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23rd April 2021 22:26

English Football League - Sky Bet League Two
Mansfield Town 3 - 0 Scunthorpe United
Lapslie 19, Perch 80, Sinclair 83.
Attendance: behind closed doors

Date: 20 April 2021

Martin Shaw at the One Call Stadium, Field Mill

Mansfield Town produced a thoroughly dominant performance to beat Scunthorpe United 3-0 at the One Call Stadium last night. The Stags played very well indeed and if it had finished 7-0, Scunthorpe could not have complained.

The win finally secured Mansfield’s safety, with three games left, which comes as a relief. Full credit to manager Nigel Clough. Remember that in the 11 leagues games before he came in this season, Mansfield had not won a game and had just 7 points. Since he has come in, Mansfield have played 32 games, won 11, drawn 12, lost 9, points 45, goal difference +4. This is at least mid-table form, and very much better than what went before it, this season or last season. Stags fans can now look forward to seeing who Clough brings in this summer, and look forward to next season with more positivity in my opinion.

But before that, there are still three more games to be won. This win over Scunthorpe gave the Stags the first double of the season (in fact a triple, as the Stags also beat Scunthorpe in the EFL Trophy). The final three games give opportunities for more doubles as Mansfield play Salford, Oldham and Port Vale, three teams the Stags have already beaten this season. There will also be an opportunity to give games to one or two younger players, which Nigel Clough has already said he will do.

Mansfield were in control of this game from start to finish. They took the lead after 19 minutes from a fine move as George Maris headed down to Ollie Clarke. Clarke pushed forward and found the overlapping James Perch on the right. Perch’s low cross into the six yard box was a great one and went into the net off George Lapslie as he charged down Manny Onariase’s attempted clearance and knocked it into the net from a couple of yards. I would class that as an assist for Perch even though technically the last touch before Lapslie scored came off the defender.

The Stags should have been further ahead by half time as Perch found Tyrese Sinclair with another good ball in, Sinclair turned and shot wide of the right post. Then Stephen Quinn threaded a superb ball forward for Ollie Clarke, Clarke pulled the ball back to Lapslie 12 yards from goal, Lapslie took a good first touch before smashing a shot goalwards from 7 yards which Onariase somehow deflected over the bar with a brilliant block. Then George Maris fired a low shot from the right just wide of the far post after a Sinclair free kick from the right after Sinclair won the free kick himself.

Meanwhile Scunthorpe offered next to nothing going forward in the first half in a one-sided.

Into the second half and the chances kept on coming for the Stags. Lapslie teed up Quinn for a shot from 18 yards which was heading for the top corner before it was deflected wide. Then Quinn found Lapslie and his low shot was saved by the keeper. Then a great ball from Maris from inside his own half for Jamie Reid who battled to get past former Stag George Taft and get in a shot from 12 yards which the onrushing keeper saved at point blank range. The chances kept on coming. Sinclair’s 35 yard was deflected and looped over the keeper and wide of the right post. Sinclair’s low shot from 20 yards by saved by the keeper getting down quickly after a good move from the Stags involving Perch, Maris, Reid and Clarke. Quinn’s shot from 35 yards was over the bar, before he had another shot blocked by Onariase.

It had been total domination from the Stags for 70 minutes but it remained just 1-0. After 71 minutes, finally a chance for Scunthorpe as McLaughlin failed to clear and conceded a free kick near the corner flag on the right. Mason O’Malley’s free kick to the far post found Onariase unmarked but he couldn’t turn the ball into the net from 4 yards.

The Stags needed a second goal. Sinclair fired over from a tight angle. Then McLaughlin made a great break into the area and tried to square for sub Jordan Bowery who was unmarked but it was blocked for a corner.

Finally the Stags got the second goal that was richly deserved after 80 minutes. Maris squared for Perch who took a touch before taking aim from 25 yards and firing into the bottom right corner of the net from 25 yards. A superb strike against his former club.

Within 3 minutes it was 3-0. Lapslie found Ollie Clarke who took aim from 25 yards. His shot was blocked up in the air by Taft. Perch attempted to volley the rebound goalwards from 18 yards but miscued his shot which was going wide. Sinclair anticipated it though and stretched to turn it into the net from 3 yards at the far post for a lovely goalpoacher’s finish. It was Sinclair’s second goal in successive home matches and he is in a very fine run of form having been giving his chance in the side.

Sinclair nearly had another when his free kick from the left at an angle was blocked on the line by O’Malley. Scunthorpe might have had a consolation in stoppage but sub Kellan Gordon did well to block a shot from Abu Eisa and preserve the clean sheet.

So an excellent performance from Mansfield completely dominating opponents Scunthorpe who it has to be said were very poor. Plenty of super performances throughout the side but my man of the match goes to James Perch for his excellent 25 yard strike and assists for the other two goals albeit the second assist was a mishit shot and the first assist came off a defender before Lapslie scored.



