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28th December 2020 21:54

English Football League - Sky Bet League Two
Scunthorpe United 2 - 3 Mansfield Town
Rawson OG 38, McAtee 70. Lapslie 16, Onariase OG 29, Bowery 60
Attendance: behind closed doors

Date: 26 December 2020

Martin Shaw at the Sands Venue Stadium, Glanford Park

Mansfield Town picked up an important Boxing Day victory this afternoon with a 3-2 success at Scunthorpe United. The Stags started the day three points behind the home side and the win took the Stags above Scunthorpe in the table. It was just the third win in the league this season, all away from home, and was a very welcome Christmas present for Stags fans.

The Stags could have taken the lead after just 4 minutes as captain Ollie Clarke did very well to pull back a cross from the byline on the left to Jamie Reid who swept a shot over the bar from 8 yards.

But Mansfield were in front after 16 minutes as Kellan Gordon curled in a wonderful cross, left footed, from level with the edge of the area on the right, and George Lapslie glanced a header past the keeper from close range. Lapslie in the right place at the right time for his fifth goal since joining on loan. Poor defending from Scunthorpe.

Two minutes later at the other end, Marek Stech made a good save at full stretch tipping away a header from Manny Onariase that was heading for the left corner of the net.

The Stags doubled their lead after 29 minutes. George Maris found Mal Benning with a square ball half way inside the Scunthorpe half. Benning pushed forward to the edge of the area on the left and curled a good cross in which Onariase tried to clear but in stretching for it he turned it into his own net. Goalkeeper Mark Howard desperately tried to keep it out but could only claw it back from just over the line.

Scunthorpe tried to pull a goal back after 37 minutes when Alex Gilliead sent in a powerful shot which Stech parried away. But a minute later, Gilliead tried another shot, from about 25 yards, miscued it so that it was going well wide of the left post. Aaron Jarvis might have got on the end of it at the far post so Farrend Rawson had to try to clear it at full stretch but only succeeded in diverting it into his own net. Two similar own goals at either end in the space of 9 minutes. Rawson’s second own goal of the season.

The Stags might have re-established the two goal cushion after 53 minutes when Harry Charsley’s shot from close range was blocked by the keeper.

But the Stags did make it 3-1 after 60 minutes. Mal Benning curled a fine free kick into the area from 40 yards out on the left, Rawson sent a great header towards the bottom left corner of the net. Keeper Howard did well to keep it out but could only parry it towards Jordon Bowery who knocked the rebound into the net with his stomach. Jacob Bedeau tried to clear it off the line but it was already just across the line. It was Bowery’s second goal in a week, and his third of the season.

But as in the first half, the Stags couldn’t keep hold of the two-goal cushion for more than 10 minutes, and on 70 minutes, Scunthorpe made it 2-3. Ollie Clarke lost the ball in his own half, Scunthorpe substitute Ryan Loft got to the byline on the right and chipped the ball to John McAtee on the edge of the six-yard box on the left and he half-volleyed into the net via a deflection off Gordon which took it past Stech and Sweeney on the line.

Stech saved from Loft who shot from a tight angle after 74 minutes, and at the other end, Stags substitute Andy Cook should have done better with a shot from the edge of the box which he put well wide.

The Stags hung on for an important victory with very few late scares. The Stags have tossed away too many points this season conceding late goals and it was vital not to do so today. Some scrappy goals, at both ends, but they all count, and the Stags were certainly good value for the win. Mansfield’s Christmas programme continues on Tuesday night with the visit of Salford City to the One Call Stadium (7pm kick-off). With the last game of 2020, it would be great if the Stags could get the first home league win of the season.



Scunthorpe United 2 Mansfield Town 3
Rawson (38'minutes og), McAtee (70'minutes). Lapslie (16'minutes), Onariase (29'minutes og), Bowery (60'minutes)

Assists: Loft (70'minutes). Gordon (16'minutes)

Match Stats
Scunthorpe Mansfield
Possession Home 52% Away 48%
Shots Home 7 Away 11
Shots on Target Home 4 Away 5


Mansfield ended a run of four games without a victory courtesy of a 3-2 success at fellow strugglers Scunthorpe.

