Mansfield 1-0 Nuneaton

Mansfield forward Louis Briscoe

Louis Briscoe's free-kick helped Mansfield beat Nuneaton and move within a point of leaders Kidderminster.

The Stags dominated throughout as Luke Jones hit the bar, while Matt Green struck the post from close range and was twice denied one-on-one.

Green had a penalty saved by Lee Burge after the break after Gavin Cowan fouled Matt Rhead, while Adam Walker went close for Nuneaton.

Briscoe's deflected free-kick secured the Stags' 10th successive victory.

Mansfield still have three games in hand at the top of the table on Kidderminster, but Nuneaton are now two points adrift of safety in 21st position.

Green was at the heart of everything Mansfield did and should have added to his 18-goal total throughout the game.

The 26-year-old hit the post from a yard out and then put the follow-up wide. Burge saved from Green on the breakaway and Delroy Gordon put in a last-ditch tackle to deny the striker minutes later.

Stags boss Paul Cox made two substitutions after the break and his changes both made impacts within five minutes.

Rhead had only been on the field two minutes when he was felled by Cowan in the box, but Burge dived low to his right to deny Green from the spot.

Fellow sub Briscoe then fired his free-kick low to the keeper's right, via the aid of a deflection, as the Stags got the goal their dominance deserved.

Nuneaton created little but Adam Walker saw his goal-bound shot saved by Alan Marriott, while Green had a header disallowed for offside as Mansfield pressed for a second.

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Mansfield Town manager Paul Cox told BBC Radio Nottingham:

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Stags were a little off-key - Cox

"We created that many chances and we found a goalkeeper in inspired form.

"We found a team that wanted to block everything and throw their bodies on the line. You can tell why Nuneaton have had some good results.

"It was one of those nights where I thought the ball wasn't go in the back of the net. Their keeper made some great saves - the one from the penalty was out of this world.

"It was a big result for us. We looked fit in terms of our physical fitness but our mental sharpness was a little bit off key."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (5)

Mansfield

  • 01 Marriott
  • 04 Dempster
  • 05 Jones
  • 17 Beevers
  • 29 Jennings (Sutton - 59' )
  • 21 Murray
  • 26 Stevenson (Rhead - 63' )
  • 27 Chapman
  • 31 Daniel (Briscoe - 62' )
  • 07 Meikle
  • 10 Green

Substitutes

  • 02 Sutton
  • 13 Howell
  • 11 Briscoe
  • 12 Wright
  • 16 Rhead

Nuneaton

  • 23 Burge
  • 02 Cartwright
  • 04 Cowan Booked
  • 15 Gordon
  • 21 O'Halloran
  • 24 McNamee Booked
  • 06 Walker (York - 85' )
  • 11 Adams
  • 13 Sleath
  • 25 Dance
  • 27 Moult (Brown - 85' )

Substitutes

  • 03 Phillips
  • 05 Dean
  • 12 Armson
  • 07 York
  • 10 Brown
Ref: Bull
Att: 2,384

Match Stats

Shots

13 5

On target

5 4

Corners

11 4

Fouls

14 11

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:05 Full time

Full Time The referee ends the match.

90:00 +1:32

Louis Briscoe decides to take the corner short.

90:00 +0:49

Free kick awarded for a foul by Neil Cartwright on Louis Briscoe. Louis Briscoe restarts play with the free kick.

89:19

The ball is delivered by Lindon Meikle, clearance made by Gavin Cowan.

87:20

Neil Cartwright fouled by Matt Rhead, the ref awards a free kick. Lee Burge restarts play with the free kick.

83:59

Lee Burge takes the indirect free kick.

83:59 Substitution

Substitution Wesley York is brought on as a substitute for Adam Walker.

83:59 Substitution

Substitution Louis Moult leaves the field to be replaced by Andy Brown.

83:59

Matt Green is ruled offside.

82:20

The assistant referee signals for offside against Matt Rhead. Lee Burge takes the free kick.

81:22

Effort from the edge of the box by Matt Rhead goes wide of the right-hand upright.

80:42

The ball is crossed by James Dance, Lee Beevers gets a block in.

77:00

Matt Green is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Lee Burge.

75:52

Free kick awarded for a foul by Lindon Meikle on Adam Walker. Direct free kick taken by Lee Burge.

74:34

The referee blows for offside against Matt Rhead. Indirect free kick taken by Lee Burge.

73:50

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Neil Cartwright from the left by-line to the near post.

73:36

The ball is swung over by Stephen O'Halloran, clearance by Adam Chapman. The ball is delivered by Stephen O'Halloran, clearance by Luke Jones.

71:04

Centre by James Dance, Luke Jones manages to make a clearance. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Neil Cartwright by Louis Briscoe. Stephen O'Halloran restarts play with the free kick.

70:18

Unfair challenge on James Dance by Louis Briscoe results in a free kick. David McNamee crosses the ball in from the free kick, Luke Jones manages to make a clearance.

69:49

Matt Rhead gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David McNamee. Lee Burge restarts play with the free kick.

69:26

Foul by James Dance on Adam Murray, free kick awarded. Alan Marriott takes the direct free kick.

68:58

Matt Green takes a shot. Comfortable save by Lee Burge.

68:27

Adam Walker takes a shot. Comfortable save by Alan Marriott.

66:24 Goal scored

Goal! - Louis Briscoe - Mansfield 1 - 0 Nuneaton Louis Briscoe scores direct from the free kick. Mansfield 1-0 Nuneaton.

65:45

Free kick awarded for a foul by Delroy Gordon on Matt Green.

64:56

Adam Chapman takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Gavin Cowan. Adam Murray produces a cross, Matt Rhead concedes a free kick for a foul on Lee Burge. Free kick taken by Lee Burge.

