BOULDING THE HERO WITH LAST GASP WINNER
Lincoln City 1 - 2 Mansfield Town
Forrester pen 59 M.Boulding 49, 90+3
Attendance: 4280 (734 from Mansfield)
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Lincoln City 1 Mansfield Town 2
Tuesday, 29th January 2008
Mickey Boulding was the hero with both goals - the second in the third and final minute of stoppage time - as Stags won their crucial big 'six-pointer' at Sincil Bank on Tuesday evening.
Boulding's 16th goal of the season had given Stags the lead four minutes into the second half only for Jamie Forrester levelled 11 minutes later from the penalty spot.
But Stags were dominant in the last 20 minutes and Boulding, so impressive against Middlesbrough on Saturday, stole a deserved late, late winner for an amazing third successive away win.
Mansfield keeper Carl Muggleton had made a superb save inside the opening 90 seconds as Lincoln put the visitors under heavy pressure for 25 minutes.
But he only had one more real stop to make as Stags had much the better of the chances on the night and both Boulding and new boy Will Atkinson came close while Ian Holmes twice almost found a winner in the last nine minutes, hitting the bar before Boulding struck with goal number 17 of the season.
Stags' starting line-up was unchanged for the third successive game which meant new loan signing Atkinson had to be content with starting on the bench.
Proceedings began with a minute's silence for former Imps chairman Frank Eccleshare.
City kicked off in heavy drizzle but Stags were first to threaten as Marriott left his area to head clear Bell's long through ball.
However, Muggleton made a crucial save inside 90 seconds as sloppy Mansfield passing saw John-Lewis burst through the centre and found himself one on one with the keeper, Muggleton spreading himself well to block the low finish.
There was more worry for the visitors when they struggled to clear Marriott's long free kick and it bounced dangerously across the box.
Green got in another important interception, his head preventing Brown's cross field ball finding D'Laryea in space on the left.
On 17 minutes Lincoln came very close as John-Lewis' run set up Dodds on the left of the box and he rolled a finish across Mugleton and wide of the far post.
Soon after Brown was not too far over with a long range blast as the home side continued to dominate.
Kerr bundled a shot wide from 18 yards from a poor clearance before Stags finally had sight of the home goal on 26 minutes as Boulding lifted a 20-yard half volley wide of the far post.
Bell's pass into the left of the box offered Brown a run but he was soon crowded out after delaying a shot and his cross came back to him and straight off his head for a goal kick.
On the half hour Martin's lofted pass was controlled in the box by Boulding and he saw his shot on the turn deflect for a corner which reached Buxton who sent a tame header wide.
Boulding tried to touch Hamshaw's cross into the path of Dawson in the box only for Ridley to get in a crucial touch as he shaped to shoot and again the corner was easily cleared.
Kerr pulled a low corner back to Forrester in a well worked routine which saw the Imps hitman's first time finish deflect wide for a second corner.
Beevers got his head onto the end of a Green free kick on 43 minutes, but again Muggleton was there to turn the ball over his crossbar.
Mansfield were caught cold on the restart as Forrester was sent clean through within the first 30 seconds. However, the chasing Jelleyman timed his tackle to absolute perfection and Forrester and the home fans' protestations go them nowhere.
The sides exchanged corners before Stags broke through on 49 minutes. Hamshaw ran at the home defence and then squared to Boulding on the right of the box. He cut inside and drilled a low shot goal wards which Marriott looked to have covered but allowed it to pass under his body and into the net.
City forced three successive corners in reply, Bell heading the first inswinger away almost off the line.
Stags were forced into a defensive switch on 55 minutes as Martin limped off. Wood came on to play right back, Mullins switched to central defence and Jelleyman to left back.
Stags' lead lasted just 11 minutes as the Imps levelled things up from the spot on the hour.
Buxton was furious when the referee decided he had held Forrester right in front of goal,. But the kick was given and, although Muggleton guessed the right way, the pace of the kick made sure it found its mark.
Seconds after Stallard came on for the Imps Brown was booked for checking Green just outside the box.
With 18 minutes to go, Billy Dearden made a positive double switch, bringing off Brown and Bell and sending on Holmes and debut-making Atkinson.
