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.
— James Rockcliffe💛💙 (@rockcliffej) November 9, 2019
Another case of papering over the cracks. Very pleased to be through but @JRadfordMTFC you need to make a change! This is not working!
— Jack Richardson (@92_jackrich) November 9, 2019
Not good enough against a team bottom of the conference having only won one of their previous 20 games. Another get out of jail free card for Dumpster, whose job is safer than the Queen’s for some stupid reason.
— Jemma 🦋 (@jemmapage) November 9, 2019
A win is a win, I get that. Let's be honest though, that was a truly woeful performance
— Will Spencer (@Will_Spencer23) November 9, 2019
We have stolen victory against a side 9 points worse off than Chesterfield. Let that sink in. Conrad logan saves us once again.
— Gavin Barsby (@GavinBarsby) November 9, 2019
We made very hard work of that, but I’ll take the win. Somewhat underwhelming at the moment though, big improvements required and quickly, if we are to make any impact on the league.
— Stephen Harmer (@sjharmer) November 9, 2019
Song at the end of the game not before for JD " I should be so lucky luckly luckly " Such results / games can't continue Round 2 or not and the comments " phew still in a job " .N another song " I'm sorry " gets boring but lets here it Steve O over to you
— Mr B (@MrGTB2) November 9, 2019
Rubbish stag's, new manager required.
— Colin parry (@Colinparry14) November 9, 2019