LAST-MINUTE WINNER AS STAGS DESERVEDLY BT MORECAM.
Football League - Sky Bet League Two
Mansfield Town 1 - 0 Morecambe
Attendance: 2185 (65 from Morecambe)
Date: 16 September 2014
LAST-MINUTE WINNER AS STAGS DESERVEDLY BEAT MORECAMBE
Martin Shaw at the One Call Stadium, Field Mill
Alex Fisher was the Stags hero on Tuesday night, heading home from close range ten seconds before the 90 minute mark to give Mansfield a deserved victory over second-placed Morecambe. The goal came as Tafazolli headed on a long throw from Liam Marsden. It looked like the Stags were going to be frustrated after going close numerous times throughout the evening, with Bingham missing a glorious chance early on, and Beevers hitting the top of the bar in the first half, and then three goalbound shots blocked in quick succession in the second half, plus chances for Matt Rhead, and Fisher heading straight at the keeper from an earlier Marsden long throw. At the other end, Evtimov made a fine save in the first half from McGowan, Ellison missed from the edge of the box in the second half, and Riley made a superb last ditch tackle on Ellison on 86 minutes. Other than that Morecambe offered nothing in front of goal. The Stags had played some good football through most of the game, whilst Morecambe played more long ball than the Stags; the second home game running this has happened, after Burton also played more long ball than the Stags. Good entertainment for the Stags fans, who gave the team a standing ovation at the end and were right behind them throughout the 90 minutes. Mansfield are up to 10th.
Mansfield Town 1-0 Morecambe, Tuesday 16th September
chad.co.uk report by John Lomas
Alex Fisher was the Mansfield Town hero with a last minute winner against second-placed Morecambe at One Call Stadium.
Fisher headed home from close range from Liam Marsden’s long left wing throw as Stags again proved they can live with the best in League Two and claimed three deserved points against a side that had only lose one League game all season.
Stags played some of their best football of the season to cheer the anti-’hoofball’ brigade and were desperately unlucky not to have netted earlier with Rakish Bingham wasting a great first half chance, Lee Beevers hitting the bar and Adam Murray having an effort cleared off the line.
Paul Cox’s men were rightly given an ovation at the end.
Not surprisingly after Saturday’s fine display in the 2-1 defeat at Wycombe and the injury situation, Mansfield Town manager Paul Cox named an unchanged side.
Stags will have been pleased to see Kevin Ellison, so often their nemesis, start the night on the bench.
Stags boss Cox took his place in the dug-out after the FA took no further action following the referee sending him to the stand for kicking a water bottle at Wycombe at the weekend.
Bell twice came close to putting Bingham away in the opening minute, both passes cut out.
The Shrimps won a third minute corner which was badly pulled back low by Fleming and ran towards the centre circle where Bingham went on a thrilling run. He was eventually tackled but he had given the home crowd a first glimpse of his threat.
Marsden was then well over with a long range speculative shot.
In the visitors’ first threat, Evtimov just managed to grab a Riley backheader before Parrish could sneak in.
However, Mansfield really should have been in front on 10 minutes. Edwards misjudged the ball and allowed it to loop over his attempted header and give Rhead sight of goal 20 yards out. His powerful shot was beaten away to his right where Bingham, with the keeper on the floor and at his mercy, sliced his follow-up wide of the gaping net from six yards.
Beevers came closer on 17 minutes as Roche raced to the edge of his box to punch clear Marsden’s cross and, with the keeper out of position, Beevers tried his luck from 25 yards and saw his shot clip the top of the bar.
It took the Shrimps 20 minutes to settle and enjoy any sort of real possession. But they worked the ball well across from left to right on the edge of the box to McGowan whose dipping shot was superbly clawed aside by Evtimov.
A scramble from the corner saw an offside flag as the ball came back down off the bar and Hughes poked home on the line.
Tafazolli got a head onto a long free kick from the right at the far post but it clipped a player en route and was a comfy catch for veteran Roche.
Roche decided to turn a long, high Marsden cross from the right over for a corner at the last minute as it threatened to dip under his bar at the last minute.
Further panic for Roche seemed to see him handle outside his box, but the referee played on.
Home fans were getting more impatient with the official after a string of fouls went unpunished until Hughes was yellow-carded to big cheers on 44 minutes for tripping Bell.
Tafazolli needed attention to a facial cut in stoppage time as a tight half ended scoreless.
