STAGS BEATEN BY LATE DISLEY GOAL
Bristol Rovers 1 - 0 Mansfield Town
Attendance: 5044 (212 from Mansfield)
Date: 04 November 2006
Martin Shaw and Jeff Barnes at the Memorial Ground
A very poor game between two sides who were very ordinary on the day, was settled by Mansfield old-boy Craig Disley who got away from his marker to head home after 87 minutes. It was Disley's first goal of the season. The Stags had defended well up to that point, looking solid and well organised, whilst not really seriously tested. The first half was dire, but the introduction of Michael Boulding, inexplicably not in the starting eleven, at half time, injected some pace into the Stags side as he continually got behind the defence, and he came close to putting the Stags in front from a one-on-one with the keeper which was well saved.
Man of the Match: Johnny Mullins
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report from Bristol Rovers official site:
LATE DISLEY HEADER SINKS STAGS
1-0 MANSFIELD TOWN
Rovers snatched a late three points against Mansfield Town this afternoon with Craig Disley the scoring hero against his former club.
The former Stags man was on target with a superb header just three minutes from time to make it two wins in a week for the Pirates.
In truth though, chances were few and far between throughout the contest, and in the first half in particular, neither goalkeeper was troubled with anything more than the occasional routine cross.
A Sammy Igoe volley early on was blocked amid claims for handball, while for Mansfield John Mullins blazed over from the edge of the box.
The only other meaningful attempt of the opening 45 minutes fell the way of Steve Elliott from a Stuart Campbell corner, although the header from the tall defender was easily gathered by Carl Muggleton.
The second half was a more open affair, with both sides enjoying periods of pressure as they chased the three points.
Byron Anthony needed to make a superb sliding tackle to deny Michael Boulding after he was played in on goal by Mullins, and the same player was thwarted again moments later as Steve Phillips came out to make a superb one-on-one save.
Muggleton saved well from an Igoe shot that came in from the edge of the penalty area, and then the Mansfield goalkeeper needed to be alert to keep hold of a right-footed Lewis Haldane drive.
But just as the game looked to be escaping Rovers, a fine move involving two midfielders carved open the Stags defence for what proved to be the all-important match-winning goal.
A superb Igoe delivery from 30 yards was met by a fine late run into the area from Disley, and the former Mansfield man gave Muggleton no chance as he glanced a delicate header into the corner of the net from just outside the six-yard box.
Richard Walker saw a low drive saved as Rovers looked for a quick second, but despite a few long balls forward from Mansfield in stoppage time, the home side held out for a crucial three points.
Another big win for Paul Trollope's side, and although the game was at times anything but gripping, it was an important three-point haul nonetheless.
BRISTOL ROVERS: Steve Phillips, Ryan Green, Byron Anthony, Steve Elliott, Chris Carruthers, Sammy Igoe, Stuart Campbell, Craig Disley, Andy Sandell (Lewis Haldane 53), Richard Walker, Jamal Easter (Sean Rigg 53)
Unused Substitutes: Craig Hinton, Mike Green, Aaron Lescott
MANSFIELD TOWN: Carl Muggleton, John Mullins, Jon Olav Hjelde, Matthew Hamshaw (Jake Buxton 86), Jonathon D'Laryea, Stephen Dawson, Giles Coke (Callum Lloyd 64), Richard Baker, Danny Reet (Michael Boulding 45)
Unused Substitutes: Jason White, Chris Beardsley
REFEREE: Mr Clive Penton
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