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29th August 2023 9:59

English Football League - Sky Bet League Two
Mansfield Town 3 - 2 Stockport County
Maris 14, Keillor-Dunn 69, 80. Barry 6, Horsfall 25
Attendance: 7,433 (969 from Stockport)

Date: 26 August 2023


Martin Shaw at the One Call Stadium, Field Mill

Mansfield Town beat Stockport County 3-2 at the One Call Stadium yesterday, coming from behind at half time with a fabulous second half performance. The Stags absolutely battered Stockport in that second half, with an incredible 21 shots in the second half alone to Stockport’s 4 (28 shots in the match for Mansfield to 10 from Stockport).

Stockport scored early when Louie Barry, on loan from Aston Villa, and at Salford last season, put them ahead after 6 minutes with a shot when the Stags defence opened up. George Maris equalised with a first time shot from a Stephen Quinn cross after 14 minutes. Stockport regained the lead after 25 minutes when Fraser Horsfall headed in from a corner. The Stags weren’t at their best in the first half, and Barry could have had a second when Christy Pym lost the ball outside his area and Barry had a free shot at an open goal from 35 yards and put it wide. At the other end, Davis Keillor-Dunn hit the bar.

But the second half was a different matter as Mansfield laid siege to the Stockport goal with those 21 shots and a succession of glorious moves. One move of 25 passes led to a Keillor-Dunn shot that was brilliantly saved by the keeper. From the resulting corner, the keeper made another good save from a George Maris shot. But from the resulting corner to that, Mansfield equalised on 69 minutes as another Keillor-Dunn shot took a fortunate deflection to take it past the keeper. It was like The Alamo as shots kept on raining in, and Mansfield finally took the lead after 80 minutes as Keillor-Dunn provided a brilliant finish to beat the keeper. Keillor-Dunn had missed a glorious chance in a 1-on-1 with the keeper at Grimsby last week, and looked crestfallen from that, and now he celebrated in front of the Quarry Lane stand, saying “that’s how it’s done, that’s how it’s done” to the fans (clearly audible on the pitchside video of the goals). It should have been 4-2 in stoppage time as sub Will Swan missed a 1-on-1 with the keeper and was then offside as he turned the ball into the net after Ollie Clarke had won the ball back.

What entertainment Mansfield are serving up, game after game! Wonderful to watch.

The next game is on Tuesday night, against Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough, in the League Cup (Carabao Cup). A quick return to Hillsborough for Aden Flint. Nigel Clough said about the draw when it was made live on Sky Sports: "I was hoping Wes (Morgan) might pull us out for a home draw. But never mind, Sheffield Wednesday is a brilliant draw. We had them in the FA Cup last season and did really well there, a narrow defeat. We've got a few Sheffield Wednesday fans in the camp as well so they'll look forward to it."
George Maris is certainly a Wednesday fan, as is S&C coach David Waldie.
Wednesday have had a tough start to life in the Championship after their promotion last season, losing all four league games. I think this might mean they are much more likely to put a strong side out, in order to get a win, than they otherwise might have been.
Due to broadcasting restrictions for the Carabao Cup, there will be no live streaming of the game in the UK or overseas, it will be commentary only on iFollow. The full match replay will be available to watch on Wednesday morning on iFollow.

Both sides had 9 players out through injury. By the way, I now include the latest injury news for each Stags player in the “running tally of various stats” at the bottom of the report, updated after each game, including the latest estimate on when they are expected back.
Mansfield have played 5 sides this season, and two of them, Doncaster and Stockport, have had around 9 players injured, a similar number to Mansfield. Remarkable at such an early stage of the season.

Mansfield made two changes from the side that drew at Grimsby.
George Williams was back from the injury he picked up at Matlock in pre-season to make his Stags debut, in place of the injured Cargill. Williams played at right back. It was always planned that he would only play 60 minutes.
Oates started in place of Swan who dropped to the bench.
Lewis Brunt, signed on loan from Leicester for the rest of the season, was on the bench. He was to come on for his Stags debut.
George Cooper was on the bench too. He has been on the bench plenty of times, but was to come on for his league debut (he has played in the EFL Trophy).
Aden Flint was captain, making his 500th career appearance.
Oates and Macdonald were former Stockport players.
Bowery continued at centre half, where he had played the second half at Grimsby.

