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STAGS BEATEN ON BEACH AT NEWPORT BY OFFSIDE GOAL
3rd March 2016 18:46


Football League - Sky Bet League Two
Newport County 1 - 0 Mansfield Town
Boden 86
Attendance: 2361 (172 from Mansfield)

Date: 27 February 2016

STAGS BEATEN ON BEACH AT NEWPORT BY GOAL THAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN OFFSIDE

Martin Shaw at Rodney Parade

Mansfield Town were beaten 1-0 at Newport County this afternoon by a goal after 86 minutes from Scott Boden that was clearly a yard offside. It was a bitter pill for the Stags to swallow. The match was played on a pitch that had more sand on it than any I can ever remember seeing the Stags play on in the 45 years I have been watching them. 40 tons of sand to be precise had been put on the pitch and in my opinion it wasn’t up to Football League standard. It was the same for both sides of course, but made for a poor spectacle and made it difficult for either side to play any decent football. In truth both sides looked poor on the day. The Stags were unlucky not to be ahead at the break as Matt Green hit the inside of the post from 23 yards on 39 minutes after being teed up by Matty Blair. Earlier Scott Shearer saved well from Conor Wilkinson’s low shot on 8 minutes. The Stags had the ball in the net early in the second half but Ryan Tafazolli was offside as he headed in Mal Benning’s free kick. Ryan Tafazolli did well to block a shot from Medy Elito on 55 minutes. Chris Clements had a good chance on 62 minutes when he made space for himself and fired over the bar. Newport went close on 67 minutes when Ayina got to the byline and his ball ran across the face of goal and out for a throw-in. Adi Yussuf nearly put the Stags in front when he headed inches wide on 81 minutes from Sean Kavanagh’s cross. But the game was settled on 86 minutes, when a shot was Darren Jones was going well wide but reached Scott Boden, 12 yards from goal. Boden was clearly a yard offside, but turned and fired powerfully past Scott Shearer, who got an outstretched fingertip to it but couldn’t keep it out. The Stags players were incensed and couldn’t believe that the flag didn’t go up, but the referee gave the goal after a consultation with his linesman. Chris Clements had Mansfield’s best chance to equalise on 90+1 minutes when he fired just over from 17 yards after a good first touch. At the full time whistle, the Stags players again remonstrated with the officials. Mansfield have been ruthless in beating the teams in the bottom half of the table and this defeat was tough to take. The Stags drop to 9th, one point outside the play-off zone. Bouncing back with victory over Yeovil next Saturday will be important if Mansfield want to stay close to the play-off zone.

Full report in the Match Centre

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MATCH REPORT: Newport County 1, Mansfield Town 0
chad.co.uk report by Agency (Sportsbeat), Saturday 27 February 2016

Scott Boden struck a disputed late winner for Newport County as Mansfield Town slipped out of the League Two play-off places in this 1-0 defeat.

On a poor Rodney Parade pitch, both sides failed to play their best football as the game looked to be heading for a draw.

Read more: http://www.chad.co.uk/sport/mansfield-town/mansfield-town-news/match-report-newport-county-1-mansfield-town-0-1-7753589#ixzz41OdOvLDB

But with four minutes left Boden fired home his 13th of the season, despite calls for offside, to lift relegation-threatened Newport to 19th, while the Stags slipped down to ninth.

Mansfield manager Adam Murray made three changes to his starting XI, with Krystian Pearce suspended after his red card last week and Adam Chapman and Chris Beardsley dropping to the bench.

In came Jamie McGuire, James Baxendale and Colin Daniel, the latter rejoining the club on loan from Port Vale until the end of the season.

The ground staff at Rodney Parade laid 40 tons of sand onto the surface last week after heavy rain had turned it into a mud-bath.

After Scott Shearer had saved superbly from Conor Wilkinson early on, the Mansfield defence could have pulled out the deck chairs as the visitors dominated proceedings.

Chris Clements was convinced he should have had a penalty for a push in the back but referee Gavin Ward was unconvinced.

