3743 STAGS FANS SEE DRAW AT MEADOW LANE
Notts County 2 - 2 Mansfield Town
Palmer 43, Chillingworth 76. Wilson 61, Barker 64
Attendance: 9779 (3743 from Mansfield)
Notts County 2-2 Mansfield
On-loan Dan Chillingworth fired a 76th-minute equaliser to save Notts County from a sixth straight defeat.
Chris Palmer put County ahead three minutes before half-time when he collected a pass from Lee Crooks and curl home a fine finish.
Mansfield levelled after 62 minutes when Lawrence Wilson scored from close range and Richie Barker's header put them ahead two minutes later.
But Chillingworth earned a point when he turned home Jake Sheridan's cross.
Local derby thriller finishes all square
NOTTS COUNTY 2 MANSFIELD TOWN 2
YET again Notts County and Mansfield served up another thrilling local derby goals rush at Meadow Lane this afternoon.
But it finished all square after Notts had gone in 1-0 up at the break only to see Stags hit back with two goals in as many minutes.
And Giles Coke wasted a golden stoppage time chance to be the hero for Mansfield.
Notts went into this game on the back of five straight defeats and Stags after five games unbeaten.
But, as always, the form book went out of the window for a local derby and the sides looked to be grinding out a scoreless first half when Chris Palmer produced a top quality finish on 43 minutes.
As in their previous two games, Stags livened things up by sending on Simon Brown as sub on 57 minutes.
And he set up a 62nd equaliser for Laurence Wilson - his first for the club - before Richie Barker headed home his 20th of the season soon after to turn the game on its head.
But some quality poaching from Notts sub Daniel Chillingworth saw him rescue a point with his first Magpies goal 14 minutes from time.
There was still more drama to come as Coke hit the Notts post with an open goal in front of him in stoppage time at the end.
Stags were roared on by a 3,743 army behind the Spion Kop goal on a cold, windy, but bright afternoon.
The visitors made two changes with Coke and Jelleyman both returning from suspension at the expense of Uhlenbeek and Rundle, who dropped to the bench.
Dawson played wide right and Wilson wide left with Coke in the centre and Jelleyman at left back.
The Notts side showed three changes with Dadi, Crooks and Sheridan brought in, McMahon and Chillingworth dropping to the bench and Scoffham out injured.
The visitors almost made a dream start inside the first 40 seconds. Wilson crossed from the left and Reet flicked on to Barker who, five yards from goal with Pilkington at his mercy, could not connect cleanly with his volley and the moment was gone.
Wilson was next to threaten after cutting in from the left and speeding past two opponents. But his finish from 25 yards lacked any pace and rolled tamely towards Pilkington.
Reet's aggression won a ball he had no right to win and it ran loose for Barker. But in attempting to try to place his finish, it lacked power and again was easy for former Mansfield keeper Pilkington, who was being booed on his every touch by the away fans.
Notts finally tested Pilkington on 20 minutes as Stags struggled to head clear a long free kick and Wilson was able to get in a header on target from six yards only to see Pressman in the way.
Pipe then made an exciting dash forward but saw his shot blocked.
Stags fans were booing as play continued with Hjelde down injured in the Mansfield box. But Mansfield broke forward and Reet brought a superb fingertip save out of Pilkington, diving to his right, to prevent his 25 yard shot finding the net.
Tempers were starting to rise and Baudet flattened Barker from behind.
From the free kick Barker flicked on and Pilkington got there before Reet who continued his lunge and caught the keeper. Players raced in and after the shoving contest ended, Reet was booked on 20 minutes, having already been warned earlier.
Stags conceded a dangerous free kick 20 yards from goal two minutes later. But Crooks' low effort was blocked.
Hjelde was then tight up on Dadi to block his attempted shot on the turn.
There were howls of protest from the Notts fans as Reet again went in on Pilkington as the keeper gathered the ball, but the referee deemed the challenge fair this time.
