STAGS DOMINATE AND WIN WITH BRISCOE GOAL AT HYDE
Blue Square Bet Premier
Hyde FC 0 - 1 Mansfield Town
Attendance: 675 (approx 300 from Mansfield, estimate, no segregation)
Date: 19 February 2013
Martin Shaw at Ewen Fields
Mansfield Town dominated throughout at Hyde this evening and were worthy winners thanks to Louis Briscoe's goal thirteen seconds into the second half (timing from match DVD). Briscoe broke down the right, cut back onto his left foot and curled a shot into the top left corner. I tried to find to Louis after the game to confirm that he meant it but I was unable to find him even with manager Paul Cox's help (update - Louis confirmed to me on twitter later on Tuesday night that he "did mean it. But it could of gone anywhere haha"). Mansfield had a bucketful of chances throughout the game but were unable to kill the game, and Hyde had two chances on 75 minutes to steal a point, with Luke Jones clearing off the line. In the end it didn't matter about the missed chances; this was a fine performance from the Stags who are now genuine contenders for the title, and have rightly been installed as third favourites.
Report on Wednesday.
Man of the match: Louis Briscoe
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Hyde 0 Mansfield Town 1 - 19th February 2013
CHAD report by John Lomas
LOUIS Briscoe's goal 14 seconds after the half-time interval clinched Mansfield Town a hard-earned fifth away win in six trips in a one-sided affair at dogged Hyde last night.
Stags dominated the game from start to finish but in the end had to grind out the three points, the winning goal also having an element of fortune about it as Briscoe's far post cross curled inside the angle.
But it was no less than Paul Cox's men deserved in a powerful display against a toothless Tigers, who have only won once since the New Year.
Junior Daniel wasted the best chance of the first half and Briscoe almost ended the night with a brace, but saw a superb header crash against the bar.
Credit to Hyde for their determined defending and also creating a couple of late scares on an otherwise easy night for keeper Alan Marriott. But it was the right result in the end.
As the first of three away trips in eight days, it also set Stags up nicely for Saturday's tough trip to Luton Town before Tuesday's local derby at Lincoln City. Mansfield created the first danger in the second minute when Briscoe lofted a high ball forward which Green fed to the overlapping Daniel, whose first time shot was blocked.
Hyde quickly ran up three corner kicks, which the visitors defended.
Beevers then slipped a neat pass inside on the right for Briscoe to drill a tempting low ball across the face of goal.
On nine minutes Briscoe threaded a pass down the centre which saw Green force a decent save from Dilo with his powerful, low finish.
Murray was then too high after Hyde struggled to clear a far post cross from Briscoe as the Stags continued their promising start.
Jones was too high with his header from the second of two Mansfield corners as the action remained confined to the home half.
Briscoe was harshly booked on 29 minutes when he tracked back well to halt a home breakaway, the referee deciding he had pulled back McCartan. Sedgwick's free kick then skimmed a head into the six yard box where Marriott grabbed the loose ball.
Stags broke quickly, Green eventually setting up Stevenson for a stinging 18 yard blast straight at Dilo.
Stags created the chance of the game so far on 43 minutes – and it missed it.
Beevers curled in the perfect pass between the keeper and last defender to give Daniel a clear shot at goal from 12 yards which he should have buried but instead bundled wide of the far post.
Dilo was down again to his left to keep out a 20 yard shot from Green a minute from the break.
It had been a one-sided but frustrating half for Mansfield whom, for all their possession, had failed to hurt Hyde.
However, Stags made the perfect start to the second half as Briscoe's cross-cum-shot found the net within 14 seconds!
Cutting into the box from the right, Briscoe curled a powerful ball towards the far post which went across a helpless Dilo and inside the far post under the angle.
On 49 minutes Daniel threaded the ball down the centre for Green to chase. Teasing two defenders, he sent his final shot narrowly wide of the left post.
Two minutes later Briscoe almost doubled his and the visitors' tally as he met Stevenson's left wing cross with a powerful header that bounced back off the bar.
Murray's forward ball then saw Daniel beat Ashworth with ease before trying to beat Dilo at his near post and seeing the keeper beat the effort away for a corner, from which Dempster looked to have a very valid claim for a penalty as he seemed to be held onto and hauled down.
It took 56 minutes for Hyde to have a shy at goal, Spencer curling the ball over the far angle from 18 yards.
Jennings brought down Brown on 58 minutes for a booking, followed a minute later by Cassidy as he hacked down Briscoe when Stags looked to be onto a promising breakaway.
Howell was too high with his header from a Jennings free kick, won tenaciously by the battling Green.
