missed a header and positionally A1
Day 7 Quiet afternoon defensively, dangerous at the set pieces
Curtis 8 Mr fixit in midfield covered the pitch and used the ball well
Williamson 6 Seen him better than this could find the telling pass often enough
Lawrence 6 Not his best by a long way but he worries the opposition
Corden 6 Poor 1st half but more involved in the 2nd half improved display
Mendes 8 Tireless and deserved his goal, caused problems with his pace
Larkin 6 Did OK but was second fiddle to Mendes
Sub Line Up:
Beardsley (for Larkin, 75) 6 Nearly scored and played Mendes in with a great pass
Disley (for Corden, 83) - Little impression in the short time he was on
Subs not used: JWhite, MacKenzie, Dimech.
Opposition Line Up:
Glennon, Arnison, Andrews, McDonagh, Smith, McGill, Billy, Schumacher, Russell, Farrell, Henderson. Subs: Shelley, Kelly, Rundle, Wake, Keen.
Eddie Ilderton (Tyne & Wear) 7 had a good game

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