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7th December 2017 22:12

The Emirates FA Cup - Round Two
Mansfield Town 3 - 0 Guiseley
Spencer 31, 52, pen 65. Holden sent off 39, M’Boungou sent off 50
Attendance: 4081 (675 from Guiseley)

Date: 3 December 2017

Martin Shaw at the One Call Stadium, Field Mill

Mansfield Town comfortably progressed to the third round of the FA Cup at the expense of National League Guiseley thanks to a hat-trick from Jimmy Spencer, his first goals for the club. It was the first hat-trick by a Stags player since Sam Clucas scored 4, also in the FA Cup, at St Albans, 4 years ago. The Stags now have 24 hours until Monday night to dream of an away tie at somewhere like Manchester United, Manchester City, Arsenal, Chelsea, or even Tottenham at Wembley. Paul Cox and Adam Murray returned to Mansfield as manager and assistant manager of Guiseley. Remarkably it meant that Mansfield’s last 3 managers (Cox, Murray, and Steve Evans) were in the dugouts at the same time. I doubt it has ever happened before that the most recent previous two managers of any league club were both in the away dugout. The Stags were dominant from start from finish. The Stags were ahead when Spencer powered a header home from a fantastic pinpoint Paul Anderson cross. Spencer added a second volleying into the roof of the net after good play down the left from CJ Hamilton and a fine cross. Guiseley were unable to cope with Hamilton’s pace all afternoon. Spencer’s third came as he was hauled down in the box and stepped up to take the penalty himself, sending keeper Jonny Maxted the wrong way. Spencer had missed a penalty earlier in the season against Luton. Guiseley had two players sent off and could have no complaints with either. Darren Holden was given a straight red card for diving in on Spencer with a dangerous challenge. The video shows that the referee had no choice but to show the red card. The second sending off was for Chris M’Boungou who, having earlier been booked, deliberately tripped the onrushing Hamilton to pick up a second yellow card. It was simply madness from M’Boungou, who should have picked up his second yellow card just sixty seconds earlier when he got away with a bad challenge on Spencer. The Stags could and should have scored more than 3 goals. Rhys Bennett headed against the inside of the post from a MacDonald cross, and CJ Hamilton had a shot deflected against the post. Keeper Jonny Maxted made a string of good saves and there were plenty of other misses. But it didn’t matter for Mansfield. Guiseley never got going and Paul Cox was rightly disappointed with their performance after the game. The Stags’ unbeaten run now stands at a hugely impressive 11 games in all competitions. Attention switches to the Checkatrade Trophy on Wednesday and a trip to Blackpool (don’t forget the kick off is 7pm). Steve Evans will undoubtedly make many changes. The size and quality of Mansfield’s squad means that the Checkatrade Trophy is not a distraction but instead a welcome chance for players who’ve not played much, to impress.

It was Guiseley’s first ever game in round two of the FA Cup. And they brought an impressive 675 fans, who were given free coach travel.

Before the game, Cox and Murray were given a great reception by the Mansfield fans, as they richly deserved. Cox had taken Mansfield to the Conference play-offs, then to promotion from the Conference the follow season, which I think was one of the most important promotions in the club’s history, winning the title in doing so, one of just three titles the club has ever achieved. Along the way there were too many big moments to list here, such as pushing Liverpool all the way in the FA Cup. Murray had been the captain in the Conference winning season, in what was his third spell with the club, and he had also played an important part in promotion under Stuart Watkiss more than a decade earlier. He was promoted to manager after Cox left. Both Cox and Murray can rightly be described as club legends.

Three players (Rhys Bennett, Danny Rose and CJ Hamilton) started for Mansfield today who were signed by Adam Murray. And another (Pearce) was on the bench. None in the matchday squad remained from the Paul Cox era.