Mansfield Town are finally safe at last
chad.co.uk, By John Lomas, Tuesday 20th April 2021

Mansfield Town finally made certain of their EFL safety with a hugely deserved 3-0 thrashing of Scunthorpe United tonight.

Their second win in four days coupled with defeats on the night for bottom pair Grimsby Town and Southend United was enough to make mathematically sure of Stags being dragged into any late drama.

Mansfield dominated from start to finish and could have won by many more, but, leading by a 19th minute George Lapslie effort, were made to wait until near the end when goals by James Perch and Tyrese Sinclair inside three minutes gave the scoreline a much more realistic look with Aidan Stone untroubled at the other end.

Mansfield were on the front foot in the early stages and on nine minutes Reid headed wide of the near post from a Maris cross with the visitors struggling to get out of their half.


Bizarrely the game was then halted on 12 minutes as a drone suddenly appeared over the Bishop Street Stand, disappearing a few minutes later and the referee happy to continue.

But Stags were able to quickly regain their rhythm and went ahead on 19 minutes.

Perch sent in a good, low cross from the right and Lapslie was there to bundle it in from close range.

Sinclair almost doubled that lead on 29 minutes as he lashed another Perch cross just wide of the near post.

The Iron finally threatened enough win a corner on 33 minutes, but when the ball reached Green he lashed well off target.

Watson saved superbly to deny Lapslie his second on 38 minutes, somehow pushing his close range finish up and over after great work by Quinn and Clarke.

On 41 minutes Maris drilled a low shot across the face of goal after getting to a loose ball first and bursting into the box on the right.

Stags resumed the game on the front foot after the break and a Maris shot on 52 minutes was goalbound but headed to safety by Loft while a minute later Watson got down to block a low Lapslie drive.

Two minutes later Reid latched onto a Maris through ball, but Watson got his chest in the way as Reid tried to poke the ball past him.

Watson was relieved to see an ambitious long range shot from Sinclair clip a defender and spin over, but the keeper was back in action to stop a low Sinclair shot from Clarke's pass soon after as the intense pressure continued.

A rare threat from the visitors saw a by-line free kick bounce in the six yard box with Onariase unable to connect with 18 minutes to go.

Clarke sent Sinclair into space but, with Lapslie free to his left, he blazed over.

The long overdue killer second finally arrived on 80 minutes as Perch, in space just outside the right of the box, fly with an unstoppable low finish.

Three minutes later it as 3-0 as the ball fell to Perch on the right of goal. He sliced his attempted finish across goal, but Sinclair was well placed on hand to find the net at the far post and EFL safety was complete.

STAGS: Stone, Sweeney, Rawson, Clarke (Law 84), Maris, Perch (Gordon 86), Quinn (Ward 86), Reid (Bowery 75), McLaughlin, Sinclair (Charsley 84), Lapslie. Subs not used: Pardington, Benning.

SCUNTHORPE: Watson, Taft, Onariase (Hippolyte 79), Gilliead, Loft (van Veen 68), Eisa, Green, Beestin, Karacan (Spence 58), Rowe (Howe 58), O'Malley. Subs not used: Collins, McAtee, Dawson.

REFEREE: Brett Huxtable.


Report: Mansfield Town 3-0 Iron

The Iron were beaten 3-0 at Mansfield Town on Tuesday night.

United went into their game making four changes from the side that faced Forest Green at the weekend, as Jai Rowe, Manny Onariase, Alfie Beestin and Ryan Loft came in for Jordan Clarke, Harrison McGahey, John McAtee and Kevin van Veen.

With three minutes gone, the hosts almost got in on goal, but Mason O’Malley intercepted as a shot looked to be incoming before the resultant throw was touched behind for a goal kick to the Iron.

The hosts won a free-kick outside the box in the fifth minute, which was floated into the area by Tyrese Sinclair and gathered comfortably by Rory Watson.

After eight minutes, the hosts won the first corner of the game as Onariase came across to block an incoming low cross from the right.

The corner was played short to George Maris, who curled in a low cross towards the near post. Jamie Reid stooped low for the header, but the effort went over.

In the 11th minute, play was halted for a five minute spell as referee Brett Huxtable spotted a drone above the pitch.

Three minutes after the restart, the hosts took the lead as George Lapslie diverted into the net a low cross from the right by former Iron James Perch.

On 23 minutes, Jem Karacan threw himself at a long range effort from Maris to block the shot before the Iron came away on the counter-attack with Devarn Green, but the hosts won a double ricochet and a throw.

Not long after, Perch found Sinclair with a low cross from the right, with the forward controlling before volleying wide of Rory Watson’s left-hand post.

In the 31st minute, O’Malley got in behind Perch on the left wing to send in a low cross into the area, with the ball turned behind for a corner.

Alex Gilliead’s corner came out to Karacan, with he and Perch both arriving at the ball at the same time, resulting in another corner to the Iron.

O’Malley’s subsequent corner was sent in towards George Taft. The ball was headed to the edge of the box as far as Green, but his effort was wayward.

