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6th October 2021 20:05

English Football League - Sky Bet League Two
Mansfield Town 0 - 1 Barrow
Rawson sent off 90+6. Banks pen 55.
Attendance: 3,931 (190 from Barrow)

Date: 2 October 2021

Martin Shaw at the One Call Stadium, Field Mill

Mansfield Town were beaten 1-0 at home by Barrow this afternoon in a game with plenty of goalmouth action and entertainment, but it was a bitterly disappointing result for the Stags. The only goal of the game was a very soft penalty awarded for the visitors after 55 minutes as Mark Ellis went down in the area and the referee decided he had been pushed in the back by Harry Charsley. Ollie Banks smashed the resulting penalty into the roof of the net.

A win for the Stags would have taken them level with Barrow in the table after 10 games, but as it is Barrow end the day in the play-off places while the Stags end it third bottom, with just Oldham and Scunthorpe beneath them in the relegation spaces, both two points behind. The Stags play Oldham next Saturday. Eight league games without a win for the Stags, they need to turn this around very quickly.

To make matters worse for Mansfield, Farrend Rawson was sent off in the sixth minute of stoppage time for clumsily bringing down Josh Gordon as he bore down on goal and denying a clear goalscoring opportunity as the last defender. Rawson will therefore be suspended for one game, that game against Oldham.

Mansfield were already without 7 players, 2 through suspension (Quinn and Sinclair, who have 2 further games of their bans to serve), and 5 through injury (Perch, Nartey, Forrester, Gordon, and Stirk). With none of the 5 injured players likely to be back for next Saturday, the Stags will be without 8 players against Oldham, and will obviously be very short of defenders.

A positive was that in a day of continuous heavy rain, the pitch, which had a lot of work done to it in the summer, played superbly in the conditions. Last season, the game probably wouldn’t have started, and certainly wouldn’t have finished. Well done to Mez and his groundstaff, and thanks to John and Carolyn for the investment.

As for the game itself, there was plenty of goalmouth action. There were 30 shots in total, 17 for Mansfield, 13 for Barrow.

Barrow could have been ahead after 4 minutes. Ollie Clarke’s clearance hit Jordan Stevens 25 yards from goal, and ricocheted perfectly into the path of Josh Kay. Kay was goalside of the defence but played onside by Stephen McLaughlin, Kay turned and smashed his shot from 10 yards against the bar. Barrow went close again after 8 minutes. A corner from the right to the far post found James Jones unmarked and his header was headed off the line by George Lapslie. And on 29 minutes, a free kick from the right by Joe Grayson found Ollie Banks unmarked at the far post, he headed down and Nathan Bishop made a magnificent save with his left hand turning it away. Poor marking from Mansfield.

For the Stags in the first half, Jordan Bowery shot wide twice, McLaughlin fired wide from a free kick, and Lapslie curled a shot just wide. After 21 minutes, brilliant control by Rhys Oates set up a shooting chance for himself as his first touch was superb to control a ball forward to him, and his low left footed shot was parried away by keeper Paul Farman. After 38 minutes, Oates was unlucky as he worked hard to charge down keeper Farman, the ball could have gone anywhere including straight into the net, but looped up kindly into the keeper’s arms. After 45 minutes, a free kick from the right by George Maris was met by Oli Hawkins who rose well and headed down, but Mark Ellis kicked it off the line. Earlier on 34 minutes, a contentious moment as Ellis slipped and brought Lapslie down just outside the area on the corner of the area on the right. Lapslie would only have had the keeper to beat, albeit from an angle, but no other defender would have got there. The referee only showed Ellis a yellow card, when some referees would have shown a red. Then on 40 minutes, Ollie Clarke was through on goal and about to shoot when the referee stopped play as a player from each side went down with a head injury. On this occasion, the referee made the correct decision by stopping play as he has to do, but it was again unlucky for the Stags. As it was, Clarke carried on and hit the post.

