Mansfield Town 0-1 Harrogate Town (EFL League Two) 24.11.20
Mansfield Town were beaten in their first ever meeting with Harrogate Town last night as Nigel Clough slipped to his first defeat in charge with the Stags losing for the first time in seven games.
Nicky Maynard blazed over an early opportunity as he attempted his luck from distance for the home side before Jones turned and slashed wide for Harrogate within the opening ten minutes and the visitors headed a tame header straight at Stech.
Charsley tested the visitors keeper Belshaw on 21 minutes although the shot stopper was equal to the task before Calvin Miller opened the scoring after great work by Jack Muldoon crossing in low from the right for his sliding strike partner to get on the end of.
Harrogate nearly made it two when Thomson struck low left footed from inside the area which Stech did well to keep out before the Czech goalkeeper kept out a goalward header from a corner. The Stags not quite at the races.
Mansfield came out strong early in the second half as Clarke struck a shot that deflected onto the crossbar and out for a corner before Gordon whipped a great ball in which evaded everyone.
The best chance of the half however went to Harrogate who should have made it two when Beck headed wide when the ball flicked up off his chest only four yards out, it looked easier to score.
Maynard went close at the other end when he headed wide a delightful right wing centre by Gordon on 65 before substitute Cook tried his luck from range but to no avail.
As the clock ticked down Charsley and Clarke failed to test the goalkeeper with ambitious attempts and Bowery couldn’t scramble home before McLaughlin curled a free kick over with five minutes to play.
A much better second half as the Stags searched for a goal but it wasn’t to be as the West Yorkshiremen took all three points to take them to twelfth in the table whilst Mansfield move a place down, above the drop-zone and worriyingly level on points with Scunthorpe in the relegation places.
Nigel Clough saying after “The biggest disappointment is not hitting the target tonight – I think we registered one shot on target tonight from quite a bit of play.”
“We had more than enough situations tonight to create chances and get goals, and we failed to do that.”
“We didn’t test them enough. There was some good play to get in and around the penalty area, but not enough from there.”
Next up for Mansfield is a welcome distraction in the FA Cup as the Stags host Dagenham & Redbridge on Sunday before getting back to league action against Cambridge next Wednesday.
Mansfield Town: Stech, Gordon, Perch, Rawson, Benning, Charsley (Reid 78), Clarke, Lapslie, McLaughlin (Sinclair 89), Bowery, Maynard (Cook 68).
Harrogate Town: Belshaw, Fallowfield (Lawlor 88), Burrell, Hall, Jones, Thomson, Falkingham, Kerry, Miller (Kiernan 67), Beck, Muldoon (Martin 82).
Venue: Field Mill
*Main image @mansfieldtownfc inches away as Mansfield go close verses Harrogate.