He almost scored from his first touch as Boulding's flick found Holmes and he shielded the ball before teeing up the Hull youngster for a low shot straight at Marriott.
Nine minutes from time Dawson's ball over the top sent Holmes clear and, as Marriott advanced, he clipped a superb finish past him which came down of the underside of the bar.
The ball stayed loose and Boulding almost got in but hooked wide as Marriott spread himself well.
There was danger for Stags as a Green free kick passed through a crowded box and wide. Brown's header was too high from a corner seconds later and then N'Guessan drilled a low shot wide from distance.
In a thrilling finish Holmes again looked to be going clear on 85 minutes but chose to shoot early and fired straight at the keeper.
Hamshaw tracked back well to stop John-Lewis getting a shot away in the box as we entered three minutes of stoppage time.
And right at the death Stags stole a thoroughly deserved winner, Holmes helping Dawson's ball into the path of Boulding who beat the advancing Marriott and steered it into the empty net to send the travelling fans into wild celebrations.
LINCOLN: Marriott, Green, Beevers, Brown, Ridley, Kerr, Hand, Dodds (N'Guessan 76), Forrester (Smith 82), Wright (Stallard 69), John-Lewis. Subs not used: Hone, Duffy.
STAGS: Muggleton, Martin (Wood 55), Jelleyman, Buxton, Mullins, Brown (Holmes 72), Dawson, D'Laryea, Bell (Atkinson 72), Hamshaw, M. Boulding. Subs not used: Arnold, White.
REFEREE: Phil Dowd of Staffordshire.
ATTENDANCE: 4,280 (734 Stags).
GOALS: Stags - Boulding 49, 90. Lincoln - Forrester 60 (pen).
CAUTIONS: Stags - Brown 69 (foul on Green), Brown 90 (foul on N'Guessan).
MAN OF THE MATCH: Mickey Boulding.
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Lincoln City 1 - 2 Mansfield Town
Venue: Sincil Bank
Referee: P Dowd
Two goals from Mansfield striker Michael Boulding, the second coming in the dying seconds of added time, condemned the Imps to another defeat at Sincil Bank on Tuesday evening.
Boulding, who had given Town the lead four minutes into the second half when he fired across Alan Marriott from 12 yards, netted with virtually the last kick of the game to secure the points for the Stags in this bottom-of-the-table Coca-Cola League 2 encounter.
City had dominated the opening half with Lenny John-Lewis having the best chance in the opening minute of the game only for Mansfield 'keeper Carl Muggleton to show his experience by smothering his shot and they were made to pay shortly after the break when Boulding broke the deadlock.
The Imps levelled matters from the spot on the hour mark; Jamie Forrester picking himself up after he was dragged to the ground to fire past Muggleton, but the visitors didn't let this set-back affect them and, after substitute Ian Holmes had crashed a shot against the underside of the crossbar, Boulding struck the killer blow when he raced on to a ball over the top before firing clinically past Marriott.
Match report by John Vickers at Sincil Bank Stadium:
Manager Peter Jackson had the rare luxury of naming an unchanged squad for this Coca-Cola League 2 game against near neighbours Mansfield Town at Sincil Bank Stadium. The Stags were also unchanged from their FA Cup Fourth Round defeat to Middlesbrough on Saturday, although they brought in new signing Will Atkinson on the bench.
Heavy pre-match rain made conditions very slippy underfoot and as the teams made their way out of the tunnel, it was still sheeting down with a swirling wind making things even more unpleasant.
Top flight referee Phil Dowd was the man in charge and, following an impeccable minute's silence in memory of former chairman Frank Eccleshare who sadly passed away at the age of 96 last week, he got the game underway with City attacking the IMPS Stand in the opening period.
The game was in its opening 90 seconds when the first half-chance came along; good pressure from Ben Wright seeing him force a hurried clearance which ended up with Lenny John-Lewis bearing down on goal. The teenager took a couple of touches to advance forward but goalkeeper Carl Muggleton was quickly off his line and smothered 12 yards out.
It was certainly a lively start from the Imps, who were looking to go for the jugular early on, with more good work from Wright seeing him break down the left but his ball into the box went behind Jamie Forrester and Johnny Mullins was able to clear.
A long free-kick from Alan Marriott then forced the visitors on the back foot but, after Wright flicked the ball on, skipper Scott Kerr went to ground and his appeals for a push fell on deaf ears.