Wilson was well off target with a lash at a loose ball from almost 30 yards as we awaited the first goal with 32 minutes gone.
Stags took their corner tally to three with two in as many minutes without making them count. Another followed which saw Pilkington grab Barker's flick.
Chillingworth replaced the disappointing Dadi up front for Notts five minutes from the interval.
Chillingworth immediately won a Notts corner which was cleared out towards Reet near the centre circle. But Pipe got there first and let fly with a rocket shot from 35 yards which brought the best out of Pilkington, diving to his right and holding on cleanly.
But Notts broke the deadlock on 43 minutes. The Magpies had a throw on the right which eventually reached Palmer who looked up and, from 25 yards, curled a superb finish over Pressman and under the far angle.
Pilkington safely gathered Mansfield's fifth corner as Notts went in with the advantage after a hard-fought 45 minutes.
Stags defended an early Notts free kick which was cleared to Doyle who was way off the mark on 48 minutes.
Barker headed a Dawson cross tamely to Pilkington when a flick behind him would have found Wilson in space.
Shirtliff made an early charge with Uhlenbeek taking over the right midfield role from Dawson on 52.
Mansfield quickly forced two successive corners.
But Notts almost netted again on 55. Sheridan neatly controlled the ball 20 yards from goal to tee up Chillingworth for a dipping shot that Pressman just managed to turn over his bar.
At this point Brown was introduced to the roar of anticipation of the away fans in place of Reet.
Pilkington made a brilliant save to keep out Wilson's thunderbolt from 18 yards on the hour after Barker had set him up. And Wilson was in the way of Buxton's goal wards flick from the corner.
But Brown made the expected difference on 62 minutes. His pace took him into the right of the box and into a position where he was able to drill in a low cross. It flew under Barker but reached Wilson who gratefully rammed home his first goal for the club from eight yards.
The celebrations were still going on two minutes later when Stags snatched the lead.
Wilson hoisted the ball into the box, D'Laryea got a header at goal and, before it got there. Barker got another head onto it which neatly placed it well out of Pilkington's reach.
Rattled, Notts responded with three corners and then threw on McMahon for Ullathorne. Soon after Baudet powered a header wide of Pressman's left hand post from a Crooks cross.
Stage might have had a penalty on 73. Coke tried to run onto a Brown pass and looked to be shoved over from behind by Palmer. But the referee was unimpressed and booked Coke for arguing.
The game took another twist on 76 minutes as the scores were level again.
Pipe's cross from the left saw Edwards unable to get a finish on it. But, as the ball rolled towards Pressman, Chillingworth slid in to get there first and just nick in past the Stags keeper from close range.
Lloyd replaced Wilson in midfield for the last nine minutes.
Stags cleared another Notts corner and, soon after, Brown was too high on the turn as he received a short pass from Uhlenbeek.
Wilson chopped down Coke in full flight as he tried to burst into the box, earning a booking. But the free kick routine, from a dangerous position, was poor and Uhlenbeek's eventual effort was blocked from close range.
Tempers again flared as Brown was penalised for a dive. But this time the card stayed in the referee's pocket.
Three minutes were added on at the end as both sides went for glory.
And it should have gone to Mansfield with a breakaway that saw Uhlenbeek time his final ball to perfection to leave Coke clear on goal.
The youngster elected to round Pilkington but, having done the hard bit, saw his finish then come back off the near post from eight yards with the open goal gaping.
There was still time for Buxton and Crooks to rifle hopeful long range efforts over at both ends before the whistle ended another compelling contest between these sides.
report from nottscountyfc.co.uk:
It was all square at Meadow Lane this afternoon in the Nottinghamshire derby, with Notts and Mansfield battling out an entertaining 2-2 draw.
The Magpies drew first-blood in the derby through a stunning goal from Chris Palmer from long range, but early in the second half the visitors found the net twice in a matter of minutes through Laurence Wilson and Richie Barker to lead, but Daniel Chillingworth scrambled home a leveller with around ten minutes to go to bring Notts back level.
