Exeter City 0-0 Mansfield Town (EFL League Two) 05.04.21
It was another point for Mansfield and a fifth draw in six matches after a hard working shut out against playoff pushing Exeter this afternoon.
An early chance for Mansfield came when Lapslie headed wide after flicking Stephen Quinn’s cross inches away from the Goalkeeper’s right-hand post on four minutes. A good start by the Stags couldn’t be fully capitalised on, Ollie Clarke going close on 22 with a shot deflected wide before Quinn volleyed over from the edge of the area.
Exeter hit back as Page tried his luck from distance without troubling Stone in the Stags goal whilst McLaughlin for Mansfield forced a save from Andresson after dancing through the Grescians defence.
As half time approached Stone was called into important action as he dived down to save a low header goalward and ensure the Stags defence was not breached before the break.
Like the first, the second half was a cagey affair with little doing until Bowery raced down the wing to centre for Clarke who headed over on 58 whilst at the other end, good play by Williams resulted in little as Maris cleared his lines.
On 67 minutes, Tyrese Sinclair might have had a penalty after going down inside the area with the Referee waving away Stags claims, the best chance at the other end on 70 came as Perch blocked a goal bound effort from Williams.
Sinclair might have had another call for a penalty on 80 whilst Jay’s shot deflected wide for Exeter with five minutes left, in the end neither side doing enough to win it, neither deserving to lose, a good point for Mansfield who are now without a win in eight.
Exeter City: Andresson, Key (Caprice 76), Sweeney, Parkes, Page, Willmott (Seymour 83), Taylor, Collins, Sparkes (Williams 46), Bowman, Jay.
Mansfield Town: Stone, Perch, Rawson, Sweeney, McLaughlin, Clarke, Maris, Lapslie, Quinn, Sinclair (Reid 83), Bowery.
Venue: St James Park
*Main image @mansfieldtownfc George Lapslie in action for the Stags at St James’s.