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9th December 2016 19:02

English Football League Trophy - Checkatrade Trophy - Round Two
Carlisle United 2 - 3 Mansfield Town
S.Miller 73, Wyke 81. Pearce 14, Green 30, D.Rose 86
Attendance: 1126 (41 from Mansfield)

Date: 6 December 2016

Martin Shaw at Brunton Park

Mansfield Town are through to the third round of the Checkatrade Trophy after a 3-2 win at Carlisle United. The win came courtesy of a stunning 25 yard strike from Danny Rose into the top right corner on 86 minutes, a goal worthy of winning any game. It was his third late goal in consecutive games from the substitutes bench. The Stags had started the game sloppily at the back with Carlisle having three chances in the opening 8 minutes. But Mansfield then took a firm grip on the game, taking the lead on 14 minutes as Krystian Pearce looped a header over the keeper from a Chris Clements’ dinked free kick into the area. It was Pearce’s first goal of the season. The Stags scored a second goal on 30 minutes. Chris Clements played a terrific ball out to full back Lee Collins in the area on the right, Collins slid a fine pass into the middle for Matt Green who bundled home from 2 yards, for his 9th goal of the season. Collins had a great chance to make it 3-0 on 34 minutes but fired wide. The Stags looked comfortable until Carlisle pulled a goal back on 73 minutes when left back Danny Grainger curled in a high cross from about 25 yards out, wide on the left, into the area and Shaun Miller got in front of Pearce to head past Shearer, who just got a hand on it but couldn’t keep it out. It was poor defending from Pearce and brought back memories of Mansfield’s disappointing defending here 10 days ago. Carlisle levelled on 81 minutes courtesy of a bad error from Scott Shearer. Grainger lofted a ball with the outside of his left boot towards the left edge of the area, Shearer came rushing out of his goal but didn’t get there, allowing Kevin Wright to slide the ball across to Charlie Wyke who turned and fired into the empty net from 14 yards out on the left. Mansfield had thrown away the lead, but won the game 5 minutes later with the wonder goal from Danny Rose.

So Mansfield pick up £20,000 in prize money for this victory, not to be sniffed at, to add to the two lots of £10,000 for the earlier wins in the competition, and progress to the third round (the last sixteen), where victory would earn a further £40,000. The draw for the third round is on Thursday morning at 11.30am live on Sky Sports News. It is a free draw, so Mansfield could play any other side that is also through, home or away.

It was a small crowd, as expected, at Brunton Park given the general dissatisfaction with the tournament. I don’t think the format will be the same next year. Before the first game in the Checkatrade Trophy against Doncaster Rovers, I wrote extensively on Stagsnet and in the CHAD why I thought the whole idea of the Checkatrade Trophy this season is flawed, but why I thought we would not see Premier League U23 sides in the Football League in the future. Subsequently, the EFL indeed confirmed that it had completely ruled out the possibility of including Premier League U23 teams in the Football League as part of its “Whole Game Solution”. And then even better news came when it was announced 3 weeks ago that the EFL has completely abandoned all of its “Whole Game Solution” including the potential restructuring to 4 divisions of 20 clubs (which they had been considering because they believed the clubs are playing too many games).



MATCH REPORT: Sweet revenge as late Rose strike sends Stags through in five-goal thriller at Carlisle
chad.co.uk report by SPORTS REPORTER (Agency)

Supersub Danny Rose sent Mansfield into round three of the Checkatrade Trophy as they edged a goal fest against Carlisle United 3-2.

Krystian Pearce and Matt Green gave the visitors a half-time lead before Shaun Miller and Charlie Wyke levelled proceedings at Brunton Park.

But Rose sent the Stags into the third round with a ferocious strike after only being on the field for seven minutes.

After being battered in the league 5-2 by Carlisle last time out, Stags’ boss Steve Evans made three changes.

Read more at: http://www.chad.co.uk/sport/football/mansfield-town/match-report-sweet-revenge-as-late-rose-strike-sends-stags-through-in-five-goal-thriller-at-carlisle-1-8277159

Trio James Baxendale, Ashley Hemmings and Chris Hamilton replaced the outgoing Pat Hoban, Oscar Gobern and Mitch Rose.

The visitors were great value for their two-goal lead at the break against a Keith Curle side that have tasted defeat just twice this term.

The hosts made the running early on with Jamie Devitt firing over before shot-stopper Scott Shearer sensational kept Alex McQueen out with a flying one-handed save.

After 14 minutes the visitors took the lead as Krystian Pearce’s looping header from Chris Clements’ free-kick evaded Max Crocombe.

Prolific marksman Matt Green then tapped in his ninth goal of the season after Lee Collins left him with barely anything to do from six yards.

Six minutes before the interval Baxendale put Shearer under pressure, with Reggie Lambe blocking Shearer’s clearance wide.

A sedate second-half sprung into life as the Stags were given a nervy 17 minutes to hold on.

Full-back Danny Grainger stormed clear down the wing to get a pinpoint cross away with Shaun Miller flicking his header past Shearer.