Two minutes into the second half Bingham was inches away from making contact with a Rhead flick right in front of goal. Any contact and Mansfield would have been ahead.
Bingham went on another thrilling run after a good turn which ended with a 20 yard shot deflecting for a corner.
Murray was then too high with an ambitious effort from similar distance.
Morecambe made a double change on 55 minutes sending on Ellison and Mullen for Amond and Sampson, Mullen booked within two minutes for fouling Bell.
Clements cued up Bell for a first time effort from just outside the box that Roche comfortably held onto.
Stags were playing the better football at this stage, which was pleasing the home fans no end, and a spell of pressure ended with Bingham having a shot blocked, soon after Rhead seeing another effort deflect for a corner.
On 64 minutes the referee gave Stags a corner when the ball had gone out off Bell. Morecambe were incensed as the ball came over and Fleming had to head Murray’s finish off the line.
Rhead almost sneaked one in from 30 yards on 71 minutes, Roche down to scramble it out for a corner. And from the corner Rhead’s header was straight at the keeper.
Fisher replaced Bell on 74 minutes as Mansfield made their first change.
On 76 minutes Roche kicked away a low on-target Bingham shot.
A rare Morecambe attack then saw Ellison slice well wide from Devitt’s pass.
Fisher’s foul on Ellison on 82 minutes brought him a booking.
But we then had late drama as Marsden hurled the ball in from the left and the ground erupted as Fisher headed past Roche from close range to steal a deserved victory.
MANSFIELD TOWN: Evtimov; Sutton, Riley, Tafazolli; Marsden, Murray, Clements, Bell (Fisher 74), Beevers; Rhead (Palmer 82), Bingham (Heslop, 90+2). Subs not used: Studer, McGuire, Thomas, Taylor.
MORECAMBE: Roche, Kenyon, Hughes, Edwards, Sampson (Ellison, 55), Widdowson, Drummond, Fleming, McGowan (Devitt, 77), Parrish, Amond (Mullen 55). Subs not used: Arestidou, Wright, Williams, Goodall.
REFEREE: Stephen Martin of Staffordshire.
GOALS: Stags, Fisher 90.
MAN OF THE MATCH: Ritchie Sutton
Mansfield 1 Morecambe 0 Match Report
Wed 17 Sep 2014
Last gasp Mansfield goal denies Morecambe a share of the spoils
A LAST GASP goal from Mansfield substitute Alex Fisher denied Morecambe a share of the spoils at the One Call Stadium.
Fisher popped up in the box in the 90th minute to head home a near post flick on from Liam Marsden's long throw to earn the home side the three points.
Boss Jim Bentley made a host of changes to his starting line up bringing in Aaron McGowan for his full first team debut and the Shrimps should have gone behind in the 10th minute but Raki Bingham blazed over the bar from close range after Barry Roche had reacted sharply to get down low to his right to save a sweetly struck volley from Matt Rhead.
Seven minutes later the home side threatened again when Roche’s weak clearance found Lee Beevers 25 yards from goal and his audacious lob sailed inches over the Morecambe bar.
The Shrimps created their first chance on 27 minutes when debutant Aaron McGowan volleyed smartly towards goal forcing Stags’ stopper Dimitar Evtimov into a smart flying save.
From the resulting corner Padraig Amond looped a header against the cross bar, Mark Hughes bundled the loose ball home but was adjudged offside.
The second half followed a similar pattern with the Shrimps on the back foot for long periods. Roche had to be at his best to save from another excellent Rhead shot from distance and Bingham forced the Shrimps’ keeper into a decent save with his feet on 77 minutes.
The Shrimps looked to step up the pace in the final stages of the game, winning several corners but were undone in the last minute when they failed to deal with the ball into the box and Fisher earned the home side the three points.
Mansfield: Evtimov, Sutton, Riley, Tafazolli; Marsden, Murray, Clements, Beavers; Bell (rep Fisher 74); Rhead (rep Palmer 81), Bingham. Subs not used: Studer, McGuire, Thomas, Taylor.
Morecambe: Roche: Parrish, Hughes, Edwards; McGowan, Kenyon, Drummond, Fleming, Widdowson; Amond (rep Mullin 55), Sampson (rep Ellison 55). Subs not used: Arestidou, Williams, Goodall, Wright.
Booked: Hughes, Mullin.
Ref: S Martin.
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