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ANOTHER LATE WINNER FOR THE STAGS AT MORECAMBE
1st February 2018 21:39


English Football League - Sky Bet League Two
Morecambe 1 - 2 Mansfield Town
Lang 32. Rose 70, Benning 90+4
Attendance: 1416 (334 from Mansfield)

Date: 27 January 2018

Martin Shaw at the Globe Arena

For the second time in a week, Mansfield Town claimed a 94th minute winner, amid great scenes at Morecambe this afternoon. After CJ Hamilton knocked in that late winner last week against Cheltenham, this time a mis-hit shot from Mal Benning crept into the corner of the net and sent the travelling 334 Stags fans into raptures. Jimmy Spencer tried to get a touch on Benning’s shot as it crept in, but from the main camera footage and our pitchside footage, it is not possible to say conclusively if Spencer did actually get a touch. I’m awaiting seeing our behind-the-goal footage which will give a better angle. We could do with snicko or hot-spot!! UPDATE: I now have the behind the goal footage (thanks to Chris Holloway), and Spencer is obscured from view by Lavelle and the goalkeeper. In the absence of definitive footage, I don’t think there is sufficient evidence to take the goal away from Benning, whose shot it was. Morecambe will be thoroughly sick of the Stags; just a month ago, it was Danny Rose who headed home an 88th minute winner against them. The first half was a poor quality game on a difficult bobbly and muddy pitch. Mansfield had the better of the opening 25 minutes and Zander Diamond had an on-target shot blocked following a free-kick, but it was Morecambe who went closest to breaking the deadlock on 28 minutes when Luke Conlan’s shot from 24 yards was deflected just over the bar by Alex MacDonald’s backside. From the resulting corner, Alex Kenyon headed over the bar. Morecambe were ahead on 32 minutes and it was a personal disaster for Krystian Pearce. Andrew Fleming headed a ball forward, Kevin Ellison headed it on, Callum Lang would have been offside but made no attempt to go for the ball. It was left to Pearce, who could have turned and played the ball upfield, but instead elected to play a backpass to Conrad Logan. He left his backpass short and Lang nipped in to take the ball around Logan and slot into the empty net. A howler from Pearce, and not offside. Lang had also scored in the game at the One Call stadium a month ago, is on loan from Wigan, and was the EFL young player of the month for December. The goal set Mansfield back and it was Morecambe who were much the better side for the rest of the half. Mansfield brought on Will Atkinson and Paul Anderson at the break and they both contributed to the Stags looking better going forward. Mansfield could have had a penalty when Danny Rose went down under a clumsy challenge from Luke Conlan but the referee wasn’t interested. The Stags were level on 70 minutes. A good one-two on the left byline between Hamilton and Atkinson, Hamilton squared across the edge of the six-yard box to Danny Rose who fired into the net, getting to the ball ahead of Luke Conlan. After that it was the Stags pushing for the winner. Danny Rose shot wide of the left post after a good ball from Kane Hemmings, then Hemmings sent a low shot from 28 yards towards the bottom left corner which the keeper did well to save. CJ Hamilton missed a glorious chance on 85 minutes, when Benning chipped a glorious cross in from the left which gave Hamilton a free header but somehow he headed over the bar. But the Stags were not to be denied and won it on 90+4 minutes. MacDonald chipped a cross in from the right, Aaron McGowan headed out to the edge of the area, where Benning ran on to it and mis-hit a shot towards the bottom right corner of the net. Jimmy Spencer stuck out a leg and may or may not have got a touch as the ball carried on into the right of the net with the keeper unmoved. Benning celebrated by running towards the Stags fans amid great scenes. Steve Evans ran down the touchline to celebrate. So another three points for Mansfield, who are up to 3rd place, into the automatic promotions places and just one point behind 2nd placed Notts County, though several teams beneath Mansfield have a game or two in hand.

Mansfield made two changes to the side that beat Cheltenham and both were enforced. Hayden White was suspended for three games while Jacob Mellis was out with a hamstring injury. In came Zander Diamond and Kane Hemmings. Rhys Bennett switched to right back and Alex MacDonald into central midfield. Before announcing the side, Steve Evans asked me to guess the side for a bit of fun as he often does. I successfully predicted the starting XI but when challenged to name all seven subs as well, I fell at the sixth sub amidst some amusement!

FULL REPORT IN THE MATCH CENTRE

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MATCH REPORT: Morecambe 1-2 Mansfield Town - Stags clinch it late on
chad.co.uk, by Agency SPORTS REPORTER, Saturday 27 January 2018

