STAGS BEATEN FOR FIRST THIS SEASON BY EXETER
English Football League - Sky Bet League Two
Mansfield Town 1 - 2 Exeter City
Walker 61. Moxey 31, Law 57.
Attendance: 4443 (228 from Exeter)
Date: 15 September 2018
Martin Shaw and Simon Chamberlain at the One Call Stadium, Field Mill
Mansfield Town were beaten in the league for the first time this season by an impressive Exeter City side at the One Call Stadium. The Stags started positively in the opening 20 minutes, with some good possession, two shots from Otis Khan which were straight at the keeper, and one really good effort when Tyler Walker’s shot brought a flying save from the keeper. But then Exeter showed their teeth up front with Jayden Stockley heading against the post, Hiram Boateng sweeping a shot just over, and then taking the lead on 31 minutes when Dean Moxey curled a super shot in off the right post and the ball nestled just inside the left post, giving Bobby Olejnik no chance. Exeter hit the post again on 51 minutes through another Stockley header. Exeter scored a killer second goal after 57 minutes. Pierce Sweeney found Boateng who was left in acres of space on the byline on the right by Pearce and Ryan Sweeney who seemed to be waiting for an offside flag. Boateng crossed into the middle where Nicky Law bundled into the net despite being under pressure from White and Preston. Dozy defending all round. The Stags brought on Danny Rose to go up front and he made an immediate impact with a good header which keeper Pym kept out but Tyler Walker knocked in the rebound. The Stags had chances to equalise through a Neal Bishop shot that went close, a header from Pearce saved on the line and an effort from Preston that was saved on the line. Then in stoppage time, a magnificent acrobatic effort from Rose was straight at the keeper and a minute later, Rose sent in another tremendous effort this time an overhead kick, which was again saved, though the referee had already given a foul against Preston. A disappointing day for the Stags. Exeter deserved their win, and the Stags came up short against a good side. The Stags had some good possession, but weren’t good enough in both final thirds, with the quality of final ball often poor, and some poor defending. Exeter on the other hand made the most of their possession, sharp and incisive moving forward with some good crosses, scoring twice and hitting the post twice, while they defended well too. Mansfield’s bad run at home against Exeter continues, the Stags last win here was in March 1998, a 3-2 win with goals by Tony Ford (2) and Mark Peters.
Mansfield made one change from the last league game, against Carlisle a fortnight ago, with Calum Butcher coming in for Danny Rose. Butcher had played well in the Checkatrade Trophy game at Lincoln 11 days ago to earn his place. It was a 3-4-2-1 formation with Butcher (right) and Otis Khan (left) just behind Tyler Walker. Craig Davies was missing from the squad due to a muscle injury; Davies was 80% fit and will be ok for next Saturday but David Flitcroft did not want to risk him getting a worse injury. Mellis is suspended for 3 games.
FULL REPORT IN THE MATCH CENTRE
Match report: Mansfield Town 1-2 Exeter City
chad.co.uk, by STEPHEN THIRKILL, Saturday 15 September 2018
Mansfield Town’s unbeaten start to the season was ended after a 2-1 defeat at home to Exeter City. Dean Moxey gave the promotion-chasing Grecians the lead at the break with a well taken finish, before Nicky Law doubled the advantage just before the hour mark. Mansfield pulled a goal back five minutes after falling behind through Tyler Walker’s close range finish. But they failed to bag an equaliser despite late pressure to cap a disappointing afternoon in what was their toughest test of the campaign so far..
Stags had started strongly with Christy Pym doing well to beat away Tyler Walker’s powerful shot on 13 minutes. But they faded after a good start with the intensity and tempo dropping as the visitors grew into the game. And they fell behind thanks to Dean Moxey’s beautifully curling effort on 31 minutes after he was given too much time and space on the edge of the box. The lead was doubled when Nicky Law headed home from close range on 57 minutes after Pierce Sweeney’s cross carved Mansfield open. Tyler Walker bagged his sixth goal of the campaign on 62 minutes with a toe-poke to give Mansfield hope. It sparked a brief upturn in tempo as Mansfield began to push Exeter back and play with purpose. But Matt Taylor’s men did enough to hold on as they moved into the automatic promotion places. Boss David Flitcroft made one change with midfielder Calum Butcher coming into the side after impressing against Lincoln City at the expense of Danny Rose. But forward Craig Davies was ruled out following a knock. Christy Pym saved comfortably from Otis Khan’s fifth minute free-kick as Stags began to take control. Alex MacDonald failed to get hold of a curling effort from distance on 11 minutes after Jordan Tilson sloppily gave the ball away. Pym beat away a firm shot from Tyler Walker two minutes later as Stags cranked up the pressure. Jordan Stockley headed Pierce Sweeney’s looping cross against the post on 23 minutes as the Grecians threatened for the first time. Hiram Boateng fired over from a good position minutes later after Stockley scuffed his effort. And the visitors hit the front in the 31st minute after Dean Moxey’s beautifully curling effort from the edge of the box went in off the inside of the post. Stags had a let off on 41 minutes when Boateng failed to get the ball out from under his feet when in a great position in the box. Lee Holmes had a shot deflected over for a corner on 50 minutes as Exeter looked for a vital second goal. Stockley headed against the upright a minute later after Bobby Olejnik failed to claim a cross. Danny Rose came off the bench on 55 minutes to the delight of the home fans as David Flitcroft looked for a change of fortune. Krystian Pearce boomed a header over from a corner a minute later. Nicky Law headed home from close range to double Exeter’s lead on 57 minutes after Sweeney’s cross carved Mansfield open. Tyler Walker bagged his sixth goal of the campaign on 62 minutes with a toe-poke after Danny Rose’s powerful header had been saved. Neal Bishop fired over from distance on 64 minutes as Mansfield increased the tempo and intensity. A diving Stockley glanced a header well wide on 73 minutes after NIcky Law’s brilliant run and cross created an opening. Pym held well as Pearce again showed his danger from a corner on 74 minutes. Stags continued to push in the late stages with Danny Rose’s injury-time acrobatic effort the highlight. But Stags failed to create enough chances to break down a solid Exeter defence as their final ball all too often let them down.