Into the second half, and that soft penalty gave Barrow the lead after 55 minutes.

The Stags had chances to equalise as Charsley’s shot was blocked following a long throw from Hewitt after 57 minutes, Two minutes later a good shot from Ollie Clarke was parried away by the keeper. Ollie Clarke also went close after 75 minutes when his left footed volley was just wide of the left post. But Mansfield’s best chance came after 90+1 minutes, as Charsley crossed, Rawson flicked it on, and sub Danny Johnson headed just over the bar. He should have scored, or at least got it on target. The Stags wanted a penalty of their own after 63 minutes, when Clarke crossed from the left and it struck the arm of Remeao Hutton in the area some 5 yards away. It would have been a soft penalty but the Stags aren’t getting any breaks in terms of refereeing decisions at the moment.

Barrow’s best chance of the second half came after 71 minutes when Jordan Stevens got to the byline on the right, and pulled back to sub Ozzy Zanzala who fired well wide from a good position. Then after 80 minutes, Josh Gordon’s shot was well-blocked by Rawson for a corner. And of course, Gordon was through on goal after 90+6 minutes as the ball flicked off Hewitt’s head to leave him onside and goalside of Rawson and running it goal, and Rawson brought him down 25 yards from goal. Rawson was shown the red card, but that came just a few seconds after a foul on Hawkins was not given which should have given the Stags a free kick 35 yards from goalside, and instead they picked up a red card at the other end.

A bitterly disappointing afternoon. The Stags certainly didn’t do enough to deserve to win the game, but in my opinion didn’t deserve to lose it either. After the game, Barrow boss Mark Cooper admitted: “If I’m honest, we were a little lucky to come out at the end with a win.”

The Stags play against Sheffield Wednesday in the Papa John’s Trophy on Tuesday (7pm kick off). Quinn, Sinclair and Rawson will be eligible to play in this game despite their league bans. It will also be an opportunity for James Clarke, Ryan Burke, Keaton Ward, George Cooper, Jason Law to all play. It is a huge opportunity to put in a good performance and stake a claim to start in the league, where the Stags are so short of numbers, especially at the back. In the previous game in the competition against Harrogate, the younger players really did not take their opportunity. The game against Sheffield Wednesday will be available to view on iFollow Stags with a match pass, as will the game next Saturday against Oldham game (as it falls on an international weekend).

Mansfield made one change against Barrow from the side that drew at Orient. Harry Charsley started in place of Danny Johnson. It was a return to the diamond formation in midfield, with Maris in front of the back four, Charsley on the right, Ollie Clarke on the left, and Lapslie behind the front two of Oates and Bowery. Hawkins was again in central defence, alongside Rawson, with Hewitt and McLaughlin at full back. The Stags were without 7 players through injury or suspension (listed above). Barrow had injury problems of their own, and made one change from their win over Harrogate last weekend, with James Jones replacing Ozzy Zanzala. I said in my last report that Barrow play tippy tappy car park football (as Keith Curle used to call it) under manager Mark Cooper, but they adapted their game here, and keeper Paul Farman smashed plenty of long balls down the middle, probably having studied footage of the Stags in recent games.



Mansfield Town 0-1 Barrow
Rawson (Dismissed at 90'+6minutes)
Banks (55'minutes pen)

Match report supplied by PA Media.

Ten-man Mansfield's winless run in League Two was extended to eight games following a 1-0 home defeat by Barrow.

Ollie Banks scored an emphatic second-half penalty to wrap up a deserved win for the Bluebirds, before Farrend Rawson was sent off five minutes in stoppage time for bringing down Josh Gordan when he was the last man.

Barrow enjoyed the best of the first-half chances with Josh Kay hitting the crossbar after three minutes.

Patrick Brough saw a header cleared off the line from a Robbie Gotts corner before Stags goalkeeper Nathan Bishop made a good save from Banks.

Mansfield's Oli Hawkins had a header cleared off the line by Mark Ellis a minute before the break while Bishop gathered a fierce Joe Grayson shot at the second attempt after 53 minutes.

