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9th November 2002 23:16

interesting (!!) report from http://www.nottscounty.net
Notts County 2 Mansfield Town 1 Referee 1

By Stuart Whittaker, http://www.nottscounty.net

You ever seen a match like that one? Darren Caskey should have been the hero tonight after he turned the game around with quick thinking and skill, but instead the men who will be remembered are the officials.

Please excuse the summary rather than a report, I took very little in the way of notes today.

It's a shame when you return from a local derby and find yourself with very little to write about football wise. The game was exciting enough, but it was hardly great football.

The crowd was a good one and warranted a far better display, but the game will no doubt be remembered for a certain Mansfield player who seemed more intent on inciting the crowd than playing football, a referee and two assistants who didn't really have a clue and a goal that was so not a goal.

The question must be asked how Wayne Corden finished the game? I wont go into great detail because if I said what I thought I would probably be sued.

But there is no place in football for his type of behaviour today, but lets not even grace him with too much comment.

The goal that opened the scoring came for Mansfield on 42 mins, Corden got the ball to Clarke, he found Lawrence and his shot found a deflection and went in. That's how it stayed until half time.

Mansfield had two calls for a penalty early in the second half. First of all Christie (ahem), fell over in the area and the ref was having none of it then, Little slipped and referee Winter not only waved calls away, but booked Lawrence for dissent.

Darren Caskey came on for Nicholson on the hour mark and silenced his critics. He set up the first goal for Notts with his excellent pass to Cas, he pulled the ball back into the area, there was a scramble between Gadsby, Pilkington and Liburd and Liburd won.

Caskey then produced a moment of classic Caskey. 25 yards out the impressive Danny Allsopp was brought down. Caskey placed the ball and curled it around the wall and Pilkington to send the home crowd absolutely bananas.

Before that, it's fair to say that Mansfield had had the better of play and the better chances, they missed a couple in the closing minutes that should have brought an equaliser but they more than made up for in in the FIFTH minute of THREE minutes injury time.

Christie had the ball played through to him when he was a good way offside and a good minute past the injury time allocated. But neither ref or linesman had the chance to get the rule book out for a quick check of the laws of football before Christie beat Garden and they let the goal stand instead of causing a fuss.

The visiting fans went spare, the home fans could not believe it. Two points stolen.

A good point from the day was the performance of Allsopp and Caskey, much better. But all in all, the first half again left much to be desired and Notts could have easily lost this one.

Just one more point. Well done to the cyclists and the crowd for the reception they gave them. A sterling effort for a very good cause. Everyone who took part should rightly be proud of themselves.


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