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Season 0910 Stagsnet Match Report
Blue Square Premier
Cambridge United  
3 - 2
 Mansfield Town
Coulson 25, Phillips 50, Crow pen 90+1.
 Speight 26, Nix 56. Shaw missed pen 90+5
Attendance: 2823 (225 from Mansfield)
Date: 5 April 2010


Martin Shaw at the Abbey Stadium

The Stags were beaten 3-2 at Cambridge on Easter Monday afternoon in a game that ended bizarrely. Cambridge took the lead with an unmarked header in the first half, but the Stags equalised within a minute with a Speight lob over the keeper after a Cambridge defensive mix-up. Cambridge re-took the lead early in the second half after a good run by Danny Crow, but Kyle Nix equalised for the Stags five minutes later with a cross that went straight in. Cambridge were down to 10 min after 57 minutes when defender Partridge picked up a second yellow card. The Stags created several chances with their man advantage, but couldn’t capitalise and on 89 minutes a penalty was harshly awarded against Challinor in the box and Danny Crow converted even though Marriott did well to get to hand to it. Amazingly the Stags were awarded a controversial penalty of their own well into stoppage time as Saah clashed with Kyle Perry off the ball, (and off video camera). Jon Shaw stepped up and scuffed his penalty wide of the left post to send a dejected Stags to another defeat.


Man of the match: Alan Marriott

Report by: Martin Shaw at the Abbey Stadium

Line Up:
Marriott 8 Nearly saved the penalty, which would have been 4th consecutive penalty save. Made some good saves, and commanded his box. No chance with the other 2 goals.
Silk 6 Seemed out of position for Cambridge second goal. One superb tackle near the end.
Foster 5 Central defence was poor as a unit.
Brough 5 Injured after half an hour.
Nicholas 5 Moved to central defence when Brough went off. Did not look comfortable.
Mills 6 Did ok. Went close with shot from edge of the box at 2-2.
Challinor 6 Competed well against his former club. Ref seemed to want to give fouls against him throughout, and then harshly awarded penalty in stoppage time.
Burgess 6 Moved to left back when Brough went off. Defended ok after dodgy start.
Speight 8 Lively, took his goal well, and went close.
Sturrock 5 Ineffective.
Perry 6 Did ok. Involved in some controversy. Somehow won stoppage time penalty.
Sub Line Up:
Nix (for Brough, 31) 7 Slightly fortunate goal. Pick of the midfield.
Briscoe (for Sturrock, 52) 6 Got a couple of decent crosses in.
Shaw (for Speight, 76) 5 Failed to get stoppage time penalty on target.
Subs not used: Collett, Somner.
Opposition Line Up:
Brown, McAuley, Coulson, Saah, Partridge, Neilson (Palmer 58), Reason, Carden, Russell, Crow, Phillips (Murray 90). Subs Not Used: Potter, Marriott, Willock.
Stuart Burt (Northamptonshire)

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