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REPORT: Mansfield Town 2 Stanley 1

Stags seal promotion as Reds suffer loss despite late Leigh goal

16 April 2024


REPORT: Mansfield Town 2 Stanley 1

Stags seal promotion as Reds suffer loss despite late Leigh goal

16 April 2024

Accrington Stanley lost out at Mansfield who celebrated promotion to League One.

An own goal and a second half strike by Stephen Quinn sealed the three points for the Stags which saw them over the line and moved them into second spot.

For the 18th placed Reds, they had late hope when Tommy Leigh scored an 85th minute goal but couldn't spoil the party as John Doolan continues to assess his squad for next season.

Matt Lowe made his first start since December but Stanley had a difficult start when Mansfield took the lead on two minutes.

A short corner was played into the box by George Maris and, through of sea of bodies, it was deflected into the back of the net although it was credited to Maris.

Radek Vitek stopped it being two on nine minutes, pushing away a Hiram Boateng strong strike.

Stanley grew into the game and Shaun Whalley had a great chance on 20 minutes but his header was collected by keeper Christy Pym.

Mansfield continued to press, without troubling Vitek, although a Lucas Akins dangerous cross just needed a touch.

The Stags started the second half pressing with top scorer Davis Keillor-Dunn testing the Manchester United loan keeper while the striker fired another effort over the bar.

Keillor-Dunn was clean through but the Reds defence managed to clear before he could shoot.

Joe Pritchard and Josh Woods came on on 57 minutes and Stanley forced the pace, putting a spell of pressure on the Stags backline, with Leigh trying his luck from distance.

However, Mansfield increased their lead on 63 minutes when Keillor-Dunn’s cross found midfielder Quinn whose initial shot was saved by Vitek but it spun back into his path and he fired home.

A minute later the legs of Vitek kept out another Quinn close range strike.

Stanley never gave up and, five minutes from normal time, Jack Nolan’s ball into the box found Leigh who turned and his shot found the back of the net.

However, with the Mansfield fans congregated to celebrate, the Reds couldn’t grab an equaliser.


Stanley: Vitek, O’Brien, Hills, Gubbins, Shipley, Conneely, Coyle, Nolan, Leigh, Whalley (Pritchard), Lowe (J Woods)

Subs: Savin, B Woods, Pritchard, Quirk, Martin, Henderson

Yellow: Hills, Coyle

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