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23rd November 2014 0:17

The FA Cup - Round One
Mansfield Town 1 - 1 Concord Rangers
Glozier OG 17. Chiedozie 18.
Attendance: 2023 (101 from Concord)

Date: 18 November 2014

Martin Shaw at the One Call Stadium, Field Mill

Mansfield Town wasted an opportunity to put to an end a very bad run of results as they were held to a draw by Conference South side Concord Rangers in the first round of the FA Cup at Field Mill last night. The two teams will therefore go to a replay in Essex next Tuesday for the right to play Cambridge in the second round. The result heaps further pressure on Stags manager Paul Cox. Mansfield made a positive start to the game with recalled striker Rakish Bingham looking lively, and deservedly went ahead on 17 minutes when Liam Marsden’s long throw was headed up in the air by a defender, Matt Rhead headed forward and Concord left back Danny Glozier could only head it into his own net. But just 17 seconds after the restart a brilliant equaliser for Concord and a moment of magic from Jordan Chiedozie, son of former Notts County winger John Chiedozie, and released from Bournemouth earlier this year. Chiedozie, 28 yards from goal, fired in a shot like a missile that flew just inside the left post giving Sascha Studer no chance. It was an absolute ripsnorter. Moments of quality in the first half were rare after that apart from one good Stags move as Fergus Bell set up Bingham who brought a fine save from Concord’s keeper Josh Vicars, on loan from Arsenal. The Stags made a positive start to the second half, as they had to the first, and created six chances in the first ten minutes of the half. One of them followed more great play from Bell to set up Bingham who controlled the ball and sent in a hard low shot that keeper Vicars saved superbly again, low down. Studer made an equally superb save at the other end on 63 minutes, acrobatically tipping over a flick from Chiedozie. The game drifted aimlessly towards a draw until the last two minutes as Adam Murray fired just over the bar, and then Chris Clements nearly won it with a great free kick from 22 yards which Vicars somehow tipped away for his third brilliant save of the game. Not good enough from the Stags and plenty of booing and calls for Cox to be sacked at the final whistle and indeed throughout the game. Too many players are out of form at the moment and the Stags players are desperately low on confidence, none more so that Rakish Bingham, who had a decent game last night but so desperately, needs a goal. Credit to Concord Rangers for a good performance and in Jordan Chiedozie and Josh Vicars, they had the two outstanding players on the night.



Mansfield Town held in FA Cup by Concord Rangers
chad.co.uk report by John Lomas

Mansfield Town were booed from the field after they were held 1-1 at home by gutsy Conference South Concord Rangers in their delayed FA Cup first round tie at One Call Stadium last night.


The toothless Stags laboured all night against a lively Rangers outfit, the visitors never having been this far in the competition before but never looking outclassed.

It was a ninth game without a win for Stags as pressure grows on manager Paul Cox with some very tough games ahead in the next fortnight.

Stags, who had only netted three goals in eight previous games, were gifted the lead through a Danny Glozier own goal on 17 minutes.

But Concord, who have only lost once in 15 games, hit back within 45 seconds through a wonder strike from Jordan Chiedozie and fully deserved their home replay at the end of a frustrating night for the Stags.

The Stags side showed three changes.

With Jamie McGuire suspended after his red card in Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at Shrewsbury, Fergus Bell came back into central midfield, playing just behind the strikers.

With loanee Danny Carr going back to Huddersfield since the weekend, Rakish Bingham came back into the front line.

And, with parent club Derby County not wanting loanee Keiron Freeman to become cup-tied, Stags brought Liam Marsden back in as a wing back.

Rangers had the night’s first shy at goal as Chiedozie got on the end of an attempted headed clearance by Waterfall and sent a volley wide of goal.

Arsenal loanee keeper Vickers had to be alert to racer to the edge of his box and clear as Bingham chased a short backpass.

On five minutes the Beachboys won the first corner of the night which came to nothing.

A good run from Bingham into the box then saw Lampe forced into two good blocks.

