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3rd January 2023 21:02

English Football League - Sky Bet League Two
Hartlepool United 1 - 2 Mansfield Town
Hamilton 19. Oates 47, Hawkins 60.
Attendance: 4,599 (504 from Mansfield)

Date: 29 December 2022

Martin Shaw at Victoria Park (the Suit Direct stadium)

Mansfield Town came from behind to win 2-1 at Hartlepool last night. It was a big result and a much-needed win for the Stags, coming after the 88th minute equaliser for Northampton on Boxing Day, and also considering the two points tossed away against Hartlepool earlier in the season. The Stags end the month of December with 2 wins and 2 draws (against the 2nd and 3rd placed teams) from 4 games.

Hartlepool took the lead after 19 minutes with their only effort on target of the game. George Maris conceded an unnecessary corner, a rare mistake from him, and from the corner, taken from the right by Callum Cooke, Jack Hamilton was left unmarked to rise and head into the net off the left post. It was a perfectly placed header, had it been about a foot inside the post, Christy Pym would probably have saved it. It’s unclear who should have been marking Hamilton, all the other Hartlepool players in the box were picked up by a Stags player, but not Hamilton.

Mansfield were the better side in the first half, but despite creating several half chances, including Ollie Clarke shooting just wide, Lucas Akins having an on-target shot blocked, and Will Swan bringing a save at full stretch from the keeper, the Stags were unable to break Hartlepool down.

The Stags made changes at half time, moving Oli Hawkins up front, and it paid off massively.
After 47 minutes, the Stags were level. George Lapslie, on as a first half substitute for the injured Clarke, played a one-two with Hawkins, just inside the Hartlepool half, surged forward and laid a lovely pass into the path of Rhys Oates, who took one touch before slamming a thunderbolt into the roof of the net from 15 yards. Oates described his goal after the game: “I had a good first touch and just thought I would hit it as hard as I could and there was a good chance it would go in.”
A cracking finish from Oates, his first goal since returning from 3 months out injured. A good assist from Lapslie.

And it was 2-1 after 60 minutes. Hawkins headed on to Oates, just inside the Hartlepool half. Oates shielded the ball before finding Lapslie, who chipped forward for Swan to run on to it. Swan was half-tackled, and the ball ran free for Lapslie to get into the area on the right. Lapslie got past the diving tackle of Reghan Tumilty to the byline and chipped it back into the middle where Hawkins met it on the volley into the bottom left corner of the net from 9 yards. A great finish from Hawkins, and another super assist from Lapslie.
Lapslie now has 8 assists this season (see my stats below), double the next best which is both Hewitt and Maris with 4 each.

Hartlepool never looked like equalising apart from one effort after 86 minutes when Christopher Missilou’s volley from 16 yards was deflected wide. Christy Pym didn’t have a shot to save in the game.

Will Swan was close to making it 3-1 in stoppage time. He made a run to the byline on the right, then cut along the byline past Rollin Menayese and Missilou, moved the ball from his right foot to his left with quick feet and tried to beat the keeper at his near post, but the keeper blocked for a corner. Great play from Swan. From the resulting corner, Swan shot at goal with the outside of his right foot, it was blocked by Menayese. Swan wanted a penalty for handball but the referee wasn’t interested.

Celebrations at full time between the players and the 504 travelling Stags fans. Brilliant support from the fans, making the journey to Hartlepool on a Thursday night.

A much-deserved win, against a fairly poor Hartlepool side, who had though been buoyed by winning their previous two games.
The win came at a cost, with four injuries picked up in the game: Ollie Clarke (calf strain, definitely out for Walsall game), George Maris (ankle/foot problem), Kieran Wallace (cut on his ankle), Lucas Akins (twisted ankle), to add to Riley Harbottle (out for 3 weeks with knee ligaments opened up), Jason Law (ill), James Gale (out for 4-6 weeks with shin splint problems).
Less than 72 hours to recover and get a team out to play at Walsall on New Year’s Day (3pm kick off). You can watch the game with us on iFollow Stags if you are not travelling to Walsall.

