|Worthington Cup 1st Round 2nd Leg|
|5th September 2000|
|Wrexham||0-3||Mansfield Town (agg 1-3)|
|Corden 18, 42|
Report written from Mansfield 103.2 live broadcast by James Bradley and Steve Hartshorn
Injury hit Stags took on 2nd Division Wrexham trying to come back from a 1-0 deficit from the home leg a fortnight earlier, a game that was played at Notts County's Meadow Lane ground due to the Field Mill redevelopment. Stags were without long term injury victims Michael Sisson and Martin Pemberton who were joined by new signing Shayne Bradley on the treatment table. Stags were also not allowed to cup-tie on loan defender Jon Fortune. Stags handed a first start of the season to Bobby Hassell and Lee Williams was recalled after being dropped from the team that drew 0-0 at Exeter on Saturday. Stags began with a 4-5-1 formation, with Hassell and Hicks at centre back, Andrews at left back and Lomas at right back. Chris Greenacre, not for the first time this season, was given a loan striker role.
Whilst Wrexham had the majority of early possession the Stags always looked sharp on the counter and broke in numbers. Stags took the lead on the night on 18 minutes. A clearance by Mimms found Clarke on the right and after good work between him and Williams found Corden in the box who calmly finished. Stags were in dreamland on 42 minutes as the lead was extended, Corden again with a goal, a right foot shot which curled into the top left hand corner.
Stags were really under pressure in the 2nd half and were indebted to bad finishing from Carlos Edwards and great defending by John Andrews to keep their advantage. Sadly Andrews was taken off on 81 minutes after suffering a head injury, he was replaced by Asher. Stags sealed the victory with a stunning Greenacre goal on 86 minutes, the striker latching on to a Hassell through ball and smashed the ball home. Lee Williams was replaced by Lee Williamson on 87 minutes. Stags had no more scares and after 3 minutes injury time they could celebrate a fine victory and progress to the 2nd round.
Stags boss Bill Dearden was naturally delighted by his team's win and particularly with the defending in the 2nd half. Speaking of the lone role up front, Billy was full of praise for the efforts of Chris Greenacre, "Chrissy's worked his so and so's off tonight and got what he deserved with a smashing goal, the one up front has proved a great system away from home and one we will use much more this season". When asked on the next two games he said that "if we play like we did tonight and at Exeter we can get two results, anything less than that and we might not". Finally, Bill was asked about Michael Sisson and with obvious emotion in his voice he took the opportunity to wish Michael all the best during his recovery and said he thought the players gave that extra little bit for Michael tonight. Billy expects Michael to be out for between 8 and 12 months.
Man of the Match: Chris Greenacre