Barrow took the lead two minutes later when Harry Charsley conceded a penalty after pushing Banks from a corner.

Ozzy Zanzala should have wrapped the game up when he drilled wide from close range after 71 minutes.

Bishop made a good save from Jordan Stevens before Ollie Clarke and Hawkins went close for the hosts.

Match Stats
Home Team Mansfield Away Team Barrow
Possession Home 56% Away 44%
Shots Home 17 Away 13
Shots on Target Home 4 Away 6
Corners Home 3 Away 5
Fouls Home 12 Away 13


Mansfield Town's winless run goes on after defeat to Barrow
CHAD.CO.UK, By Stephen Thirkill, Saturday 2nd October 2021

Mansfield’s winless run was extended to eight matches after a 1-0 defeat at home to Barrow.

It was again another mixed display from a Stags side who were slow out of the blocks in both halves and did not do enough to get anything from the contest.

Stags had rode their luck during a poor opening ten minutes which saw Josh Kay hit the bar and George Maris clear a Patrick Brough’s header off the line.

Mansfield did come back into the half with Oli Hawkins seeing a header cleared off the line a minute before the break.


But they fell behind on 55 minutes after former Chesterfield man Ollie Banks converted a penalty in emphatic fashion.

From that point Stags failed to deliver the response Nigel Clough was looking for in a side that looked to lack in confidence.

The visitors settled into their stride quickest and hit the bar through Josh Kay on three minutes after Ollie Clarke’s attempted clearance fell his way.

Farrend Rawson turned behind Jordan Stevens' cross as Barrow won three corners in quick succession.

George Maris cleared a Patrick Brough header off his own line from a Robbie Gotts corner on eight minutes.

Jordan Bowery shot over after a good run on 18 minutes as Stags started to enjoy more of the ball.

Paul Farmon got down to parry a long-range Rhys Oates effort as Stags hit on the counter attack.

Stevens then failed to get enough force behind a 20 yard shot which was comfortably saved by Nathan Bishop.

James Jones picked up a booking after chopping down Charsley as he ran at goal on 25 minutes.

But Stephen McLaughlin was unable to do anything with the resulting free-kick after curling his effort well wide.

Nathan Bishop made a good save to keep out an Ollie Banks header on 29 minutes.

Ollie Banks saw a header well saved by Bishop on 29 minutes after he rose well to meet a Joe Grayson free-kick.

George Lapslie curled an effort just wide four minutes later.

Nigel Clough was left fuming when the referee stopped play instantly for a class of heads in midfield instead of playing an advantage which saw Oli Hawkins go through on the keeper.

Hawkins had a header cleared off the line by Mark Ellis a minute before the break as Stags ended the half strongly.

Bishop gathered a fierce Grayson shot at the second attempt on 53 minutes.

Barrow hit the front two minutes later when Banks smashed into the roof off the net after he had been pushed in the back from Charsley.

Ozzy Zanzala should have wrapped the game up when he drilled wide from close range on 71 minutes.

Bishop made a good save from Stevens, before Ollie Clarke fired wide from long range.

Clough was booked with 12 minutes to go as frustrations boiled over on the touchline.

Hawkins headed over from close range on the stroke of full-time.

Farrend Rawson was red-carded five minutes in stoppage time for bringing down Josh Gordan when he was last man.

Mansfield Town: Bishop, Hewitt, Rawson, Hawkins, McLaughlin, Maris (Law 82), Charsley, O Clarke, Lapslie, Oates (Johnson 66), Bowery.

Subs not used: Shelvey, Burke, Ward, Clarke, Cooper.

Barrow: Farman, Jones, Ellis, Grayson, Hutton, Banks (Taylor 80), Gotts, Brough, Stevens, Gordon, Kay (Zanzala 66).

Subs not used: White, Lillis, Williams, Arthur.

Ref: Tom Nield.