FA CUP MATCH REPORT: Hat-trick hero Spencer sees Stags safely through against Guiseley
chad.co.uk, by JOHN LOMAS, Sunday 03 December 2017

Jimmy Spencer was Mansfield Town’s FA Cup hero with a hat-trick as they won 3-0, easily seeing off a Guiseley side that ended the game with nine men at One Call Stadium this afternoon. It was a miserable return to their old club for former Stags managers Paul Cox and Adam Murray as they saw Stags dominate their National League side from start to finish. Mansfield Town v Guiseley in The Emirates FA Cup Round Two - Sunday December 3rd 2017. Mansfield player Jimmy Spencer scores the first goal of the game . Picture: Chris Etchells But they didn’t help their own cause as Darren Holden was dismissed for a bad tackle on Spencer on 39 minutes and Chris M’Boungou followed him on 50 minutes for a second bookable offence. Spencer had not scored for the Stags before today but made up for that with three excellent finishes - a close range header on 31 minutes, a neat volley on 52 minutes, just after M’Boungou had been sent off, and a cool penalty kick on 61 minutes. Now Mansfield will eagerly await tomorrow night’s third round draw to see if they can land a plum draw against Premier League opposition. Mansfield made three changes - two enforced. Midfielders Jacob Mellis and Joel Byrom both missed out with knocks, so Will Atkinson and Paul Anderson came into the side. Mansfield Town v Guiseley in The Emirates FA Cup Round Two - Sunday December 3rd 2017. Mansfield player Jimmy Spencer scores the first goal of the game . Picture: Chris Etchells Mellis’ knock was said to be ‘a slight one’ and he was among the subs. The other change was up front where Spencer took over from Omari Sterling-James. Visiting Guiseley were without the suspended John Rooney. But they were backed by 10 noisy coach loads of supporters, all paid for by the club. Odejayi had the first goal attempt of the game in the first minute after Hunt’s ball forward was cleared and Fondop-Talom broke down the right. He found Odejayi inside him, but his shot was tame and straight at Logan. Stags had a big penalty shout on three minutes as Rose went down in the box under M’Boungou’s challenge after a superb through ball by MacDonald, but all they got was a corner. On five minutes Spencer turned well onto a low ball in from the left by Hamilton but guided a low shot wide from eight yards. The early thrills continued as Molyneux, in space on the left, fired a rising shot just over the home bar from 18 yards. Straight up the other end, Spencer pulled a low shot wide from 20 yards. M’Boungou was booked for hacking down Rose 20 yards from goal on 14 minutes, the free kick worked to MacDonald for a firm shot that keeper Maxted beat away. A minutes later White burst into the box on the right and laid a low pass to Anderson whose finish was kept out by Maxted’s foot. On 16 minutes Bennett headed against a post from MacDonald’s cross as the home side piled on the pressure. Hunt was added to the book on 19 minutes after getting the wrong side of Fondop-Talom. Still Mansfield came forward and on 26 minutes Rose won a far post ball and nodded it down to Anderson, who forced Maxted into a flying save at the near post with a dipping half volley. Palmer then got in a good block on Spencer’s shot from a cutting pass by Hamilton. The breakthrough finally came on 31 minutes. Anderson curled in a delicious cross from the right and Spencer was perfectly placed to head home his first goal for the club from four yards. Guiseley’s task was made even harder on 39 minutes when Holden was sent-off for a studs-up tackle on Spencer. The Lions then withdrew Odejayi and brought on Lowe four minutes later. A minute from the break Spencer almost doubled his tally as he played a one-two with Anderson only to see his finish deflect just over. Then MacDonald squared the ball across and the box and another deflected Spencer finish saw Maxted get down to push away as Mansfield had to be satisfied with a single goal advantage at the break. Former Stag Hurst joined the action for the second half for the Lions in place of Hughes. Guiseley’s hopes faded further as they were reduced to nine men on 50 minutes. M’Boungou’s trip on Hamilton as he tried to dance past him 25 yards from goal saw him given a second yellow card and an early end to his afternoon. Mansfield took immediate advantage to finally put some daylight between them and the visitors with a second goal for Spencer on 52 minutes. Hamilton showed a burst of speed to get into the left of the box and he pulled the ball back for Spencer to guide home a neat volleyed finish from eight yards. The visitors forced a corner from which MacDonald had to clear almost on the line. Stags sped upfield and Rose was upended by sub Purver, who was booked just two minutes after coming on. Anderson fired into the sidenetting and MacDonald shot over as the home side went for the jugular. Spencer completed his hat-trick from the spot on 65 minutes as Mansfield finally put the game to bed. Spencer was hauled down as he tried to turn Lowe and he sent Maxted the wrong way from the spot. It was inevitably all Mansfield after that and MacDonald crashed a free kick through the wall at Maxted while Rose sent a volley over. Spencer sent a hurried over over the bar and Hamilton shot low across goal as the minutes ticked away. Spencer was given an ovation from the fans and a big hug from Evans as he was replaced by Sterling-James with two minutes to go.

