UNDERSTRENGTH STAGS MAULED BY MACC IN LDV
LDV Vans Trophy Round 2 North
Macclesfield Town 4 - 0 Mansfield Town
Barras 10, Parkin 30, 63, Tipton 37
Attendance: 1027 (?? from Mansfield)
Dimech 58 unsporting behaviour
Curle 65 unsporting behaviour
Artell 68 unsporting behaviour
O'Neill 79 unsporting behaviour
Murray 83 unsporting behaviour
Match Stats by PA (Macc/ Stags)
14 Goal Attempts 8
7 On Target 1
6 Off Target 7
1 Hit Woodwork 0
7 Offsides 0
1 Corners 8
7 Fouls 22
Macclesfield 4-0 Mansfield
Macclesfield celebrated manager Brian Horton's 1000th game in charge of a Football League club with this crushing LDV Vans Trophy victory.
Defender Tony Barras opened the scoring with a powerful eight-yard header and Jon Parkin pounced on a poor Luke Dimech passback to make it 2-0.
Mike Sheron's deft pass teed up Matt Tipton to stroke home the third before half-time.
And Parkin added a second from close in to complete the rout after the break.
New-look Stags crash out of LDV
MUCH-CHANGED Mansfield Town crashed out of the LDV Vans Trophy when they were mauled 4-0 at Macclesfield Town in the second round tonight (Tuesday).
But the Silkmen know that Stags' first choice 11 will be a vastly different proposition when the sides quickly renew rivalries in League Two action at Field Mill on Saturday.
Three first half goals all but killed the game stone dead before half-time with four Stags players booked and few of them playing anywhere near their best on a cold and disappointing night.
As expected manager Keith Curle made wholesale changes to give the rest of his small squad a run-out, only three players - Woodman, Dimech and Artell - starting the game from the 11 who began against Bury on Saturday.
Youngsters Tom Curle and Callum Lloyd were included, both having started in the first round game with Darlington. And there was a full debut in goal at last for reserve keeper Jason White.
O'Neill played a thankless solo role down the centre up front with Corden (left) and Curle (right) quickly turning it into a 4-3-3 when on the attack. Artell was handed the captain's armband.
The opening stages were cat and mouse, athough Whitaker should have broken through for the home side on eight minutes.
The strength of Parkin saw him stave off the challenge of Woodman and the ball broke for Whittaker who, with White at his mercy, chose to shoot early from 16 yards and saw the ball finish in the side netting.
Buxton then did well to block Tipton from close range as he tried to tuck away Sheron's low cross into the six-yard box.
But when Stags finally got the ball out for a corner, it led to them going behind in the 10th minute. Harsley sent the corner over and Barras buried a firm header into the Mansfield net.
Parkin then tested White with a 25-yard chip, but White was well positioned to clutch the ball above his head.
However, Stags fell further behind on the half-hour from a long Potter cross into the six yard box. White stayed on his line and Dimech appeared to be trying to shepherd the ball towards the keeper as it bounced, but Parkin managed to get in a leg and poke it home from close range.
Stags' first shot at goal came on 33 minutes but Curle's effort, from a MacKenzie pass, lacked any venom and was easy for Fettis.
On 38 minutes it was 3-0 as Sheron held the ball up 25 yards from goal before setting up Tipton to run on and tuck calmly just inside the far post.
Two minutes from the break, O'Neill was afforded space to dip a powerful shot from 20 yards over Fettis and only just over the bar - Stags' first real threat.
White was in action in the first minute of the second half to gather Potter's 30 yard free kick.
In reply, another superb overlapping run by Woodman won a corner. This was cleared to Corden who put the ball back in the area, only forw Fettis to fist it away for another corner which was cleared.
A superb Macclesfield move saw Parkin dummy Whitaker's pass to give Sheron sight of goal from 10 yards. Buxton's challenge did just enough to force him to finish inches wide, but Buxton required treatment afterwards.