Att: 3931 (190)


Banks Penalty Earns Bluebirds Victory

Barrow continued their impressive form with a brilliant win over Mansfield Town as Ollie Banks’ second half penalty was enough to secure three points at The One Call Stadium.

Mark Cooper’s men showed a blend of substance and style in victory over The Stags and the victory was nothing more than they and their noisy band of travelling supporters deserved.

Barrow could have been in front with just four minutes on the clock when an attempted Mansfield clearance ricocheted right into the path of Josh Kay eight yards out, but he lashed an effort off the cross bar and the home side survived.

The Bluebirds continued their dominant start when Patrick Brough met Robbie Gotts’ floating corner but his headed was cleared off the line by a Town defender.

Stags’ summer signing Rhys Oates was first to test Paul Farman. The front man beautifully controlled a long ball forward before unleashing a low drive on goal but the Barrow keeper was equal to it.

At the other end, Josh Kay found an angle to let fly on the right corner of the box but keeper Nathan Bishop got down well, before Town’s Stephen McLaughlin curled a 25-yard free kick wide.

Joe Grayson swung a free kick to the far post where Ollie Banks headed down towards goal but it was somehow blocked on the line and Josh Gordon could only fire the rebound against the side netting.

Town began to look more likely as the half wore on and George Lapslie had his head in his hands after he turned inside to fire on goal from twenty yards and his shot flashed just wide of Farman’s post.

Nigel Clough’s men came even closer in first half injury time when a free kick from the right was headed down by Oli Hawkins, and Mark Ellis had to react quickly to clear it off the line.

There was an early second half chance for The Bluebirds when a corner from the right fell kindly for Grayson on the left of the area and his powerfully struck shot almost squirmed past Bishop who was grateful to pounce on it at the second attempt.

On 54 minutes Barrow had a penalty when Ellis was shoved in the back as he attacked a cross from the right - and Banks made no mistake from the spot, rifling a powerful shot into the roof of the net to give Cooper’s men the lead.

The Stags tried to respond through Ollie Clarke who cur in dangerously from the left to let fly with a curling effort, but Farman was well behind it to claw the ball away to safety.

Offrande Zanzala was introduced from the bench and could have made a big impact on 71 minutes when Gordon did brilliantly to feed Jordan Stevens on the right and his low cross found Zanzala whose shot flashed wide of the post.

Just minutes later, James Jones’ raking pass released Stevens in behind on the left and when his low shot was parried by the keeper, Gordon’s follow-up header was blocked by a defender and hosts escaped.

At the other end a corner was cleared only as far as Clarke on the edge of the area who met the dropping ball with a crisp volley which flashed past the post with Farman covering.

The home side continued to push for a leveller, but The Bluebirds held firm for the most part and looked a real menace on the counterattack and with a little more care with passes could even have extended their lead.

Town’s biggest moment came in the first minute of injury time when a ball into the box was flicked on to Danny Johnson, but the substitute wastefully nodded over from close range.

And the hosts’ misery was completed at the death when Farrend Rawson was shown a red card when he hauled down Gordon to prevent the Bluebirds man from running clear to make it 2-0.

Full Time: Mansfield Town 0 Barrow 1

Mansfield Town: Bishop, McLaughlin, Hewitt, Rawson, Charsley, O Clarke, Bowery, Maris (Law 83), Hawkins, Oates (Johnson 65), Lapslie.
Subs not used: Shelvey, Burke, Ward, J Clarke, Cooper.

Booked: McLaughlin, Lapslie, Charsley. Maris.

Sent-off: Rawson.

Barrow: Farman, Hutton, Ellis, J Jones, Grayson, Brough, Banks (Taylor 81), Gotts, Stevens, Kay (Zanzala 65), Gordon.
Subs: Lillis, Arthur, White, Williams.

Booked: J Jones, Ellis, Gordon, Banks, Gotts.

Referee: Tom Nield

Attendance: 3,931 (190 Barrow)