Mansfield had a great chance to double their lead in the 38th minute when the ball was received by Lapslie on the right side if the area but his shot was tipped over the bar by Watson for a corner, which was cleared.

Then, after a right-wing corner wasn't properly cleared on 41 minutes, Maris latched onto the loose ball and drilled a low effort across goal but wide.

Before the half-time break, Beestin and Gilliead worked the ball well between each other from defence to attack but Gilliead was shrugged off the ball on the edge of the area as he looked to shoot towards goal.

Beestin was clattered one minute into the second period, but the Iron maintained possession and the referee played advantage. O’Malley’s cross came into Loft, but he was penalised for a foul.

Then, on 48 minutes, O’Malley read a loose pass and pressed forward before passing to Eisa. He sprinted past the defender into the box but saw his cross turned behind for a corner.

Three minutes later, Loft headed away as Stephen Quinn’s shot was curling towards the top corner after a free-kick was initially headed away.

They came close again moments later, but Watson got down sharply to his left to deny a powerful low drive from Lapslie on the edge of the box.

In the 55th minute, Watson denied Jamie Reid from point blank range as he blocked an effort from just inside the box.

There was a double Scunthorpe change just before the hour mark as Karacan and Rowe were replaced by Lewis Spence and Teddy Howe.

Soon after, a long range effort from Sinclair took a deflection and looped up and wide of the target for a corner to the Stags.

Then, Sinclair hit another one from the edge of the box, with Watson getting down to his left to stop the effort creeping in.

With 64 minutes played, Quinn opened up onto his left foot and had a shot from 30 yards, with the effort sailing over the bar.

Scunthorpe then brought van Veen on for Loft in the 68th minute, and three minutes later they won a free-kick down the right wing after Green's cross was handled by Stephen McLaughlin.

Taft rose highest to meet O’Malley’s free-kick, with the ball dropping at the back post for Onariase, but he couldn't get enough connection on the effort and the ball was cleared.

At the other end, Sinclair sent an effort over the bar from the right of the area after he was played in down the side.

With 80 minutes gone, Perch rifled in a second for the Stags, from the right side of the 18-yard box after the ball was played across to him.

They made it 3-0 three minutes later as Taft blocked one shot, but Sinclair peeled away to tap in a ball across the box from Perch.

It was the last moment of note in the match, and United return to action on Saturday when they play host to Walsall at the Sands Venue Stadium (3pm kick-off).

MANSFIELD: Stone, Perch (Gordon, 86), Rawson, Sweeney, McLaughlin, Maris, Quinn (Ward, 86), O Clarke (Law, 84), Lapslie (Charsley, 84), Reid (Bowery, 75), Sinclair.

MANSFIELD SUBS NOT USED: Pardington, Benning.

IRON: Watson, Taft, Onariase (Hippolyte, 79), Gilliead, Loft (van Veen, 68), Eisa, Green, Beestin, Karacan (Spence, 58), Rowe (Howe, 58), O'Malley.

IRON SUBS NOT USED: Collins, McAtee, Dawson.


Low-flying drone at Mansfield Town match sparks police warning

Warnings have been issued by police after a low-flying drone halted play in Mansfield Town’s match at the One Call Stadium on Tuesday night.

The Stags were only 12 minutes into their League Two match against fellow strugglers Scunthorpe United when the remote-controlled drone was spotted hovering over the Bishop Street stand at the ground.

Devon referee Brett Huxtable stopped the game for fear that the robotic aircraft might put the safety of the players at risk if its operator lost control and it crashed.

There was no play for five minutes until police officers rushed outside the stadium, seized the device when it landed and confiscated it. The pilot was spoken to and cautioned.

When the match got underway again, the Stags strolled to a 3-0 victory that guaranteed them safety from relegation out of the Football League.

However, Nottinghamshire Police fired a warning to people looking to record footage at sports events and told them to abide by the rules of the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).

PC John Albanese, who is the Stags’ dedicated football officer, said: “The drone was seen landing in a garden by an eagle-eyed security steward.

"Its owner stated he didn’t possess a licence or certificate to fly the drone, so officers seized the device.


"The rules set by the CAA apply in the UK. It doesn’t matter if you are a professional pilot or a drone hobbyist, you must have passed the CAA’s online theory test and obtained your Flyer ID.

“Also, as the owner or operator of a drone, you must register with the CAA for an Operator ID, which is renewed every 12 months.

"As a general rule, you must keep a minimum horizontal distance of 50 metres between your drone and other people, and keep at least 150 metres away from residential, recreational, commercial and industrial areas.

"When operated correctly, drones can be a valuable resource to agencies involved in things such as law enforcement and search and rescue.

"But with technology advancing and the cost of the devices falling, they are becoming more popular with hobbyists.

"They can be fun and are great at capturing some fantastic images and footage. But when public safety is compromised, we have to take action.

"Referees have directions from the FA, and protocols are in place for the type of incident that happened at Mansfield Town. Drones could easily fall from the sky and injure a player, official or staff member.”