On 70 minutes Green raced away again onto yet another long ball forward, this time from Briscoe, but Dilo denied him with his legs at his near post.
So dominant for so long, Stags then survived two scares in as many minutes.
First sub Grant Spencer drilled the ball right across the face of goal from the right.
Then, when Marriott came for, but failed to get a fist on a free kick, Jones had to clear a home header off the line.
Howell almost sealed it near the end as Jennings put the ball in for a second time after his free kick was cleared, and Howell got there before Dilo only to stab the ball across the face of goal.
Stags sub Wright was inches wide with the last kick of the game on a Mansfield break
Briscoe blast a tonic for Stags
Nottingham Post report by Stevie Roden
FOLLOWING his terrorising display in the weekend victory against Cambridge, Louis Briscoe was full of confidence.
But, the Mansfield Town man added that he wanted, in fact he needed, a goal. It had been too long.
And last night, on an evening of one-way traffic for much of the match, the winger's devastating display finally got the goal he deserved and his first strike in ten games was the difference as the Stags saw off Hyde 1-0.
On another day, it could have been a scoreline to rival the 5-0 thrashing of Dartford or 8-1 against Barrow, such was the Stags' dominance during long periods over a side depleted by injury and illness.
Yet, a lack of cutting edge in the final third held them back until Briscoe's speculative but stunning strike 14 seconds into the second half proved the breakthrough.
And, in the end, it was to be both vital and decisive. It was his first goal since the winner against Lincoln in the FA Cup second round replay back on December 12 that sealed the three points, as the Stags also survived a late scare before recording a sixth victory in seven league matches that ensured not just the play-offs, but top spot, is well and truly on the radar.
Stags boss Paul Cox named the same side and substitutes ' for the fourth successive match.
And while they dominated the first 45 minutes, they could not find the killer touch to make the breakthrough as the half ended goalless.
There was a chance in the opening few minutes when Briscoe's looping ball over the top released Matt Green, who from the edge of the box, teed up the onrushing Colin Daniel to the left of him but his drilled first-time effort was well blocked by Kelvin Lomax.
But then at the other end Louis Almond played a superb one-two to be played in behind the defence but James Jennings' produced a superb last-ditch interception just as the Hyde man was about to pull the trigger from six yards.
From that point on, all the chances would fall to the Stags as first Lee Beevers fed Briscoe on the right and he flashed a low shot across goal, but wide of the far post, and then Green bought himself half a yard on the edge of the box for a shot but Chris Dilo got down well to his left to save.
Daniel won a free kick on the left corner of the 18-yard-box on 22 minutes to produce an opportunity for the visitors but Jennings, whose set-pieces had been so good since joining from Cambridge, ballooned it over.
But a couple of minutes later, Jennings put in a pinpoint delivery from a corner finding the head of Luke Jones, but the defender planted his effort over the bar.
On the half-hour, Howell threaded a great ball to release Green to stretch the line and when he pulled back to Stevenson, he struck it first time but Dilo held the stinging shot.
Stags were struggling to find the clear-cut chances to open the scoring and Jones met a Beevers long throw at the near post, but couldn't steer it on target as the frustration grew.
On 42 minutes that killer chance came as Beevers robbed Shay McCartan of the ball, whipped in a pinpoint inswinging cross through the defence to the back post where the unmarked Daniel waited for it to sit nicely but from inside the box, with nobody close, he struck it wide of the far post.
But 14 seconds into the second half, Stags had the lead when from wide on the right of the box, Briscoe fired a left-footed effort straight into the far top corner catching everybody by surprise, especially the fans still returning to their seats.
Then Green got a sight of goal, put through by Daniel, and after getting it onto his left foot, he put a powerful effort inches wide of the post.
And then on 51 minutes Jennings whipped in a cross from the left and on the opposite side of the box, Briscoe looped a header over the goalkeeper only to see it crash back down off the bar.
It was then Daniel who produced a stunning touch to control a long pass forward, skip beyond the defence only to be denied by an acrobatic save from Dilo as Stags looked to give themselves a cushion.
And from the resulting corner, John Dempster appeared to be hauled to the ground in front of the referee's nose but play was waved on.
Just to remind the Stags it was not going to be all one-way traffic, Scott Spencer cut in front the right of the box before flashing a left-footed shot just over the bar before Green, at the other end, used his pace to get in between two defenders to the near post but Dilo, on loan from Blackburn, produced another save with his legs.
However, Stags had a huge let- off when Grant Spencer got to the byline on the right and flashed the ball across the face of goal but none of his team-mates were there to get the decisive touch.
The pressure continued on the visitors as Marriott came to punch clear a dangerous free kick, made a hash of it and was rescued by defender Jones who hooked clear off the line.
