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Season 05/06 Stagsnet Match Report
Coca-Cola League 2
Shrewsbury Town  
0 - 0
 Mansfield Town
Attendance: 3747 (141 from Mansfield)
Date: 17 January 2006

Ben Mason at Gay Meadow

During the week, Peter Shirtliff informed us that their would be changes from the team that were so harshly beaten by Grimsby at Blundell Park and these changes saw Allan Russell drop to the bench who made way for the full debut of striker Danny Reet. Uhlenbeek was also rested with Giles Coke returning to the team and Adam Rundle was given a well-deserved break with Adam Birchall replacing him.

The game was introduced with a minutes silence in memory of Peter Wilson, the Mansfield Goalkeeping coach who sadly passed away after suffering a heart-attack in the previously arranged fixture of this game. The silence was observed brilliantly by every person in the ground and the Shrewsbury and Mansfield fans alike were both a credit to their clubs.

The Stags went into the game without a win since the closing day of 2005 which saw them win away at Oxford United, and Shrewsbury went into the game on the back of 3 wins on the spin which lifted them up and away from the relegation zone also conquering Oxford in the process.

The game’s chances were few and far between as the match was battled out in midfield but Shrewsbury set out their stall early, pressing Mansfield back in their own half. But after eventually weathering the storm, the Stags then took the game by the scruff of the neck and began to threaten the home side’s goal. Gareth Jelleyman’s cross was met by the head of a Shrews defender but he could only clear as far as Jonathan D’Laryea whose tame shot helplessly rolled out in to touch. Mansfield continued to heap the pressure on and another corner from the Stags crossed in again by Jelleyman this time saw Jake Buxton meet the ball with a free header, but his header bounced off the rough surface and also went round the outside of the post.
Neat play from Shrewsbury freed McMenamin who had sight of goal and thundered a ball towards the net but a block from Alex Baptiste forced Mansfield to concede their first corner of the game. A number of opportunities for the hosts were squandered as they failed to capitalize on the pressure they were now forcing. But on the half hour mark, the Gay Meadow crowd thought Shrewsbury had taken the lead when a looping header from McMenamin saw him again foiled by a superb goal-line clearance from the so far outstanding Baptiste. The so far uneventful game then reached half time with the scores still at 0-0.

Half time 0-0

Mansfield started the second half brightly with a Jake Buxton effort flying well wide of the mark and Stephen Dawson also shooting wide. Buxton was hungry for a goal as again the right back had another stinging effort flying high and wide. Shrewsbury were up against it as the Stags continued to pile on the pressure with countless crosses into the box but the end product was never there. New boy Danny Reet continued to impress when he laid the ball back for Birchall whose shot was never a danger to Shrewsbury’s keeper Joe Hart. So far it had been all Mansfield who at times played some excellent football on the rugged surface. Adam Birchall was then replaced by the lively Adam Rundle who was immediately called upon for his defensive work when he and Gareth Jelleyman prevented the Shrewsbury winger from getting the cross in and Rundle immediately raced up the wing to cross a ball into the area which was met by the foot of D’Laryea but again the end product was not up to standard and the ball rolled out of play. Richie Barker, who has been very quiet all night, then saw his glancing header go wide from a Gareth Jelleyman cross.

After another Mansfield corner Giles Coke smashed a ball towards goal but goalkeeper Hart was equal to Giles’ effort. It then became evident to the travelling Stags fans that it just was not going to be our day as a brilliant solo run from Giles Coke saw him skip past several defenders and through on goal but he was yet again unlucky not to score as he was prevented by an outstanding save from Hart.

Not a game to remember for the Football factor, more of a game to reflect upon as tribute to Peter Wilson, it would have been nice to come away from Shropshire with the 3 points but every point counts as Mansfield continue their relegation dog fight and this point now leaves us 7 points clear of the relegation zone.

Man of the match: Giles Coke

Report by: Ben Mason at Gay Meadow

Line Up:
Pressman - 7 Little to do all night but what he did do, he did well.
Buxton - 7 Solid game at right back, hungry for a goal but the end product wasn't there.
Baptiste - 7 Superb clearance off the line, other than that little to do.
Hjelde - 7 Good performance from Jon.
Jelleyman - 6 Distribution was poor all night.
Dawson - 6 Decent game at right wing but looked out of position at times.
D'Laryea - 5 Didn't do well at all, other than a few efforts on goal, looked poor.
Coke - 9 Absolutely superb, must have impressed the visiting scouts, including Glenn Hoddle.
Birchall - 5 Looks like he should adopt the super-sub roll, never looked comfortable at all.
Reet - 7 Some decent touches during the game, very little towards goal, not a bad full debut.
Barker - 6 Really did not affect the game at all.
Sub Line Up:
Rundle (for Birchall, 69) - 7 Did well when he appeared off of the bench.
Russell (for Dawson, 88) - 6 Little time to have any impact on the game.
Subs not used: White, Uhlenbeek, Day.
Opposition Line Up:
J Hart, B Herd, S Whitehead, R Hope, K Sharp (85 G Cowan) , D Edwards (62 K Langmead) , J Tolley, N Sorvel, N Ashton, C McMenamin, G Hurst (85 M Stallard)
Subs not used: R Brush, J Denny.
Lee Probert

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