Stockport’s 9 injured players included Kyle Wootton and Antoni Sarcevic. Actually the 9th player, Nick Powell, was returning from injury and able to play the last few minutes as sub.

Stockport lost in the play-off final last season. They won their first game of the season last weekend, against Barrow.



Mansfield Town 3-2 Stockport County
Maris (14'minutes), Keillor-Dunn (69'minutes, 80'minutes)
Barry (6'minutes), Horsfall (25'minutes)
Quinn (14'minutes, 80'minutes), Maris (69'minutes)
Collar (6'minutes), Touray (25'minutes)

Match report supplied by PA Media

Davis Keillor-Dunn was Mansfield's hero with a late double as they twice came from behind to beat classy Stockport in a League Two thriller.

An entertaining first half saw Stockport slice down the centre with a series of passes on six minutes, with Will Collar finally delivering to Louie Barr for a low finish into the bottom left corner.

Nine minutes later Stephen Quinn put the ball in from the left and George Maris reacted quickly to guide home an equaliser first time from eight yards.

However, Stockport were ahead again on 25 minutes as unchallenged Fraser Horsfall rose at the far post to bury a header from Ibou Touray's corner across Christy Pym.

Four minutes later Keillor-Dunn controlled a George Williams cross but saw his finish hit the top of the bar from 10 yards.

Just before the break Pym ran out of his box to clear the ball but instead gifted it to Barry who, with an open goal to hit, was wide from 35 yards.

Ben Hinchcliffe made two brilliant saves to deny Keillor-Dunn and Maris in the 69th minute.

However Keillor-Dunn saw his low 18 yard shot find the net via a big deflection from a 70th-minute corner.

Nine minutes later he collected a pass from Stephen Quinn and curled a superb 16-yard finish across Hinchcliffe and inside the far post to win it for Mansfield.

Match Stats
Home Team Mansfield Away Team Stockport
Possession Home 63% Away 37%
Shots Home 28 Away 10
Shots on Target Home 11 Away 3
Corners Home 11 Away 1
Fouls Home 5 Away 7


Late Davis Keillor-Dunn double sees Mansfield Town home in five goal thriller against Stockport County
chad.co.uk, By John Lomas, Sat 26 Aug 2023

Two late goals from Davis Keillor-Dunn saw Mansfield Town finally win a five goal thriller 3-2 against Stockport County at a sodden One Call Stadium this afternoon.

Mansfield had twice found themselves behind in an exciting first half with Louie Barry on target on six minutes, George Maris levelling on 15 minutes and Fraser Horsfall scoring on 25 minutes.

David Keillor-Dunn also rattled the County crossbar.

But after Ben Hinchcliffe had made two fine saves in succession Stags were finally level again through Keillor-Dunn on 70 minutes who then put Mansfield ahead for the first time nine minutes later.


Stockport were the best team Stags have faced so far, but the home side dug deep and deserved the win in the end.

Less than two hours from kick-off a storm lashed torrential rain down on the town and very quickly the surrounding roads were flooded and the One Call Stadium was badly hit.

Rain ran down the steps in the stand like waterfalls, leaks sprung in rooves and the pitch was drenched.

With the ball unable to bounce on the sodden surface it was decided at 2pm to put kick off back to 3.15.

Despite a couple more showers, staff worked hard and the sun finally came out and the game was able to go ahead.

With nine players now out injured, recent signing George Williams was given a debut at right back in place of injured centre half Baily Cargill while Rhys Oates replaced Will Swan in attack.

Aden Flint captained the side on his 500th career appearance and versatile Jordan Bowery deputised for Cargill in the heart of defence for the injury-hit Stags.

There was good news on Stephen Quinn as he was able to start, despite coming off with a knee injury at Grimsby last weekend.

