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Season 05/06 Stagsnet Match Report
LDV Vans Northern Section
Mansfield Town  
0 - 1
 Hereford United
 Day OG 11
Attendance: 1,393 (90 from Hereford)
Date: 18 Oct 05

The Stags fell to Conference side Hereford in a drab LDV Vans encounter at Field Mill. The visitors were well worth the win against a Stags side which saw just two players start from last weekends league match, Baptiste and Dawson.

In a tepid first half the Stags efforts on goal were generally long range attempts from outside the area, Birchall firing a couple of shots wide. Hereford took the lead with a very scrappy goal, a clearance from Stags defender Day appeared to rebound off Bailey (although the goal was credited to a Day OG) and past a helpless White. Just minutes later, Littlejohn missed the Stags best chance, the ball rebounded straight to him off a Hereford player just 8 yards from goal with only the keeper to beat but his shot was beaten away. Not much else to report from the rest of the half, neither keeper were tested and all in all it was pretty dire stuff.

Half-Time 0-1

Surely the second half had to be better, surely the players would have some fire in their bellies and try and persuade whoever is the manager that they should be first team players. Sadly, no, in fact, it was even worse with barely an attempt on goal and only one fine save from White and an excellent last ditch tackle from Day preventing a bigger defeat. The only events worthy of note were a half time change with Coke replacing the disappointing McLachlan, a bad head injury to Talbot after which Hereford refused to kick the ball out and a half chance for Lloyd on the right hand side of the area but his first touch deserted him at the crucial moment.

So another poor display and to have any chance of progress up League 2, the Stags and Chairman Haslam need to sort out the management position as soon as possible. Yes this was pretty much a reserve side, it was also very poor indeed and most of the 1300 Stags fans left feeling even more depressed than they were when they entered the ground. Whoever the new manager is has a big job in hand, not only to strengthen the squad, but also to lift the spirit of the players, which is clearly not great at present. As for Man of the Match, Rhys Day did well at the back but Jason White again did nothing wrong at all, made one fine save and all in all looked a good keeper - he should be given his chance.

Man of the Match: Jason White

Report by: Rob Wheldon

Line Up:
White 7 Good display, one good save and excellent handling - MUST keep his place
Jacobs 6 Decent debut, a few stray passes though
Talbot 6 Did OK, crossing wasn't great. Looked like a nasty injury which saw him taken off
Baptiste 5 Struggled throughout
Day 7 Strong in the air and a couple of excellent last ditch tackles
Birchall 5 Some good moments, but not enough
Dawson 6 Like Birchall, did some good but again not involved enough
Lloyd 6 Battled hard but no end product
McLachlan 5 Poor
Littlejohn 5 Missed a glorious chance and well off the pace
Arnold 5 Did OK but looked a little lightweight
Sub Line Up:
Coke (for McLachlan, 46) 6 Did OK but never stamped his authority on the game
Jelleyman (for Talbot, 82) 6
Subs not used: Peers, Buxton, Heron.
Opposition Line Up:
C Mawson, R Green, A Jeannin, T Mkandawire, T James, A Ferrell, J Pitman, R Purdie, J Brady, A Williams (Evans 84), M Bailey (Ipoua 74).
Subs: D Beckwith, C Stanley, K Lewis.
P Robinson 6 OK

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