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16th August 2003 22:35


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Ananova: Mansfield 1 Leyton Orient 1
Gary Alexander's late header was enough to earn Leyton Orient a hard-fought 1-1 draw in a scrappy clash at Mansfield.
The striker's last-gasp equaliser was a kick in the teeth for the Stags, who had seen Iyseden Christie's header rattle the crossbar just moments earlier.
However, it was Mansfield who had started brighter and they were rewarded in the 13th minute when Luke Dimech tapped into the empty net from six yards to celebrate his first goal for the club.
After the break Orient midfielder David Hunt saw a powerful drive rocket off the inside of the post into a grateful Kevin Pilkington's arms before Alexander headed home from Jones' cross to equalise.
CHAD website:
Last gasp goal rocks sorry Stags
A late, late goal robbed Mansfield Town of a first win of the season in a 1-1 draw with Leyton Orient at Field Mill this afternoon as their defensive frailties came back to haunt them.
Just 60 seconds after Iyseden Christie could have secured victory when he headed Neil MacKenzie's cross against the bar, Gary Alexander smacked in a 93rd minute heartbreaking equaliser for Orient at the other end.
The former Hull City striker, thwarted by Kevin Pilkington all afternoon, rose highest at the far post to head in Billy Jones' deep cross.
The Stags, who conceded countless late goals in last season's relegation and also crashed out of the Carling Cup to Sunderland's injury time winner on Wednesday, had done it again!
Yet for the opening 20 minutes they looked on course for a comfortable victory.
Andy White scuffed an early chance after being put clear by Christie, who then saw his own close range finish smothered by Joseph's fine block.
Then the Stags' pressure paid dividends as Orient keeper Glenn Morris failed to hold Wayne Corden's 13th minute free kick under pressure from several players and Malta international Luke Dimech tapped in his first Mansfield goal.
A fingertip save denied Christie a second goal and then Tom Curtis rifled wide as the Stags looked in charge.
However, after 20 minutes the home side faded badly and only a series of good Pilkington saves kept them in front.
And even when he was beaten by David Hunt's fierce second half strike, the luck seemed to be with the Stags when the ball struck the post and rebounded into PIlkington's grateful hands.
But then came Alexander's late, late horror show.


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