A 94th-minute goal earned Mansfield a dramatic victory over Morecambe and moved them into the League Two automatic places. It was thought Mal Benning had got the late winner but post match interviews revealed Jimmy Spencer had got the final touch past Barry Roche to earn the Stags a double over the Shrimps - and push them up to third.
Steve Evans’s side came from behind, Danny Rose marking his new contract with an equaliser after Morecambe took the lead on the half hour with a poacher’s goal from Callum Lang. Mansfield defender Krystian Pearce passed back to keeper Conrad Logan without looking behind him and the ball ran perfectly for the young Wigan loanee who rounded the keeper and placed the ball into the empty net. The home side had the better of the first half chances. Kevin Ellison had the first opportunity on three minutes but miscued his shot wide before Alex Kenyon wasted a glorious chance to open the scoring on 28 minutes when he had a free header at the far post from a Michael Rose corner but failed to find the target. Former Mansfield striker Vadaine Oliver saw one effort blocked by Pearce and sent a looping header inches over as the Shrimps asked most of the questions in the final third. The second half was a different affair however as Evans made two substitutions with Paul Anderson and Will Atkinson coming on. The visitors dominated possession with CJ Hamilton forcing Roche into a neat save and Kane Hemmings going close before top scorer Danny Rose proved his worth once again with a neat close range finish from a left wing cross 20 minutes from time. Chances came at either end with Andy Fleming’s shot blocked by Rhys Bennett at one end and Hemmings going close before Spencer’s scrappy but vital winner.

Morecambe (3-4-2-1): Roche 6, Old 6 (Fleming 10, 6), Muller 6, Lavelle 6, McGowan 6, Rose M 6, Kenyon 7 (Thompson 82, 5), Conlan 6, Lang 6 (Wildig 72, 5), Ellison 6, Oliver 6. Subs not used: Nizic, Campbell, Lund, McGurk

Mansfield (4-1-3-2): Logan 6, Bennett 6, Pearce 6, Diamond 6 (Anderson 46, 6), Benning 6, Byrom 7, Potter 6 (Atkinson 46, 7), MacDonald 7, Hamilton 7, Hemmings 6 (Spencer 76, 5), Rose D 6. Subs not used: Olejnik. Digby, Angol, Butcher

Referee: Sebastian Stockbridge 4/10 Attendance: 1,426 Star man: Joel Byrom.

Read more at: https://www.hucknalldispatch.co.uk/sport/football/match-report-morecambe-1-2-mansfield-town-stags-clinch-it-late-on-1-8984387

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Match report: Morecambe 1 Mansfield Town 2
lep.co.uk, by GAVIN BROWNE, Saturday 27 January 2018

An injury-time goal saw Morecambe denied a point in the cruellest of fashions. With the clocking ticking towards the end of four added minutes, Malvin Benning scuffed an effort at the Shrimps’ goal which may - or may not, depending on whose version of events you believed - have been deflected in by Mansfield substitute James Spencer. It capped a second-half receovery from the promotion hopefuls after Danny Rose had cancelled out Callum Lang’s first-half opener for Morecambe. Morecambe manager Jim Bentley had made two changes from the side which drew at Newport County in midweek with Vadaine Oliver and Lang replacing Adam Campbell and Adam McGurk. A third change followed inside 10 minutes with Steve Old limping off, necessitating the introduction of Andy Fleming in midfield with Alex Kenyon dropping into the back three. By that time, Kenyon had already had Morecambe’s first effort with a shot blocked by the visitors’ defence. That was as near as either side managed in the opening moments with the combination of a rutted pitch and a strong early breeze making the game more of a battle. Oliver and Zander Diamond also had efforts blocked before Morecambe should have taken the lead on 28 minutes. Luke Conlan’s shot was deflected behind and, from the resulting corner, the unmarked Kenyon headed over. It was Morecambe who took a 31st minute lead when, with Mansfield unhappy an offside decision hadn’t gone their way, Lang capitalised on Krystian Pearce’s sloppy back pass to round keeper Conrad Logan and score. Oliver headed over with half-time approaching, after which the visitors made two changes, introducing Paul Anderson and Will Atkinson in a bid to get back in the game. They certainly had much the better of the second half with Morecambe struggling to repeat their high intensity performance in the opening 45 minutes. Alex MacDonald twice had long-range efforts at goal and Barry Roche held Rose’s header before the scores were levelled on 70 minutes. With Morecambe protesting that Oliver had been fouled, the visitors broke and CJ Hamilton played a nice one-two with Atkinson before squaring for Rose to find the net. Rose shot wide from 20 yards before Roche was called into action to keep out efforts from Kane Hemmings and Atkinson. It was Mansfield who had the best chance to win it late on as Hamilton somehow headed over from inside the six-yard box. Too often, Morecambe’s attacks broke down once they got to the Mansfield area with Fleming seeing a shot blocked as four minutes of injury time ended with honours even. Then, just as honours seemed set to be even, Mansfield broke and the ball found its way to Benning, whose effort ultimately bobbled and bounced its way past Roche.

Morecambe: Roche, Muller, Lavelle, Old (Fleming 10), McGowan, Kenyon (Thompson 83), Rose, Conlan, Lang (Wildig 72), Oliver, Ellison. Subs not used: Nizic, Campbell, Lund, McGurk.

Mansfield Town: Logan, Bennett, Diamond (Anderson 46) , Pearce, Benning, Potter (Atkinson 46), Byrom, MacDonald, Hamilton, Rose, Hemmings (Spencer 79). Subs not used: Olejnik, Digby, Angol, Butcher. Referee: Sebastian Stockbridge. Attendance: 1,416.

Read more at: https://www.lep.co.uk/sport/football/morecambe-fc/match-report-morecambe-1-mansfield-town-2-1-8984517

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