The Stags controlled the clash throughout, but made hard work of claiming the three points with a couple of moments of sloppy defending.

George Lapslie flicked them in front in the 16th minute with the slightest of touches to Kellan Gordon's inswinging cross and, after goalkeeper Marek Stech had tipped away a header from the hosts' Emmanuel Onariase, Mansfield dominated.

They doubled their lead just before the half-hour mark when the unfortunate Onariase stuck out a leg and diverted Mal Benning's low cross into his own net.

Scunthorpe were handed a 38th-minute lifeline when it was the Stags' turn to score an own goal - Farrend Rawson sliding the ball into the bottom corner under pressure from Aaron Jarvis.

Jordan Bowery restored the Stags' two-goal cushion in the 60th minute when following up after Mark Howard had saved Rawson's near-post header, but again the Iron hit back via John McAtee - who side-footed home after good play by substitute Ryan Loft.

Andy Cook missed a good chance to wrap up the win when firing wide of the target from just outside the box, but the visitors were good value for their victory.

Report supplied by PA Media


Late Christmas present as Mansfield Town pick up three important points at Scunthorpe United

Nigel Clough treated Mansfield Town’s faithful fans to a belated Christmas present with a 3-2 win at relegation rivals Scunthorpe United.

The Stags extended their unbeaten Boxing Day record to four years with this tense win at Glanford Park.

And more importantly this victory, which means they have lost just once in their last six, saw them leapfrog the Iron on goal difference as they moved four points clear of the relegation zone after the lunchtime kick offs.


George Lapslie opened the scoring with his fifth goal of the campaign before Emmanuel Onariase and Farrend Rawson both scored down the wrong end.

Jordan Bowery’s second goal in as many games secured the Stags a vital three points.

John McAtee’s second-half effort turned out to be in vain for the battling hosts.

Clough named an unchanged squad with a full week off after last weekend’s draw at Southend with Nicky Maynard still struggling with a hamstring niggle.

Jamie Reid squandered an early effort after getting on the end of Ollie Clarke’s inswinging cross.

But there was no mistake in the 16th minute as Lapslie got the faintest of touches on Gordon’s inviting delivery.

And the Stags doubled their advantage as Mal Benning’s dangerous ball was turned into his own goal by Onariase.

But the Iron pulled one back nine minutes later when Rawson unfortunately scored down the wrong end just before the break.

Clough’s charges came close to restoring the visitor’s two-goal cushion as Harry Charsley stung the palms of Scunthorpe stopper Mark Howard.

On the hour Bowery was in the right place at the right time to bundle home the rebound after Rawson’s header was superbly kept out.

Scunthorpe gave the Stags a scare with 20 minutes left as McAtee converted Ryan Loft’s cross.

Down the other end Rawson nodded Benning’s cross over the bar.

And the hosts almost made them pay second later with Marek Stech denying Loft an equaliser.

Substitute Andy Cook should have bagged the points with eight minutes remaining when he fired wide of the mark.

Jake Taylor’s last-gasp effort flew over the bar.

Scunthorpe: Howard, Clarke, Bedeau, Onariase (Cordner, 56), O'Malley, Gilllead, Eisa, Spence (Taylor, 66), Beestin (Green, 82), Jarvis (Loft, 66), McAtee. Unused subs: Watson, Hippolyte, Rowe.

Stags: Stech, Benning, Sweeney, Rawson, Gordon, Clarke, Maris, Lapslie, Charsley, Bowery, Reid (Cook, 80). Unused subs: Stone, O'Keeffe, Menayese, Sinclair, Perch, McLaughlin.

Referee: Graham Salisbury (Lancashire).


