Thursday, 4 April 2013

Wrexham 2 v Mansfield Town 1 - BSBP

Thursday 4th April, at the Racecourse Ground, Wrexham
Blue Square Bet Premier
Wrexham (0) 2
Dean Keates 68, Danny Wright 78
Mansfield Town (0) 1
Matt Green 53
Admission £18, Programme £3, Attendance 4378
24 Maxwell, 2 Wright, 6 Riley, 23 Westwood (18 Walker 21 mins )
7 Cieslewicz (17 Little - 77 mins ), 8 Harris, 12 Keates, 14 Clarke,
16 Hunt, 9 Wright, 10 Ormerod (31 Adebola  66 mins)
Unused Subs - 29 Thornton, 19 Rushton.
Mansfield Town
1 Marriott, 4 Dempster, 5 Jones, 17 Beevers, 28 Taylor,
13 Howell, 21 Murray, 27 Chapman (16 Rhead 82 mins),
31 Daniel (11 Briscoe 77 mins ), 07 Meikle 10 Green
Unused Subs - 2 Sutton, 26 Stevenson, 25 Hutchinson
Click here to see ... Match details from the BBC website
After the game I overheard a miserable old Stags fan lamenting about how Paul Cox had been getting it all wrong for a while now and that is why Wrexham had won.
Then please explain to me how Mansfield Town had arrived at the Racecourse Ground tonight, on the back of 12 consecutive wins.
But that was nothing, compared to the Wrexham fan who was shooting his mouth off with his friends, near the Mansfield fans coaches, that they were going to finish above the Stags in the BSBP this season now and was celebrating like his team had actually just won promotion.
The small matter of a seven point gap, kind of suggests that blinkered over optimism, isn't in short supply in this particular corner of North Wales.
I've got no complaints about the final outcome tonight, given the balance of play over the 90 minutes.
After a fairly even opening hour or so and once the Stags had taken the lead, Wrexham raised their tempo and finished the game strongly, especially in the closing stages.
But what the BBC report fails to mention; is that Mansfield had two goals chalked off ... and I personally couldn't see anything wrong with the one that Luke Jones scored.
Depending on whether you believe the Racecouse Ground stewards on duty in the away fans section, who said their were 810 Mansfield fans present, or the 'official' figure of 596, released by Wrexham FC, that is quite some following for a rearranged Thursday night non league fixture.
Who knows? But, just maybe, these two teams could come face to face again in the Football League next season.
Whilst still remaining guardedly and cautious optimistic, I don't believe Mansfield's bubble has just burst and that tonight is anything more than a blip.
Their fate is in their own hands now.
The race for automatic promotion is a two horse head to head contest now, between Mansfield Town and Kidderminster Harriers.
Both teams still have to face Wrexham again, who can still, potentially, have a big say in things, but though it could go right to the wire, it could also all be over, by the time tonight's victors visit  Field Mill/'Wonk Hall' Stadium on April 20th.