FIVE STAR STAGS MURDER YORK TO GO SECOND
Blue Square Bet Premier
Mansfield Town 5 - 0 York City
A.Smith 21, Duffy 54, Connor 64, Nix 67, Medley 90+1. J.Smith sent off 33.
Attendance: 2202 (309 from York)
Date: 21 September 2010
Martin Shaw and Jeff Barnes at Field Mill
Mansfield Town put in a five-star performance to annihalate York City at Field Mill tonight. Mansfield were outstanding in producing their biggest win at Field Mill since winning 5-0 in November 2007, and the biggest win over York since 1954. York contributed to their own downfall with the mindless sending off of Jonathan Smith on 33 minutes for two bookable offences, but in all honesty the Stags were already in control by that point, although only one goal ahead, and the second half was one way traffic as the Stags carved York open time and again by making excellent use of the extra man as highlighted after the game by assistant boss Duncan Russell. The Stags had five different goalscorers and could have had more goals but took as much satisfaction from the clean sheet, and from jumping to second in the league. The only disappointment on a great evening was the attendance of just 2202 with 309 from York. Hopefully the missing fans will be back after hearing about this scintillating performance for the visit of Eastbourne on Saturday.
Man of the match: Adam Smith and Kyle Nix, couldn't separate them.
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Rampant Stags run riot to hammer 10-man York City
CHAD.co.uk report by John Lomas
MANSFIELD Town stormed back into the promotion play-off places with a 5-0 demolition job on 10-men York City at Field Mill last night.
Every time they have lost a game this season, David Holdsworth's men have hit back immediately with a win and, after Saturday's 1-0 disappointment at Southport (correction by Martin - Newport), once again showed their mettle with their biggest win of the season against last season's beaten play-off finalists.
Adam Smith's 22nd minute strike against his old club separated he sides at the break though Stags had been completely on control and Paul Connor had also hit a post against a York side who were down to 10 men after just 33 minutes when Jonathan Smith saw his second yellow card of the night.
But Stags finally made their numerical advantage count and got the goals their display deserved with three arriving inside 14 decisive minutes.
Rob Duffy marked his first start of the season with number two on 55 minutes, Connor made it 3-0 on 64 minutes and Kyle Nix curled home his first goal of the season to crown a night in which he and Gary Mills ran the midfield show from start to finish.
Luke Medley added a fifth in stoppage time to really rub York's noses in it.
Mansfield fans now have another home game to look forward to on Saturday when Eastbourne Borough are the visitors. Desperate to sell the club, the current owners will hope more home supporters turn out to send a positive message out to would-be buyers with only 1,893 Stags fans in the 2,202 crowd.
Rob Duffy made his first start of the season for Mansfield Town in last night's home clash.
The goal ace, who missed the start of the season after an appendix operation, replaced youngster Lee Gregory in an otherwise unchanged side with Steven Istead and Kyle Nix shaking off injuries from the weekend.
Connor almost broke the deadlock on 13 minutes. But it was unlucky 13 as he controlled Adam Smith's pass with back to goal, held the ball up and then turned and smashed the ball against the post with Ingham beaten.
It was obvious from the off that Adam Smith wanted to do well against his old club and really had the bit between his teeth. And on 22 minutes he broke through with an explosive finish.
Initially he was halted as he tried to get past Courtney down the left.
But Duffy laid the ball back into his path and this time he got away with Courtney in close pursuit and from a tight angle he dipped a splendid powerful right-footed finish over the keeper and into the net off the inside of the far post.
Mansfield were then forced to defend a testing free kick which should never have been given against Chris Smith for a high boot that was only waist high.
Stags were getting increasingly frustrated by the decisions of the referee. But he was back on home Christmas card lists on 33 minutes when he sent off Jonathan Smith.
Already cautioned for his earlier fouls on Nix, he brought the midfielder down once more and he tried to make a break for it on the halfway line and the second yellow was out immediately.
