ANOTHER HOME DISASTER AS CHESTER TAKE THE POINTS
Mansfield Town 1-3 Chester
Mullins 45. Ellison 56, 90+3, Dinning pen 72.
Att: 2,362 (118 from Chester)
Martin Shaw at Field Mill
Mansfield Town slumped to an incredible seventh straight home defeat this afternoon, despite the boost of taking the lead at the end of the first half. What made it even worse was that it was against Chester who had taken 2 points from their last 12 (twelve) games and were a team that the Stags might have realistically targeted to catch, given the freefall they were in. the Stags didn't get the rub of the green, conceding a dubious penalty while not getting one stonewall penalty and another good shout for a penalty, but in my opinion Chester were well worth their win with a fine second half display inspired by Kevin Ellison, surely one of the best players in the division.
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Vital win for City
First victory in two months at Field Mill
An Ellison brace and a Dinning penalty secure a much needed three points for City after The Stags take the lead.
City ended a baron spell stretching back to pre-Christmas as Bobby Williamson's team registered a first win for The Blues since the 22nd December 2007.
In a game that City just couldn't lose, it wasn't an ideal end to first half as the home side took the lead just on the interval.
Mansfield had piled on some early pressure when in the first minute John Danby parried away a low Jon D'Laryea attempt. The resulting loose ball was almost knocked home by Mickey Boulding, Jefferson Louis and Will Atkinson before Stephen Dawson finally fired it over the cross bar and to safety.
The Stags stepped up a gear and Danby had to save a Matt Hamshaw overhead kick before the Stag Party kicked off in the the in the final minute when Hamshaw put over a right wing corner and Mullins rose unmarked to bury a header from eight yards.
The second half was a different affair however, with birthday boy Kevin Ellison registering two goals that would surely make City fans realise how much he had been missed since 'that' game against Rochdale as the wing wonder celebrated his birthday in style.
The Stag Party was gate crashed by Kevin Ellison not once but eventually twice. The first Ellison goal came after 57 minutes when he got past his markers to head home a Richie Partridge cross and that placed City level in this crucial match.
Mansfield didn't take it on the chin however, they had chances including an off the line clearance from Paul Linwood who intercepted a Dawson deflected cross.
In the 72nd minute, the Blues took the lead. It came after Jefferson Louis made a clumsy challenge on Linwood and with a spot kick awarded, Tony Dinning fired the Blues ahead with a sweet penalty that send Carl Muggleton the wrong way.
Mansfield needed something from the game as much as City did, a loss would do no good to their League status and their quest to restain it but and this showed as the hosts continued to chip away at the City lead.
Mickey Boulding went close when he headed just inches over meanwhile, Mansfield shot stopper Muggleton saved well from Kevin Roberts at the other end.
Billy Dearden will rue the referee's decision not to award a spot kick when Stephen Dawson had a penalty refused late on.
However, that man Ellison crashed the party for the second time deep into stoppage time when he scored a great goal from 12 yards out, it was a beauty that he curled left-footed in to the top of Muggleton's goal. The Stag Party had just given way to a birthday bash!
Mansfield Town: Muggleton, Jelleyman (81 Brown), Buxton, Mullins, Briggs, Atkinson, Dawson, D'Laryea, Hamshaw, Louis, Boulding
Unused substitutes: White, McAliskey, Holmes, Wood
Chester City: Danby, Wilson, Linwood, Butler (45 Holroyd), Vaughan J, Ellison, Dinning, Roberts, Hughes, Partridge, Murphy
Unused substitutes: Palethorpe, Sandwith, Grant, Vaughan S.
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