‘Big improvements required’, ‘Woeful’ – Many Mansfield Town fans remained unconvinced after Chorley win

Mansfield Town narrowly avoided an FA Cup shock yesterday, beating National League Chorley 1-0 at Field Mill.

In a dour game which didn’t encapsulate the thrills of the FA Cup, the visitors didn’t manage a shot on target. However, the League Two side didn’t dominate either, only getting three out of 13 on target themselves.

A really poor first half saw the visitors twice come close to breaking the deadlock, Matt Challoner shot just over the crossbar after only two minutes from a weak clearance. Ntumba Massanka’s low ball across goal was almost turned in by on-loan Grimsby Town man Charles Vernam before the break.

Nicky Maynard had a chance in the first half, heading over from an Otis Khan cross, whilst Alex MacDonald fired into the side netting in the second period.

Just as it looked as though the visitors were going to get a draw, Maynard popped up with a winner. Chorley keeper Matt Urwin blocked a Jacob Mellis effort but former Bury striker Maynard headed the loose ball home from close range.

It wasn’t a classic performance by the Stags, but they’re in the hat for round two. That’s not enough to appease some of these supporters though, who see the result as another poor performance in a season in dire risk of petering out long before New Year.


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