Matt Green then nearly opened the scoring against his former club as he took advantage of some sloppy play from Medy Elito on the edge of the area.

The striker’s powerful shot beat home goalkeeper Joe Day but cannoned back off the post to safety.

Defender Ryan Tafazolli headed in soon after the restart but his goal was ruled out by the offside flag.

That man Clements surged through the middle again and found space but his drive from the edge of the box was always rising and cleared Day’s bar by a foot.

At the other end Collins cleared off the line from Elito and substitute Yan Klukowski almost poked home a winner.

But that honour went to Boden who fired home after a Darren Jones shot was deflected into his path, with Stags claims that the striker was offside falling on deaf ears, Shearer going into the book for his protestations while Daniel Alfei and Boden were also both carded following a shoving match.

NEWPORT: Day, Holmes, Barrow (Klukowski 66), Jones, Davies, Elito, Wilkinson (Morgan 82), Hughes, Ayina, Boden, Byrne. Subs not used: Green, Donacien, Owen-Evans, Parselle, Meechan.

STAGS: Shearer, Alfei, Collins, Tafazolli, Benning, McGuire, Clements, Blair (Rose 68), Daniel (Kavanagh 72), Baxendale (Yussuf 56), Green. Subs not used: Jensen, Thomas, Beardsley, Chapman.

REFEREE: Gavin Ward of Surrey.

ATTENDANCE: 2,361 (172 away).

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MATCH REPORT: MANSFIELD TOWN
newport-county.co.uk, 27th February 2016

A late Scott Boden goal gives the Exiles back-to-back home wins.

Ahead of a busy run of fixtures in March, Newport County faced Mansfield Town in their final game of February knowing that a win could see them clear of the bottom two by nine points. Mansfield on the other hand also needed a win to keep their playoff and automatic promotion push alive.

Read more at http://www.newport-county.co.uk/news/article/match-report-mansfield-town-2977256.aspx#B6ZElUoGzCYYzQoY.99

It was a nervous first ten minutes to the game with the visitors have a spell of good possession although it was Newport that had the best chance of the game so far when Conor Wilkinson had a shot on the turn from twelve yards out that forced a great save down low to his right from Scott Shearer to stop the home side gaining the lead early on.

As the game went on Newport began to have the better of the chances with Scott Boden being unlucky on a couple of occasions when the ball was taken away from him at the last minute. Mansfield striker Matt Green was booked 20 minutes in after a shove on the back of Darren Jones after he had already been warned for knocking the ball out of Joe Days hands earlier on in the game and Newport looked to continue to push forward as the second half of the first half continued.

With ten minutes of the first half to go Conor Wilkinson found Mark Byrne 25 yards out in the centre of the goal and he was able to take a touch and fire a strong right footed shot towards goal but it went just wide of the post on a shot that Shearer in the visiting goal had covered. Newport hadn’t had the majority of the possession but they were the ones who were able to do something with it and had many more chances than their opponents in the first half.

Mansfield then hit the post with ten minutes of the first half to go with several Newport defensive errors leading to Matt Green having an opportunity to shoot from 20 yards out and his shot beat Joe Day, cannoned off the inside of the right post and rebounded away for Darren Jones to clear. It was a half of few chances and plenty of throw in’s as Newport played several balls down the left hand side without much luck and it was Mansfield who were the happier side at the break.

HALF TIME: NEWPORT COUNTY 0 - 0 MANSFIELD TOWN

The second half started quickly with a couple of early Mansfield corners and they had the ball in the back of the net five minutes into the second half following a free kick from half way but it was ruled out for offside from Tafazolli who was offside well before the kick was taken.

Newport had a good spell of possession in the Mansfield Town penalty area with Scott Boden, Conor Wilkinson and Medy Elito all having shots blocked in what was arguably their best opportunity of the game so far. Mansfield Town had all bar one behind the ball during that brief spell and the Exiles will feel as though they were unlucky not to score.