Stags won two more corners on the trot with no reward and, on 56 minutes, they should have pulled one back as Buxton curled a cross invitingly away from the keeper and Larkin's glancing header did not get enough purchase to guide the ball inside the post.
But a sweet exchanges of passes from the Silkmen on 63 minutes put Sheron in on goal. White did well to dive at his feet and wrestle the ball off his toes. Sadly it ran loose to Parkin who had just a simple tap-in to execute and make it 4-0.
Weakened stags undone at Macc
Macclesfield crushed a weakened Mansfield side to celebrate manager Brian Horton's 1000th game in charge of a Football League club with a 4-0 victory in the LDV Vans Trophy.
It is the first time Macc have made this stage of the competition and was a perfect way to bounce back from their 3-0 defeat at Rochdale on Saturday.
Veteran centre-back Tony Barras opened the scoring with a powerful eight-yard header after 10 minutes.
Macclesfield doubled their lead on the half-hour mark when left wing-back Graham Potter delivered a teasing cross which Luke Dimech tried to pass back to his goalkeeper, only for Jon Parkin to pounce from close range.
Mike Sheron showed his quality with a deft pass for Matt Tipton to stroke the ball into the back of the net after 37 minutes.
The scoring was completed in the 63rd minute when Mansfield 'keeper Jason White could only palm the ball into the path of Parkin, who scored his 10th goal of the season.
Macclesfield Town Official Site
Wins in the LDV Vans Trophy are like busses.. You wait eight years for one and then two come along at once. Tony Barras, Jon Parkin (2) and Matty Tipton scoring in a 4-0 win.
The Silkmen had an early chance as Danny Whitaker found himself through but hit shot, which he tried to curl around the 'keeper, drifted wide of the post.
But the opening goal came soon enough. A goal-mouth scramble was eventually cleared out for a Macclesfield corner which Tony Barras thumped home with a firm header.
Jon Parkin then had a chance to double the score but opted to chip the 'keeper with a clear run at goal and saw his chance saved. He was then denied again with a good tackle on the edge of the area.
Mansfield's first opening of the game came with a free-kick which was deflected wide for a corner and half cleared before Alan Fettis did well to gather a deep cross under pressure. Danny Whitaker then made a brave tackle to stop a clear opening for the visting team.
Just before the half hour mark and it was 2-0 to the Silkmen. Graham Potter crossed from the left touch-line towards the back post and Jon Parkin forced the ball home. His ninth of the season. He was then unfortunate as he tried to play Tipton in, but he was wrongdy flagged for offside.
Mansfield had a shot which flew over the bar before the Silkmen had the game wrapped up with a third goal. This time it was Matthew Tipton getting into the scoring act by latching on to a Sheron flick-on and, with he ball running away from goal, turning and shooting in at the back stick.
Another Mansfield shot, from 16, went over the bar as a brief respite as the Blues continued to pound the Mansfield goal. Compact midfielder Danny Whitaker coming close to ending a sweeping move but saw his shot flying just wide.
The second half saw a 25 yard Silkmen free kick cleared before Mansfield won a brace of corners, Tony Barras rising to Alpine height to head the second clear.
Mike Sheron then went close as he found himself clear of the Mansfield defence but poked his shot just wide with the Mansfield 'keeper jacknifing in mid-air to try and get to the shot.
Two more Mansfield corners came to nothing before Luke Dimech was booked for a galloot-like late challenge on Mike Sheron.
Matty Tipton went close again as a Silkmen free-kick was layed off to him only for him to clip the top of the crossbar.
The fourth goal game just after the hour mark as Mike Sheron rolled back the years to produce a burst of speed worthy of a gold medallist to try to squeeze a shot past White, only for him to stick out a hand and parry as far as Jon Parkin who fired through the legs of a defender for the Silkmen's fourth.
Brian Horton then replaced Mike Sheron with John Miles and soon after Jassim Fayadh came on for Matthew Tipton. And it was Fayadh who created the next best chance with a good cross that Jon Parkin headed over the bar.
