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9th December 2018 19:34

English Football League Trophy - Checkatrade Trophy, round 2
Mansfield Town 0 - 1 Bury
Telford 35. Dawson sent off 85
Attendance: 1029 (27 from Bury)

Date: 4 December 2018

Martin Shaw at the One Call Stadium, Field Mill

Mansfield Town were knocked out in the second round of the Checkatrade Trophy by Bury last night after putting in a really poor performance and deservedly losing 1-0. After a 10 day break since the last match, David Flitcroft understandably chose a strong side for the game. Bury on the other hand, having played in the FA Cup against Luton just 48 hours earlier, made nine changes including resting their best players such as Danny Mayor and Nicky Maynard. But it was Bury who dictated the game and looked crisper in their passing while Mansfield looked extremely rusty. Indeed Mansfield’s first half performance must rank as the worst of the season, and perhaps on a par with the second half at Macclesfield as the worst 45 minutes of the season. The Stags were barely able to string a few passes together in that first half with Bury totally dictating things. It took Mansfield 34 minutes to muster any kind of effort on goal with Neal Bishop shooting straight at the keeper. And Bury deservedly went ahead on 35 minutes when Dominic Telford fired powerfully under Conrad Logan after a fortunate ricochet off Mal Benning fell nicely into his path. Mansfield made a triple substitution at half time including bringing on CJ Hamilton, and Hamilton immediately injected some pace and purpose into the Stags game. The second half performance was better from the Stags but Bury still ran out deserved winners. Bury missed the two best chances when Telford chipped over Logan and wide of the post in another 1-on-1 chance, and then Logan saved superbly from Lavery’s penalty after he had brought down Barjonas inside the area who was also though 1-on-1. Former Stags midfielder Stephen Dawson, on his 33rd birthday, and more than a decade after he left Mansfield, was sent off after 85 minutes for a terrible challenge on Tyler Walker on the touchline but it didn’t help the Stags. Ahead of the big local derby against Notts County on Saturday, only CJ Hamilton and Conrad Logan came out of this game with real credit. However if it was rustiness that led to this performance, then it will have been an important game for Mansfield in getting the players back into action and getting that rustiness out of the system before the really big game.

Mansfield made three changes from the side that drew at Lincoln. Logan came in for Olejnik in goal. Logan had played in all games in the competition previously. Hayden White returned from injury for Atkinson. White had pulled out in the warm-up against Lincoln. Otis Khan replaced Hamilton who was rested, having been suffering from tonsillitis and lost some weight. Manager Flitcroft explained that he wanted to give Hamilton some game time, but only 45 minutes. Krystian Pearce was taken off as a precaution at half time with a bit of a groin strain with the big game coming up on Saturday.

The Stags started with a 3-4-1-2 formation, with Khan just behind the front two of Walker and Rose.

The last time Mansfield beat Bury in any competition, David Flitcroft was in the Bury side, including shooting just wide of the post. (my match report from February 2005 here). The two teams will meet again on Boxing Day.


Man of the match: Hamilton/Logan


Rusty Mansfield Town dumped out of the Checkatrade Trophy by Bury
chad.co.uk, by JOHN LOMAS, Tuesday 04 December 2018

