Sky Bet League 2
at the One Call Stadium (Field Mill)
Mansfield Town (1) 1
Craig Westcarr 2
Oxford United (1) 1
Kemar Roofe 60 pen
Admission £20 (West Stand upper)
Programme £3. Attendance 3112 (547 away fans)
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Jensen, Hunt (Collins 73), Tafazolli, Pearce, Benning, Rose (J Thomas 55), Chapman, Clements, Lambe (N. Thomas 67), Westcarr, Green.
Unused subs - Marsden, McGuire, Beardsley, Yussuf.
Slocombe, Baldock, Skarz, Roofe, Mullins, Wright, Rose, Sercombe, Hylton (Hoban 84), MacDonald (Taylor 46), O'Dowda (Ruffels 80).
Unused subs - Lundstram, Crocombe, Long, Dunkley.
In the end, the draw was a fair result and I would've taken that before kick off, as the highly fancied Oxford United rolled into town with almost five and a half hundred supporters egging them on.
With exactly two minutes on the clock, the visitors only cleared Adam Chapman's long throw in as far as Craig Westcarr, who smashed home a first timer shot past the unsighted Sam Slocombe who didn't get a clear view of the ball until too late because the Stags former Oxford striker Matt Green was obscuring his sightline (below).
In November 2013 Mansfield Town were awarded a penalty kick when Morecambe's Barry Roche fouled Colin Daniel and then redeemed himself by saving the resultant spot kick from Sam Clucas.
Today, in the eighth minute, when Sam Slocombe clumsily felled Mitchell Rose inside his own area, it was the first time that any match referee has given a penalty to the Stags in the subsequent 86 consecutive games since Clucas' failed to score from the spot.
This being Mansfield, the outcome was inevitable and though Matt Green sent Slocombe the wrong way, he crashed the ball against the crossbar... and the Stags have now failed to score from their last two penalties.
Having survived a bit of a going over in the opening stages, Oxford began to get back into the game as the first half wore on.
Brian Jensen did well to turned a Kemar Roofe free kick over the bar and Alex McDonald crashed a shot against the foot of the upright from a well worked free kick routine.
Just before the break, Chapman (another former Oxford player in the Stags ranks) spotted Slocombe had wandered off of his line and attempted to find the net with an audacious from near the halfway line. But the ball went wide of the post and Slocombe's blushes were saved.
Brian Jensen, the veteran Stags goalkeeper, had to use all of his experience to keep Oxford out a few times, but he was beaten from the spot after Reggie Lambe fouled Callum O'Dowda in the 59th minute to concede a penalty.
Right on the hour mark, Kemar Roofe made no mistake with a well drilled spot kick after sending Jensen the wrong way.
|A nailbiting finale|
But you couldn't help wondering about what might have been, if the home side had made good of their opportunities in the opening thirty minutes.
However, a point against Oxford United, is a good point and when Jensen denied Danny Hilton a late winner right at the death, it went illustrated that point.
An entertaining game, with both teams dominating a half apiece and no complaints about the effort, performance and final result from me.
FT: Mansfield Town 1 v. Oxford United 1