A great centre from Forrester was then flicked off John-Lewis's head by Jonathan D'Laryea whilst Nat Brown's chipped ball forward found Louis Dodds but he was flagged offside.
On the quarter hour mark a Lee Beevers free-kick was helped on by Brown before Forrester forced the first corner of the game; Dodds' delivery was cut out at the near post though. The Leicester loanee came closer a minute later when he dragged a shot a foot wide following good persistence by John-Lewis.
With the rain having eased, a Nat Brown blockbuster from midway inside the Mansfield half then brought a loud 'ooh' from the crowd as it flew over the bar.
There was only one team in it as the first half reached its midway point with Kerr volleying wide from the edge of the box but the Imps were on the defensive on the half-hour mark when a trip from Beevers on Michael Boulding gave the vicitors a chance from a set-piece. Beevers made amends though, heading Matthew Hamshaw's delivery clear.
A Boulding shot then clipped Beevers to go out for Mansfield's first corner; the flag-kick being headed well wide by Hamshaw, whilst a timely challenge from Lee Ridley saw him nip the ball off Stephen Dawson's feet a couple of minutes later.
City's response saw them force their second corner with the resultant flag-kick being cleverly worked between Dodds and Forrester with the latter seeing his shot clip a defender before going over the bar. Nothing came from the second effort though.
Town 'keeper Muggleton was called into action as the clock hit the 42 minute mark when he tipped over a Beevers header from a Green free-kick. A solitary minute of added time came and went without incident so the sides went into the interval on level terms.
HT: IMPS 0 MANSFIELD 0
Both sides emerged unchanged for the start of the second half and City started quickly with a ball forward being helped on by Dodds and into the path of Forrester. The experienced City man, who bagged four at Mansfield last season, took a couple of touches only to go down under Gareth Jelleyman's challenge as he prepared to pull the trigger. Referee Dowd, back on the half-way line, waved away his protests though, much to the annoyance of the home faithful.
Mansfield responded by forcing a corner which was easily cleared but the Imps' defence were caught out in the 49th minute when MICHAEL BOULDING found the ball at his feet and fired across Marriott; the ball looking as though it took a nasty bounce as the City 'keeper went down to save.
The Stags' tails were well up now and they forced another corner shortly after the restart but City kept out a potential second. The Imps' response saw John-Lewis felled by Jelleyman with the resultant free-kick being hacked behind by Hamshaw.
The inswinging corner from Dodds was headed out on the opposite side by Buxton who repeated the fact when the City man played it in for a second time. In the 55th minute Chris Wood replaced Dan Martin for the visitors.
Five minutes later, the Imps had a great chance to level matters when a ball in from Green was headed on by Wright to Forrester who had his shirt tugged by Buxton. This time referee Dowd pointed to the spot and although Muggleton went the right way, Forrester's effort from 12 yards found the back of the net. One apiece with half an hour to go - game on!
The goal certainly quietened the visitors down and in a bid to inject some fresh impetus, Mark Stallard was introduced for Ben Wright in the 69th minute. A few seconds later Stags' Simon Brown saw yellow after leaving his leg in on Green.
Brown was then replaced by Ian Holmes and Lee Bell made way for Will Atkinson as Mansfield boss Bill Dearden made his second and third changes of the evening.
Shortly after the double change, the visitors forced their fifth corner of the game which was flicked clear by Ridley whilst Marriott was then well positioned to hold a shot from Atkinson.
Dany N'Guessan replaced Louis Dodds for the final quarter of an hour and his first touch saw him lose possession, allowing Boulding to bring the ball forward. Fortunately for the big Frenchman, the Mansfield man blazed well wide.
In the 81st minute, Holmes got the wrong side of the City defence and although his shot beat Marriott the ball crashed against the underside of the bar before it was scrambled clear. Adam Smith then came on for Jamie Forrester.
A great Green free-kick was flicked off the head of Brown by a Town defender and when Kerr played the ball in from the quadrant, Brown nodded over. N'Guessan then twisted and turned before fizzing a low shot wide of the mark whilst at the other end Holmes volleyed straight at Marriott when he could well have taken the ball further forward before getting in a shot.