Report: Iron 2-3 Mansfield Town, Saturday 26 December 2020

United scored through a Farrend Rawson own goal and John McAtee, but were beaten 3-2 by Mansfield Town at the Sands Venue Stadium on Boxing Day.

The Iron made two changes going into the game, with Mason O'Malley and Aaron Jarvis replacing Myles Hippolyte and Ryan Loft.

The first chance came the way of the visitors as Jamie Reid slammed a left-footed shot over the bar following a left-winged cross. United had earlier dealt with two crosses into the box with Emmanuel Onariase and Lewis Spence intercepting.

With seven minutes played, Aaron Jarvis chased a ball down the left channel. Marek Stech came out to claim the ball and landed outside his box, but the referee was in a good position to view that he appeared to keep the ball inside the area.

On 15 minutes, the visitors put in a good cross from the left side which didn't find a Mansfield head and went out for a goal kick.

Just a minute later, George Lapslie bundled the ball into the net to give the Stags the lead.

There was an instant response from the Iron as Abo Eisa floated in a free-kick to Onariase who saw his header saved by Marek Stech before the ball was hooked out for a throw.

Seven minutes later, Eisa got some space down the left and cut onto his left foot before seeing his cross turned behind for a corner.

With 29 minutes gone, Mansfield doubled their lead as a left-winged cross was turned in by Onariase, with Mark Howard not able to keep the ball from crossing the line.

Eight minutes later, there was neat build-up from the Iron which resulted in a good ball into Alex Gilliead. His powerful low shot was driven towards goal and beaten away by Stech.

Straight after that, the deficit was halved through an own goal. Gilliead's shot looked to deflect towards Jarvis, but Farrend Rawson rolled in the ball for him.

Soon after, a free-kick from O’Malley was sent into the area. Jarvis won contact, with Jacob Bedeau also getting a touch before the ball was cleared, deflecting off an Iron player for a Mansfield throw.

Then, Eisa curled another Iron free-kick into the area. Beestin won the header but the ball went out for a goal kick.

After the half-time break, with 50 minutes played, Eisa cut onto his left foot on the edge of the area before sending a shot over the bar.

Three minutes later, at the other end, Bedeau blocked a volley from Ollie Clarke, but the ball rebounded to Charsley. Howard saved the first effort from him before the second was blocked out for a corner.

The first Scunthorpe change of the night then came as Tyler Cordner came on for Onariase, who had gone down requiring treatment in the penalty area.

The visitors then made it three on the hour mark as Howard saved one effort before the second from Bowery looked to have been cleared off the line. However, for the second time in this game, one of the referee’s assistants flagged that the ball had crossed the line.

There was then a double Scunthorpe change as Lewis Spence and Jarvis were replaced by Jake Taylor and Loft.

United pulled a goal back on 70 minutes when Taylor did brilliantly in midfield to come away with the ball and find Loft on the channel. He crossed for McAtee who side-footed the ball home for his second strike of the season in all competitions.

Soon after, at the other end, Rawson headed over following a left-sided free-kick from the visitors.

In the 74th minute, Loft was played in down the left side. He advanced on goal with Stech making a fine save. Then, from the corner, Eisa was played short before his shot went wide.

With eight minutes of the game remaining, Devarn Green came on for Alfie Beestin to add an extra attacking threat. Straight after coming on, he beat his man on the right and crossed, with the visitors heading over for a corner. However, nothing came from the subsequent set-play.

United kept pushing for the equaliser and, on 89 minutes, Jordan Clarke sent in the ball from the right, but Bowery cleared under pressure at the back post and the corner which came from it was cleared.

In the second minute of stoppage time, Cordner played a decent ball out to Eisa on the left side, who won a set-play, but nothing came from the set-play.

Then, right at the end of the game, Taylor unleashed a shot from distance which cleared the crossbar. It was the final chance of the afternoon.

Scunthorpe return to action on Tuesday night when they visit Walsall (7pm kick-off).