On eight minutes Stokes tried his luck from 20 yards, but the ball flew straight to Studer.

Murray’s ball into the box saw Bingham win the chase, but Walker did enough with his challenge to see Bingham’s final shot trickle towards Vickers.

It was more promising for Mansfield on 11 minutes as Beevers found Rhead at the far post where he poked the ball over the top from wide of the right post.

Studer was out his box quickly to make sure Chiedozie did not reach a through ball.

Bell also dragged a low shot wide after a good run to just inside the box.

The game then suddenly exploded with two goals in 45 seconds.

Stags were ahead on 17 minutes as Matt Rhead headed a long throw from Marden from the left goalwards and, in getting in the way, Glozier inadvertently headed it past his own keeper from seven yards.

But from the restart, the Beachboys were level in spectacular fashion.

Chiedozie, 30 yards out, looked up and simply smashed a 30-yard shot goalwards which found the top left hand corner off the inside of the post past a helpless Studer.

The eager Chiedozie then robbed Clements some 45 yards out and then tried to lift a long, hopeful effort over Studer, who had enough time to backpedal and collect.

The half-hour mark saw the first few boos ring out from the home fans.

Rhead was warned for a late shove on keeper Vickers as he took a high Marsden cross out of the air.

Stokes was well over with a hurried snapshot onto a loose Murray pass as Stags continued to labour.

On 40 minutes Murray was from Bell’s low pass. Two minutes later Bell rolled a low pass in from the left that saw Bingham poke a shot at goal at the near post and Vickers have to turn aside for Mansfield’s first corner.

That was cleared and sparked a Concord break that ended with Chedozie firing well over.

Then a great cross by Walker from the right was just too high for Cawley, lurking at the far post.

Woodyard slid into a full-blooded tackle on Riley in stoppage time, but it was Chiedozie shown the yellow card as the half ended 1-1.

Stags might have gone back in front in the opening 45 seconds of the half after Murray won the ball from Woodyard and sent Bingham into the box on the left. But, when he squared it low to Bell, his bundled finish was poor and wide.

Clements was also wide soon after with a hopeful effort from well out.

On 51 minutes Bell put in a good low ball from the right and Bingham got a powerful low shot on target from 12 yards that Vickers did well to get down to block to his right.

Play was brought back on 54 minutes as Stags lost possession to enable the referee to book White for hacking down Clements in full flight.

Stags threw on Palmer for Rhead up front on 58 minutes.

Bingham should have tested the keeper on the hour as a cleared Marsden throw reached Murray who rolled the ball in his path, Bingham kicking fresh air as he completely missed it.

On 64 minutes Rangers, after a spell of pressure, almost went ahead as Chiedozie helped the ball on from Woodyard’s initial effort from close range and Studer was at full stretch to acrobatically tip the ball onto the roof of the net.

On 66 minutes Waterfall was booked for a needless shove.

Murray played a neat one-two with Bingham on 71 minutes, but the finish was wide.

The decision to replace Bell with Lambe on 73 minutes was greeted with derision by the home fans as the possibility of a replay began to loom large.

Stags began to enjoy some sustained pressure at last in the final 10 minutes. But Rangers were standing firm and keeping Vickers well protected.

Fry did superbly well to take the ball away from both Palmer and Bingham when outnumbered in the box.

Miles was sent on with four minutes to go was inches over with his first touch from a free kick.

Murray was too high from 20 yards as we reached the 88th minute. And in the final minute Vickers threw himself full length to his right to block a goalbound Clements free kick from 18 yards as Concord earned a deserved replay next Tuesday with the inevitable boos ringing round the ground.


Mansfield Town 1 Concord Rangers 1: FA Cup match report
Nottingham Post report, Posted: November 18, 2014

CONCORD might be flying but life’s no beach for Mansfield Town and their manager Paul Cox.

