STAGS OUT OF LDV TO CONFERENCE SIDE HEREFORD
Mansfield 0 - 1 Hereford
Day og 12
Att 1,393 (90 from Hereford)
Mansfield 0-1 Hereford
Hereford pulled off a fine LDV Vans Trophy win at League Two Mansfield.
Mansfield were hoping to get back on track, but after just 12 minutes, the Conference side netted their winner.
Rob Purdie chested down and shot at the Stags goal and the ball hit defender Rhys Day before bouncing over the line for an unlucky own goal.
Debutant Adrian Littlejohn and Adam Birchall both went close for the Stags, but the non-league side deservedly held out for a place in round two.
Day's own goal dumps Stags out of LDV
A RHYS Day own goal saw Stags crash out of the LDV Vans Trophy at the first hurdle against respected Conference side Hereford United at Field Mill last night.
Caretaker boss Peter Shirtliff rang the changes to give the rest of his squad a run out against a very polished Bulls side and will have been very pleased with some of the contributions from a side that included three debutants and fringe players.
Some of the football on display from both sides was neat and tidy. But the game was settled as early as the 12th minute when Day turned Rob Purdie's shot into his own net.
The small crowd booed Stags from the field at the end but, to be fair, they had not played particularly badly against a side that could easily hold their own in League Two.
And Mansfield, in their current league position, will not worry too much about their swift exit from this competition.
With a glut of knocks from the weekend defeat at Carlisle, Shirtliff took the chance to make nine changes and give fringe players an outing.
Only John-Baptiste and Dawson remained from the side which started the game at Carlisle.
White was in goal with a back four of Jacobs, making his debut, Day, John-Baptiste, and Talbot.
Midfield was Birchall, Dawson, McLachlan and Lloyd with Littlejohn, making his full debut, and Arnold, making his debut, up front.
Littlejohn almost opened his Mansfield account on five minutes.
Arnold dispossessed a defender just outside the box and squared the ball to Littlejohn who will have been disappointed not to have hit the target with his crisp low shot.
Birchall was next to try his luck by, from 30 yards, his shot lacked enough pace to trouble Mawson.
But Stags fell behind on 12 minutes. Purdie chested down a right wing cross in the box before sending in a low shot which came off Day in the six yard box and gave White no chance.
A minute later Littlejohn got in a shot as he fell which at least forced Mawson to save.
Green was booked for a crunching challenge on McLachlan in the centre circle on 14 minutes.
Mansfield were close again as Birchall won the ball 20 yards out and curled a low shot just wide. Then Day headed well over from a Talbot free kick.
Bailey almost added to the visitors' tally when a cross from the right found him six yards out and, with a defender closing him down, bundled the ball onto the roof of the net.
Littlejohn was almost gifted an equaliser on 29 minutes when a clearance cannoned off a defender and flew to his feet, leaving him with only Mawson to beat. But the keeper stretched out a leg to deny him and, as the ball ran loose, Dawson fired a low shot just wide from 18 yards.
Dawson threatened a swift break down the centre on 38 minutes. But Pitman brought him down to earn a yellow card.
Littlejohn kept possession well and made space for a low shot wide from 25 yards while, for Hereford, Williams dipped one just wide from the edge of the Stags box as the Bulls went in with a slender advantage.
Mansfield, who swapped Coke for McLachlan at the break, made a strong start to the second half and twice came close in the first three minutes.
Birchall's pass released Lloyd in the box and it took a good tackle from Jeannin to stop him getting a finish away.
A minute later Dawson forced a good save from Mawson, diving to his right to claw round his 20 yard blast.
Arnold also sent a tame shot at the Hereford keeper.
Hereford saw their third yellow card of the night when Brady was booked for throwing the ball away.
White was well placed to easily keep out Ferrell's header on 61 minutes.
A well-worked free kick routine saw the ball cued up for Jeannin to shoot just wide from 25 yards on 67 minutes.
Two minutes later a neat Stags move ended with Littlejohn wriggling in the box to lay off a pass that saw Arnold fire over the bar.
It was fast becoming a very open game and Day slid in just in the nick of time to stop Williams dispatching Purdie's nod-down.
White then had two saves to make within a minute, getting behind a curling shot from Williams and a stronger one from Purdie. And James was inches wide with a glancing far post header as Hereford went for the kill.
Talbot went down injured in the centre circle. But play continued as Hereford looked for a goal. When the ball finally went out Coke had to be restrained as he argued with the visiting players.
Talbot still appeared motionless and was eventually stretchered off to be replaced by Jelleyman.
Birchall spotted Mawson off his line near the end but sent his dipping shot just over.
At the other end Ipoua shot into the side netting.
Four minutes of stoppage time were added and Hereford stood firm. And the final whistle saw the whole side run across to celebrate with their hardy band of 90 followers.
STAGS: White, Day, John-Baptiste, Dawson, Birchall, Talbot (Jelleyman 84), McLachlan (Coke h/t), Lloyd, Jacobs, Littlejohn, Arnold. Subs not used: Buxton, Peers, Heron.
HEREFORD: Mawson, Green, Mkandawire, James, Brady, Pitman, Ferrell, Williams (Evans 83), Jeannin, Purdie, Bailey (Ipoua 74). Subs not used: Beckwith, Stanley, Lewis.
REFEREE: Paul Robinson of Yorks. attendance: 1,393.
SCORERS: M Hereford - Day og 12.
CAUTIONS: M Hereford - Green 14 (Foul on McLaughlan); Pitman 38 (Foul on Dawson); Brady 57 (unsporting conduct); Ferrell 90 (foul on Jacobs).
STAGS MAN OF THE MATCH: Adam Birchall.
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