Notts started the afternoon with four changes to the side which faced Lincoln City last weekend, with Eugene Dadi, Lee Crooks, Julien Baudet and Jake Sheridan starting in place of Steve Scoffham, Daniel Chillingworth, Brian O'Callaghan and Lewis McMahon as we sought our first win since the end of January at Chester.
The start was unbelievable, as within the first thirty second the visiting had a decent chance to take the lead when a ball in from the left by Laurence Wilson was flicked into the path of Richie Barker by D'Laryea, but he miss hit his half volley into the ground, and Pilkington claimed with ease, but it was a left-off after Barker beat Chris Palmer to the ball in the six-yard box.
The opening ten minutes or so where what you would expect from a derby clash, plenty of meaty tackles and early breaks forward from both sides, with nothing really produced to test either goalkeeper with Kevin Pilkington only called upon to make to routine saves from less than powerful long-range shots from Barker and Wilson.
Kelvin Wilson at the other end brought the first piece of action for Kevin Pressman on thirteen minutes, as the Notts defender rose to meet a Chris Palmer free-kick which Mansfield failed to clear, but his effort lacked power and direction and Pressman saved easily.
At the other end, Pilkington made an excellent stop to deny Danny Reet on fifteen minutes, who blasted an effort from twenty-five yards towards the bottom right-hand corner of Pilkington's goal. The former Stags goalkeeper tipped the ball away well for a corner which Notts eventually cleared.
Mansfield's Danny Reet went in the book on twenty minutes after a challenge on Notts goalkeeper Kevin Pilkington as he went to claim a ball forward. Reet did have every right to go for the ball, but led with his leg which was high and caught Pilkington, and as a result the former Sheffield Wednesday player was cautioned. He had earlier committed a late tackle on Notts full-back Rob Ullathorne.
Notts had a free-kick on the very edge of the penalty area on twenty-one minutes after a foul on Sheridan, but it came to nothing after the defence did its just well to block Lee Crooks' effort and clear the danger. Dadi also had a shot blocked by Baptiste on the turn, but it was difficult to see whether or not the effort from the on-loan Forest player was heading for the net with the Stags defender blocking the effort instantly.
Mansfield had started lively early on, but Notts forced their way into things by the midway point of the half, with a couple of decent crosses flying in as well as a bout of pressure in the Stags half.
Notts made a change on forty minutes with Eugene Dadi replaced by Dan Chillingworth in a straight swap up the front. The Frenchman was replaced seemingly injured, as he clutched his ankle in frustration after a knock earlier in the half.
Pressman did well to deny David Pipe on forty-two minutes after a corner found its way to the Notts winger around thirty-five yards, and the Welshman unleashed a powerful drive with Pressman did well to hold onto, diving to his right to claim the ball.
Notts took the lead just before the break with stunning goal from Chris Palmer. The former Derby man collecting the ball some twenty-odd yards out from goal, and with a little turn away from a Stags defender he lined up a curling towards goal which flew beyond Pressman's despairing dive and into the back of the net to spark off mass Magpies celebrations.
It was Palmer's second goal of the season, adding to the goal he scored at Watford in the Carling Cup back in August. He only scored spectacular goals, and he added to that collection with a superb strike.
Two minute were added on at the end of the half, which had been just about even until Palmer's strike. Mansfield had started well, but Notts seemed to grow in confidence and stature as the half progressed, and the goal was just the icing on the cake with Notts' first goal from open play at Meadow Lane since mid-January.
The second half started with no changes to either side other than the Dadi-Chillingworth swap just before half time, as Notts attacked towards their own fans after shooting towards the Kop Stand in the opening period.
The first shot of the half came from Nathan Doyle, but his long-range effort on the volley was well over Pressman's bar. The Stags, with seven minutes played in the second half, replaced Dawson with former Ipswich player Gus Uhlenbeek.