Mansfield's Anthony slid the ball the wrong side of the far post late on as the visitors saw it out to notch a deserved win.
Referee: Anthony Backhouse (Cumbria). The official booked Louis Briscoe in the first half, somewhat bizarrely for pulling an opponent's shirt, when his hands were no way near the man. Waved away John Dempster's call for a penalty too, when the defender looked to be fouled. So not a favourite among the Stags' travelling supporters.
Man of the match: Louis Briscoe. The right winger continued where he left off from the weekend as he constantly got at Hyde full-back Adam Griffin, got the goal and also hit the bar with a header. A threat during most of the evening.
Hyde: Dilo, Lomax, Griffin, Anderson, Ashworth, Brown (Jevons, 74), Sedgwick, Cassidy, S Spencer (Brizell, 80), Almond, McCartan (G Spencer, 44). Subs: McNiven, Carnell.
Mansfield: Marriott, Beevers, Jennings, Jones, Dempster, Briscoe, Murray, Howell, Daniel (Meikle, 85), Stevenson, Green (Wright, 89). Subs: Rhead, Clements, Sutton.
RESULTS: Barrow 2 Woking 0; Braintree 2 Grimsby 0; Ebbsfleet 1 Hereford 0; Forest Green 0 Kidderminster 1; Gateshead 0 Wrexham 1; Hyde 0 Mansfield 1; Macclesfield 1 Luton 1; Nuneaton 1 Alfreton 0; Stockport 0 Tamworth 1.
by Craig Davies
Injury hit Hyde succumbed to defeat to high-flying Mansfield with Louis Briscoe proving the difference maker.
Saturday 19th February 2013
Ewen Fields att: 675
Blue Square Bet Premier
Referee: Anthony Backhouse
Hyde: Dilo, Lomax, Griffin, Anderson, Ashworth, Brown (Jevons), Sedgwick, Cassidy, S.Spencer (Brizell), Almond, McCartan (G.Spencer)
Unused subs: McNiven, Carnell
Bookings: Cassidy (58), G.Spencer (82)
Mansfield Town: Marriott, Beevers, Jones, Dempster, Jennings, Howell, Murray, Stevenson, Green (Wright), Briscoe, Daniel (Meikle)
Unused subs: Rhead, Clements, Sutton
Bookings: Briscoe (28), Daniel (54), Jennings (57)
Goals: Briscoe (46)
A Louis Briscoe goal moments into the second half were enough to give Mansfield a 1-0 victory at Ewen Fields.
It was a frenetic opening, with both sides trying to break forward and hit an early opener.
Matthew Green and Colin Daniel linked up in the first minute before the latter saw his shot blocked, before Louis Almond and Alex Brown combined but a last ditch challenge denied the new man.
On five minutes the best of the opening exchanges fell to the visitors, but they failed to capitalise.
Lee Beevers did well to play in the lively Briscoe, however, he sliced his shot across the box and Green closing in at the back post couldn't make any contact.
Just three minutes later Green was again denied; this time he broke through two challenges before shooting from the edge of the box with Dilo saving well.
After Murray lashed over to disappointingly end another well worked move by the visitors, Almond nipped in to set up a counter but a bad to pass to McCartan ended it.
A further two half chances fell to the away side before Hyde almost took the lead in the 28th minute.
Scott Spencer set McCartan off down the left, with Briscoe fouling and going into the Referee's book as a result.
Chris Sedgwick lofted it in, but after a flick from a Mansfield head Spencer just couldn't get there.
From here on in the visitors saw out the half on top, and should've taken the lead late on.
Green set up Lee Stevenson on 29 minutes but his shot was straight at Dilo who held, before Daniel missed the chance of the half.
Receiving a great pass swung into the box he had the goal gaping, but he could only shoot across Dilo and wide of the far post.
It was only seconds after the re-start that the games only goal was struck.
It came from Briscoe who's ball into the box, be it a cross or shot, had the beating of Dilo.
Immediately following this Green had another effort that was just wide and Briscoe hit the bar with a dipping header.
Hyde's first foray forward came after some good play from the two Spencer's.
Scott and Grant combining on the right, but when the former got a sight of goal he could only lash over left footed.
Following another break forward by Green that was saved again, the hosts had their best chances to salvage a point in the 76th minute.
It again came from good work between the Spencer's, with Grant this time skipping free into the box.
His ball into Jevons required the slightest of contacts, but under pressure from the defence he couldn't oblige.
From here on in Mansfield had a further two chances that weren't taken, while Hyde, try as they might, couldn't get the goal that would bring them back to level terms
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