Mansfield Town crashed out of the Checkatrade Trophy after a poor display and a 1-0 home defeat by Bury in tonight’s second round clash at the One Call Stadium. Dominic Telford’s 35th minute finish proved enough for the Shakers after they dominated the first half and they were value for their win. Stags were improved after three substitutions at the break but could not find a way through the visitors, who also had former Stags midfielder Stephen Dawson sent off five minutes from time for his late challenge on Tyler Walker. Mansfield tried to be brave and push numbers forward which left holes at the back for Bury to exploit and two minutes from time, Conrad Logan conceded a penalty from which he made a good save to deny Caolan Lavery. While disappointed to be out the competition, the silver lining could come in that Stags have had 90 minutes to shake off the rust from a 10-day lay-off that clearly showed on them and the reason boss David Flitcroft played such a strong side ahead of Saturday’s big home derby with Notts County. On a cold night, the dire first half was the worst they have played all season and the least chances they have created. The team showed three changes from the side that drew at Lincoln City a a week last Saturday with Logan, Hayden White and Otis Khan in for Bobby Olejnik, Will Atkinson and CJ Hamilton, who all dropped to the bench. Mansfield were almost caught out in the first minute as Bury carved them open with Logan saving from Telford before Sweeney cleared Dagnall’s finish off the line with the goal gaping. Then a McFadzean cross from the left clipped the top of the netting and a low Cooney cross just evaded Telford in front of goal as the home side lived dangerously in the opening stages. Mansfield were struggling to get out their half and, when they got as far as the halfway line on seven minutes, Miller brought down Rose to earn a booking. Logan was lucky when he came for a Barjonas free kick and failed to get there first, the ball flicked over the empty goal on 18 minutes. Stags were struggling to find any rhythm or sustained possession though forced a couple of corners. Aimson headed another Barjonas free kick over the top on 23 minutes as Bury continued to dominate. On 33 minutes MacFadzean drilled the ball in from the left and it flew across the face of goal for a goalkick with Logan looking like he had it covered. A minute later Mansfield finally had a shot on goal as a loose clearance reached Bishop 20 yards out and his shot flew straight to keeper Hudson. But Bury were deservedly ahead on 35 minutes. Benning and Dawson challenged for the ball and the defender managed to help it into the path of Telford, who slipped it beneath Logan from 10 yards. Walker was too high from distance as Stags looked for a quick reply. MacFadzean went down in the box under Pearce’s challenge on 40 minutes, but instead of a penalty he was shown a yellow card for simulation. Walker stabbed another half-chance at goal after good control, but again straight at Hudson, as the Shakers went in deservedly in control. After a dismal first half, home boss Flitcroft made big changes, withdrawing Pearce, Khan and Rose and sending on Hamilton, Davies and Elsnik, switching to a flat back four. It almost paid off within three minutes as White’s square ball was smashed at goal first time by Bishop from 20 yards, but Hudson was there to make the save. Bury were quickly finding the pace of Hamilton hard to deal with Aimson brought him down for a 53rd minute booking. Hamilton was unlucky when his powerful shot was blocked team mate Walker on 54 minutes and the ball ran out to Mellis who drilled just over the top. Telford should have doubled his tally on 64 minutes as Stags were caught pressing and Lavery’s pass slipped him behind Sweeney and through on goal. He lifted a clever finish over Logan but could only look on in agony as it bounced wide. Mellis was wide with Stags’ next shot as Bury continued to slow the game at every opportunity. On 72 minutes Hamilton superbly controlled a high Mellis ball and got away a shot that was well saved. As Stags pushed, Bury were looking dangerous on the counter and Logan’s outstretched foot denied Telford from Adams’ ball in on 76 minutes. On 78 minutes Hudson was booked for timewasting. Logan had to dive to his left to keep out a header from his own defender, Preston, as he tried to cut out a low cross. Bishop was added to the book for hacking down Adams on 82 minutes and seconds later Telford was too high after swapping passes with Omotayo. Dawson was very late with a flying tackle on Walker, the Bury man staying down for treatment himself before being shown the red card on 85 minutes. With just two minutes to go it all looked lost for Mansfield as a Bury break saw Barjonas through on goal and Logan bring him down for a yellow card and a penalty. However, the keeper got down superbly full length to his left to keep out Lavery’s low spot kick. However, six added minutes could not come to Mansfield’s rescue as they bowed out.

STAGS: Logan, White, Benning, Preston, Pearce (Hamilton HT), Bishop, Mellis, Khan (Elsnik HT), Sweeney, Walker, Rose (Davies HT). Subs not used: Olejnik, Atkinson, Butcher, Graham.

BURY: Hudson, Miller, Aimson, Thompson (Lavery 57), Dawson, Dagnall (Omotayo 76), Styles, Cooney, Telford, Barjonas, McFadzean (Adams HT). Subs not used: Maloney, Hulme, Nyaupembe, Seriki.

REFEREE: Robert Lewis of Shrewsbury. ATTENDANCE: 1,029 (27 away).