64:56 Penalty

Placed penalty taken by Matt Green saved by Lee Burge. Mansfield 0-0 Nuneaton.

64:12 Booking

Booking Gavin Cowan is booked.

63:22

Adam Chapman takes a inswinging corner to the near post, Penalty awarded for an unfair challenge on Matt Rhead by Gavin Cowan.

62:06 Substitution

Substitution Matt Rhead is brought on as a substitute for Lee Stevenson.

61:39 Substitution

Substitution Louis Briscoe comes on in place of Colin Daniel.

61:39

Headed effort from inside the penalty area by Luke Jones misses to the right of the target.

60:32

Centre by Adam Walker, Luke Jones manages to make a clearance.

59:20

Corner taken by Adam Walker from the right by-line to the near post, Colin Daniel manages to make a clearance.

58:42

The ball is sent over by Louis Moult, John Dempster manages to make a clearance. Stephen O'Halloran crosses the ball, clearance made by John Dempster. The ball is crossed by Jon Adams, clearance by Lee Beevers.

58:05 Substitution

Substitution Ritchie Sutton comes on in place of James Jennings.

53:28

Neil Cartwright takes a shot. Lee Beevers gets a block in. Neil Cartwright takes the inswinging corner, Luke Jones manages to make a clearance.

50:37

Colin Daniel produces a cross.

49:32

Stephen O'Halloran gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Lee Beevers. Alan Marriott restarts play with the free kick.

46:35

Louis Moult gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on James Jennings. Direct free kick taken by James Jennings.

46:15

Lee Stevenson crosses the ball.

45:01

The second half has started.

45:00 +1:31 Half time

Half Time The first half comes to an end.

45:00 +0:15

Adam Chapman has an effort direct from the free kick.

45:00 +0:15 Booking

Booking The referee cautions David McNamee for unsporting behaviour.

45:00 +0:04

David McNamee gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Matt Green.

44:31

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Adam Chapman by Adam Walker. Adam Chapman restarts play with the free kick.

43:47

Lindon Meikle delivers the ball, save made by Lee Burge.

42:44

Lee Beevers delivers the ball, blocked by Adam Walker.

41:31

The ball is swung over by Lindon Meikle, clearance made by Delroy Gordon. Corner taken by Adam Chapman, clearance by Gavin Cowan. Corner taken by James Jennings, Gavin Cowan manages to make a clearance.

40:22

Lee Stevenson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jon Adams. Free kick crossed by Adam Walker, clearance made by Colin Daniel.

38:16

Unfair challenge on David McNamee by Colin Daniel results in a free kick. Lee Burge restarts play with the free kick.

38:00

James Dance takes a shot. Save made by Alan Marriott.

36:40

The ball is sent over by Adam Murray, save by Lee Burge.

35:41

Matt Green takes a shot. Save made by Lee Burge. Corner from right by-line taken by Adam Chapman.

35:11

Adam Chapman gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jon Adams. Direct free kick taken by Lee Burge.

34:57

Lindon Meikle takes a shot. Stephen O'Halloran gets a block in.

34:40

Colin Daniel delivers the ball, Lee Burge makes a save.

33:10

Lee Beevers crosses the ball, Headed effort from inside the area by Lee Stevenson misses to the left of the target.

31:49

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Adam Chapman from the left by-line, clearance made by Delroy Gordon.

31:19

The ball is delivered by Lindon Meikle, Stephen O'Halloran gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken by James Jennings from the right by-line.

30:38

Lindon Meikle takes a shot. Save by Lee Burge.

29:42

The official flags Matt Green offside. Lee Burge takes the indirect free kick.

27:26

Lindon Meikle delivers the ball, save by Lee Burge.

26:57

John Dempster fouled by Gavin Cowan, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Alan Marriott.

26:25

Louis Moult fouled by Luke Jones, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Danny Sleath.

25:18

Inswinging corner taken by James Jennings from the right by-line, Effort from close range by Matt Green bounces off the post.

24:41

The ball is sent over by Lindon Meikle.

24:25

The ball is swung over by Matt Green.

22:36

The assistant referee signals for offside against Matt Green. David McNamee takes the direct free kick.

22:08

Neil Cartwright fouled by Colin Daniel, the ref awards a free kick. David McNamee takes the direct free kick.

21:37

Neil Cartwright takes a shot. Save made by Alan Marriott.

16:58

Adam Chapman concedes a free kick for a foul on Jon Adams. David McNamee takes the free kick.

15:46

Free kick awarded for a foul by Lee Beevers on Adam Walker. Strike comes in from Louis Moult from the free kick.

12:31

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Matt Green by Delroy Gordon. Adam Murray takes the direct free kick.

11:39

Matt Green concedes a free kick for a foul on Gavin Cowan. Direct free kick taken by Lee Burge.

9:31

The ball is sent over by Matt Green, Header from close range by Colin Daniel misses to the right of the target.

7:29

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jon Adams on Lee Stevenson. James Jennings delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel, save made by Lee Burge.

6:34

Lee Stevenson produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box that clears the bar.

5:17

The ball is delivered by Adam Walker, blocked by James Jennings.

4:42

Neil Cartwright produces a cross, blocked by John Dempster. Corner taken left-footed by Adam Walker from the right by-line, clearance made by Luke Jones.

2:52

The ball is crossed by David McNamee, blocked by James Jennings.

0:12

The ball is delivered by Lee Stevenson, blocked by Neil Cartwright. Corner taken right-footed by Adam Chapman, clearance made by Gavin Cowan. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by James Jennings, Luke Jones takes a shot.

0:00

The game gets underway.

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