Chillingworth tested Pressman with a twenty-five yard instinctive volley on fifty-five with the veteran goalkeeper pushing the ball over the bar for a corner as the on-loan Rushden forward looked for his first goal since joining on loan in February. The Stags evaded the danger, and eventually cleared their lines after a couple of balls back into the box. Simon Brown replaced Danny Reet on fifty-seven, with the striker receiving a standing ovation from the large following of Stags fans. Wilson did well to deny him moments after he entered the field of play by covering well after Barker had played him through.
Pilkington, with the sun in his eyes, tipped a Uhlenbeek cross right off the head of Barker a minute later as the Stags put on some pressure to get back level. The visitors were looking dangerous, as they looked to drag themselves back on level terms. The former Mansfield goalkeeper was in action again on the hour mark, tipping Wilson's fierce effort over for a corner. From the flag-kick Hjelde connected well, but with the effort heading towards goal Kelvin Wilson cleared well inside the six-yard box.
The Stags levelled on sixty-one when Brown broke away down the right and lashed the ball across the box, and with no Notts player within sight Laurence Wilson crashed the ball home beyond Pilkington and Kelvin Wilson on the line to send the Mansfield fans wild. On the face of things, it was on the cards after the visitors had piled on the pressure.
If the first goal was soft, the second for Mansfield on sixty-four was even worse. A simple ball into the box was not cleared by the Notts defence, and again completely unmarked Barker ghosted in to head the Stags ahead for the first time in the game and net his twentieth goal of the season. Gudjon Thordarson had pointed out soft goals were costing Notts this season, and it was the case again this afternoon as the Stags took control. The goals rocked Notts big time.
Notts replaced Rob Ullathorne with Lewis McMahon to change things around on sixty-nine, as Notts changed things around with David Pipe moving up front in a bid to cope with Mansfield's pressure. Baudet headed a cross from Pipe wide on seventy, with the players looking desperate for a lift to bring them back into the game. Mansfield's Coke was booked for diving soon afterwards, but Notts were slowly working their way back into things.
Daniel Chillingworth drew Notts level on seventy-six with a finish from just a few yards out after excellent play between Sheridan and Pipe created the chance. Pipe fed the former Dunkirk winger down the left who delivered a delightful ball into the box that Mike Edwards touched on, and in a challenge with Pressman Chillingworth forced the Magpies level. It was his first for the Club, and his first since last season with Cambridge. The goal sparked massive celebrations with a number of Notts fans invading the pitch, which was not needed. The goal made the game even more cracking on what was proving another classic Notts against Stags derby encounter.
Notts put some pressure after the goal, swinging it back in their favour again. The Stags replaced Wilson with Lloyd with nine to go in a bid to go for the late winner in what was turning out to be a real end-to-end thriller. Kelvin Wilson chopped down Giles Coke on the edge of the area with five to go, and was booked for his troubles.
Three minutes were added on at the end of the game, and in the second of those Giles Coke was sent clean through as Mansfield broke, and the game looked in the bag for Mansfield as he rounded Pilkington, but somehow hit the post and Notts cleared in a major let-off.
Notts County: Pilkington, Pipe, Edwards, Baudet (C), Doyle, Dadi (Chillingworth), Palmer, Crooks, Ullathorne (McMahon), Wilson, Sheridan.
Subs Not Used: O'Callaghan, Sissoko, Marshall.
Sent Off: None.
Mansfield Town: Pressman, Jellyman, D'Laryea, Baptiste, Dawson (Uhlenbeek), Barker (C), Buxton, Coke, Hjelde, Wilson (Lloyd), Reet (Brown).
Subs Not Used: White, Rundle.
Booked: Reet, Coke.
Sent Off: None.
Referee: Mr Peter Walton (Northamptonshire)
Attendance: 9,779 (3,743 Away)
nottscountyfc.co.uk Man of the Match: Nathan Doyle
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