Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Mansfield Town 1 v Gateshead 1 - BSBP

Prior to kick off a couple of Mansfield players go over the pitch with fine
toothed combs looking for clues
... just where is that next win hiding?

Tuesday 29th November 2011, at Field Mill
Blue Square Bet Premier Division
Mansfield Town (1) 1
Ross Dyer 10
Gateshead (0) 1
Joe Shaw 68
Admission £15, Programme £3,
Attendance 1513 (inc. 34 from Gateshead)
Mansfield Town
1 Marriott, 5 Thompson, 17 Sutton, 30 Freeman, 31 Dempster, 8 Stevenson (Briscoe 73 minutes), Murray, Verma (Bolland 39 minutes), 10 Green, 15 Dyer, 24 Meikle
Unused subs - 23 Redmond, 16 O'Neill, 32 Rodney

24 Alnwick, 3 Rents, 5 Curtis, 6 Clark, 25 Henderson (Carruthers 83 minutes), 4 Gate, 8 Turnbull, 17 Marwood, 18 Nix, 9 Shaw, 19 Moore (Fisher 66 miutes)
Unused subs - 1 Deasy, 7 Brittain, 16 Gillies

Message to 8 year old family member:
Dear Bella,
Next time you're playing on the Nintendo Wii, don't nick the batteries out of my really nice camera for the remote controllers and nun chucks, because my phone takes rubbish pictures of football matches.
If it happens again I will be painting 'SANTA, DON'T STOP HERE' on the roof.
That is all!
Inevitable outcome tonight at Field Mill.
The home side missed a multitude of chances, both before and after Ross Dyer had scored the opening goal on 15 minutes following some neat build up play between Adam Murray and Aman Verma ... and the longer the score stayed at 1-0, the greater the likelihood became that a certain in form, ex Mansfield Town centre forward, would grab an equaliser.
It took until nearly the 70th minute in the end, but sure enough (Shaw enough?), when Sam Rents floated an inviting cross into the box, you know who was waiting to head the ball home from close range in front of Gateshead's small away following in the North Stand.
That's six games in a row without a win for the Stags, since they scraped that late comeback against 9 man Alfreton back on September 22nd.
Mansfield had enough decent chances to have been comfortably in front by the time Joe Shaw scored, but towards the end of the game were hanging on a bit as Gateshead staged a late rally.
This result leaves the Field Mill side six points off the last play off berth, with an all important game in hand ... the season needs resurrecting NOW as a matter of urgency.
Come on you Stags, surely you are better than the recent run of bad form suggests ... aren't you!?I must mention ...
To Adam Soar, who bought his army of vocal Stags supporters with him, from up in Section G of the West Stand, into their new home tonight ... the centre of the Quarry Lane End.
Great atmosphere guys, keep it up!
You're more than welcome up in my regular chosen vantage point any time.
But I have to say, that beard is getting a bit unkempt mate ;-)