The Conference South side, named after a beach on their Canvey Island home and not the decommissioned luxury jet, forced an FA Cup first round replay on Tuesday thanks to Jordan Chiedozie’s 30-yard screamer after 18 minutes.

Read more: http://www.nottinghampost.com/Mansfield-Town-1-Concord-Rangers-1-FA-Cup-match/story-24555233-detail/story.html?#ixzz3JVLhGi8o
That spared team-mate Danny Glozier’s blushes after he had scored an awful own goal a minute earlier.

Tradesman Glozier could be perhaps be forgiven as he had been up since 5am due to work.

The result meant Stags were left red faced and facing a trip to Essex as their winless run was extended to nine games, even though the League Two side had plenty of chances to break the unwanted streak.

That only heightens the pressure on Cox and his team, who were roundly booed as they failed to beat the semi-professionals. The Mansfield boss left to chants of ‘Cox out’, although only from a minority. The Beach Boys left to universal applause.

Stags made three changes to the team which lost 2-0 to Shrewsbury on Saturday.

Striker Daniel Carr has returned to Huddersfield following a one-month loan spell and his place went to Rakish Bingham with Fergus Bell replacing the suspended Jamie McGuire in midfield and Liam Marsden in for Kieron Freeman as parent club Derby did not want Freeman to be cup tied so Marsden was recalled at right wing-back.

The hosts looked lively early on as Adam Murray and Bingham combined well with the ball on the floor.

Mansfield were certainly the better side and they took the lead after 17 minutes in near farcical circumstances.

Concord’s noticeably small back four and their colleagues were unable to deal with a long throw into the box and when Matt Rhead nodded down, Rangers left-back Glozier wrong footed his keeper with a terrible header that trickled in from six yards.

There was nothing comical about the equaliser a minute later, only quality. There looked to be nothing on when former Bournemouth trainee Chiedozie picked up the ball 30 yards out, but he unleashed a fierce shot that arrowed past Sascha Studer and rattled in off the far post.

Concord fans celebrated wildly at the opposite end and even Stags fans rose to their feet to applaud. That was virtually the last time they applauded in the first half, though.

From then they were on the Mansfield players’ backs as they could do no right. In fairness, their team lost their way with a series of poorly aimed long balls replacing early incisive moves.

Bingham was still a threat though and he came close after 42 minutes when nimble footwork was followed by a save at the near post. Rangers had their moments as well, most notably when Chiedozie, with confidence brimming, fired straight at Studer from 40 yards.

Just like in the first half, Mansfield started the second well, even though they made a terrible hash of a four on two break when Bingham found Bell and he shot horribly over.

In fairness, the pass was behind Bell and he showed Bingham how it was done five minutes later with a perfect pass into Bingham’s path after a driving run. Bingham got a clean strike away from ten yards, but it was too central and Josh Vickers made a fine save, low to his right.

Bingham was wasteful in front of goal again on the hour as he missed the ball totally from six yards and Mansfield were nearly made to rue such profligacy, but Studer bailed them out with a stunning save three minutes later when he clawed Cheiedozie’s mishit effort over from six yards.

The game was wide open with the Beach Boys affording their opponents plenty of space, unfortunately they lacked the quality to make the most of the openings.

Stags could have been stung again with four minutes left when Taylor Miles went close with a 20 yard free-kick, his first touch after coming on.

Mansfield had a similar chance of their own almost straight after, Vickers was up to the task, with a fine save from Clements’ free-kick.

Stags (3-5-2): Studer; Riley, Tafazolli, Waterfall; Marsden, Clements, Murray, Bell (Lambe 73), Beevers; Bingham, Rhead (Palmer 58); Subs not used: Thomas, Taylor, Sendles-White, Bishop

Concord (4-3-3): Vickers; Walker, Lampe, Fry, Glozier; Collins (Ogilvie 72), Woodyard, White; Cawley (Miles 86), Stokes (Gardner 55), Chiedozie; Subs not used: King, Alexander, Kabashi

Referee: Kevin Wright

Man of the match: Adam Murray. Probably the only player to get the ball down and play for 90 minutes. He showed the way early on but his team-mates did not follow as they often restored to long balls after the equaliser.