Mansfield cut the gap to 3rd placed Northampton to 5 points, and remain in 6th place. Meanwhile there are 8 teams within 5 points below Mansfield. One of them is Walsall, 5 points behind with a game in hand. Striker Danny Johnson, on loan at Walsall from Mansfield until January 15th, of course will not be allowed to play in that game.



Hartlepool United 1-2 Mansfield Town
Hamilton (19'minutes)
Oates (47'minutes), Hawkins (60'minutes)
Cooke (19'minutes)
Lapslie (47'minutes, 60'minutes)

Match report supplied by PA Media.

Promotion hopefuls Mansfield completed a second-half fightback to beat struggling Hartlepool.

Jack Hamilton's first league goal in English football put Pools ahead in the 19th minute when his header from Callum Cooke's corner hit the post and went in.

But former Hartlepool striker Rhys Oates levelled early in the second half before Oliver Hawkins pounced with the winner on the hour.

The result ensured the Stags stay in the play-off places, while Hartlepool, who had won their previous two games away from home, remain in 21st.

A positive first-half display from the hosts was soon undone when Oates was left unmarked to power in a finish following a good George Lapslie run.

And Lapslie, on as a first-half substitute for captain Ollie Clarke, also supplied the cross for Hawkins' winner, when the forward moved to meet the ball with a fine first-touch finish.

Hartlepool pushed in search of a late equaliser but, despite seven minutes of added-time, there was little real threat posed to Christy Pym's goal.

Match Stats
Home Team Hartlepool Away Team Mansfield
Possession Home 49% Away 51%
Shots Home 8 Away 13
Shots on Target Home 1 Away 6
Corners Home 3 Away 6
Fouls Home 9 Away 10


Mansfield Town fight back from behind to win at Hartlepool United to end 2022 on a high
chad.co.uk, Thur 29 Dec 2022

Mansfield Town ended 2022 on a high and in the play-off spots as they stretched their unbeaten run to four games with a hard-fought comeback 2-1 win at Hartlepool United.

It was a first away win at the Pools since 2014 and on that day former West Ham and Aston Villa striker Marlon Harewood scored for the hosts.

Livingstone loanee Jack Hamilton fired United in front in the first half.

But a Nigel Clough masterstroke turned things around.


Substitute George Lapslie came on in the first half, to replace the injured Ollie Clarke, and pulled the strings thereafter.

He provided both assists as Rhys Oates and Oli Hawkins fired the Stages to victory and kept them in sixth but, with Northampton losing at home, the gap to the top three has now narrowed to five points.

Manager Clough named a much-changed side to the one which drew with Northampton Town on Boxing Day.

Clough made five changes as Lucas Akins, James Perch, Ollie Clarke, Kieran Wallace and Will Swan replaced Kellan Gordon, Stephen Quinn, Riley Harbottle, Hiram Boateng and Lapslie.

The Stags started brightly as Clarke tested Ben Killip with a powerful effort early on.

And the returning skipper had another chance to put the visitors ahead when his low effort whizzed past the post.

But they were undone by a set piece down the other end as Hamilton headed home his first league goal for the club on 19 minutes from a Cooke corner from the right.

Swan squandered a great chance to grab a quick leveller at the near post before Clarke was replaced by Lapslie due to injury.

The Stags were fortunate not to be two behind before the break as Josh Umerah smashed into the side netting.

Stags switched from 3-5-2 to 4-3-3 at the break, pushing the towering Hawkins up from the defence into the attack, and the visitors then struck shortly after the restart as Lapslie’s pinpoint through ball sent Oates on his way, and he kept his composure to blast home his first league goal since August against his former club.