Stags quickly tried to make their advantage count and Sandwith launched in two great crosses from the left, Connor and then Istead both unable to turn them in with failed first time finishes.
On 42 minutes Sandwith saw his 30 yard free kick deflect off the wall and fly just wide for the game's first corner.
The 64th minute was crucial as York missed a golden chance to half the deficit after Duffy had struck on 55 minutes and Stags immediately went upfield to make it 3-0.
Stags broke and Adam Smith powerful blast was parried by Ingham only to see the lurking Connor quickly help it past him into the unguarded net.
Nix was narrowly wide from 25 yards, but on 68 minutes he played a one-two with Medley on the edge of the box and curled a great finish beyond the reach of Ingham.
Mansfield were rampant now and with two of three added minutes elapsed Medley received the ball at the edge of the box and took on two tired defenders before blasting home low from eight yards to cap a great night at the Mill.
STAGS: Marriott; Silk, C. Smith, Foster, Sandwith; Istead (Briscoe 59 mins), Nix, Mills; A. Smith, Duffy (Medley 60 mins), Connor (Stonehouse 79). Subs not used: Collett, Naylor.
YORK CITY: Ingham, Courtney, Meredith, J. Smith, McGurk, Parslow, Lawless, Till (Gash 60 mins), Barrett, Rankine, Constantine (McDermott 60 mins). Subs not used: Knight, Young, Racchi.
REFEREE: Lee Metcalfe of Lancashire.
GOALS: Adam Smith (22), Rob Duffy (55), Paul Connor (64), Nix (68), Medley (90+2).
BOOKINGS: Mansfield - Istead (53), Duffy (59). York - Smith (9).
RED CARD: York - Smith (33).
ATTENDANCE: 2202 (309 away).
MAN OF THE MATCH: Kyle Nix.
Match report: Mansfield Town 5, York City 0
yorkpress.co.uk, By Dave Flett »
FORMER York City winger Adam Smith showed supporters around his flat in last night's Mansfield Town matchday programme.
He then found his old club just as hospitable during a crushing 5-0 home win.
Smith opened the scoring in spectacular fashion following slack play by City right-back Duane Courtney, with Rob Duffy, Paul Connor, Kyle Nix and Luke Medley also on target for the rampant Stags.
After the game, City manager Martin Foyle informed The Press that he would not be commenting on the performance.
Jonathan Smith's 34th-minute minute red card for two bookable offences did not help the Minstermen's cause but, in truth, the trailing visitors had struggled to gain a foothold in the match prior to his dismissal and only managed their first goal attempt on the stroke of half-time.
Foyle made one change to the side that started Saturday's 2-0 home win against Hayes and Yeading.
New signing Danny Racchi dropped to the bench as Jonathan Smith earned a recall in the centre of midfield alongside Neil Barrett, with Alex Lawless filling a deep-lying role.
Smith wasted no time in making his presence felt with two late challenges on Nix within the first ten minutes – the second earning him a yellow card.
Moments later, home striker Connor rattled Michael Ingham's right-hand post after a fierce shot on the turn from 12 yards.
Ingham was also called into action on the quarter-hour mark, saving low to his left to keep out Gary Mills' 30-yard drive.
The Stags then took the lead on 22 minutes when Adam Smith shrugged off the attentions of Courtney before cutting in from the left flank and producing an emphatic finish across Ingham into the helpless City 'keeper's top corner. Adam Smith left Courtney trailing in his wake again just seconds after the restart but, on this occasion, Lawless made a timely interception.
City namesake Jonathan Smith then saw his evening end prematurely when he tugged the sleeve of serial victim Nix on the half-way line and was a little harshly pointed in the direction of the changing rooms by Lancashire referee Lee Metcalfe.
As a result, Michael Rankine was left to plough a lone furrow in attack with Leon Constantine moving on to the right flank.