Read more at: https://www.hucknalldispatch.co.uk/sport/football/rusty-mansfield-town-dumped-out-of-the-checkatrade-trophy-by-bury-1-9476824


Match Report: Mansfield Town 0-1 Bury
4 December 2018


Bury advanced to the third round of the Checkatrade Trophy thanks to Dom Telford’s first half strike. Despite being down to 10 men, the visitors always looked in control as they are in the hat for Saturday’s draw.

Ryan Lowe named 15-year-old Femi Seriki amongst the substitutes. Callum McFadzean returned from his suspension in the competition, while fellow defender Phil Edwards missed the game through a suspension of his own.

The Shakers almost took the lead 20 seconds into the tie. Callum Styles slipped a ball behind for Telford who battled his way towards goal. His effort was blocked into the path of Dagnall who saw his follow-up effort cleared off the line.

McFadzean almost had himself on the scoresheet with what appeared to be an attempted cross. The ball was worked over to him through Telford and Styles. The wing-back then saw his cross just over Conrad Logan’s crossbar.

The Shakers looked in rampant form, as they got another chance inside the opening 5 minutes. Rangers loanee Jamie Barjonas slipped Ryan Cooney in on the right. The latter drilled a low cross into the middle, all it needed was a touch from Telford to give his side the lead, however the ball deflected beyond the Bury striker who had to settle for the corner.

Stephen Dawson started a sharp counter attack, winning the ball back after a poor first touch by Bishop. The Irishman charged forward, slipping the ball in to Dagnall who saw his low cross collected by Logan in the Mansfield goal.

A good free-kick into the middle from Barjonas gave Aimson the chance to head his side into the lead. The centre-half couldn’t keep his attempt down as the ball looped over the bar, not troubling the ‘keeper.

It took the hosts over half an hour to register their first attempt. Ryan Cooney cleared the ball over his head, Bishop was quickest to react, side-footing an effort straight at Hudson who was able to catch the ball after parrying the ball into the ground.

After a dominant performance, Bury finally took the lead through Dom Telford in the 35th minute. The striker raced behind after Cooney played him in. He powered an effort at Logan’s near post, sending him the wrong way. He got a leg to the ball, but it wasn’t enough to keep Telford from making it 4 in 4 in the Checkatrade Trophy.

Otis Khan thought he was in behind the Bury defence in first-half stoppage time, however, Callum McFadzean was across superbly to win the ball back for the visitors.

HALF-TIME: Mansfield Town 0-1 Bury

After being dominated in the first half, the hosts came out for the second period having made all 3 available substitutions.

Mansfield were able to fashion an early half chance in the second half, as Bishop again tried his luck from distance. Hudson was down to his left well, holding the ball to keep Bury’s one goal lead intact.

Ex-Shaker Jacob Mellis then tried his luck from distance, flashing an effort just over the bar as Ryan Lowe’s side continued to frustrate their opposition in the second round of the Checkatrade Trophy.

Dom Telford should have doubled his tally for the evening 63 minutes in. Caolan Lavery threaded the ball through for Telford, who was bearing down on Logan’s goal. The ‘keeper committed as the effort was lifted over him, unfortunately for Telford, the ball was inches wide of the post.

It took a brilliant interception from Ryan Cooney to prevent what would have been a brilliant opportunity for David Flicroft’s side to draw level. The youngster controlled the ball with his first touch on his knee, before clearing all danger with a brilliant clearance.

Mansfield were looking more threatening than they did in the opening period. Half-time substitute CJ Hamilton raced down on the Bury goal. He flashed a ball across goal but was unable to find a team mate.

Hamilton continued to press the Bury back line, this time getting an early snapshot away. Hudson was yet again equal to the effort, holding down to his right.

Telford was pushing to be the top scorer for the club this season, as his first goal had levelled it at eight all between him and Nicky Maynard. Adams whipped a good ball into the box, allowing Telford to glance a header goalwards. Logan was on hand to keep the ball out as he saved the effort with his feet.

A deflected cross from Adams almost had Logan beaten at the near post, the Mansfield number 1 was just about able to claw the ball behind.

