STAGS DRAW AT NORTHAMPTON
English Football League - Sky Bet League Two
Northampton Town 1 - 1 Mansfield Town
Foley 69. Benning 12
Attendance: 5905 (1465 from Mansfield)
Date: 13 April 2019
Martin Shaw at Sixfields
Mansfield Town drew 1-1 at Northampton Town this afternoon in a poor game. The Stags were buoyed by an early goal direct from a corner on 12 minutes. Tyler Walker did well to win the corner. Mal Benning curled the corner from the right high towards the far post, Ryan Sweeney rose highest in the middle, but it went just over his head, and was already heading straight into the net even though it clipped the keeper’s leg as it went in. It was Benning’s third goal of the season. But the Stags failed to build on that, and conceded an absolute glut of corners and free kicks in dangerous positions. Eventually the Stags were unable to successfully defend all of those set pieces and Sam Foley headed home from a 69th minute corner to deservedly equalise for the Cobblers. Foley got in front of Matt Preston and in front of Conrad Logan to head in from 3 yards.
After that, the Stags stepped up their attacking intent: Danny Rose headed wide from a corner, and then knocked over the bar from 8 yards after Ryan Sweeney headed down a Benning free kick. And with the final kick of the game, Jacob Mellis sent a free kick just over the bar. Mansfield also had a couple of shouts for a penalty, one for a push on Rose and one for a handball, though both looked as though they would have been soft. But the Stags did not do enough to deserve the win and a draw was a fair result. Neither goalkeeper had a difficult save to make during the game apart from the goals. Northampton’s other best chance came from a free kick as Aaron Pierre escaped from his marker Neal Bishop for a free header at the far post which he sent into the side netting. Overall the Stags conceded far too many set pieces and in the end paid the price, while at the other end were lacking in quality going forward until the later stages.
A great following of 1465 from Mansfield did their best to encourage the side, but in the end just a point for the Stags when we wanted three. Wins for Bury, and Tranmere (who beat MK Dons), mean Mansfield are in third place, a point behind Bury, a point ahead of MK Dons and two ahead of Tranmere, with just four games to go. Morecambe come to the One Call Stadium on Good Friday. Get down there if you can to roar the team on!
FULL REPORT IN THE MATCH CENTRE
Report from NORTHAMPTON TOWN 1-1 MANSFIELD TOWN as Stags' promotion hopes are dented
chad.co.uk, by SPORTS REPORTER (Agency), Saturday 13 April 2019
Mansfield’s automatic promotion hopes suffered a dent after they were held to a 1-1 draw by mid-table Northampton Town.
David Flitcroft’s side were forced to settle for a point after a scrappy encounter at Sixfields.
It was a game which lacked quality as both sides struggled to assert themselves.
Mal Benning gave the Stags the lead in the first half when he scored directly from a corner.
But Sam Foley’s second-half effort saw the sides share the spoils.
Bury’s welcome return to form against Colchester fired them back into the top three, with the Stags dropping to third.
MK Dons’ defeat at Tranmere leaves them a point shy of Flitcroft’s charges.
Flitcroft made just the one change after last week’s win over Cambridge United.
It was an enforced one as Ryan Sweeney replaced the injured Ben Turner.
The hosts had an early chance to take the lead Aaron Pierre headed David Buchanan’s corner into the side netting.
Down the other end Benning put the promotion-chasing Stags ahead as his corner sailed in.
Flitcroft’s side had to be wary of Buchanan’s probing balls into the box as they protected their one-goal cushion.
Tyler Walker did well to brush off their Cobblers’ defenders before his effort was blocked.
With 20 minutes remaining Foley levelled proceedings.
The Irishman rose highest to head Scott Pollock’s corner home from close range.
Down the other end Matt Preston’s headed wide at the back post as the Stags tried to immediately respond.
Danny Rose audaciously tried to put the visitors back ahead with an acrobatic effort which was blocked.
With five minutes left Rose missed a glaring chance to steal all three points.
A cross was knocked into the striker’s path, but he couldn’t keep his effort down from close range.
Northampton: Cornell, Facey, Goode, Pierre, Buchanan (Cox, 89), Hoskins, Turnball, Foley, Pollock, Williams, Powell (Morias, 82).
Unused subs: Coddington, Elsnick, O’Toole, Bowditch, Powell.
Mansfield: Logan, Preston, Pearce, Sweeney, Jones (Rose, 62), Tomlinson (Mellis, 56), Bishop, MacDonald, Benning, Walker, Hamilton.
Unused subs: Smith, Grant, Law, Atkinson, Hakeem.
Referee: Paul Marsden
Attendance: 5,905 (1,465)
Northampton Town 1 Mansfield Town 1 - the match report
13 April 2019
Cobblers: David Cornell, Shay Facey, Charlie Goode, Aaron Pierre, David Buchanan (sub George Cox 89), Jordan Turnbull, Sam Foley, Daniel Powell (sub Junior Morias 82), Scott Pollock (sub John-Joe O'Toole 90), Andy Williams, Sam Hoskins
Subs not used: Luke Coddington, Dean Bowditch, Joe Powell, Timi Elsnik
Mansfield: Conrad Logan, Mal Benning, Matt Preston, Krystian Pearce, Neal Bishop, Alex MacDonald, Willem Tomlinson (sub Jacob Mellis 56), Ryan Sweeney, Tyler Walker, Gethin Jones (sub Danny Rose 65), CJ Hamilton
Subs not used: Will Atkinson, Jordan Smith, Jorge Grant, Jason Law, Zayn Hakeem
Referee: Paul Marsden
Cobblers: Aaron Pierre (90, 9th of the season)
Mansfield: Matt Preston (51)
Scott Pollock made his full debut as the Cobblers welcomed promotion chasing Mansfield Town to the PTS Academy Stadium. Shay Facey and Andy Williams also came in to the side with on-loan Brighton defender George Cox named on the bench having fully recovered from an ankle injury.
Aaron Pierre headed into the side netting from an early David Buchanan free-kick and a whipped in Sam Hoskins cross nearly resulted in a Ryan Sweeney own goal in a bright start from the Cobblers. It was Mansfield who took the lead with their first attack of the game though, Mal Benning’s in-swinging corner deceiving everybody.
Andy Williams combined well with Pollock but Conrad Logan was out quickly to gather as the Cobblers looked for a quick response to falling behind. The home side were enjoying the majority of possession but were a goal behind as the game reached half-time.
The second half continued in the same manner, with the Cobblers very much on the front foot.
With just over twenty minutes to go Northampton Town were back on level terms, Sam Foley timing his run well to head home a perfectly delivered corner from Pollock.
Junior Morias replaced Daniel Powell in the Cobblers first change before Stags substitute Danny Rose spurned a good chance, shooting over the bar under pressure from Pierre. George Cox came on for David Buchanan and sponsors man of the match Pollock made way for John-Joe O’Toole in stoppage time as the game ended 1-1.
COBBLERS MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (2) 4
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (3) 3
CORNERS: (6) 8
FOULS: (6) 14
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (0) 0
MANSFIELD MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (1) 2
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (2) 5
CORNERS: (3) 6
FOULS: (6) 15
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (2) 3
SCRATCH CARD GOAL TIMES: 11:24, 68:07