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Season 10/11 Stagsnet Match Report
FA Trophy Round 4
2 - 2
 Mansfield Town
Turner 59, Grof og 89
 Connor 35, Briscoe 74
Attendance: 2000 (800 from Mansfield)
Date: 1 March 2011


Martin Shaw at the Scholars Ground

A howler in the 89th minute by keeper David Grof gifted Evostik Premier side Chasetown a replay in this FA Trophy quarter-final, that was delayed from Saturday. The Stags dominated the first half and should have been out of sight at the break, but only had Paul Connor’s cracking long range strike to show for it. Tom Naylor headed against the bar and other chances went begging. Chasetown equalised on 59 minutes with a fluke as Turner’s cross from the byeline somehow went in off the post. Mansfield deservedly re-took the lead on 74 minutes with another cracking strike, this time from Louis Briscoe. But on 89 minutes, a corner into the Stags six-yard box was dropped into his own net by Grof. So the teams have to go back to Field Mill next Tuesday for the right to play Luton in the semi-final.

The Stags were unchanged from the side that drew at Barrow. It was somewhat inexplicable that Adam Smith did not come in for the out-of-sorts Ashley Cain. On the bench there was a welcome return for Marriott.

Chasetown created a chance straight from the kick off, when Richard Davies surged through the middle before unleashing a shot, which was deflected wide for a corner. On 8 minutes, a free kick from Murray was headed behind or a corner as Naylor challenged.

On 13 minutes, Cain’s free kick from the right was headed against the bar by Naylor. Moult went down in the area on 15 minutes, but the ref waved away appeals for a penalty. A minute later, Grof had to get down low at the other end to save. On 17 minutes, Stonehouse had a shot from the left side of the area, but it was deflected inches wide for a corner.

A glorious chance for the Stags on 19 minutes, as Chasetown goalkeeper Ryan Price failed to get enough distance on his clearance and Murray pounced midway inside the home half. After he advanced unchallenged to the edge of the area, his final low left-footed shot was saved, when he really should have buried it. Cain made an unbelievable run on 20 minutes, but eventually lost the ball. Then Moult shot wide on 21 minutes. Another glorious chance for the Stags on 22 minutes as keeper Price denied Paul Connor from point blank range after Moult had got down the left - the ball seemed to get a bit stuck under Connor’s boot. On 32 minutes, Chris Peel, the Chasetown left back, sent a swerving long range shot towards goal, but it was a routine save in the end for Grof.

It was 1-0 to the Stags on 35 minutes. Connor picked the ball up 30 yards from goal, advanced a few yards forward and fired a brilliant shot into the top left of the net.

It should have been 2-0 on 39 minutes. Cain's right wing cross fell to Louis Briscoe, with his back to goal, he turned on the edge of the six-yard box, and with a clear sight of goal, his shot was deflected over when he should have scored. On 41 minutes, a Stags corner was somehow scrambled clear after keeper Price failed to collect the cross. Then on 43, Moult’s low shot from the left was saved.

Right on 45 minutes, Moult was brought down a foot outside the area. Sandwith wasted the free kick, shooting straight into the wall, and then sending the follow-up well wide.

Half time 0-1

The Stags should have been out of sight at half time and the tie over, but at 1-0 it was still very much in the balance.

On 49 minutes, Briscoe’s fine shot was tipped over by the keeper from a tight angle. From the resulting corner, Stags fans behind the goal claimed for a handball but no-one else did.

On 57 minutes, Grof was forced to save low to his right from a Richard Davies free kick. From the resulting corner, Grof couldn’t hold the ball and the loose ball was smashed against the underside of the bar, but the ref saw a foul on Grof.

But it was 1-1 on 59 minutes. Jimmy Turner's right wing cross from almost on the byeline sailed over everyone and astonishingly went in off the far post. It was an incredible fluke, reminding us of Liam Enver-Marum’s crazy goal for Eastbourne against us last season.

On 64 minutes, Stonehouse got a knock to the head, and soon had a lump the size of a golfball on the side of his forehead. As Jason Truscott signalled across the pitch to the bench that Stonehouse couldn’t continue, Stonehouse was arguing that he wanted to stay on. But Truscott was having none of it. This argument played out just a few yards in front of us. Steve Foster came on and Sandwith moved to left back.

On 68 minutes, Murray slid a shot in from an angle, but it was cleared away.

But on 74 minutes the Stags were back in front. Sandwith put in a great tackle on the halfway to stop a Chasetown attack. He then laid the ball forward to Briscoe. Briscoe made progress forward and then unleashed a terrific low shot into the bottom left corner of the net

On 77 minutes, Sandwith put in a great block from a Dean Perrow shot. On 81 minutes, Moult crossed from the left in to Briscoe whose shot was saved.

Kyle Nix and Adam Smith replaced Thompson and Cain on 83 minutes. On 85 minutes, a Chasetown free kick from 40 yards somehow went through everyone and just past the left post. On 89 minutes, Grof made a good save high above his head palming a header away for a corner on the left.

Bu disaster struck from the resulting corner. Richard Davies swung it over, very high, into the six yard box. Grof went up to claim it and dropped it straight into the net. The home fans erupted, simply not able to believe their luck.

A minute into stoppage time, Moult’s shot was blocked. Then Adam Smith had a chance from a similar position to his first goal at Barrow, but couldn’t get a good connection on it and it bounced up into the keepers arms.

And so the same game ended in huge frustration for the Stags.

Finally an apology for the problems with the Radio Nottingham commentary. We had the commentary line set up by 5.30pm, because without an ISDN line we were concerned there could be problems. The Chasetown staff were incredibly helpful and helped us tie more than 20 yards of cable to the underside of the roof of the stand and into the office. But unfortunately the line was flakey and it dropped out at 7.30pm before the game started. David was able to get it back by 8pm; it dropped out again during the half time break; and then dropped out after 86 minutes. Very disheartening for everyone and I can imagine exactly how frustrating it was at home. Especially with the last minute equaliser going in. What could have been a great night with two fantastic goals for the Stags, turned out to be terrible. But we are still in with a chance of going to Wembley. Come on Mansfield!

Man of the match: Adam Murray

Report by: Martin Shaw at the Scholars Ground

Line Up:
Grof 5 Horrendous error gifted Chasetown a replay in the 89th minute. Made a couple of decent saves.
Silk 6 Defended ok.
Naylor 6 Decent game, one error at the back. Unlucky when he headed against the bar.
Sandwith 7 Outstanding after he moved to left back with a brilliant challenge to win the ball and set up Briscoe’s goal, and a great block shortly afterwards..
Stonehouse 6 Defended ok.
Cain 5 Poor again with bad distribution, after a woeful display at Barrow. Astonishing that he kept his place in front of Adam Smith.
Thompson 5 Very quiet.
Murray 7 Distribution was not as good as at Barrow, but really got stuck in with a determined performance.
Briscoe 7 Great goal, and went close with another fine effort tipped over.
Moult 6 Did ok.
Connor 7 Outstanding goal.
Sub Line Up:
Foster (for Stonehouse, 65) 6 OK
Smith (for Cain, 83) - Had one chance but scuffed his shot.
Nix (for Thompson, 83) -
Sub not used: Marriott, Mitchley.
Opposition Line Up:
Price, Turner, Slater, Teesdale, Peel, D. Smith (Stephens 70), Davies, Parsons (Abbott 85), Jevons, Perrow, Birch (Hay 83). Subs not used: Cohen, Abbott, Branch.
Andrew Madley (West Yorkshire) 7 Handled the game well.

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