Danny Holmes then had a fantastic effort from 25 yards after he was allowed to walk through the visiting midfield and he fired a shot that was only just over the bar but that was always rising and never really troubled Shearer in the visiting goal. Mansfield then nearly did exactly the same thing from Chris Clements from 20 yards out after Newport sat off him but his shot also went over the bar.

Newport County then had a fantastic opportunity to score after Conor Wilkinson displayed some wonderful skill with a give and go with Ayina who fired the ball across the face of goal and if anyone had got a touch in either colour shirt it would have given the lead to the Exiles but Boden was half a second too late and it went out for a throw in.

With fifteen minutes of normal time to go Newport kicked up the pressure once again with a free kick on the edge of the area that was blocked twice in the penalty area before being cleared away for a corner. As the game ticked down it was the home side who looked the more likely to score and they would feel slightly hard done by if they failed to come away with all three points.

With ten minutes to go Newport allowed Mansfield several chances in the penalty area and they nearly snuck the ball into the far post with a header that should never have been allowed and hearts stopped for a split second as it looked as though the ball had snuck into the far post.

Newport County took the lead with a few minutes ago when Scott Boden was able to control the ball on the penalty spot and turned before hitting a volley with his left foot that Shearer was only able to parry into the back of the net and despite protests from the Mansfield defenders for offside and a discussion between referee and linesman the goal was given and the Exiles took the lead.

GOAL: NEWPORT COUNTY 1 - 0 MANSFIELD TOWN (SCOTT BODEN 85’)

Five minutes of added time seemed like an age for the Exiles but they came and went without drama and County were able to hang on for the win. They are now seven points clear of the relegation zone and have 10 points from the last 12.

FULL TIME: NEWPORT COUNTY 1 - 0 MANSFIELD TOWN

Newport County: Day, Holmes, Barrow (Klukowski 65’), Jones, Davies, Elito, Wilkinson (Morgan 81’), Hughes, Ayina, Boden, Byrne (c)
Subs not used: Green, Donacien, Owen-Evans, Parselle, Meechan
Goals: Boden 85’
Bookings: Klukowski, Byrne, Boden

Mansfield Town: Shearer, Alfei, Collins, Tafazolli, Bernning, McGuire, Clements, Blair (Rose 67’), Daniel (Kavanagh 71’), Baxendale (Yussuf 55’), Green
Subs not used: Jensen, Thomas, Beardsley, Chapman
Bookings: Green, Shearer, Alfei

Referee: Gavin Ward

Attendance: 2,361

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Newport County 1 Mansfield Town 0
South Wales Argus, by Andrew Penman

ANOTHER week and another Scott Boden winner to earn Newport County AFC another vital three points.

The Exiles top scorer fired in his 13th goal of the season and his fifth in four games to settle a tight encounter against Mansfield Town on the Rodney Parade beach.

http://www.southwalesargus.co.uk/sport/football/newportcounty/14307179.Newport_County_1_Mansfield_Town_0/?

Mark Jones and his ground staff had been forced to pile 40 tons of sand onto the battle scarred pitch and that made life difficult for both sides.

The game looked set to end goalless before Boden popped up to win it four minutes from time and lift the Exiles eight points above the bottom two with two games in hand.

Warren Feeney made two changes to the side that drew 1-1 at Exeter City last week with Andrew Hughes and Scott Barrow replacing Janoi Donacien and Alex Rodman.

New loan signing Jake Gosling, who arrived from Bristol Rovers on Friday, did not receive international clearance in time to be involved.

The beach-like playing surface made passing football difficult and the first half was by no means a classic.

County could easily have been ahead inside the opening 10 minutes as Scott Boden squared for his strike partner Conor Wilkinson, whose snap shot was superbly stopped by Stags stopper Scott Shearer at close range.

John-Christophe Ayina, starting on the right flank in the absence of Rodman, whipped in a dangerous cross that Lee Collins headed away from Boden at the far post.

At the other end Chris Clements thought he should have had a penalty when he tumbled after slight contact in the box but referee Gavin Ward was not interested.

County captain Mark Byrne tried his luck from distance but his curled effort ended up just the wrong side of Shearer’s left-hand post.

