|Nationwide League Division 3|
|27th February 2001|
|Bradley 6, 37||Strevens 61|
|Attendance: 1, 623|
Rob Wheldon at Field Mill
Stags defenders Stuart Hicks and Adam Barrett were still missing along with midfielder Darrell Clarke, likely to be out for another 6 weeks. Craig Disley deservedly maintained his place in the centre of midfield as the Stags began with a 3-5-2 formation.
Barnet had the first meaningful attempt on goal, Bobby Mimms tipping over a long range Strevens effort. However just a couple of minutes later the Stags went ahead through Shayne Bradley. Great work by Hassell saw the ball fed to Greenacre whose pass found Bradley who was on hand to tap home. Stags poured forward and several times saw Harrison pull off fine saves to prevent the Stags increasing their advantage. Leading scorer Greenacre rounded Harrison and though pushed wide perhaps could have tried an attempt on goal rather than try to find the well marked Bradley in the area. At the other end Mims was called upon twice, first to deny Currie then later to deny a fine effort by Strevens. However, it was the Stags who were on top, prompted by the excellence of the midfield pair of Disley and Hassell and the terrific wing play of Corden. Indeed it was Corden who had a heavy hand in the Stags second goal. His left wing cross saw Harrison brilliantly save Disley's header, however from Corden's corner Bradley rose to head the ball home. Barnet still looked dangerous on the counter attack and Pemberton did very well to deflect a goal bound shot over the bar and from the corner a Barnet attacked seemed to prevent a Mark Arber header going in.
Half Time 2-0
The 2nd half was pretty much a one-sided affair too, but this time it was the visitors who totally dominated with the home side only a rare threat on counter. Several times the Stags had to thank keeper Mimms, though a dropped cross from the otherwise excellent keeper almost cost a goal, the ever dependable Les Robinson clearing the danger. However, Barnet got the goal their excellent attacking had deserved, and it was a tremendous goal when it came, Strevens half volleying past Mimms from 20 yards. Stags were now well and truly on the back foot and were indebted to a couple of great last ditch challenges from Pemberton and Asher whilst Robinson was also doing a great job under considerable Barnet pressure. As the half wore on the Stags eventually began to pass to each other again and created a few chances of their own, Greenacre squandering a great chance on the left hand side of the area, firing over with just Harrison to beat. However, the Stags striker never gave up and got the goal his efforts had clearly deserved when Bradley's pass was slotted past Harrison by the Stags top scorer. Stags caught Barnet on the counter just two minutes later, Bradley again in the thick of it and when the ball found Williams the Stags winger superbly chipped the ball over Harrison for the 4th goal.
A good first half display was matched by a poor second half display. In the 1st half the Stags passing was good and they created many chances. In the 2nd half the passing was poor and Barnet really controlled the match for long spells. The match was pretty symptomatic of the Stags season, promising in spells yet awful at other times. At least on this occasion the result was a good one, if more than a little flattering. The Stags can play much better than this, and indeed have done this season without getting this sort of win, so I suppose we should enjoy it!!
Man of the Match: Shayne Bradley
|Mimms||7||Some excellent saves kept the Stags in it|
|Robinson||7||Excellent defensive display|
|Asher||7||Occasional lapse but overall very sound|
|Pemberton||7||Under great pressure 2nd half but coped well|
|Williams||6||Quiet other than a stunning goal|
|Corden||6||Good first half, poor second|
|Hassell||7||Excellent in the opening half but given tougher time in defensive role in the 2nd|
|Blake||6||Very quiet throughout|
|Disley||7||Shone like a Beacon in the 1st half, under more pressure 2nd but still did well|
|Bradley||8||Two goals and excellent first 45 minutes, also held play up well in the 2nd|
|Greenacre||7||Fantastic effort and determination to get a goal|
|Lawrence||6||for Williams (90)|
|Boulding||6||for Bradley (90)|
|Not Used: Pilkington, Bacon, Jervis|