And the complexion of the game was turned on its head on the hour mark as Lapslie did well to slip his man to reach the right by-line and find Hawkins with a low pull-back to neatly nestle his effort into the bottom corner.

Swan could have put the game to bed in stoppage time only for a good save from Killip.

HARTLEPOOL: Killip, Menayese, Shelton (McDonald, 58), Ferguson, Sterry (Missilou, 63), Sylla, Featherstone, Tumilty, Cooke, Umerah (Grey, 74), Hamilton. SUBS NOT USED: Boyes, Paterson, Odour, Hastie.

STAGS: Pym, Hewitt, Hawkins, Perch, McLaughlin, Clarke (Lapslie, 30), Maris (Hartigan, 80), Wallace (Quinn, 45), Swan, Oates, Akins (O'Toole, 88). SUBS NOT USED: Flinders, Gordon, Boateng.

REFEREE: Martin Coy.


Match report: Defeat for Pools

HARTLEPOOL United let a half-time lead slip to end 2022 with a 2-1 defeat to Mansfield Town at the Suit Direct Stadium.

Jack Hamilton’s 20th-minute header had put Pools in front as Keith Curle’s side chased a third straight win.


It looked on at half-time but former Pools star Rhys Oates equalised at the start of the second half before Oliver Hawkins scored the winner on the hour.

Despite the loss, Pools remain 21st in the table with rivals Rochdale, Gillingham and Colchester all going down.

Boss Curle was forced into one change with Euan Murray missing out, which meant a start in the heart of the defence for Mark Shelton, who was joined at the back by Roillin Menayese and David Ferguson.

It proved a cagey opening with the first shot not arriving until the 16th minute when Ollie Clarke’s effort from outside the area going just wide of Ben Killip’s right stick.

And when the opening goal came in the 20th minute there was a post involved.

Hamilton met Callum Cook’s right-winger corner perfectly with his header into the turf going in via Christy Pym’s right-hand post.

It was Jack’s second goal since joining Pools and his first in League Two and he full earned his lengthy celebrations.

Mansfield were not helped by losing their skipper, with Clarke limping off on the half-hour, while their passes were frequently overhit.

They had a sight of goal in the opening minute of first-half stoppage time when Pools needlessly conceded a corner which Ollie Hawkins headed towards goal only for Killip to take confidently.

Mansfield were level inside two minutes and it had to be Oates, didn’t it?

Sub George Lapslie escaped a weak challenge and found the Pools promotion winner who finished emphatically into the Rink End net from the edge of the area.

Pools switched to a back four in the second half with Shelton alongside Featherstone in the middle of the park until being subbed on 58 minutes to allow the introduction of Wes McDonald.

And the hosts found themselves 2-1 down on the hour and it was all too easy for the Stags.

Lapslie was again the provider with Hawkins tucking it away into Killip's right corner.

Pools suffered another blow when Jamie Sterry, who has only just returned from injury, limping off to be replaced by Chris Missilou.

Little was going right for Pools, who had few openings, with McDonald gaping well wide from distance and Cooke skying an effort moments after being booked.

Pools kept plugging away and were given hope with seven minutes of stoppage time but never got near Pym’s goal.

Pools: Killip; Menayese, Shelton (McDonald 58), Ferguson, Sterry (Missilou 62), Featherstone, Sylla, Tumilty; Cooke; Hamilton Umerah (Grey 74). Subs (not used): Boyes, McDonald, Oduor, Hastie

Goal: Hamilton 20

Booked: Cooke 76, Ferguson 82

Mansfield: Pym; Hawkins, Hewitt, Wallace (Quinn 46); Akins (O-Toole 87), Perch, Maris (Hartigan 80), Clarke (Lapslie 30), McLaughlin; Oates, Swan

Subs (not used): Flinders, Gordon, O'Toole, Boateng

Goals: Oates 47, Hawkins 60

Booked: Clarke 23

Referee: Martin Coy.

Att: 4599 (away 504)



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