Mansfield Town: Olejnik, Preston, Pearce, Sweeney, White, MacDonald, Bishop, Hamilton, Butcher, Khan, Walker. Subs: Logan, Gibbens, Benning, Atkinson, Elsnik, Rose, Graham.
Exeter City: Pym, Sweeney, Martin, Croll, Moxey, Boateng, Tillson, Taylor, Law, Holmes, Stockley. Subs: O’Shea, Martin, Hamon, Forte. Oates, Abrahams, Ogbene.
Referee: Andy Haines: Att: 4,443 Stags MOM: Otis Khan.
Read more at: https://www.chad.co.uk/sport/football/mansfield-town/match-report-mansfield-town-1-2-exeter-city-1-9351173
Mansfield Town 1 City 2
15 September 2018, By Ben Strange
Exeter City battled to a 2-1 victory over Mansfield Town at the One Call Stadium in Sky Bet League Two.
The Grecians went ahead just after the half hour mark when Dean Moxey curled an exquisite effort in with his right foot, before Nicky Law doubled City’s lead in the second half with a close-range finish.
Tyler Walker then pulled a goal back for the home side, but the Grecians fought well to defend their box and hold onto a big three points on the road.
Matt Taylor made just one change to the side that beat Notts County 5-1 last weekend, with the injured Craig Woodman dropping out for Luke Croll, who came into the centre of defence to partner Aaron Martin.
It was David Flitcroft’s side who started the brighter through the likes of Otis Khan, who had an early effort from the edge of the box well saved by Christy Pym. Walker was next to try his luck from distance, but again the City goalkeeper stood up to the test.
But the Grecians began to get a foothold in the game as they started to see more of the ball, which almost saw them go ahead through birthday boy Jayden Stockley.
A deep cross from Pierce Sweeney on the right found the striker at the far post, and he rose well, before heading against the far post.
City’s pressure then told on 30 minutes when they went ahead through Moxey who provided a sublime finish. After a cross was defended by the Town back line, the ball broke to the left back, who cut onto his right foot before swinging an effort inside the far corner, leaving former Grecian Bobby Olejnik with little chance of saving.
Mansfield tried to get back into the match before the break, but good aerial defending from the likes of Croll and Martin saw to it that City would take an advantage into half-time.
As expected, Flitcroft’s side began the second period with a great deal of intensity, but again crosses were well defended by the Grecians.
Stockley then almost made it 2-0 when he peeled away to stretch and header against the post once again following some good build-up play from the right.
But the Grecians got their second soon after when a wonderful pass from Pierce Sweeney somehow found Hiram Boateng in acres of space before he crossed for Law to nod in from close range to put City in a strong position.
Pym was then at it again as he saved from Walker, but just seconds after he was picking the ball out of his net when the forward managed to squeeze the ball over the line despite the City keeper’s initial save.
With a 2-1 lead, the Grecians were then forced to defend strongly for the rest of the match. And as time edged into six added minutes, substitute Danny Rose had two powerful overhead kicks kept out by Pym as City held onto an excellent win.
Mansfield Town: Olejnik, White (Benning, 83), Preston, Pearce, Bishop, MacDonald, Khan, Butcher (Rose, 55), Sweeney (Elsnik, 69), Walker, Hamilton
Subs not used: Logan, Atkinson, Gibbens, Graham
Booked: Neal Bishop
Exeter City: Pym, Sweeney, A. Martin, Tillson, Law, Holmes (L. Martin, 72), Stockley, Moxey, Croll, Taylor, Boateng (Ogbene, 83)
Subs not used: Hamon, O’Shea, Forte, Oates, Abrahams
Booked: Aaron Martin, Chiedozie Ogbene, Pierce Sweeney, Dean Moxey
Attendance: 4,443 (Inc, 228, away)
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