STAGS: Logan; White, Bennett, Diamond, Hunt; Hamilton, Anderson (Potter 69), Atkinson, MacDonald (Butcher 73), Hamilton; Rose, Spencer (Sterling-James 88). Subs not used: Olejnik, Digby, Pearce, Mellis.

GUISELEY: Maxted, Brown, Palmer, Lawlor, Molyneux (Purver 55), Odejayi (Lowe 53), Lenighan, Fondon-Talom, M’Boungou, Holden, Hughes (Hurst HT). Subs not used: Green, Correia, McFadzean, Haworth.

REFEREE: Carl Boyeson of East Yorkshire.

ATTENDANCE: 4,081 (675 away).


Read more at: https://www.hucknalldispatch.co.uk/sport/football/fa-cup-match-report-hat-trick-hero-spencer-sees-stags-safely-through-against-guiseley-1-8890523


Mansfield Town 3 Guiseley 0: Nine-man Guiseley’s FA Cup dream’s over
yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk, by LEON WOBSCHALL, Sunday 03 December 2017 0

PAUL COX admitted that his Guiseley side paid for an insipid start en route to a comprehensive FA Cup exit at former club Mansfield Town on an afternoon when the visitors also lost their discipline and played the last 39 minutes with nine men. Defenders Darren Holden and Chris M’Boungou both received their marching orders on a day when Leeds-born striker Jimmy Spencer scored the first hat-trick of his professional career on a day to savour for him. Referee Carl Boyeson sends off Guiseley's Darren Holden. PIC: Jonathan Gawthorpe But there was no noteworthy afternoon for Guiseley and after making history by reaching the second round for the first time ever, there was no encore and need to file another entry into the record books. On an arduous afternoon, Cox, whose side have now received four dismissals in their past five matches, said: “We came into the game with a great following and never got to grips with the game from the start. “It was disappointing that we did not apply ourselves right in the first half. In going down to ten and then nine men, you are chasing the game and it is damage limitation.” It was very much one-way traffic at the One Call Stadium from the off and if Guiseley’s task was stiff enough, it became even positively herculean following the dismissal of Holden five minutes before the break. Referee Carl Boyeson sends off Guiseley's Chris M'Boungou PIC: Jonathan Gawthorpe The full-back could have no complaints following a reckless over-the-top challenge on Spencer in a fiery half where tensions were high on both benches. Thankfully, Guiseley possessed a cool head in goal in the shape of Jonny Maxted, who carried on from where he left off in the first-round replay at Accrington by showcasing his agility in another stand-out display, more especially in the first period. He was powerless to keep out Spencer’s opener on 31 minutes, a classic centre-forward’s header following excellent wing play by Paul Anderson, but excelled himself both before and after that to ensure that the Lions were not dead and buried at the interval. After Guiseley had survived an early scare when M’Boungou’s clumsy-looking challenge in the box on Danny Rose was not penalised, Maxted came to the fore. He turned away Alex MacDonald’s smart free-kick, before making a terrific save to deny Anderson and then appeared to get a faint touch to a point-blank header from Rhys Bennett, which struck the near post. The pressure finally told when Spencer - hitherto without a goal this season - put the hosts in front and Cox’s side faced a mountain to climb when Holden saw red. Maxted made a fine scrambling save to keep out an effort from Spencer shortly before the break - while being mindful that he would, in all likelihood, have to repeat his exploits on the restart to somehow keep the Lions in the tie. Hopes of that were extinguished when M’Boungou received his marching orders for his second bookable offence - just as he did in the first-round replay at Accrington. But this time, there was no fairytale. Soon after, Spencer clinically fired home from close range after good wing play by the lively CJ Hamilton to effectively settle the tie. A rare foray saw Alex MacDonald clear Jake Lawlor’s header off the line before play switched to the other end and Spencer sealed his treble, converting from the spot after substitute Danny Lowe was penalised for a shirt-tug on him. It looked like being a long final 25 minutes for the Lions, but mercifully there was no further damage in terms of the score. Hamilton went close with an effort which hit the post and substitute Alfie Potter was a whisker away with a low drive before time was called on an eminently forgettable Stags return for Cox.

