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Season 10/11 Stagsnet Match Report
Blue Square Bet Premier
Mansfield Town  
5 - 0
 York City
A.Smith 21, Duffy 54, Connor 64, Nix 67, Medley 90+1.
 J.Smith sent off 33.
Attendance: 2202 (309 from York)
Date: 21 September 2010


Podcast of StagsPlayer/StagsWorld commentary:



Martin Shaw and Jeff Barnes at Field Mill

Mansfield Town put in a five-star performance to annihilate York City at Field Mill tonight. Mansfield were outstanding in producing their biggest win at Field Mill since winning 5-0 in November 2007 against Macclesfield, and the biggest win over York since 1954. York contributed to their own downfall with the mindless sending off of Jonathan Smith on 33 minutes for two bookable offences, but in all honesty the Stags were already in control by that point, although only one goal ahead, and the second half was one way traffic as the Stags carved York open time and again by making excellent use of the extra man as highlighted after the game by assistant boss Duncan Russell. The Stags had five different goalscorers and could have had more goals but took as much satisfaction from the clean sheet, and from jumping to second in the league. The only disappointment on a great evening was the attendance of just 2202 with 309 from York. Hopefully the missing fans will be back after hearing about this scintillating performance for the visit of Eastbourne on Saturday.

The Stags made one change from the side that was unlucky to lose at Newport, with Rob Duffy replacing Lee Gregory and Gregory’s sub on Saturday Keigan Parker who was stupidly sent off at the weekend for chinning the Newport centre-half. York were without Richard Brodie, now departed for Crawley, and surprisingly former Ebbsfleet hotshot Michael Gash was only on the bench.

For the opening ten minutes, the Stags resorted to long balls up to Connor and Duffy which was a tactic the home crowd didn’t enjoy. But the game burst into life on 12 minutes when Connor, with his back to goal near the penalty spot, took his time, swiveled and smashed a left footed shot against the left upright. It was a terrific effort that had the post shaking and seemed to be a turning point as the Stags soon started to pass the ball better on the ground. The Stags started to play neat football and it was one way traffic. On 14 minutes, Mills sent in a long range shot but it was easy for keeper Ingham.

The Stags took the lead on 21 minutes with a brilliant solo goal from Adam Smith against his former club. Smith skinned the full back down the left, cut inside diagonally into the box and drove a great shot into the top right corner of the net from a tight angle. He celebrated in front of the York fans in the North Stand.

Adam Smith made another good run down the left on 23 minutes, and fed Connor inside him on the edge of the box, but Connor lost possession.

On 33 minutes York were reduced to ten men. Jonathan Smith had already committed a foul early in the game which may have been worth a booking, he was then been booked for another foul, and when he brought down Nix near the half way line, the referee had no choice but to send him off. There were no complaints from the York players or bench.

On 34 minutes, an excellent overlapping run from Sandwith as Adam Smith found him, and Sandwith’s drilled cross found Connor who couldn’t turn it in from 6 yards. A minute later, another good cross from Sandwith who curled in a high one to Istead, who took a first time shot but didn’t make proper contact. On 39 minutes, a Sandwith shot from 22 yards was a rapier-like drive but a yard wide of the right post. Then on 42 minutes, Sandwith’s free kick from a central position 29 yards out was deflected wide.

Half time 1-0

A dominant first half from the Stags in terms of possession but only one goal to show for it. Sandwith and Adam Smith down the left were causing York all kinds of problems.

York came out fired up for the second half and put Mansfield under pressure without creating any chances.

But it was 2-0 on 54 minutes. A beautiful through ball found Istead on the right, who turned outside and then in, to the byeline before a hard low cross to Duffy who gambled at the near post sliding in and with his right boot finding the bottom right corner of the net from three yards.
Istead was booked shortly afterwards and then immediately replaced on 58 minutes by Briscoe, as the Stags didn’t want to risk him being sent off. Moments later, Duffy was also booked, and suffered the same fate of being substituted for the same reason, as he was replaced by Medley on 61.

