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Notts County 1-0 Mansfield Town

Craig Mackail-Smith
Notts County loanee Craig Mackail Smith's goal was his first since October

Craig Mackail-Smith's first goal since October reignited Notts County's League Two survival hopes with a battling home victory over Mansfield.

The Magpies secured bragging rights over their neighbours for the first time since 2005 but remain rooted to the bottom of the Football League - despite victory over the promotion chasers.

Mackail-Smith's cracking strike bagged back-to-back victories for the first time since October, with Rob Milsom's cross headed clear to the Scottish striker who volleyed into the bottom corner after 19 minutes.

It was reward for a strong first half, with veteran striker Jon Stead coming close to doubling the hosts' lead before the break when he nodded Mitch Rose's cross wide.

The Stags failed to test Ryan Schofield in the County net as they squandered chances, though half-time substitute Nicky Ajose almost made an immediate impact when his looping header went wide.

Minutes later CJ Hamilton lashed over from Ajose's cutback as the visitors upped the pressure, while Enzio Boldewijn and Kane Hemmings both missed chances to seal the points for County.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Notts County

  • 27Schofield
  • 26Rose
  • 6Barclay
  • 18Stubbs
  • 24Milsom
  • 28Mackail-Smith
  • 43Doyle
  • 21O'Brien
  • 11BoldewijnBooked at 81mins
  • 30SteadBooked at 32minsSubstituted forAlessandraat 84'minutes
  • 10GomisSubstituted forHemmingsat 83'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Fitzsimons
  • 2Tootle
  • 3Bird
  • 4Hewitt
  • 7Alessandra
  • 8Vaughan
  • 15Hemmings

Mansfield

  • 14Smith
  • 4Preston
  • 5PearceBooked at 85mins
  • 25TurnerBooked at 6minsSubstituted forAjoseat 45'minutes
  • 20Jones
  • 8MellisBooked at 59minsSubstituted forMacDonaldat 66'minutes
  • 6Bishop
  • 23Grant
  • 3BenningSubstituted forKhanat 84'minutes
  • 19Walker
  • 22Hamilton

Substitutes

  • 1Logan
  • 7MacDonald
  • 10Khan
  • 11Atkinson
  • 16Tomlinson
  • 21Ajose
  • 30Smith
Referee:
Lee Mason
Attendance:
12,660

Match Stats

Home TeamNotts CountyAway TeamMansfield
Possession
Home60%
Away40%
Shots
Home14
Away8
Shots on Target
Home4
Away0
Corners
Home7
Away3
Fouls
Home6
Away21

Live Text

Match ends, Notts County 1, Mansfield Town 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Notts County 1, Mansfield Town 0.

Booking

Krystian Pearce (Mansfield Town) is shown the yellow card for dangerous play.

Craig Mackail-Smith (Notts County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Krystian Pearce (Mansfield Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Mansfield Town. Otis Khan replaces Malvind Benning.

Substitution

Substitution, Notts County. Lewis Alessandra replaces Jon Stead.

Substitution

Substitution, Notts County. Kane Hemmings replaces Virgil Gomis.

Robert Milsom (Notts County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Jorge Grant (Mansfield Town).

Booking

Enzio Boldewijn (Notts County) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Enzio Boldewijn (Notts County).

Jorge Grant (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Jim O'Brien (Notts County) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Craig Mackail-Smith (Notts County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Gethin Jones (Mansfield Town).

Attempt missed. Enzio Boldewijn (Notts County) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Craig Mackail-Smith (Notts County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Gethin Jones (Mansfield Town).

Hand ball by Neal Bishop (Mansfield Town).

Jon Stead (Notts County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Alexander MacDonald (Mansfield Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Mansfield Town. Alexander MacDonald replaces Jacob Mellis.

Corner, Notts County. Conceded by Malvind Benning.

Corner, Notts County. Conceded by Matt Preston.

Corner, Notts County. Conceded by Neal Bishop.

Virgil Gomis (Notts County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Jacob Mellis (Mansfield Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Jacob Mellis (Mansfield Town).

Mitch Rose (Notts County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by CJ Hamilton (Mansfield Town).

Enzio Boldewijn (Notts County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jacob Mellis (Mansfield Town).

Jim O'Brien (Notts County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Neal Bishop (Mansfield Town).

Mitch Rose (Notts County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Jorge Grant (Mansfield Town).

Foul by Jon Stead (Notts County).

Matt Preston (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. CJ Hamilton (Mansfield Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Lincoln City321711457332462
2Bury33179763392460
3Mansfield331513548262258
4MK Dons33168953341956
5Forest Green331412750321854
6Colchester331581053361753
7Carlisle331641352411152
8Exeter32149943321151
9Stevenage33146133842-448
10Oldham3212101050391146
11Tranmere321210104540546
12Grimsby33144153739-246
13Crewe33137133942-346
14Swindon321210103841-346
15Newport31127123949-1043
16Northampton33815104145-439
17Crawley33115173646-1038
18Cambridge32106162950-2136
19Cheltenham3298153649-1335
20Port Vale3289152739-1233
21Morecambe3288163350-1732
22Yeovil3379173246-1430
23Macclesfield3378183455-2129
24Notts County32610163361-2828
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