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Mansfield Town 3 Macclesfield 2
Simon Carter, Manchester Evening News
TWO second half goals sank unlucky Macclesfield after Junior Mendes netting against the run of play with a half volley from the six yard line on 51 minutes.
Karl Munroe then upended the same livewire forward to allow Liam Lawrence to score from the spot.
It was hard on Macclesfield, who had seen Matthew Titpon crash a fierce drive against the foot of the post moments after the break.
Macclesfield had carried a 2-1 lead into the break, cancelling out Dave Artell's seventh minute free header with a Tipton free kick that arrowed into the far corner and John Miles' clinical finish.
They should have grabbed an equaliser at the death, Martin Carruthers only 10 yards out scuffing a free hit before Danny Whitaker saw a 25 yard drive tipped over the bar.
FT: Mansfield 3 Macclesfield 2
Junior Mendes inspired Mansfield to a 3-2 victory in a fiercely-contested battle against Macclesfield.
The striker scored one goal and earned a penalty as the Stags came from 2-1 down to grab three points.
Mansfield opened the scoring after only seven minutes when centre-back Dave Artell headed home Liam Lawrence's corner.
Macclesfield hit back seven minutes later when a free-kick from striker Matthew Tipson beat Kevin Pilkington from 30 yards.
John Miles gave the visitors the lead from the edge of the area in the 38th minute, but Mendes headed home from a Bobby Hassell throw-in seven minutes into the second half to set up a thrilling finish.
The winner came in the 69th minute when the home side earned a penalty and Lawrence blasted the spot-kick home.
Stags Edge Five-goal Thriller
Mansfield Town star Junior Mendes inspired his side to a 3-2 victory over Macclesfield in a fiercely-contested Third Division battle.
The striker scored one goal and earned a penalty as Mansfield came from 2-1 down to grab three points.
Mansfield opened the scoring early on when centre-back Dave Artell headed home Liam Lawrence's corner.
However, Macclesfield hit back when a free-kick from striker Matthew Tipson beat goalkeeper Kevin Pilkington from 30 yards.
Ex-Liverpool striker John Miles gave the visitors the lead in the first half, but Mendes then headed home from a Bobby Hassell throw-in to level the score and set up a thrilling finish.
The home side earned a penalty and Lawrence blasted the spot-kick home before Mendes again went close.
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