The hosts started to pile on the pressure and it told as Shearer charged for the ball and missed with Charlie Wyke - who scored a hat-trick against the Stags just over a week ago - equalising from a tight angle.

But the Stags snuck their way into round three late on when Rose sent the small travelling contingent in the crowd wild with a screamer from outside the box, finding the top corner from 25 yards from Kevan Hurst’s ball to him.

The draw will take place at 11.30am on Thursday live on Sky Sports News HQ.

CARLISLE: Crocombe, Gillesphey, Brisley, T. Miller, Joyce, Grainger, Lambe (Asamoah 71), McKee (Wright 45), McQueen (Wyke HT), Devitt, S. Miller. Subs not used: Gillespie, Ellis, Adams, Kennedy.

STAGS: Shearer, Collins, Bennett, Pearce, Benning, Hamilton, McGuire, Clements, Baxendale (D. Rose 79), Hemmings (Hurst 71), Green (Thomas 89). Subs not used: Jensen, Gobern, Iacovitti, Hakeem.

REFEREE: David Webb of Lancashire.

ATTENDANCE: Attendance: 1,126 (41 away).


REPORT: United 2 - 3 Mansfield
Tue 06 Dec 2016,
by Amy Nixon, carlisleunited.co.uk

Match report from the Checkatrade Trophy game

Carlisle United took a while to get going on a frustrating night and, in the end, their late fight back wasn't quite enough as Danny Rose won the tie for Mansfield with a wonder goal very late in the day.

Carlisle tried to use the McQueen outlet straight from the kick off but his run into the box was brought to a timely end by a good tackle from Benning.

Mansfield tried to settle their nerves by playing out from the back but it almost backfired when Grainger robbed possession and sprinted into the area. His low cross was half cleared before Shaun Miller could get there but Devitt was in attendance to try his luck. His shot had power but it rose over the bar.

Read more at http://www.carlisleunited.co.uk/news/article/2016-17/match-report-from-the-checkatrade-trophy-game-3452748.aspx#JyGFj04qd22xkIoo.99

United stayed forward and some unbelievable passing football ripped the Stags to pieces with Lambe at the heart of the action. McQueen arrived late but his shot from a tight angle was too close to Shearer.

The home midfield was very mobile through the early stages and a lovely ball over the top allowed Shaun Miller to beat the offside trap. He took a touch but was disappointed to see another fierce effort climb too high.

Mansfield made the home side pay for the missed chances when Clements took charge of a 40-yard free kick. He floated it to the back stick and Krystian Pearce did the rest as he picked his spot with a deft header.

The Stags went close again when Hemmings went wide to take charge of another set piece. His cross somehow beat everybody as it whipped across the face of the box.

It got worse for the home side just after the half hour when a defence splitting pass from Hamilton left Collins in acres of space and with time on his hands. He bore down on goal then clipped it low for Green to stab home from very close range.

Carlisle were almost gifted a goal in reply when Shearer took an age to decide what to do with a weak back pass. Lambe sprinted in and the shocked keeper was relieved to see the ricochet from his rushed clearance bounce wide of the upright.

Mansfield had the better of the second half opening exchanges but it was stuttering stuff until Benning found Green in a good position. The goal scorer tried his luck again but he dragged a poor attempt well wide.

The Stags stifled the play and stopped any signs of a head of steam from appearing as the referee's whistle took centre stage and the ball spent much of the half in the middle third much to the frustration of the home contingent.

But there was hope that the fightback might be on when Grainger curled a lovely delivery into the box. Shaun Miller made his move and his glanced header left Shearer with no chance as it buried itself into the bottom corner.

Another Grainger delivery caused more panic as Brisley challenged and the blue shirts stayed forward as they suddenly found a new lease of life. And it was all square when a Grainger throw fell nicely for Wright. He got it back into the mix and, with Shearer stranded well off his line, Charlie Wyke made no mistake as he smashed goal number 13 into the net through a ruck of bodies.

Mansfield reclaimed the lead through a wonder strike from Danny Rose as he smacked an unstoppable shot into the top corner, via the angle of post and bar, and they sat deep to keep their lead and secure their progression into the next round.



Carlisle United - S Miller (73), Wyke (80)

Mansfield Town - Pearce (14), Green (31), Rose (86)



Carlisle United - Joyce (33), S Miller (59)

Mansfield Town - Hamilton (45), Baxendale (77)



Carlisle United - Crocombe, T Miller, Brisley, Gillesphey, McQueen (Wyke 46), Joyce, McKee (Wright 45), Devitt, Grainger, Lambe (Asamoah 70), S Miller. Subs - Gillespie, Ellis, Kennedy, Adams.

Mansfield Town - Shearer, Bennett, Benning, Collins, Pearce, Clements, Green (Thomas 90), Baxendale (Rose 79), Hamilton, Hemmings (Hurst 70), McGuire. Subs - Jensen, Iacovitti, Gobern, Hakeem.


Referee - Mr David Webb

Attendance - 1,126 (41 away fans)



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