Mansfield striker Matt Green then went even closer to breaking the deadlock against his former side.

He took advantage of a sloppy Medy Elito pass on the edge of the area, took aim and beat Joe Day with a powerful low shot that cannoned back off the post and away to safety.

That was the closest either side came in the opening 45 minutes, although the Exiles felt they too could have had a penalty when Wilkinson’s cross looked to hit Collins’ hand in first half stoppage time.

Visiting defender Ryan Tafazolli headed in soon after the restart but his goal was ruled out by the offside flag.

At the other end Elito’s low drive was blocked on the line by Collins and right-back Danny Holmes fired a shot high and wide on a rare venture forward.

That man Clements surged through the middle again and found space but his drive from the edge of the box was always rising and cleared Day’s bar by a foot.

Substitute Yan Klukowski was into the thick of the action immediately as he was inches away from converting Ayina’s cross shot on the line.

And Mansfield sub Adi Yussuf also went close but his header was just wide of Day’s far post.

Just as it looked like both sides would have to settle for a point the ball broke to Boden inside the box in what looked to be an offside position and he turned and fired past Shearer to seal another win for Feeney’s men.

County: Day; Davies, Hughes, Jones, Holmes; Barrow (Klukowski, 66), Elito, Byrne, Ayina; Boden, Wilkinson (Morgan, 82)

Subs not used: Green, Donacien, Owen-Evans, Parselle, Meechan

Booked: Klukowski, Byrne, Boden

Referee: Gavin Ward

Attendance: 2,361 (172 Mansfield)

Argus star man: Darren Jones

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Newport County 1-0 Mansfield match report: Scott Boden secures vital win
BY WALESONLINE

http://www.walesonline.co.uk/sport/football/football-match-reports/newport-county-1-0-mansfield-10959913?

Scott Boden grabbed his fifth goal in his last four games to seal another vital three points for Newport County.

The top scorer popped up in the 86th minute to net his 13th of the season, boosting County’s survival hopes and putting a large dent in Mansfield Town’s promotion charge.

Ground staff at Rodney Parade had dumped 40 tons of sand on the weather-affected pitch and that led to a less than enthralling spectacle but the home fans were delighted after Boden’s late winner.

Warren Feeney made two changes from last week’s draw at Exeter week with Janoi Donacien and Alex Rodman making way for Andrew Hughes and Scott Barrow.

Jake Gosling, signed from Bristol Rovers on Friday afternoon, was not involved due to a delay in receiving international clearance for his move.

Conor Wilkinson almost gave the hosts an early lead after being played in by Boden but his close range effort was stopped in impressive style by visiting goalkeeper Scott Shearer.

Stags defender Lee Collins then nicked the ball off the head of top scorer Boden at the far post after Frenchman John-Christophe Ayina had crossed dangerously from the right.

And skipper Mark Byrne went close from distance but his curled effort was just wide of the post.

The visitors could have had a penalty when Chris Clements went down in the box and soon afterwards former Newport and Cardiff City striker Matt Green crashed a shot against the post after Medy Elito gave the ball away on the edge of the area.

That was the closest either side came in the opening 45 minutes, although the hosts could also have had a penalty when Wilkinson’s cross looked to hit Collins’ hand in first half stoppage time.

Visiting defender Ryan Tafazolli headed in soon after the restart but his goal was ruled out by the offside flag.

At the other end Elito’s low drive was blocked on the line by Collins and right-back Danny Holmes fired a shot high and wide on a rare venture forward.

That man Clements surged through the middle again and found space but his drive from the edge of the box was always rising and cleared Day’s bar by a foot.

Substitute Yan Klukowski was into the thick of the action immediately as he was inches away from converting Ayina’s cross shot on the line.

And Mansfield sub Adi Yussuf also went close but his header was just wide of Day’s far post.

Just as it looked like both sides would have to settle for a point the ball broke to Boden inside the box and he turned and fired past Shearer four minutes from time to seal another win for Feeney’s men.

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