Kevin Sandwith drove across the face of goal for the Stags on 40 minutes and also saw a 30-yard free-kick deflect wide off the Minstermen's defensive wall.
The visitors eventually mustered a shot on goal in the 44th minute when Barrett volleyed wide from the edge of the box after a Lawless free-kick was cleared by a stout Mansfield defence.
Barrett also sliced wide with another 20-yard effort in first-half stoppage time.
The visitors started the second half by keeping possession masterfully but fell further behind following Mansfield's first attack after the interval on 54 minutes.
Duffy capitalised on hesitancy from Ingham to reach Steven Istead's low right-wing cross first and guided the ball in from six yards out.
At the other end, Lawless' free-kick from the right to the far post was headed back to the penalty spot by substitute Michael Gash, but centre-back Daniel Parslow completely miskicked in front of an inviting net. Within seconds, the home side had broken up field to add a third goal on 64 minutes.
Smith's 25-yard drive was beaten out by Ingham but Connor was on hand to tap in from six yards.
Mansfield refused to relent against City's ten men with Nix going close from 25 yards before extending the hosts' lead, swapping passes with Medley before curling an edge-of-the-box effort beyond Ingham's dive to his left.
The City 'keeper then needed to be alert to tip over a rising Louis Briscoe drive. James Meredith and David McDermott both went close for the Minstermen but could not find the target before Medley burst past David McGurk and fired low past Ingham to complete the rout in the second minute of stoppage time.
Mansfield 5 (A Smith 22; Duffy 54; Connor 64; Nix 69; Medley 90), York City 0
York City: Michael Ingham 5, Duane Courtney 4, David McGurk 5, Daniel Parslow 6, James Meredith 4, Peter Till 5, Alex Lawless 5, Neil Barrett 4, Jonathan Smith 4, Michael Rankine 5, Leon Constantine 4.
Substitutions: David McDermott 6 (for Constantine, 60); Michael Gash 6 (for Till, 61).
Subs not used: David Knight, Greg Young, Danny Racchi.
Key: 10 – Faultless; 9 – Outstanding; 8 – Excellent; 7 – Good; 6 – Average; 5 – Below par; 4 – Poor; 3 – Dud; 2 – Hopeless; 1 – Retire.
City's star man: Parslow – never gave up on a depressing night for the Minstermen.
Mansfield Town: Alan Marriott, Gary Silk, Steve Foster, Chris Smith, Kevin Sandwith, Kyle Nix, Steven Istead (Louis Briscoe, 59), Gary Mills, Rob Duffy (Luke Medley, 62), Paul Connor (Paul Stonehouse, 79), Adam Smith.
Subs (not used): Neil Collett, Tom Naylor.
Yellow cards: J Smith 10; Istead 55; Duffy 60.
Red cards: J Smith 34.
Shots on target: Stags 9, York 1.
Shots off target: Stags 4, York 5.
Corners: Stags 3, York 1.
Fouls conceded: Stags 16, York 9.
Offsides: Stags 1, York 1.
Referee: Lee Metcalfe (Lancashire).
Attendance: 2,202 (309 City fans).
Five-star Mansfield thump ten-man York City to go second in table
Evening Post report
IN what was Mansfield Town's first home game since they were put up for sale, any potential new owners in attendance could not have failed to be impressed.
The Stags are hoping to secure fresh investment to bolster what they hope will be a play-off challenging season.
And the current players could hardly have done more to illustrate the club is one well worth backing in a merciless routing of York City.
Yes, the Minstermen are now shorn of last season's Blue Square Premier joint top scorer, Richard Brodie, who has been sold to big spenders Crawley.
Yes, they were handicapped by having to play the best part of two-thirds of the game a man down after Jonathan Smith was shown a red card.
But nevertheless, the Stags were as impressive and as dominant as the scoreline suggested.
Five different players were on target as Mansfield went back up into the play-off places in second place as a consequence.
