The FA Cup - Third Round
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Cheltenham Town 2-1 Mansfield Town (aet): Robins get deserved FA Cup win

Will Boyle's extra-time goal saw Cheltenham Town overcome Mansfield Town in the third round of the FA Cup.

Stephen McLaughlin put Mansfield ahead when his low shot from the edge of the box was fumbled by Josh Griffiths.

George Lloyd hit the bar soon after as Cheltenham dominated the opening 90 minutes, but only had Alfie May's curling effort to show for it.

Boyle's near-post header from Ben Tozer's long throw sealed victory and a first fourth-round game in 15 years.

Mansfield's goal was their only effort of note until the fourth minute of extra time as Cheltenham went on to dominate the tie.

The Robins had three good opportunities to draw level in the first 10 minutes, Lloyd and May both having efforts cleared off the line, while Chris Hussey could not convert a good chance from a corner.

Lloyd hit the bar with a looping effort from a 16th-minute free-kick, while Boyle blazed over with the follow-up from close range as Cheltenham continued to look dangerous.

The hosts had a decent claim for a penalty turned down 12 minutes later when May's shot hit the arm of George Maris, before May put the follow-up just over.

The second half followed a similar pattern with the hosts dominant, as May had further efforts before finally getting the goal his side's endeavour deserved.

Jamie Reid forced a good save from Griffiths early in extra time and put an effort over soon after, while George Lapslie had a shot deflected over as Mansfield finally showed some attacking intent.

But Cheltenham never stopped pressing and fully deserved their place in Monday's draw as Alex Addai saw an effort saved by Marek Stech in the final minute when he broke through.

Cheltenham Town manager Michael Duff told BBC Radio Gloucestershire:

"It's worth quite a lot of money and it gives us another opportunity to hopefully get a plum tie.

"But I thought we deserved the win, it looked like it was going to be one of those days again where I don't know how many shots we've had today, but we've probably not made the keeper work enough.

"The amount of chances we've been creating someone does need to put their hand up and start putting the ball in the back of the net, there's no doubt about that, but the worry would be if we're not creating any chances."

Mansfield manager Nigel Clough told BBC Radio Nottingham:

"I thought we gave absolutely everything - scrapping, battling, dealing with everything they threw at us, I thought to a man we were excellent.

"We should have played a little bit more when we'd got ourselves ahead but in the second half we were looking relatively comfortable.

"Unfortunately we made a mistake in the centre circle, gave the ball away and they went and scored."



Formation 3-4-1-2

  • 20Griffiths
  • 5RaglanSubstituted forAddaiat 71'minutes
  • 4Tozer
  • 15Boyle
  • 11Blair
  • 7Thomas
  • 28ChapmanSubstituted forClementsat 105'minutes
  • 3HusseySubstituted forFreestoneat 45'minutes
  • 10May
  • 14WilliamsSubstituted forCampbellat 112'minutes
  • 19LloydSubstituted forAzazat 57'minutes


  • 2Long
  • 6Bowry
  • 8Clements
  • 16Addai
  • 17Freestone
  • 18Azaz
  • 21Campbell
  • 22Harris


Formation 4-1-3-2

  • 1Stech
  • 2O'KeeffeBooked at 69mins
  • 6Rawson
  • 5SweeneyBooked at 101mins
  • 3BenningSubstituted forClarkeat 115'minutes
  • 10MarisSubstituted forO'Driscollat 108'minutes
  • 7Charsley
  • 32Lapslie
  • 20McLaughlinSubstituted forCookat 79'minutes
  • 19Reid
  • 9Bowery


  • 4Menayese
  • 11Cook
  • 15O'Driscoll
  • 21Clarke
  • 31Stone
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Match Stats

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  1. Post update

    Match ends, Cheltenham Town 2, Mansfield Town 1.

  2. Post update

    Second Half Extra Time ends, Cheltenham Town 2, Mansfield Town 1.

  3. Post update

    Alex Addai (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Aaron O'Driscoll (Mansfield Town).

  5. Post update

    Attempt saved. Alex Addai (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Chris Clements.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Chris Clements (Cheltenham Town).

  7. Post update

    Farrend Rawson (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Finn Azaz (Cheltenham Town).

  9. Post update

    George Lapslie (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Mansfield Town. James Clarke replaces Malvind Benning.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Cheltenham Town. Tahvon Campbell replaces Andy Williams.

  12. Goal!

    Goal! Cheltenham Town 2, Mansfield Town 1. William Boyle (Cheltenham Town) header from the left side of the six yard box to the top left corner. Assisted by Ben Tozer.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Mansfield Town. Aaron O'Driscoll replaces George Maris.

  14. Post update

    Alex Addai (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Malvind Benning (Mansfield Town).

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Cheltenham Town. Chris Clements replaces Ellis Chapman.

  17. Post update

    Second Half Extra Time begins Cheltenham Town 1, Mansfield Town 1.

  18. Post update

    First Half Extra Time ends, Cheltenham Town 1, Mansfield Town 1.

  19. Post update

    Alex Addai (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Malvind Benning (Mansfield Town).

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