Nationwide League Division 3
6th October 2000

York City


Mansfield Town

McNivie 18 Boulding 2
Mathie 61
Attendance:  2, 681
Rob Wheldon at Bootham Crescent

Stags fielded the same side that defeated Lincoln at Sincil Bank 6 days earlier and continued with a 3-5-2 formation.  Both Shayne Bradley and Martin Pemberton were ruled out again, but both may be fit for the next two league games, both at Field Mill.  

On a perfect night for football and on a perfect playing surface the Stags made a great start, taking the lead in the second minute through Micky Boulding, whose powerful low shot from the right hand side flew into the bottom corner past Fettis.  This should have been the signal for the Stags to continue from where they left off at Lincoln, but sadly they appeared to sit on the lead and invite pressure from the home side.  There was an air of inevitability about the equaliser, but once more the Stags defensive frailties had much to do with the goal.  A corner from the York right was headed unchallenged towards goal, then McNivie, also unchallenged was allowed to head home from just 4 yards - appalling defending.  Stags then wasted two gilt edged chances to regain the lead,  First Blake somehow missed a free header from 8 yards after being perfectly found by a Corden cross, then Williams had a clear opportunity after a York defender had missed his kick, however the Stags winger fired his shot past the right hand post of York keeper Fettis.  At the other end, Mimms had to be quick when a deft lob from the edge of the Stags box appeared goal-bound, but the Stags keeper managed to acrobatically tip the ball over the bar.

Half-time 1-1

If the first half was disappointing, the second was even worse from a Stags point of view.  The first 15 minutes were dominated by the home side, with the Stags looking like conceding at any time.  Just past the hour York took the lead, a deserved lead, but again there will be questions asked about the Stags marking which allowed yet another free header for Mathie to score.  Now the Stags had to push forward but looked vulnerable to the counter and twice had to be grateful to the woodwork to stop going further behind, both terrific curling shots from the edge of the Stags box which had keeper Mimms well and truly beaten.  In attack the Stags looked bereft of ideas, the set-pieces were again appalling, corners were either too close to the keeper of simple for the taller York defenders to clear.  Not once did the Stags look for a short corner to mix things up.  However, the Stags still created a few chances from open play.  Greenacre was unlucky when his spectacular overhead kick was tipped over by Fettis, though from our angle it looked as though he would have been better heading the ball.  Then Clarke broke into the York box and with Greenacre unmarked to his left it looked as though the Stags were about to equalise, however, the Stags midfielders pass to Greenacre typified the Stags evening, was over-hit and missed its intended target. 

A poor performance by the Stags, particularly so after a great start.  After going a goal ahead they dropped back far too deep and at times could not get the ball past the half-way line for any length of time - much of the pressure was self-inflicted.  It also has to be said that the Stags set-pieces, of which there were numerous, were very poorly executed and to be honest the Stags never looked like scoring from a set-piece.  To give credit to York, they clearly deserved the victory, unlike the Stags they did look likely to score from free-kicks and corners and in Wayne Hall had the best player on the pitch until he was injured in a collision with Greenacre.  However, the truth is that if the Stags are to mount a serious promotion campaign this season, this was a game they had to get at least a point from.  Man of the Match was near impossible as very few Stags players did themselves any credit, but again Bobby Mimms was faultless in goal, and though only called upon a couple of times, he was again exemplary. 

Man of the Match:  Bobby Mimms   


Line Up Rating Remarks
Mimms 7 One fine save and good handling
Fortune 5 Very poor
Robinson 6 Did his best despite being a full-back, not a centre half
Hicks 6 Too often was covering gaps that should not have been there
Williams 5 His crossing was poor and should have scored
Corden 5 One good cross was about his lot
Hassell 6 Tried to get the ball on the deck but too often the game passed him by
Blake 5 Missed a simple chance and never stamped his mark on the midfield
Clarke 6 The pick of the midfield, some nice runs forward
Boulding 7 Took his chance well but was given little decent service
Greenacre 6 Just the one chance but never gave up
Jervis 6 Looked quite comfortable on the left
Bacon 6 Given little time to make an impact - could have come on as soon as York took the lead
Unused:  Pilkington, Asher, Andrews