BOULDING GOALS INSPIRE CRUCIAL WIN WITH CLEANSHEET
Mansfield Town 2 - 0 Notts County
M.Boulding 56 pen, 61
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Mansfield Town picked up their second win of the season with a 2-0 win over local rivals Notts County at Field Mill, thanks to two second half goals from Michael Boulding. It was the Stags first clean sheet in 18 league games.
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Mansfield Town 2 Notts County 0, Saturday 20th October
By John Lomas
MICKEY Boulding was the toast of Mansfield today as his two goals in four second half minutes saw off neighbours Notts County and earned Stags their first win in nine games.
The game also produced Mansfield's long-awaited first clean sheet in 20 games and, on the back of last weekend's draw at Barnet, continued to show there could be light at the end for the League's bottom club.
The Magpies, under new boss Ian McParland for the first time after three straight defeats, started both halves strongly.
But Stags had the better chances in the first half, former Stags keeper Kevin Pilkington making good saves to deny Simon Brown and Nathan Arnold.
Gary Silk also had to clear a John Mullins header off the goal line.
But the game swung on Austin McCanns's foul on Matt Hamshaw on 57 minutes which gave Stags a penalty, Boulding safely tucking away his seventh goal of the season.
And when Boulding blasted Brown's flick past a helpless Pilkington soon after, there was no way Stags were going to let Notts back into the contest.
Mansfield remain bottom but, with results improving and players returning from injury, all of a sudden things are very much looking up at the Mill.
With Bell, Buxton and Martin all shaking off knocks, Stags' starting XI was the same as the one that began the previous Saturday at Barnet.
It was only the second time this season Stags have kept the same side.
Two more players returned to the bench as well with McAllister back from illness and Jelleyman from injury.
But it was decided not to risk Jon D'Laryea yet after midweek talk of him being on the bench after seven months' out with an ankle injury.
In the opening seconds Hamshaw only just overhit a ball over the top which Arnold almost capitalised on but saw it bounce into Pilkington's arms.
Notts hit back with a corner that was cleared. Then Dudfield accelerated down the left and got in a dangerous cross which saw Martin get in a vital header and then a block in a momentary scramble.
Parkinson then fed Butcher for a low shot that was blocked for a corner by Bell.
Notts continued to apply the early pressure and Buxton did well to get in the way of a Weir-Daley finish after the former Forest man had tried a volley on the turn.
But Pilkington had work to do on 10 minutes as Boulding's headed flick sent Dawson down the centre. He played the ball into space in front of Arnold to his right but the keeper was able to palm away the youngster's finish.
Arnold had another effort blocked soon after when referee Mr Kettle played advantage after Boulding was chopped down.
Arnold got up well to head the ball on for Brown on 15 minutes, but his first touch let him down as he went slightly too wide and Pilkington was able to get down and smother his finish.
MacKenzie was lucky to escape a caution for a cynical trip on Dawson as the Irishman turned him.
Pilkington was relieved to grab the ball after another scramble in front of him after a testing Hamshaw cross.
Boulding wasted a good chance on the break as he allowed the ball to run too far away from him and lost possession with Dawson screaming in space to his right.
Mayo's cross caused chaos in the Stags box and Dudfield had a shot charged down by Buxton while Parkinson saw his follow up crash into the side netting.
But Stags almost grabbed a 31st minute lead. Hamshaw floated in Mansfield's first corner of the game from the right and Mullins met it with a firm header that looked a goal all the way until Silk made a goal line block.
Then Arnold dragged a poor low shot wide from 20 yards.
Martin had to get a block in on a Parkinson drive which saw the ball loop back over his own bar and onto the roof of the net.
The corner was taken short and Mackenzie eventually sent over the cross which saw Hunt power a free header over when he should have hit the target.
Hamshaw ran excitingly at the visitors' defence and looked like he might go all the way. But Hunt rescued the Magpies with a timely tackle.
There was a hold up while Mullins had treatment for a head injury, but he was soon back in the action.
Mullins' block on a Mayo blast gave County their fourth flag kick of the afternoon and a fifth followed straight away which saw Butcher pull a low shot wide.