IRON: Howard, Clarke, Bedeau, Onariase (Cordner, 56), Gilliead, Eisa, Jarvis (Loft, 66), Spence (Taylor, 66), Beestin (Green, 82), O'Malley, McAtee.

IRON SUBS NOT USED: Watson, Hippolyte, Rowe.

MANSFIELD: Stech, Gordon, Rawson, Sweeney, Benning, Clarke, Lapslie, Maris, Charsley, Bowery, Reid (Cook, 80).

MANSFIELD SUBS NOT USED: Stone, O'Keeffe, Menayese, Perch, McLaughlin, Sinclair.


Scunthorpe United 2-3 Mansfield Town: Report as Iron fall to Boxing Day defeat
Saturday 26 December 2020

The result leaves the Iron just four points off the relegation zone in League Two as the Stags leapfrog them in the table

Scunthorpe United suffered their fourth defeat in five games as they fell to a 3-2 defeat at home to Mansfield on Boxing Day.

George Lapslie opened the scoring for the visitors, with a Manny Onariase own goal doubling their lead before Farrend Rawson turned into his own net to give the Iron a lifeline before the break.

Jordan Bowery made it 3-1 on the hour though, and despite John McAtee’s goal 10 minutes later, the hosts could find the all-important equaliser to prevent the Stags from leapfrogging them in the League Two table.

Mansfield controlled proceedings throughout, and took the lead in the 16th minute when Lapslie got the slightest of touches to Kellan Gordon’s cross.

Onariase almost grabbed an equaliser as he forced Marek Stech to tip away his header, before he turned home in the wrong net as he deflected Mal Benning’s cross to make it 2-0 to the visitors.

Rawson turned into his own net under pressure from Aaron Jarvis in the 38th minute to offer some hope to the Iron, but that looked to have been extinguished on the hour mark when Bowery followed up after Mark Howard has saved Rawson’s header.

Scunthorpe hit back though and narrowed the gap again when McAtee grabbed another goal following good work from Ryan Loft, but they couldn’t find a third as they fell to another defeat, which leaves them four points above the relegation zone.

Scunthorpe United: Howard, Clarke, Bedeau, Onariase (Cordner 56), Gilliead, Eisa, Jarvis (Loft 66), Spence (Taylor 66), Beestin (Green 82), O'Malley, McAtee.
Not used: Watson, Hippolyte, Rowe.

Mansfield Town: Stech, Gordon, Rawson, Sweeney, Benning, Clarke, Lapslie, Maris, Charsley, Bowery, Reid (Cook 80).
Not used: Stone, O'Keeffe, Menayese, Perch, McLaughlin, Sinclair.


by Darren Shaw: Interesting listening to Neal Bishop's comment as as the Scunthorpe pundit on BBC Radio Humberside. He said at the beginning that you could see why both teams were struggling near the bottom of League 2. He said Mansfield had a more clear pattern of play in that they tried to get their full backs bombing forward and putting crosses into the box but that meant they would leave gaps at the back that other teams could exploit. He also said all the Mansfield midfield players liked to get forward and so left space behind. He could not see any pattern of play for Scunthorpe. He also could not see Scunthorpe scoring and was surprised when they did. His funniest comment was when John McAtee scored Scunthorpe's second goal and Bishop's reaction was "I'd forgotten he was playing". He was right. McAtee had a poor game and Ryan Sweeney and Farrend Rawson did a great job on him.
He also said that he thought Scunthorpe might win the midfield battle against Mansfield because the likes of George Lapslie and George Maris were good technical players but they were not battlers. He admitted that Ollie Clarke was a "a bit of a battler, a bit of a dog" but if he was playing against Maris and Lapslie then he'd get right stuck into them and they might decide they don't fancy it.
Bish has clearly not watched George Lapslie much because his main strength is charging around the field and battling for the ball. The Scunthorpe midfield of Beestin, Spence and Gilliead are also not old fashioned Bish style battlers.
I got the impression that he had not watched the Stags much this season and that he had only watched Scunthorpe in recent games whilst working on the radio.



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