The Stags had a let-off on 63 minutes as Parslow had a swing and a miss inside the Stags box. The Stags got the ball upfield and were immediately 3-0 in front. Adam Smith cut inside from the left and fired a powerful shot at keeper Ingham, who couldn’t hold the ball and parried it straight into the path of Connor who duly passed it back into the empty net from 8 yards.

It was game over now and just a matter of how many the Stags could score. On 66, the excellent Nix fired wide of the left post.

But on 67, it was 4-0. Nix played a one-two with Medley on the left edge of the box, and Nix curled a right foot shot into the right corner of the net for a sublime finish after a neat move.

The Stags fans were enjoying it and really getting behind the home side.

On 69 minutes, it was nearly five, as Briscoe made a great run down the middle like a knife through butter, and his shot was tipped over by Ingham.

Paul Stonehouse replaced Connor on 78 minutes, with Stonehouse going to left midfield, and Medley and Adam Smith up front. On 79 minutes, a free kick from Nix was straight at Ingham.

A very rare York attack on 80 minutes as Chris Smith did well to block McDermott’s shot. And then on 81 minutes, a good effort from Michael Rankine who shot across the face of the goal. A good cross by York over Marriott on 88 minutes and Steve Foster did well to head over his bar under pressure. Moments later a good shot by McDermott from 20 yards just past the right post as York continued a good mini-spell of 10 minutes.

On the stroke of 90 minutes, Medley pulled the ball back to Stonehouse who fired right footed over the bar from 12 yards.

Then a minute later, Medley got the ball in the middle, made a beeline for the goal, headed slightly left and slid a low shot under the keeper from inside the box to wrap up a fabulous 5-0 win.

At the final whistle, all the Stags fans stayed behind, stood up and applauded the team off. It was a great night as the Stags went second in the league after totally dominating this game, and it is to be hoped that fans tell their friends, and many more turn up on Saturday for the visit of Eastbourne when if results go right the Stags could go top. Come on Mansfield!

Don’t miss the podcast of commentary on Wednesday night, and video highlights on mansfieldtown.net on Thursday morning.

Man of the match: Adam Smith and Kyle Nix, couldn’t separate them.

Report by: Martin Shaw and Jeff Barnes at Field Mill

Line Up:
Marriott 7 One excellent claim from a cross which winded him, but otherwise a very quiet evening with only one shot to save in the 90 minutes.
Silk 7 Some good attacking down the right, always look for the overlap.
Chris Smith 8 Defended very well.
Foster 8 Won every header in the air.
Sandwith 8 Excellent especially in the first half, linking well with Adam Smith. Had some good crosses and one decent shot.
Istead 7 Great contribution, especially for the second goal. Taken off straight after he was booked.
Mills 7 Played really well in the centre.
Nix 9 Ran the game, probably his best game in a Stags shirt. Some lovely touches, always in control of the ball, and made great use of space afforded him by York. Deserved his goal.
Adam Smith 9 Destroyed the right back on many occasions, scored a wonder goal in front of his former fans, and his shot led to the third goal.
Connor 8 Excellent on the ball, and chased the ball down and won it on many occasions. Fabulous effort against the post, and deserved his tap-in in the second half.
Duffy 6 Poacher’s goal excellently taken. Won plenty of flicked headers but a little quiet.
Sub Line Up:
Briscoe (for Istead, 58) 7 Immediate injection of pace and penetration. One great run and shot tipped over.
Medley (for Duffy, 61) 8 York’s worst nightmare to have Medley come on and run at them with ten men. Great individual goal.
Stonehouse (for Connor, 78) - Nearly scored with shot over from 12 yards.
Subs not used: Collett, Naylor.
Opposition Line Up:
Ingham, Courtney, Parslow, McGurk, Meredith, Till (Gash 61), Barrett, Lawless, Smith, Rankine, Constantine (McDermott 60). Subs Not Used: Knight, Young, Racchi.
Lee Metcalfe 7 Correct decision on the sending off. Perhaps a bit fussy.

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