Some smart link-up play from the Shakers almost had them 2 ahead. Telford spun his man and subsequently played a smart one-two with Gold Omotayo. Unfortunately, Telford couldn’t curl the ball into the top corner as he saw his effort just beyond the upright.

Experienced midfielder Stephen Dawson was given his marching orders on his birthday as his attempted block saw him catch Walker. Referee Robert Lewis took his time before making the decision, but it was one the Bury players and staff felt was harsh.

Despite being reduced to 10-men, the Shakers carried on attacking Mansfield. Telford played Barjonas in for a one-on-one with Conrad Logan. Barjonas took the ball beyond the Mansfield ‘keeper brilliantly, he was brought down by Logan who was booked, with the Shakers winning the penalty.

Caolan Lavery stepped up to take the penalty, looking to double his tally in the competition after his penalty at Rochdale in the opening group game. Unfortunately, his side-footed penalty was kept out by Logan, low to his left.

FULL-TIME: Mansfield Town 0-1 Bury

Mansfield Town: Logan (GK), White, Benning, Preston, Pearce (C) (46’ Elsnik), Bishop, Mellis, Khan (46’ Hamilton), Sweeney, Walker, Rose (46’ Davies)

Unused Subs: Olejnik (GK), Atkinson, Butcher, Graham

Bury: Hudson (GK), Miller, Aimson, Thompson (C) (56’ Lavery), Dawson, Dagnall (75’ Omotayo), Styles, Cooney, Telford, Barjonas, McFadzean (46’ Adams)

Unused Subs: Moloney (GK), Hulme, Nyaupembe, Seriki

Attendance: 1,029 with 27 Shakers making the trip. Thank you for your outstanding support again this evening!!


SHAKERS MATCH VERDICT: Mansfield Town 0-1 Bury
By Staff Reporter

Telford clinically finished after he was played clean through in the 35th minute to give the Shakers a richly-deserved win at their League Two promotion rivals.

It should have been even more comfortable with Telford guilty of missing a glorious second-half chance and Caolan Lavery fluffing his lines from the penalty spot.

But the visitors rarely looked like conceding in a game which they bossed from start to finish, though they did have to withstand late pressure after Stephen Dawson was sent off for fouling Tyler Walker with six minutes to go.

Bury showed their intent from the off with Chris Dagnall having a shot cleared off the line by Matt Preston inside the opening 30 seconds.

Callum McFadzean flashed a powerful cross on to the roof of the net minutes later.

Conrad Logan alertly smothered Dagnall’s cut-back as he looked to play in Telford.

Adam Thompson and Will Aimson both headed over from Jamie Barjonas free kicks as the visitors continued to boss possession.

McFadzean failed to find the target on 32 minutes after he beat a defender and cut inside the box before firing wide.

Neal Bishop side-footed an effort straight at Matthew Hudson as Mansfield finally had their first shot after 34 minutes.

Telford gave Bury a deserved lead when he clinically fired through the legs of Logan after an attempted clearance by Mal Benning fell into is path.

Walker smashed a long-range effort over two minutes later, before Otis Khan fired a tame effort at Hudson as the visitors continued to look comfortable.

Hudson saved low down by his left post from Bishop on 48 minutes as Mansfield showed improved attacking intent after the restart.

Aimson was booked on 53 minutes for bringing down sub CJ Hamilton after he was beaten for pace.

Hamilton had a goalbound shot accidentally blocked by Danny Rose from the resulting free kick before Jacob Mellis went close with a stinging half-volley.

Walker headed wide from a corner on 57 minutes as the home began to step up the pressure.

Telford missed a glorious chance to put the Shakers two up when he dinked the ball over the keeper and wide after was played clean through on 64 minutes.

Hamilton then dragged a shot across the face of goal from a narrow angle on 70 minutes as Walker closed in looking for a touch.

Hudson did well to get down and a push away a shot by Hamilton from the edge of the box on 75 minutes.

The visitors were forced to defend heroically in the closing stages after Dawson caught Walker late and was given his marching orders.

Lavery should have made the game safe but he saw his penalty brilliantly saved by Logan after Barjonas had been brought down when he rounded the keeper with four minutes to go.

But the Shakers held on to progress to round three.



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