LATE HAMSHAW GOAL RESCUES POINT
Mansfield 1-1 Stockport
Hamshaw 84. Briggs 24.
Martin Shaw at Field Mill
A late goal by Matt Hamshaw rescued a point for the Stags against relegation near-certainties Stockport County at Field Mill this afternoon. The Stags lacked bite all afternoon with no-one having a particularly good game, and after conceding a dreadful goal in the first half, it took Hamshaw's lucky strike to earn the point. Indeed Hamshaw could then have won the game very late on but his rasping shot hit the post. Despite this afternoon's setback, the Stags are still unbeaten and satisfactorily placed after 3 games.
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Match report: Mansfield Town 1 - 1 County
By Site staff - Andy B
County have secured their first point of the new campaign following a 1-1 draw away at Mansfield. Keith Briggs became County's first goalscorer of the new campaign when he headed home in the 24th minute although County couldn't hold on for a win following some heavy 2nd half pressure from the Stags.
Manager Jim Gannon shuffled his formation once again as the Hatters travelled to Nottinghamshire in search of their first points of the new season. County lined up in a 3-4-3 formation with new signing Adam Griffin and the fit again Tes Bramble being handed places in the starting line up. Michael Malcolm and Adam Le Fondre were the two unlucky players to drop out of the side.
County's new formation worked wonders as they more than matched their hosts in the first half. Keith Briggs ended the frustration for the County management team, the players and the fans in the 24th minute at Field Mill as he headed home following a Glenn Murray knock back to put County 1-0 up. That goal by Briggs ended a sorry run of five matches without a goal.
The second half was a different story as Mansfield pressed forward looking for the equaliser. Unfortunately for County we couldn't hold on for another six minutes as former County favourite Matt Hamshaw fired home past James Spencer from close range to break County hearts.
Hamshaw could have in fact nicked it for the Stags late on but thankfully his effort hit the woodwork. A special mention must also go to keeper James Spencer after he pulled off several top class saves in the second half to earn County a share of the points.
Mansfield Town 1 - 1 Stockport County
Hamshaw 84 Briggs 24
Spencer, Williams, Robinson, Owen, Rose, Dinning, Taylor, Briggs (Raynes 45 mins), Murray (Dickinson 63 mins), Griffin, Bramble (Clare 77 mins).
Subs not used Deacy, Le Fondre
MANSFIELD TOWN :
Muggleton, Mullins, Jelleyman, Hjelde (Buxton 21 mins), Baptiste, Hamshaw, D'Laryea, Dawson, Boulding (Birchall 56 mins), Barker, Brown (Beardsley 88 mins)
Subs not used: White, Lloyd
Ref: Paul Melin (Surrey)
Mansfield 1-1 Stockport
Former Stockport winger Matt Hamshaw denied his old team victory with a late equaliser for Mansfield at Field Mill.
Hamshaw weaved his way into the box to fire home, and almost snatched a late winner when his drive struck the post.
Stockport took a first-half lead when Glenn Murray headed Ashley Williams' free-kick back across goal for Keith Briggs to nod home.
County might have added to their first goal of the season when Tony Dinning's free-kick was deflected narrowly over.
Manchester Evening News:
Mansfield Town 1 Stockport County 1
by Tim Morriss
Ex-County star Matt Hamshaw broke his former side's hearts with a late equaliser to deny the visitors their first victory of the season.
Hamshaw weaved his way into the area six minutes from time, cleverly exchanged passes with Brown, and then his tame 10-yard finish squirmed under keeper Spencer.
Four minutes from time a spectacular save by Spencer denied Dawson a last gasp Mansfield winner and then from the following corner Hamshaw's rocket crashed against the post.
County, who switched to a 3-4-3 formation after losing their opening two matches, dropped strikers Malcolm and Dickinson in favour of Griffin and Carlisle loanee Murray.
And they almost got off to the perfect start when Murray twice went close in the opening minutes.
First he blazed a 12-yard volley over the bar and then he almost touched in Dinning's curling free kick.
However, Murray made his mark in the 23rd minute when he nodded back Williams' deep free kick for Briggs to head County in front from six yards - County's first goal of the season.
Williams then played a vital role at the other end, twice blocking goal bound shots on the line with keeper Spencer well beaten.
County almost doubled their lead when Dinning's curling free kick from the edge of the area was deflected narrowly over.
A minute into the second half a fine save by Spencer from D'Laryea preserved County's lead and former County star Hamshaw also went close to an equaliser.
