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Season 07/08 Stagsnet Match Report
Coca-Cola League 2
1 - 0
 Mansfield Town
McEvilly 67
Attendance: 2431 (338 from Mansfield)
Date: 24 November 2007



Following the postponement of last weekend’s game against the International star-studded Wrexham!! Stags had to find their form, where they left off in the last game against Lewes in the 1st Round of the FA Cup.

The exciting new forward line-up of the Boulding Brothers continued. Jelleyman was played on the left side of midfield with Dawson & Bell playing centre midfield, so therefore there wasn’t the expected comeback of Jon D’Laryea to the starting line-up, who had to settle for a place on the bench along side Martin McIntosh & John McAliskey, who also were on their way back from the treatment table.

On a dark, wet & freezing cold November Saturday afternoon in Lancashire, the game started with the floodlights fully on, Rochdale playing in a Countyesque style strip of black & white striped shirts & white shorts & the Mighty Stags in their all Amber strip. The diehard Stags fans, who were in great voice, were joined by the injured trio of Nathan Arnold, Chris Wood & Ashley Kitchen in the stands to watch the 1st half. The game started brightly with a great combination in the 2nd minute between Mickey & Rory Boulding resulting in Rory firing a ferocious low drive on the turn from 25 yards forcing keeper Russell into a full length finger tip save & out for a corner, which came to nothing.

A couple of minutes later Referee Colin Webster stopped the game for 3 minutes, so that ground staff could get a bucket of sand to fill in a hole near the penalty area Stags were defending.

There was a lot of “hoofing” the ball up & down the pitch from both sides, as the game ebbed & flowed from end to end.

One such hoof from the Rochdale left back caught out Bappa, in the 12th minute, with the Dale forward got in behind him, but fortunately came to nothing.

In the 18th minute Dawson was played through 1 on 1 with Dale keeper Russell & only had to gently chip the on rushing keeper, but amazingly failed to score & put the Stags 1-0 up.

2 minutes later a long hopeful ball was played from the Dale left side, which split the static defensive duo of Bappa & Bucko, only for Dan Martin to rush in from left back to clear & save their blushes.

In the 27th minute Mickey Boulding broke the Dale offside trap on the right hand side & crossed into the area, which was cleared to Bell, who hit a 25 yard screamer narrowly over the bar.

Muggleton came to Stags rescue, as the 1st half was coming to close, with an amazing double save to keep his goal in tact.

An evenly balanced 1st half ended goalless


No subs were made by either side for the start of the 2nd half. Dale came out the stronger of the 2 sides. Clearly targeting the Stags left hand side, where Jelleyman was the weakest link because his positioning was terrible all game. A cross from the Dale right in the 48th minute fell to ex-Stag Adam Rundle in the penalty area & much to the Stags fans amusement, fired tamely wide.

The writing was on the wall for the Stags, as wave after wave of Rochdale attacks rained on their defence. In the 50th minute Dale were gifted a free header in the Stags area with Gary Jones heading wide.

Dale made 2 quick substitutions in the 55th & 56th minute with Le Fondre coming on for Murray & Prendergast coming on for the hapless Rundle, signalling Dale’s intention to go for the win.

On the hour, Billy Deardon introduced Jon D’Laryea for Hamshaw, who in my opinion had his worse game in a Mansfield shirt.

The game looked like it was going to become a boring goalless draw, even though Dale were totally dominating the 2nd half.

John McAliskey was introduced to the game in the 67th minute for Rory Boulding, who was clearly tiring in only his 2nd start for the club.

A minute later a very clever defence splitting pass from Le Fondre found Lee McEvilly, who turned Bucko with ease & fired in a low shot into the bottom corner of Muggleton’s net to put Dale 1-0 up

By this time it was all Rochdale & looked like they would score at any time.

D’Laryea looked very ring rusty & the majority of his passes went astray.

McEvilly was substituted by ex- Stag John Doolan in the 81st minute, to a rapturous applause from the normally quiet Dale fans.

In the dying minutes of the game Doolan very nearly doubled Rochdale’s lead when he struck a post with a thunderous shot.

If it wasn’t for keeper Carl Muggleton having an outstanding game for the Stags, Rochdale would have won the game more easily.


MY STAGS M.O.T.M: Carl Muggleton

Report by: SEAN THE MAD STAG at Spotland

Line Up:
Muggleton: 8 outstanding, my MOTM
Mullins: 7 steady game
Buxton: 6 got caught out too easily
Baptiste: 6 got caught out too easily
Martin: 7 solid game, had to cover for his defence too often & for the wandering Jelleyman
Hamshaw: 6 poor game, was very quiet throughout
Dawson: 8 showed passion throughout, glaring miss though
Bell: 8 very solid all round performance
Jelleyman: 6 caught out of position too often
Rory Boulding: 7 good performance needs to build on his match fitness
Mickey Boulding: 7 quiet game
Sub Line Up:
D'Laryea (for Hamshaw, 59): 6 ring rusty
McAliskey (for Rory Boulding, 67): 5 hopeless
Holmes (for Jelleyman, 87) -
Subs not used: White, McIntosh.
Opposition Line Up:
Russell, Ramsden, Holness, Stanton, Kennedy, Higginbotham, Jones, Perkins, Rundle (Prendergast, 55), Murray (Le Fondre, 55), McEvilly (Doolan, 81). Subs not used: Spencer, Crooks
Colin Webster (Tyne & Wear) – 6 ok game, some strange decisions

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