Concord Rangers mark FA Cup First Round bow with remarkable draw at Mansfield Town
echo-news.co.uk, Tuesday 18 November 2014
by Luke Lambert

Mansfield Town 1-1 Concord Rangers

FA Cup Round One

CONCORD Rangers rose to the occasion on the biggest day in their history to hold Mansfield Town to draw in the FA Cup First Round.


The match was put on hold ten days ago but the Beachboys were more than a match for their League Two opponents on a cold Tuesday night in Mansfield, in which the home goalkeeper was named Man of the Match.

The first half was lit up by a goal of immense quality from Jordan Chiedozie - the ex-Bournemouth man hitting a superb equaliser only 40 seconds after a Danny Glozier own goal had put the Stags in front.

Danny Cowley named an attacking line-up, with Steve Cawley, Jordan Chiedozie and Tony Stokes all causing the home defence problems, but the hosts had the first real chance.

It was Fergus Bell’s jinking run that saw him skip past Matt Fry and hit a shot beyond the far post and, moments later, the hosts opened the scoring.

Having struggled to find the net in recent weeks, with only three goals in eight outings, it was an own goal that handed them the advantage.

A long throw was headed on by giant centre-forward Matt Rhead and, in his eagerness to clear the ball, the unfortunate Danny Glozier could only nod into his own net with Josh Vickers stranded.

Concord, two tiers below their opponents, could have been forgiven for trying to slow the game down but they had hit back inside 40 seconds.

A knock-down found Jordan Chiedozie outside the penalty area and the forward looked up, took aim aim, and blasted past Studer from 30 yards via the inside of the post.

And from that point on the underdogs looked more comfortable, with James White orchestrating the play in midfield.

Chiedozie hadn’t paused for breath, with ex-Beachboys defender Ryan Tafazolli being given the run-around but, as the half was edging towards half-time Mansfield should have regained the lead.

Moments after Adam Murray has struck wide, neat footwork from Rakish Bingham saw him beat the last defender and come face-to-face with Vickers. The striker took a touch and attempted to lob over the on-loan Arsenal stopper but the 18-year-old made a superb block to send the ball behind for a corner.

Increasingly frustrated by more misplaced passes, the home fans displeasure was palpable inside the One Call Stadium and the half-time whistle couldn’t come soon enough for the hosts.

The Stags came out strongly in the second-half, and Bell should have put Mansfield back in front within a minute of kick-off - slicing over after good work from Bingham.

Vickers was not needed on that occasion but he was called upon to deny the lively Bingham moments later, getting down quickly to deny the striker.

The same man fluffed his lines when Marsden’s fizzed cross missed everyone only to see Bingham hit a fresh air shot unmarked from five yards.

But back came Concord and only a tremendous save from Studer kept the scores level. Cawley’s scuffed shot found Chiedozie with his back to goal and his effort was touched over with the deftest of fingertips.

Joe Gardner and Gary Ogilvie came on as the non-league side tired with Mansfield also making changes to cries of ‘you don’t know what you’re doing’ from the home faithful.

And it was Gardner who almost put the visitors in front for the first time - striking on goal only to see it diverted over the crossbar by a covering defender.

A late Chris Clements free-kick was brilliantly tipped aside by Vickers as the clock ticked into added time and, as home keeper Studer was declared Man of the Match, the whistle went to mark a lucrative replay next Tuesday.

MOM: Jordan Chiedozie (Concord Rangers)

Mansfield Town: Studer, Riley, Tafazolli, Bell (Lambe), Rhead (Palmer), Bingham, Beevers, Marsden, Murray, Waterfall, Clements

Concord Rangers: Vickers, Walker, Lampe, Fry, Glozier, White, Woodyard, Collins (Ogilvie), Cawley (Miles), Stokes (Gardner), Chiedozie



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