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Northampton Town 1-1 Mansfield Town

Mansfield's League Two promotion charge suffered a setback as they were held to a draw at mid-table Northampton.

Mal Benning scored direct from a corner to give the Stags the perfect start, but Sam Foley's second-half header saw them drop a place to third.

Aaron Pierre headed an early chance wide, yet it was Mansfield who struck against the run of play after 11 minutes, when Benning's corner somehow beat everyone and found the back of the net.

Sam Hoskins had a shot blocked for the Cobblers and Jordan Turnbull also went close, but the first half was otherwise devoid of goalmouth action.

It was more of the same in the second period until Northampton restored parity with a goal out of nothing after 69 minutes, Foley timing his run and jump perfectly to head in Scott Pollock's corner.

Danny Rose came off the bench to miss two late chances for a winner, heading wide when unmarked and then lofting over the crossbar, as Mansfield were made to settle for a point.

The Stags are one point ahead of fourth-placed MK Dons.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Northampton

  • 1Cornell
  • 2Facey
  • 4Goode
  • 16PierreBooked at 90mins
  • 3BuchananSubstituted forCoxat 90'minutes
  • 7HoskinsBooked at 90mins
  • 18Turnbull
  • 8Foley
  • 33PollockSubstituted forO'Tooleat 90+2'minutes
  • 9Williams
  • 11PowellSubstituted forMoriasat 82'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Powell
  • 12Cox
  • 14Morias
  • 15Bowditch
  • 21O'Toole
  • 22Elsnik
  • 30Coddington

Mansfield

  • 1Logan
  • 4PrestonBooked at 51mins
  • 5Pearce
  • 17Sweeney
  • 20JonesSubstituted forRoseat 66'minutes
  • 16TomlinsonSubstituted forMellisat 57'minutes
  • 6Bishop
  • 7MacDonald
  • 3Benning
  • 19Walker
  • 22Hamilton

Substitutes

  • 8Mellis
  • 11Atkinson
  • 14Smith
  • 23Grant
  • 26Law
  • 32Rose
  • 34Hakeem
Referee:
Paul Marsden
Attendance:
5,905

Match Stats

Home TeamNorthamptonAway TeamMansfield
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home8
Away7
Shots on Target
Home3
Away1
Corners
Home8
Away6
Fouls
Home14
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Northampton Town 1, Mansfield Town 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Northampton Town 1, Mansfield Town 1.

Attempt missed. Jacob Mellis (Mansfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left from a direct free kick.

Booking

Aaron Pierre (Northampton Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Aaron Pierre (Northampton Town).

Jacob Mellis (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Hand ball by Junior Morias (Northampton Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. John-Joe O'Toole replaces Scott Pollock.

Booking

Sam Hoskins (Northampton Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Sam Hoskins (Northampton Town).

Danny Rose (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. George Cox replaces David Buchanan.

Attempt blocked. Andy Williams (Northampton Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Danny Rose (Mansfield Town) right footed shot from very close range is high and wide to the left.

Foul by Sam Hoskins (Northampton Town).

Neal Bishop (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Sam Hoskins (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Danny Rose (Mansfield Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Junior Morias replaces Daniel Powell.

Danny Rose (Mansfield Town) has gone down, but that's a dive.

Attempt blocked. Danny Rose (Mansfield Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Foul by Jordan Turnbull (Northampton Town).

Danny Rose (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Aaron Pierre (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ryan Sweeney (Mansfield Town).

Corner, Mansfield Town. Conceded by Aaron Pierre.

Attempt blocked. Jacob Mellis (Mansfield Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Daniel Powell (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Alexander MacDonald (Mansfield Town).

Foul by Daniel Powell (Northampton Town).

Krystian Pearce (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. David Buchanan (Northampton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt missed. Matt Preston (Mansfield Town) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high following a corner.

Corner, Mansfield Town. Conceded by Sam Hoskins.

Foul by Daniel Powell (Northampton Town).

Neal Bishop (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Goal!

Goal! Northampton Town 1, Mansfield Town 1. Sam Foley (Northampton Town) header from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Scott Pollock with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Matt Preston.

Sam Foley (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Alexander MacDonald (Mansfield Town).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Lincoln City422315473383584
2Bury4221111076502674
3Mansfield421916762352773
4MK Dons422191267452272
5Tranmere4220111161451671
6Forest Green4218131162422067
7Exeter4218111357451265
8Carlisle42187176259361
9Colchester42179165852660
10Swindon421515125350360
11Stevenage42179165052-260
12Newport41179155257-560
13Oldham4115131362501258
14Crewe42168185253-156
15Northampton421218125355-254
16Cheltenham421411175460-653
17Grimsby42148204153-1250
18Port Vale421211193648-1247
19Morecambe421211194764-1747
20Crawley42137224261-1946
21Cambridge42129213761-2445
22Macclesfield42912214570-2539
23Yeovil42910233861-2337
24Notts County42813214377-3437
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