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Season 06/07 Stagsnet Match Report
Coca-Cola League 2
Mansfield Town  
3 - 0
Barker 21, 35, Reet 68.
Attendance: 2971 (257 from Wrexham)
Date: 21 October 2006


Martin Shaw at Field Mill

Two goals from Richie Barker and another from Danny Reet earned Mansfield a comfortable victory over Wrexham at Field Mill this afternoon. Carl Muggleston had just one save to make in a one-sided encounter. Stephen Dawson and Matt Hamshaw were both superb in midfield. After the game Peter Shirtliff exclusively told your Stagsnet reporter that Dawson is not seriously injured (full audio interview now on Stagsnet).

Buxton was dropped from the starting line up - he had started every game since early season - with Hamshaw returning to the side after suspension.

There was a scare inside the first minute when Mullins did well to clear a cross from the right. It was to be a rare attack for the Welshmen.

It was a very quiet opening 20 minutes, but it all changed on 21 minutes with a much needed goal. Hamshaw passed forward to Barker who went around the keeper and scored into an empty net from the right hand side. Three minutes later Jelleyman missed a glorious chance to make it 2-0. Hamshaw was again the provider, and Jelleyman was in acres of space with just the keeper to beat. But he dallied too long allowing defenders to get back, and eventually he had to chip it over defenders and he put it well over the bar. On 27 minutes, Hamshaw's cross from the right eventually reached Baptiste at the left post but he missed from close range. On 31 minutes, Reet fired in a powerful cross from the right and the keeper tipped it away, and Hamshaw, unmarked in the six yard bo,x was unlucky that the loose ball didn’t fall to him. On 33 minutes, the Stags chances continued as Baptiste's header was clutched by the keeper just under his own bar.

But it was deservedly 2-0 on 27 minutes. Sheehan’s ball over the defence was perfect for Barker. Barker took the ball forward on the left and took it round the keeper. The keeper got a touch on Barker but Barker wasn’t going down, fancying his chances of scoring from open play more than from the spot, and he placed the ball into the net, right-footed, from 6 yards, though a defender was nearly able to clear, sliding it into his own net. It was a carbon copy of the first goal, though this time from the left.

Barker has now scored 5 times against Wrexham in less than 11 months.

On the stroke of half time came a crucial moment as Muggleton prevented it from becoming 2-1 and changing the complexion of the game. Mark Jones somehow found himself in space in the box, with the Stags defence nowhere to be seen, but his low shot was very well saved low down by Muggleton, possibly with his bottom.

Half time 2-0

On 55 minutes, Hamshaw's shot was deflected wide. From the resulting corner, Hamshaw’s corner was headed against the bar by Barker who was so unlucky not to claim his hat-trick. Four minutes later, a raree chances for the visitors as Johnson shot over the bar.

There was a bizarre moment on 64 minutes as Muggleton borrowed a supporter’s cap to shield his eyes from the sun. He was later to exchange it for an MTFC cap.

On 65 minutes came what would have been one of the best goals in Mansfield Town’s history. Hamshaw ran from fully 75 yards away from the Wrexham goal, beat a few defenders on the way, and his shot from inside the box was tipped over the bar. Quite extraordinary. Hamshaw has in fact scored such a goal before, early in his Sheffield Wednesday career, against Watford.

From Hamshaw’s resulting corner, Baptiste’s low shot hit the inside of the post but just wouldn’t go in.

On 67 minutes came a sickening moment when Dawson appeared to have picked up a very serious injury. Dawson’s surging run to the edge of the box was ended by Marc Jones. Dawson was eventually stretchered off but as noted above he should be ok.

Coke came on. And from the resulting free-kick it was 3-0. Barker’s free-kick was poor and straight into the wall, but the ball was then played back over the top of the static defence by the irrepressible Hamshaw, and Hjelde’s chest found Reet in acres of space to easily fire past the keeper from 8 yards. Reet couldn’t miss and he didn’t. The Wrexham defence claimed for offside but the officials would have none of it. The video is inconclusive.

Barker fired over the bar on 73 minutes. Beardsley replaced Reet and then Arnold replaced Hamshaw, who received a rousing reception for a performance to match his quality crossing against Accrington. Beardsley missed a great chance in stoppage time as the chances kept on coming. He had a one on one but elected to shoot too early, allowing the keeper to save with his fingertips. Then Arnold had a free shot, but swung and completely missed the ball.

So a comprehensive 3-0 win and the Stags rise away from the relegation zone. Great performances all round, notable from Dawson and Hamshaw, as well as Barker and D'Laryea.

Man of the match: Stephen Dawson and Matt Hamshaw

Report by: Martin Shaw at Field Mill

Line Up:
Muggleton 7 One excellent crucial save after 45 minutes. Otherwise a quiet afternoon.
Mullins 6 Defended ok.
Hjelde 7 Defended solidly. A calming influence at the back.
Baptiste 7 Starting to get back to his best. Unlucky not to score when he hit the post.
Sheehan 7 Defended well and pushed forward ok. Good distribution.
Hamshaw 9 Outstanding crossing and general play. One 75 yard run nearly ended with a wonder-goal.
Dawson 9 Covered every blade of grass. Won numerous 50:50 balls. Not as badly injured as feared.
D'Laryea 8 Very good game. Won a lot of balls in midfield and good distribution.
Jelleyman 6 Didn’t contribute much. Lucky not to be substituted.
Reet 7 Scored a goal, held the ball up well.
Barker 8 Scored two super goals, and so unlucky with header against the bar.
Sub Line Up:
Coke (for Dawson, 67) 6 Had little impact.
Beardsley (for Reet, 78) - Missed a good chance to score.
Arnold (for Hamshaw, 85) - Missed a sitter with an air-shot.
Subs Not Used: White, Buxton.
Opposition Line Up:
Ingham, Roche (Mike Williams 38), Steve Evans, Morgan, Valentine, Johnson (Crowell 63), Danny Williams, Ferguson, Done (Newby 46), Mark Jones, Llewellyn. Subs Not Used: Michael Jones, Marc Williams.
A.Penn (West Midlands) 8 Good game. Should have booked Evans for felling Dawson. Otherwise a fine game.

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