Notts won two more corners before the break but the half ended goalless.
Pilkington safely held onto a low curling Bell free kick from just outside the box early in the second half.
But Stags were gifted a 57th minute penalty from which they took the lead.
Muggleton fired a free kick downfield and Hamshaw was clearly held as he turned McCann in the box.
McCann was booked and Boulding stepped up to drill a low finish centrally for his third spot kick success of the season and seventh goal.
MacKenzie was booked a minute later for a comment to the referee and Notts then sent on Weston for Parkinson.
Pilington raced out his box to head clear ahead of the chasing Arnold. The ball reached Dawson who had a momentary chance of hitting the empty net but was bumped by an opponent before he could get in his shot by which time Pilkington was back in position.
But it was 2-0 on 61 minutes. Brown did well to jump and get a flick-on over Tann towards Boulding to his left just inside the box and the in-form striker crashed an unstoppable finish past Pilkington.
A superb run by Mullins down the right saw him leave three opponents in his wake before the ball ran loose and Arnold had a shot blocked.
Martin was booked for diving into a tackle on 65 minutes as the action hotted up.
Boulding tested Pilkington from distance and then Hunt did well to clear before Brown could pounce as Mansfield rubbed in their advantage.
Brown saw the afternoon's fourth yellow card on 70 minutes for a foul on Silk.
Four minutes later Boulding almost had a hat-trick as he sent a diving header inches wide from Martin's left wing cross to the near post.
Hamshaw tried his luck from 25 yards but it was easy for Pilkington.
Buxton had just been warned before he committed another foul on Sam on 82 that earned him a caution.
A cutting pass by Bell released Arnold into space but he fired straight at the keeper from 20 yards.
A neat move down the left saw Boulding cross hard and low and Brown only just missed getting the decisive touch in front of goal.
Sam was inches wide with Muggleton rooted with three minutes to go as Notts looked desperately for a way back into it.
Brown was well over at the other end with a hurried shot in stoppage time. But it didn't really matter in the end as the home celebrations started.
STAGS: Muggleton, Mullins, Bell , Hamshaw, Dawson, Brown, M. Boulding, Buxton, John-Baptiste, Martin, Arnold (Jelleyman 90). Subs not used: White, Holmes, McAllister, Sleath.
NOTTS COUNTY: Pilkington, McCann (Sam 81), Tann, MacKenzie, Dudfield, Parkinson (Weston 59), Silk, Mayo, Hunt, Weir-Daley, Butcher. Subs not used: Sandercombe, Somner, Austin.
REFEREE: Trevor Kettle, of Rutland.
report from "Notts. County Mad"
by Gary Moss
Notts Bould over
Mansfield Town 2 Notts. County 0
NCM bring you the full match report written live at Field Mill from today's 2-0 local derby defeat against Mansfield Town.
A second half Micky Boulding double condemned Notts to their fourth straight defeat, and first under new boss Charlie McParland.
The deadlock was broken as Boulding slot home his 57th penalty after being blatantly pulled back by Notts' Austin McCann.
A second was added five minutes later with Stephen Hunt at fault letting in Simon Brown.
He slid in Boulding for his second of the game, as the Stags put a dampener on McParland's first game in charge of a clearly struggling County side.
It definitely seemed the start of a new era at 2 o clock this afternoon.
New boss Charlie McParland answered fans prayers switching back to a preferred 4-4-2 formation for derby day at Field Mill.
The back four remained unchanged from that which conceded three at Meadow Lane last week.
While, Matt Somner was the unlucky one missing out at the expense of Paul Mayo, who lined up on the left hand side of the County midfield.
Neil MacKenzie shrugged off his knock to return to former club Mansfield alongside Richard Butcher with Andy Parkinson back in on the right.
With the injury to new signing Danny Crow against Bury last weekend, Spencer Weir-Daley partnered Lawrie Dudfield up top.
Parkinson seen here battling but his finishing lacked
The Magpies began the game with an unusual team huddle, showing already the spirit instilled in the side by new man McParland.
Notts were on top in a fiery opening.
Lawrie Dudfield bursting down the left flank inside the opening five minutes. He skipped past Stags full back John Mullins before his deep cross picked out Parkinson at the back post.
