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15th October 2003 1:53

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Mansfield Town 1 Stockport County 2
Day 59 Barlow 11,85

Two goals from Stuart Barlow either side of a Rhys Day goal were enough to put the Stags out of the LDV Vans Trophy. Further reports to follow:

Match Statistics
13 Goal Attempts 11
6 On target 8
5 Off target 3
2 Woodwork 0
9 Corners 9
9 Fouls 14
2 Offside 2
Mansfield Town 1 v 2 Stockport County
Evening Post website:
Stockport's evergreen striker Stuart Barlow handed new boss Sammy McIlroy a timely reminder with his side's winning goal five minutes from time.
Barlow's brace allowed under-achieving Stockport the opportunity to record their first win at Field Mill for seven years.
Rhys Day dragged Keith Curle's Stags back into the game on 59 minutes as Mansfield started to dominate.
However, Barlow, who grabbed his first of the game after only ten minutes, repeated the trick with the winner five minutes from time.
County's new boss, who wasn't present, will be delighted with his side's change of fortune. Mansfield have lost only twice at Field Mill this season and are sitting second in the Third Division after four straight wins.
McIlroy, who quit as Northern Ireland boss after seeing his side fail to score in 13 consecutive games, is expected to be appointed the new boss at Edgley Park on Wednesday.
Press Association:
FT: Mansfield 1 Stockport 2
Stuart Barlow struck five minutes from time to give Stockport a 2-1 LDV Vans Trophy victory over Mansfield at Field Mill.
The struggling Second Division side began like a whirlwind to shock a Mansfield outfit who started off the back of four successive league wins.
The visitors were rewarded when Barlow won a race with home keeper Kevin Pilkington and then brilliantly chipped it back over the retreating shot-stopper and the heads of two defenders on the line to find the net.
But Mansfield came back strongly and Jamie Clarke and Wayne Corden hit the woodwork before half-time while teenage keeper James Spencer tipped over a fierce effort from Colin Larkin.
Larkin forced two more superb saves from Spencer before the Stags deservedly drew level when Rhys Day headed home Lee Williamson's 58th-minute cross.
Barlow then broke Mansfield hearts five minutes from time as Ali Gibb crossed to the far post where Aaron Wilbraham nodded back across goal for Barlow to drill home his second.
Two goals from Stuart Barlow guided Stockport into the second round and clinched caretaker-manager John Hollins' second successive win- but it may well have been his last game in charge.

For as Barlow rifled in the 85th minute winner from Aaron Wilbraham's knock-down, club officials were denying strong rumours that Northern Ireland manager Sammy McIlroy had quit his post to join County.

On the field, 18-year-old keeper James Spencer was Stockport's hero with two spectacular second-half saves to prevent Colin Larkin putting the Stags ahead.

However, the keeper was lucky in the 62nd minute when he appeared to carry Wayne Corden's dipping drive over his own line with the referee unsighted.

The Stags had been pinned in their own half in the opening stages as Stockport squandered a hatful of chances through Kevin Ellison, Robert Jones and Barlow.

In the 11th minute, Barlow made no mistake with a breathtaking goal, rounding the keeper and lobbing into the roof of the net from 20 yards.

Brave Mansfield replied with a period of sustained pressure of their own.

Larkin's close-range finish was tipped over the bar and then the home side struck the woodwork twice in as many minutes, Jamie Clarke striking the post before Corden crashed a 25 yard blockbuster against the bar.

Rhys Day did put the Stags level shortly before the hour, but Barlow's second proved decisive.

County are through to the second round of this season's LDV Vans Trophy following a 2-1 win over Mansfield Town at Field Mill. Stuart Barlow netted in both halves to send County although young keeper James Spencer was the star of the show after he made several impressive saves in the game.


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