Stags Still Knocking With Win

Mansfield Town 1-0 Stevenage (EFL League Two) 22.04.23

A game of few chances at the One Call Stadium was edged by a solitary, first half goal, from Davis Keillor-Dunn, his sixth since joining, as Mansfield Town kept up their play-off push with victory over Stevenage.

Following a quiet opener it would be the hosts who’d grab the breakthrough, much to the delight of the majority of the 6,863 home crowd; after Lucas Akins’ blocked effort, on eleven minutes, the ball broke to Keillor-Dunn in the middle of the box, he firing past Thimothee Lo-Tutala for the only goal.

Both sides had chances, but they were few-and-far between, the Stags’ injury woes continuing though when James Gale went off midway through the first, replaced by Rhys Oates.

That was followed ten minutes later by another injury scare for the home side, this time to Elliott Hewitt, however, he carried on to complete the game; home shot-stopper, Christy Pym was called into action late in the half, saving a right-footed effort from Jamie Reid, then a header from Jordan Roberts, the hosts leading by just the one at the break.

The second period carried on in much the same vein as the first, with few chances either way, Keillor-Dunn’s goal proving the decider, although not through lack of trying.

Pym would save another headed attempt by the visitors, this time from Max Clark, early in the second, before the hosts had chance after chance, but to no avail, both Oates, and Keillor-Dunn, sending efforts wide, including one for the latter, who let fly from 35 yards out, with six minutes remaining.

Even a late, fast-break, from the in-form Hiram Boateng, he laying off Oates in the closing minutes, but his effort went narrowly wide of Lo-Tutala’s goal, before Jake Forster-Caskey came agonisingly close to equalising in stoppage time, the Stags holding on for three points.

Afterwards, Stags owner, John Radford said: “Absolutely brilliant victory.

“What a performance from our players this afternoon; determined, whole-hearted and a never-say-die attitude from start to end.

“Well done to Nigel and the players, and our fans for their magnificent support.

“Now on to Tuesday!”

Tuesday night will see Nigel Clough’s side welcome leaders Leyton Orient to Nottinghamshire, in a must-win game for the hosts, prior to hosting Harrogate Town this coming Saturday (29 April); that play-off picture though, it just got that little tighter.

Four points separate third-placed Stevenage (76 pts), and eighth place Mansfield (72), whilst just three points, and some goal-difference, split the four sides currently holding the play-off positions – Stockport County and Carlisle United (75 pts), Salford City and Bradford City (72 pts).

Mansfield Town: Christy Pym, Callum Johnson, Alfie Kilgour, James Perch, Elliott Hewitt, Hiram Boateng, Kieran Wallace, Stephen Quinn (Jason Law 71), James Gale (Rhys Oates 21, Riley Harbottle 89), Lucas Akins, Davis Keillor-Dunn (George Maris 89).

*Article provided by Peter Mann (Senior Correspondent).

*Main image @mansfieldtownfc the Mansfield players celebrate against Stevenage.

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