Another plus for manager David Holdsworth was a third clean-sheet of the campaign during which goalkeeper Alan Marriott never had a serious save to make.
Perhaps the biggest disappointment of the night was the poor crowd.
Despite a healthy following of City fans and two Saturday's without a home game, less than 2,000 Stags fans turned out.
After an edgy first ten minutes when neither side threatened, Mansfield almost stole in front through top-scorer Paul Connor.
He collected a hooked pass into the box by Adam Smith and turned to fire against the left-hand post with his left foot from 12 yards.
But the Stags were in front midway through the half as Adam Smith came back to haunt his former employers with a terrific finish.
He took Rob Duffy's ball down the line in his stride, outstripped marker Duane Courtney before thumping an angled drive into the top right-hand corner.
York tried to respond and as Marriott took a right-wing cross, he was caught by Michael Rankine and had to receive treatment.
York suffered a setback in the 34th minute when they were reduced to ten men. Having already been shown a yellow card for fouling Kyle Nix, Jonathan Smith brought down the same player for a second time and was duly dismissed.
The hosts looked to take immediate advantage as Kevin Sandwith advanced to the left byline and cut the ball back for Connor who, at full stretch, could not divert the ball on target.
City registered their first two shots on goal in the closing stages of the half but both efforts from Neil Barrett were well wide.
York came out of the blocks strongly at the start of the second half to lift their fans, Steve Foster having to make a smart block to thwart James Meredith.
The Stags were glad they weathered that storm when they went two goals to the good ten minutes after the restart.
Steven Istead did superbly down the right to fashion the space to put over a near post cross and Duffy arrived to apply a first time finish from the edge of the six-yard box.
The game was realistically all over in the 64th minute when York should have scored and Mansfield did.
Duane Courtney's far post free-kick was headed back across goal by Michael Gash to the unmarked Daniel Parslow who missed his kick when it looked easier to score.
Substitute Luke Medley instantly set up a swift Stags counter that saw Adam Smith cut in from the left and unleash a shot that Ingham parried straight back to Connor, who tapped home his fifth goal of the campaign.
By now, Mansfield were in cruise control and really making their numerical advantage tell and it was no surprise when they added a fourth.
Nix played an incisive one-two with Medley before curling an excellent finish into the right-hand corner from 18 yards for his first goal of the season.
Another replacement, Louis Briscoe, saw his stinging shot pushed over by Michael Ingham.
And they got the fifth goal they wanted when Medley sped past his marker before angling a low shot into the right corner.
Home fans can only hope would-be suitors enjoyed their night as much as them.
Match facts: Mansfield Town 5 York City 0
Mansfield: Marriott, Silk, C. Smith, Foster, Sandwith, Mills, Nix, Istead (Briscoe 59), Connor (Stonehouse 79), Duffy (Medley 61), A. Smith. Subs not used: Collett, Naylor.
York City: Ingham, Courtney, McGurk, Parslow, Meredith, Till (Gash 60), Lawless, Barrett, J. Smith, Rankine, Constantine (McDermott 60). Subs not used: Knight, Young, Racchi.
Referee: Lee Metcalfe (Lancashire).
Attendance: 2,202 (309 visitors).
Goals: Mansfield: A. Smith (22), Duffy (55), Connor (64), Nix (68), Medley (90+2).
Shots on target: Mansfield 11 York 1.
Shots off target: Mansfield 5 York 6.
Fouls: Mansfield 15 York 10.
Corners: Mansfield 2 York 1.
Offsides: Mansfield 1 York 1.
Bookings: Mansfield 2 (Istead, 53; Duffy, 60) York 2 (J. Smith 9, 34).
Sendings off: Mansfield 0 York 1 (J. Smith 34, second booking).
Mansfield's man of the match: Kyle Nix. Along with Gary Mills in the midfield engine room, made the Stags tick and added a peach of a goal to cap his night. How Mansfield must hope they can keep him fit.
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