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Season 10/11 Stagsnet Match Report
Blue Square Bet Premier
Mansfield Town  
2 - 3
Briscoe 39, Thompson 45+2.
 Pogba 7, Morrell 71, Harris 90.
Attendance: 3,266 (498 from Wrexham)
Date: 29 January 2011


Martin Shaw at Field Mill

The Stags were beaten in the last minute by Wrexham at Field Mill. Wrexham arrived unbeaten in 11 games, but the Stags played with terrific spirit and played some superb football, with a purple patch at the end of the first half that was the best of the season. Great goals from Briscoe and Thompson overturned an early goal from Wrexham that came as a result of dreadful defending. The Stags started to play deeper and deeper as the second half wore on, and paid the penalty when Wrexham equalised on 71 minutes with more dreadful defending from the Stags. Wrexham nearly won it on 88 minutes when Collett made a great save from Harris's piledriver, but Harris did score the winner two minutes later when his shot from the edge of the box was deflected into the top corner of the net. A heart-breaking end for the Stags to a fabulous game.

For the second week running, the pitch covers, partially financed by the SSA saved the game from postponement after a heavy overnight frost. Before the game a united front by some fans in a Fans United protest against the owners of Field Mill and the Racecourse.

The Stags were unchanged from the side that drew at Darlington.

The first meaningful action saw Wrexham ahead on 7 minutes. Mangan tried a shot from the left but miscued, the ball was played across to Pogba and he scored from 10 yards.

On 13 minutes, a Cain corner was headed onto the roof of the net by a defender. The Stags appealed in vain for a penalty a minute later with a possible handball in the box. Connor made several good runs down the left, but the final ball was never good enough.

On 21 minutes, a Wrexham cross from the left was headed across goal by Creighton and Pogba headed goalwards, but Collett made a good save.

Crowd trouble followed, as some Wrexham idiots left their seats in the North Stand to approach the West Stand. One fan was expertly tripped by Adam Murray.

Connor headed just wide from a Cain corner from the left on 23 minutes. On 32 minutes, a free kick from the right was headed down by Foster and Silk headed at goal but it was too soft and an easy save.

The Stags were level on 39 minutes. Great football from the Stags and eventually Briscoe won the ball on the edge of the box on the left, cut inside and thundered a powerful shot into the roof of the net. A wonderful goal.

Cain made a great run into the box on 45 minutes, but his cross-shot was cleared.

Then two minutes into stoppage time, the Stags were in front. Another good move and Briscoe's effort was deflected to Thompson who rifled into the roof of the net from 8 yards. Field Mill erupted.

A fantastic spell of 20 minutes or so from the Stags - possibly the best football of the season, capped by two great goals, against a side that was bang in form. Field Mill was buzzing at half time.

Half time 2-1

On 52 minutes, a neat bal from Connor nearly found Mitchley, but not quite. Then a good run and cross from Cain on 62 minutes, but again didn’t quite find Mitchley. Mitchley, who had been disappointing, was replaced by Adam Smith on 63 minutes.

Ashton shot just wide for Wrexham on 64 minutes.

A golden chance for the Stags to seal it on 67 minutes as Connor got away down the left and his shot was well saved. A good header away by Tyrone Thompson from a dangerous cross on 70 minutes.

But it was 2-2 on 71 minutes. A cross from the left was headed back across goal from the right and Morrell stole in to head home from close range. The Stags had been sitting back too much, and this goal had been coming.

On 73 minutes, a good run from Briscoe down the right, then from a Cain cross Sandwith headed over.

Wrexham nearly won it on 88 minutes when Collett made a great save from Harris's piledriver, but Harris did score the winner two minutes later when his shot from the edge of the box was deflected into the top corner of the net.

Man of the match: Paul Connor

Report by: Martin Shaw at Field Mill

Line Up:
Collett 7 Outstanding save on 88 minutes that looked like it had earned a point, and unlucky to be beaten by last-minute deflection. Some good handling and one good punch.
Silk 6 Went missing for the first goal.
Foster 6 Not a good day for the defence.
Sandwith 6 OK, but defence was far from solid.
Stonehouse 6 Went missing for the second goal.
Cain 7 Some good corners and a couple of good runs.
Murray 8 Great in the first half, despite giving the ball away a couple of times.
Thompson 7 Fine goal, and played well.
Briscoe 7 Some charging runs, capped by wonderful goal.
Connor 8 Very good game.
Mitchley 5 Looked a little lost.
Sub Line Up:
Smith (for Mitchley, 63) 6 Unable to influence the game going forward.
Subs not used: Naylor, Nix, Istead, Medley.
Opposition Line Up:
Maxwell, Obeng, Creighton, Sinclair, Ashton, Blackburn, Keates, Harris, Pogba (Knight-Percival 89), Mangan (Andrews 90), Morrell. Subs Not Used: Brown, Cieslewicz, Tolley.
Stephen Smith (Darlington) 5 The officials lost the plot spectacularly in the second half with some dreadful decisions, but none really affected the result.

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