Defender Lewis Brunt, signed on Thursday on a season-long loan from Leicester City, was named on a youthful bench.

Stockport were first to show on a surface still sodden in patchs and there were shouts for a penalty as Quinn tackled Knoyle in the box on three minutes, but the officials were unimpressed.

But County carved Stags open down the centre for the opening goal on six minutes.

A string of passes down the centre ended with Collar feeding Barry and the Stockport man guiding home a low finish into the bottom left corner from 16 yards with Pym rooted.

Stags responded with Keillor-Dunn laying the ball back from the left by-line and Maris sweeping a low ball across the face of goal.

Maris then tried to find Keillor-Dunn in the middle with a low cross from the left, but Wright slid in to concede the corner just in time.

But Stags were level on 15 minutes. Oates tried to burst into the box on the left but was tackled. The ball ran to Quinn who curled it in low into the danger area and Maris turned it home first time from eight yards out.

Keillor-Dunn had a shot on the turn blocked as the home side pressed hard.

On 24 minutes Pym had to get his legs in the way of Olaofe after he had turned sharply in the box and tried to squeeze the ball in at the near post from a tight angle.

But from the 25th minute corner Stockport were ahead again as Horsfall rose unchallenged at the far post to head home Touray's flag kick.

Mansfield were almost level within four minutes as Keillor-Dunn controlled a Williams cross from the right but crashed his finish off the top of the crossbar and over.

Hinchcliffe was safely behind a low Oates shot from 20 yards on 39 minutes.

On 41 minutes Pym almost gifted Stockport a third as he came out of his box to clear the ball but gave it away to Barry who, with an open net to hit from 35 yards, fired wide.

Wright got a block in on an Akins shot in Stags' first raid after the break.

Macdonald's low shot from long range was then easy for Hinchliffe to gather.

Reed was booked for a trip on Croasdale on 52 minutes.

Macdonald then had to clear a dangerous low cross from Barry after he had reached the left by-line.

On 61 minutes Stags sent on Swan for Williams with Akins dropping to right back.

On 65 minutes good approach play saw Stags get the ball into the box again, but Keillor-Dunn's finish from eight yards lacked power and was an easy save for Hinchclife.

Stags twice came close on 69 minutes as Hinchcliffe produced magnificent saves to deny Keillor-Dunn and then Maris.

But from the corner from the second save Keillor-Dunn took the ball to the right corner of the box and his low shot took a big deflection and rolled into the net past a helpless Hinchcliffe.

Stags flooded forward for a winner and Wright came up with a brilliant last ditch block to deny Maris from close range with the home fans now in full cry.

And the reward for their pressure came on 79 minutes as Quinn's perfect pass to Keillor-Dunn on the left of the box saw him curl an inch-perfect finish across the keeper and inside the far post.

Six minutes were added as home nerves jangled, but Stags held tight and Swan even had time to force a great save from Hinchcliffe who got his legs in the way in a on-on-one.

STAGS: Pym, Bowery, Flint, Williams (Swan 61), Macdonald, Reed, Maris (Cooper 90+4), Quinn (Clarke 84), Keillor-Dunn (Brunt 84), Oates, Akins. SUBS NOT USED: Flinders, Wauchope, Abdullah.

STOCKPORT: Hinchcliffe, Knoyle, Touray, Wright, Horsfall (Powell 84), Madden (Rydel 75), Collar (Evans 75), Pye, Croasdale, Barry (Crankshaw 84), Olaofe. SUBS NOT USED: Smith, Mee, Johnson.

REFEREE: Ollie Yates.

ATTENDANCE: 7,433 (969 away).


Match Report: Mansfield Town 3-2 County
Reporter: Gareth Evans, stockportcounty.com

The Hatters returned to League Two action with a trip to Nottinghamshire, but were edged out in a five-goal encounter at Mansfield to drop to 19th.

Louie Barry’s early strike, and a Fraser Horsfall header midway through an action-packed first half, netted either side of a Mansfield reply, saw County lead by the odd goal in three at the break - but a second-half brace from Davis Keillor-Dunn left the ‘Stags’ with all three points, and the Hatters still seeking a first league point since 2008 at the Football League’s oldest ground, currently known as One Call Stadium.

