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Season 06/07 Stagsnet Match Report
Coca-Cola League 2
Mansfield Town  
1 - 0
Reet 60
Attendance: 2794 (286 from Darlington)
Date: 26 September 2006


Martin Shaw at Field Mill

Mansfield Town kept their first clean sheet of the season in the league last night to claim a vital three points at home to Darlington. The only goal of the game was scored by Danny Reet after an hour when he turned and shot superbly from six yards underneath the goalkeeper after good interplay between Sheehan and Jelleyman. In truth it was a dull game but the Stags won’t mind that after a cracking game against Accrington on Saturday when there were chances galore but two points dropped.

Mansfield made three changes from Saturday: Hjelde made a surprise return from injury to replace Mullins, Sheehan returned to the side in place of Coke, and Reet replaced Beardsley up front. Both Mullins and Coke had picked up knocks on Saturday. Also out was Boulding, who had a knee injury that he picked up before scoring on Saturday and which had swelled up by the end of that game. Baptiste played at right back, where he finished the game on Saturday, Sheehan slotted in at left back, while Jelleyman moved to the left side of midfield. Mullins, Coke and Beardsley were all on the bench. Also on the injury front, there was bad news from Paul Madin in the match programme that Simon Brown will be out for 3 months. Darlington included Julian Joachim in their side, but otherwise it was mostly players not familiar to us, apart from on the bench where they had experienced and dangerous strikers Alun Armstrong and Barry Conlon.

The first half was quiet, with little to report in terms of goalmouth action. The Stags had an early scare when Baptiste’s mistake allowed a free shot to Cummins, but his shot from 12 yards was blocked by Sheehan. At the other end, the Stags first chance came when Dawson found space 25 yards out, but instead of taking it on towards goal as perhaps someone like Simon Brown would have done, he elected to shoot early and keeper Russell got down to save to low to his right. Then Hamshaw won a free kick just outside the Darlington box on the right. Hamshaw’s free-kick picked out an unmarked Jelleyman at the far post, but his header from 10 yards was disappointingly straight at the keeper.

Just before the half hour, Hamshaw had a shot from 25 yards which went wide of the post. On 33 minutes, a good effort for Darlington as a corner was cleared out to the edge of the box where Vaisanen sent a shot fizzing just a foot over the bar, with White beaten. Darlington had a goal disallowed when Giallanza lobbed White into an empty net from 25 yards, but the flag had long since been raised.
Then in stoppage time Barker had a powerful shot from 15 yards that was blocked by a defender.

Half time 0-0

Alun Armstrong replaced Julian Joachim for Darlington at the start of the second half. The normally lively Joachim had been kept very quiet by the Stags defence in the first half. I thought the Stags could have been awarded a penalty after 51 minutes for a handball in the box, but the referee signaled that the ball had hit the defender’s chest. There were no protests from Stags players. The game continued with little goalmouth action. On 58 minutes, Coke came on for Dawson in midfield. Dawson had picked up a knock a few minutes earlier.

Then on 60 minutes came the crucial goal. Excellent interplay between Sheehan and Jelleyman on the left culminated in Sheehan finding Reet with his back to goal just outside six yard box on the left. Reet turned quickly and shot low and hard underneath keeper Russell into the net. It was a great finish by Reet.

At the other end, Johnson had a shot which White did not save cleanly, not for the first time in the game, but at least he did save it. White was in action again saving a long range shot from James.

Coke was teed up beautifully by Barker on the edge of the box, but dragged his shot 10 yards wide. Then on 78 minutes, Callum Lloyd replaced Hamshaw. Soon afterwards, Barker had his first effort of the game, as his powerful effort was hit at keeper Russell from the edge of the box. On 85 minutes,
Coke tried a little chip but Russell was easily able to save.

On 89 minutes, Mullins replaced Sheehan in defence. But with 4 minutes of stoppage time signalled, it was to be a nervy end. First White made a great save, diving away to keep out Vaisanen’s powerful header from a free kick on the right. Then two minutes into stoppage time, Armstrong broke down the left and crossed perfectly for Giallanza, completely unmarked in the six yard box, but somehow the striker’s effort went down into the ground and flew up and over the bar. A real stroke of luck for Mansfield as it just looked a goal all the way. Poor defending from the Stags. With four minutes played, Lloyd had a fine effort for the Stags shooting from 20 yards but keeper Russell parried. The final whistle signalled huge relief from the smallest Field Mill crowd of 2006. A clean sheet at last and three points to lift the Stags away from the relegation zone. It was not a great game, but the Stags defended well apart from a couple of lapses, and that good defending outweighs the fact that the Stags created few good chances going forward.

Man of the match: Danny Reet

Report by: Martin Shaw at Field Mill

Line Up:
White 7 Made some very good saves, though was lucky when he didn’t hold on to a couple of shots and defenders were able to clear.
Baptiste 6 Did ok at right full back.
Hjelde 7 Looked commanding back at the heart of the defence.
Buxton 7 Much better performance, though his forward passing was disappointing.
Sheehan 7 Defended well, and linked impressively with Jelleyman down the left.
Hamshaw 6 Disappointing after such an excellent display on Saturday. However only one corner in the game meant he didn’t have so much opportunity for good delivery.
D'Laryea 7 Did well in a defensive midfield role.
Dawson 6 Did ok pushing forward from midfield
Jelleyman 7 Linked very well with Sheehan on the left wing. However crossing could have been better.
Reet 7 Took his goal brilliantly. Showed good strength throughout.
Barker 6 Quiet game.
Sub Line Up:
Coke (for Dawson, 58) 6 Gave the ball away too often near the end. But otherwise ok.
Lloyd (for Hamshaw, 78) 6 Did ok. One good shot near the end
Mullins (for Sheehan, 89) -
Subs Not Used: Muggleton, Beardsley.
Opposition Line Up:
Russell, James, Rowson (Wainwright, 76), Holloway, Vaisanen, Ngoma (Duke, 61), Cummins, McLeod, Johnson, Giallanza, Joachim (Armstrong, 46). Subs not used: Stockdale, Conlon.
Neil Swarbrick (Lancs) 7 Hardly noticed, hence must have done well.

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