A hesitant Parky could only fire his effort into the oncoming defender.
The Magpies continued to dominate with Weir-Daley shooting well on the turn after seven minutes. His effort ricochet off Jake Buxton and rolled through to the keeper for a comfortable save.
But, it was Mansfield who arguably created the best opening in the twelfth minute.
A flick on from Michael Boulding fell to Stephen Dawson, who laid the ball through to Brown.
His snap shot just inside the box produced a fine save from Magpies keeper Kevin Pilkington high to his right.
Brown again at the centre of things, causing all kinds of problems for the Notts back four.
He wrestled his way in behind Adam Tann down the left side of the Magpies box, but partner Stephen Hunt covered well to block his low shot from eight yards.
After a ferocious start, the derby atmosphere soon died down at Field Mill with the game falling into another scrappy League Two midfield battle.
Notts fans were soon up in delight, but Parkinson had only hit the side netting just after the half hour mark.
McCann whipped into the box from the left for Dudfield to flick on - Weir-Daley's effort was blocked before Parky so nearly fired Notts in front.
County then called upon Gary Silk to save the day moments later at the other end.
Pilkington had Silk to thank for goal-line clearance
Hamshaw's corner picked out Boulding whose header was cleared off Pilkington's line by the full-back on the far post.
Parkinson came close once more on 37 minutes. His shot deflecting onto the roof of the net.
An un-marked Hunt headed just over form the resulting corner.
It was to be the last of the first half action as the sides trooped in at the interval with the game still deadlocked.
It was nearly the worst possible start for the Magpies after the re-start.
Tann hauled Boulding to the ground on the edge of the box. Bell's right footed shot luckily fell at a comfortable height for Pilkington in the Notts goal.
Referee Kettle later had no choice but to point to the spot and issue McCann a yellow card after pulling back Stags Boulding.
The striker stepped up and coolly dispatched straight down the middle to put the hosts in front on 57 minutes.
MANSFIELD 1-0 NOTTS
MacKenzie also talked his way into the book seconds after.
McParland was quick to react bringing on Myles Weston for Andy Parkinson down the right hand side of midfield on the hour.
It was two for Boulding and two for the home side on 62 minutes, as he thumped in past Pilkington following sloppy defending from so far County star man Hunt.
Boulding and Arnold celebrate opener
A mix up between him and Tann let energetic Brown in who squared to Boulding. The rest was routine. Pilko no chance.
The Magpies with a mountain to climb wit 28 minutes remaining.
MANSFIELD 2-0 NOTTS
The Stags continued to attack with Notts clearly rattled.
Ex-County man Dan Martin joined the book for a foul on Weston after 65 minutes.
Boulding intent on netting a third struck from distance with the defence allowing him yet more room.
Pilkington saved well with second half just after the half-way mark.
The bookings continued to come with Brown added to the referee's notepad, again for a late challenge on Weston.
Mansfield could have added a third fifteen minutes from time.
The chance again falling to Boulding. His glancing header inside the area just drifted past Pilkington's right-hand post, as the confident Stags continued to probe.
With the clock ticking, Notts tried to work their way back into the game with Weston receiving the ball wide on numerous occasions.
But playing down the right was proving a massive problem for the left footed player.
Notts made their second change on 82 minutes. Hector Sam replacing penalty culprit McCann.
Notts struggled in the midfield battle
Sam was straight in amongst the action winning the Magpies a free-kick 25 yards out after being hauled down by Buxton who has sharply shown yellow. The set-piece again produced no end product.
Pilkington was again called into action three minutes later.
Nathan Arnold cut in well sweeping past Silk. His right-footed drive from 20 yards was well held by Pilkington.
Sam went close late on to reducing County's deficit.
Mayo's long head forward was brought down by Dudfield. Sam with the ball at his feet curled marginally wide of Muggleton's upright two minutes before the full-time whistle.
Notts continued to push but to no avail with the Stags content on seeing the game to a close.
With the full-time whistle blown, Field Mill erupted as Town recorded their second victory of the season.
Mansfield 2-0 Notts
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