The legacy of a heavy lunchtime thunderstorm saw the teams take to the field under rather lighter skies for a slightly delayed 3:15pm kick-off, with County showing three changes from the L2 starting line-up in SK3 against Barrow seven days earlier. Ethan Pye and Akil Wright (both of whom had started at Edgeley Park against Manchester United Under-21s in the Football League Trophy during midweek) comprised the recalled duo, replacing Ryan Rydel and the injured Macauley Southam-Hales.


The hosts, for their part, included among their starters two ex-Hatters: namely, striker Rhys Oates, who had turned out a dozen times up front for County whilst on loan from Barnsley in 2014; and left-back Calum Macdonald, who made a similar number of appearances during 2022/23.

The Hatters, having suffered defeat in all of their last four visits to Mansfield’s home, initially dispelled pre-match notions of it as a bogey ground within half a dozen minutes, when Barry latched on to Will Collar’s through-ball and drilled a low shot home for his second goal in as many league matches.

The hosts looked to get back on level terms through George Maris, who fired wide of the right post - before Wright superbly blocked, and deflected beyond the same upright, a dangerous delivery from the right by Oates. But with their next attack, just before the quarter-hour, they equalised - with Maris converting Stephen Quinn’s cross from the left.

At the other end, Barry and Tanto Oalofe saw shots blocked in quick succession by defender George Williams, and by goalkeeper Chris Pym who parried behind, respectively. But the corner arising from Pym’s save - taken on the right by Ibou Touray - led to a second County goal, as Horsfall met it at the back post to head in.

The entertaining contest continued, courtesy of Keillor-Dunn, who struck the Hatters’ crossbar from 12 yards ahead of the half-hour mark. And Oates twisted and turned around the County ‘D’, before fashioning a low shot that Ben Hinchliffe dived to smother.

Five minutes before half-time, the Hatters looked for all the world set to net a third, when Pym, having advanced with the ball from his area, lost possession to Barry - but, faced with an empty net 35 yards out, the Aston Villa loanee slipped on the damp surface and fired past the right post.

HALF-TIME: Mansfield 1 (Maris, 14), County 2 (Barry, 6; Horsfall, 25).

The openness which had characterised the first half showed little sign of abating early in the second, as another Wright block denied Lucas Akins, and a Macdonald shot from distance was gathered up by Hinchliffe - before home skipper Aden Flint, making his 500th career appearance, cleared away from Olaofe after Barry had beaten two players to deliver from the left by-line.

The Stags introduced Will Swan, who had scored one of their two goals in the corresponding fixture a year previously, to bolster the attack - and a few minutes later, Hinchliffe used first his legs and subsequently his hands to keep out shots in quick succession from Keillor-Dunn.

County’s Number One then came to the rescue again - brilliantly tipping over an angled Maris effort from the right. But from the resulting short corner, Keillor-Dunn found himself with space in the box, before unleashing a shot that took a pronounced deflection past Hinchliffe to get the hosts back on terms.

The Hatters remained under siege, as Hinchliffe and Wright combined to deny Maris - but, 10 minutes after scoring his first, Keillor-Dunn had a second, and Mansfield a third, following a break that saw him fed by Quinn before taking a touch and curling his shot into the net’s right corner.

County made a quartet of attacking changes, albeit without troubling the scorers further - although Hinchliffe, in the dying seconds, prevented the hosts from doing so when he saved from Swan in a one-on-one break.

FULL-TIME: Mansfield 3 (Maris, 14; Keillor-Dunn, 69 and 79), County 2 (Barry, 6; Horsfall, 25).

Team (3-4-3): Hinchliffe; Wright, Horsfall (Powell, 85), Pye; Knoyle, Collar (Evans, 75), Croasdale, Touray; Barry (Crankshaw, 85), Madden (Capt.) (Rydel, 75), Olaofe.

Unused Subs: Smith, Mee, Johnson.

Attendance: 7,433 (969 away).



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