Mansfield Town: Logan; White, Diamond, Bennett, Hunt; Anderson (Potter 69), Atkinson, MacDonald (Butcher 73), Hamilton; Spencer (Sterling-James 87), Rose. Substitutes unused: Olejnik, Digby, Pearce, Mellis.

Guiseley: Maxted; Brown, Palmer, M’Boungou, Holden; Hughes (Hurst 45), Lawlor, Lenighan, Molyneux (Purver 55); Odejayi (Lowe 43), Fondop. Subs unused: Green, Correira, McFadzean, Haworth.

Read more at: https://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/sport/football/non-league-football/mansfield-town-3-guiseley-0-nine-man-guiseley-s-fa-cup-dream-s-over-1-8890666


Mansfield 3-0 Guiseley: Jimmy Spencer’s hat-trick seals victory for League Two side after minnows have two players sent off within 11 minutes

Jimmy Spencer’s hat-trick sealed Mansfield's progression into the third round
Steve Evans’s men were denied by the stunning Jonny Maxted for long periods
Guiseley had two players sent off by referee Carl Boyeson at Field Mill
Darren Holden saw red for a bad challenge and Chris M’Boungou followed him

By Alan Biggs For The Daily Mail, 3 December 2017

No one from Guiseley dreamed it quite like this - unless they suffered a nightmare on the eve of the club’s first appearance in the FA Cup second round.

The West Yorkshire side had two men sent off in a defeat that should have been even more comprehensive. Steve Evans’s League Two Mansfield were singlehandedly denied by the brilliance of the National League team’s keeper, Jonny Maxted, before Jimmy Spencer’s hat-trick sealed victory.

At 1-0 down, Guiseley had Darren Holden sent off for what looked a shocking over-the-top challenge and Chris M’Boungou followed him for two yellow cards, again with no complaints.

It was a wretched return to Field Mill for Guiseley boss Paul Cox and his assistant Paul Murray, both former Stags managers.

And there was evidently some bad feeling, too, as tension between the benches spilled over at the end. As the Mansfield boss strode over to attempt a handshake, Cox marched on to the field. Blanked, Evans gave a dismissive wave of the arm.

He also criticised the non-Leaguers, saying: ‘They had a game plan to be very physical. You’re never going to beat us like that. I thought we were fantastic in spells.’

Cox said: ‘It’s disappointing. We never got to grips with the game.’

Remarkably, Spencer’s goals were his first for Mansfield - a header, a volley and a penalty.

While the focus was rightly on Guiseley, Mansfield have claims to fame in this competition.

Back in 1969 on this ground, they reached the quarter-finals by winning 3-0 against a West Ham side boasting World Cup trio Bobby Moore, Geoff Hurst and Martin Peters.

Guiseley had a 675-strong following, but now have a basement battle at second bottom of the National League.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-5141689/Mansfield-3-0-Guiseley-Jimmy-Spencers-treble-seals-win.html#ixzz50PGOnauf



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