Jon Parkin then found himself on-on-one with Jassim to his left but opted to shoot and was denied by a good save with the match-ball in his sights.
PArkin was replaced by Michael Briscoeas four minutes of injury time was shown. A Silkmen corner was cleared before the final whistle.
Verdict: As good a way as any to get over a 3-0 defeat. The Silkmen put in an excellent attacking performance and could have won by more. Same again on Saturday please!
SILKMEN GIVEN A SMOOTH RIDE
Evening Post, BY MARC ILES, November 2004
Macclesfield Town 4 v 0 Mansfield Town
Despite an abject performance from his Mansfield Town side as they crashed out of the LDV Vans Trophy, Stags boss Keith Curle insists he has a few more tricks up his sleeve ahead of Saturday's return game in the league.
Curle made eight changes from the side which drew against Bury and saw his team soundly beaten by a full-strength Macclesfield outfit.
"I"m very disappointed. I am whenever we get beaten, but the manner of it was incredible," said Curle.
"I just thank God we are playing them again on Saturday.
"I wouldn't describe some of the goals we conceded as soft - I'd use language a lot stronger that.
"I took the opportunity to rest some players and give some a competitive game to see what they've got. I guarantee there will be a much better performance on Saturday.
"It will be very different. We have better players than Macclesfield."
But that seemed difficult to believe as the home side raced into a three-goal lead before half time.
Even before Tony Barras's opening goal, Danny Whitaker had prodded a shot just wide of Jason White's goal when he really should have opened the scoring.
A last-ditch challenge from Stags skipper Dave Artell then denied Matt Tipton, but from Paul Harsley's resulting corner, centre-half Barras climbed above his marker at the far post to give the home side the lead.
Mansfield settled slightly, and Wayne Corden's superb cross had Alan Fettis at full stretch, but for all their good football they couldn't break through.
The second goal was the stuff of nightmares for Stags fans as Graham Potter's surge and cross down the left fell to Artell and Craig Woodman at the far post.
Before the pair could decide what to do with the ball, Silkmen striker Jon Parkin had nipped in to side-foot home from six yards.
It was soon to get worse for Mansfield as Sheron was allowed to bring the ball down on the edge of the area before playing an angled ball through to Tipton, who rolled the ball into the net in front of the bemused Stags fans.
Just before the break, Joe O'Neill managed the first shot on target for the visitors - stinging Fettis' hands from the edge of the box following some good work from Mackenzie.
With little choice but to attack, Curle brought on Colin Larkin just after the break. He almost had an instant impact, missing Tom Curle's cross by inches with the goal begging.
Macclesfield hit back on the counter attack and only Jake Buxton's outstretched leg denied Sheron. It didn't take long for the fourth goal to arrive, however, and Jason White was unlucky after seemingly stifling Tipton's run on goal only to see the ball squirm to the waiting Jon Parkin - who side-footed home.
The home side slipped into neutral and Mansfield tried to salvage a consolation. They nearly did, as Colin Larkin's overhead kick went just wide and O'Neill shaved the bar with a 25-yard scorcher.
The introduction of Derek Asamoah injected some pace, but it wasn't going to spoil Brian Horton's party on his 1,000th game in charge.
HAPPY 1,000 FOR HORTON
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12:00 - 03 November 2004
Macclesfield boss Brian Horton could not have wished for a better way to celebrate his 1,000th game as a manager.
The former Port Vale, Oxford United, Manchester City, Brighton and Hull City boss has spent 21 years in management and said he's never grown tired of winning football matches.
"It's a lovely competition to win, believe me," said Horton, who won the competition in 2000 with Port Vale. "Winning games is a lovely habit.
"I know what Curly (Keith Curle) is saying about it being a different side on Saturday, but who knows, I might make a few changes to my side yet.
"I have enjoyed my 1,000th game. When you look at some of the names who have reached 1,000 it goes to show what type of company I'm in.
"I've still got most of my hair, although it's a bit more grey and I'm not done yet. I still love the job."
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