With the game in its final five minutes, a through ball from N'Guessan set John-Lewis free but the back-tracking Hamshaw got ina great block before the ball bounced into Muggleton's gloves.
A mistimed challenge on N'Guessan by Dawson saw the Mansfield men pick up a last minute caution before the game entered three minutes of added time. Thirty seconds from the end of those added minutes, MICHAEL BOULDING neted a dramatic winner for the Stags.
The goal came after N'Guessan lost possession in the middle third and when the ball was played forward it was helped on to Boulding who shrugged off the attention of Beevers before planting a firm effort past Marriott to clinch the points in dramatic style.
FT: IMPS 1 MANSFIELD 2
1 Alan MARRIOTT
2 Paul GREEN
5 Lee BEEVERS
6 Nat BROWN
30 Lee RIDLEY
11 Scott KERR
26 Jamie HAND
8 Jamie FORRESTER
19 Louis DODDS
15 Ben WRIGHT
29 Lenell JOHN-LEWIS
9 Mark STALLARD (for WRIGHT 69)
17 Dany N'GUESSAN (for DODDS 76)
22 Adam SMITH (for FORRESTER 82)
27 Daniel HONE
13 Ayden DUFFY
GOAL: FORRESTER (60 pen)
19 Carl MUGGLETON
14 Dan MARTIN
3 Gareth JELLEYMAN
12 Jake BUXTON
2 Johnny MULLINS
10 Simon BROWN
8 Stephen DAWSON
4 Jonathan D'LARYEA
6 Lee BELL
7 Matthew HAMSHAW
11 Michael BOULDING
24 Chris WOOD (for MARTIN 55)
18 Ian HOLMES (for BROWN 72)
22 Will ATKINSON (for BELL 72)
16 Nathan ARNOLD
1 Jason WHITE
GOALS: BOULDING (49, 90+3)
BOOKINGS: BROWN (69), DAWSON (90)
REFEREE: Phil Dowd (Staffordshire)
ASSISTANTS: Nigel Bannister & Jeremy Simpson
FOURTH OFFICIAL: Darren Drysdale
ATTENDANCE: 4,280 (734 visiting supporters)
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Wasteful City lose to poor Mansfield side
By Nathan Jackson January 29 2008
Lincoln City wasted chance after chance after chance before suffering a defeat thanks to Mansfield's only two decent chances on target, and City's win against Dagenham now means nothing. Infact, it's pretty much a case of "as you were" as gaps returned to their state before last weekend as City frustratingly wasted several good chances to win a game that they controlled. A sign of things to come came when Lennell John-Lewis was put through one-on-one with Muggleton but typically wasted his chance by putting it within an easy safe range of the goalkeeper. Jamie Forrester's chance of goal was thwarted by Mullins before John-Lewis forced Muggleton into tapping over the bar.
The one sided half then saw Dodds flagged offside before Brown headed a Beevers' free kick over. Dodds' shot was dragged wide a minute late before Brown unsuccessfully tried his luck from about 30 yards. Kerr volleyed wide before Mansfield actually decided that they might actually have a go when Boulding won a free kick, Beevers headed Hamshaw's delivery clear.
Muggleton again saved a header but City couldn't force the lead that their dominance deserved.
City could have scored within seconds of the second half beginning but an excellent tackle denied Forrester from 6 yards. Then in typical fashion Mansfield scored with their first chance of the game. Boulding fired from the edge of the area and Marriott made a hash of the save and it went under him to give the visitors an undeserved lead.. Wood came on for Martin for the visitors.
The Imps looked down and out and looked like making it 18 times in a row that we've failed to gain a point after going behind. Then suddenly the Imps had a penalty when Forrester was fouled in the area, he stepped up and put it away to give the Imps a goal that their general dominance of the game had been threatening. Stallard replaced Brown before Brown was booked for the visitors.
Brown was replaced by Holmes before Atkinson made his debut for the visitors and Holmes hit the bar before Smith replaced Forrester. John-Lewis wasted yet another chance before City then did the ultimate waste by throwing away a point.
Typically, after dominating the game and having wasted several chances to win the lead, Michael Boulding scored a goal against the run of play and the Imps suffered their 8th home defeat of the season and continued the other trend of following a win with a defeat under Jackson.
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