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Stanley 1 Mansfield 1

18 April 2014

Club News

Stanley 1 Mansfield 1

18 April 2014

Lightning struck twice for Stanley as a stoppage time Kal Naismith goal denied Mansfield Town a win at the Store First Stadium.

The Scot, who scored in added time at the One Call Stadium when the Reds won 3-2 in December, dispatched a 94th minute penalty to give James Beattie's side a share of the spoils.

A Stanley side showing four changes from the one which drew at York looking lively in the early stages with one of the players restored to the side, Lee Molyneux, appealing for a penalty after just six minutes when he went down in the box.

The Crewe loanee was then thwarted after he was presented with the ball inside the area from a pass from Shay McCartan but before he could pull the trigger he was thwarted by a last gasp challenge.

McCartan went closer himself on the half hour mark, evading two challenges outside the 18 yard box before seeing the ball bounce back to him inside the area and driving in a low shot. Goalkeeper Lewis Price was equal to the effort, saving with his legs at the near post.

The visitors, who had only mustered a Martin Riley effort over the bar up to that point, went up the other end and made a good chance. Oliver Palmer turned well on the edge of the box and got a low shot away with Marcus Bettinelli turning the ball around the post for a corner.

It was Paul Cox's men who then enjoyed a good spell, with Bettinelli parrying superbly from Matt Rhead moments later.

But Stanley ended the half in the ascendancy, with penalty appeals turned down when Molyneux fired a cross into the arm of a defender before Peter Murphy was denied his tenth goal of the campaign. Molyneux found the youth product on the edge of the box and he flicked the ball into the area before striking it left footed and forced Price to turn it over the bar at full stretch.

The chances continued after the break with Adfam Murray driving wide for the visitors before Will Hatfield saw Price paddle out his fierce centre from the right.

Riley had another fine opportunity for the Stags but headed wide and McCartan headed over as the sides exchanged blows.

But moments after having a goal disallowed for offside sub Jake Speight broke the deadlock he powered home a cross from fellow sub Sam Clucas.

Stanley attempted to muster a leveller but Luke Joyce and Naismith were both left frustrated with efforts as the visitors struck the post from a charged down clearance.

But with Beattie's men staring defeat in the face James Gray was bundled down in the box and after a lengthy delay Naismith smashed his tenth of the season into the bottom right corner to break Mansfield hearts.

Stanley: Bettinelli, Hunt, Winnard, Aldred, Liddle, Hatfield, Murphy, Joyce, Molyneux, McCartan, Odejayi

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