Stockport official website:
Former County man, Matthew Hamshaw scored a late goal to deny County all three points.
Jim Gannon handed Adam Griffin his second County debut just 24 hours after completing his move from Oldham Athletic.
And the County boss gave Tes Bramble his first start of the season after recovering from the calf strain that sidelined him from the opening two games.
Michael Malcolm and Liam Dickinson were the two players to make way.
Gannon also made a tactical change with the Hatters lining-up in a 3-4-3 formation.
Ashley Williams, Gareth Owen and Mark Robinson were picked to play behind a midfield quartet of Keith Briggs, Jason Taylor, Tony Dinning and Michael Rose.
Bramble, Griffin and Glenn Murray were given the nod in attack.
The first chance of the game came within the first 60 seconds when Griffin made a great run and found Murray free in the box, but the on loan striker shot high and wide.
A wonderful Tony Dinning free kick seconds later nearly broke the deadlock, but to the dismay of the skipper nobody could get on the end of a gilt-edged opportunity.
At the other end, a Michael Boulding free kick shook the County defence, but Tony Dinning stood firm and cleared the danger.
Dinning was nearly the villain though moments later when Matt Hamshaw put a cross into the box and the skipper very nearly headed past his own keeper.
Goal ! Keith Briggs put County ahead on the 25th minute when he headed home from 6 yards out following a header across the box from Glenn Murray.
Michael Rose was allowed to play an advantage following a handball from Dawson. His cross found Glenn murray, but the Carlisle man couldn't make the most of a wonderful opportunity.
Mansfield nearly got an equaliser on the off chance when Matt Hamshaw put a good cross into the box to find Brown. Spencer who was off his line was saved by Ashley Williams who cleared the ball for a corner.
James Spencer kept County ahead when he made a wonderful save to deny former City man D'Laryea after he did well.
Mansfield created some good build up play in the tenth minute to force County back, however some good play was spoilt by Dawson who wasted a good opportunity.
At the other end Tes Bramble wasted a good opportunity when he found himself one on one with the keeper, in reality though he should have used Glenn Murray who was out wide but he decided to go alone and in the end the danger was cleared.
Man of the match Ashley Williams made a good interception to deny Simon Brown on the 63rd minute when the former Baggies winger put in a shot from inside the area.
There were appeals for a penalty when Glenn Murray was downed the area, but the referee turned away the protests.
At the other end the impressive Matt Hamshaw put in a good cross into the box that caused a lot of problems for the County defence.
On the 70th minute Matt Hamshaw launched a speculative effort that was heading for the top corner, luckily for County though it went just wide.
County had Spencer to thank of the 73rd minute when Johnny Mullins got a good header in on goal but the coll and collected County keeper kept the scoreline down.
Late on County had another good opportunity when Michael Rose passed to Dinning who found Griffin in space and the former Oldham mans shot went just wide.
Seconds later Ashley Williams had a wonderful opportunity to double the lead but unfortunately for The Hatters his chance was too weak.
James Spencer made a wonderful save at the other end in the final 5 minutes, having initially came too far off his line to allow Mansfield a gilt edged opportunity.
Goal! In the last 5 minutes Matt Hamshaw scored an equaliser that had been coming all afternoon when he produced a brilliant one-two with Simon Brown to slot home from a few yards out.
Spencer was called upon to deny Dawson in the dying moments when he pulled off a wonderful save to deny the former Leicester man.
The Stags, who were causing some problems as the game entered the climax, nearly produced a wonderful goal when Baptiste was allowed to make a good run from the centre of the park.
In the end though it was a well-earned point from County who often looked well organised and passionate for the cause. If we carry on in this spirit we should be okay this season.
Role on Accrington!
County: Spencer, Williams, Robinson, Owen, Rose, Dinning, Taylor, Briggs (Raynes 45) Bramble (Clare 74), Murray (Dickinson 66), Griffin
Subs: Le Fondre, Deasy
Goals: Briggs 25
Mansfield: Muggleton, Mullins, Jelleyman, Hjelde (Buxton 21), Baptiste, Hamshaw, D'Laryea, Dawson, Boulding (Birchall 56), Barker, Brown
Subs: Beardsley, White, Lloyd
Goals: Hamshaw 85
Booked: Dawson 38, Baptiste 45, Buxton 73
Man of the Match: Ashley Williams. Solid all afternoon, redeemed himself after a below par performance midweek.
Ref: P Melin
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