ASFC vs Mansfield Town

League Two
Score: 1 - 1

Match Report

Terry Gornell’s first goal of the campaign meant the points were shared in a 1-1 draw with Mansfield.

Stanley were hoping to make it four league wins on the bounce and move into the play-offs but the Stags made sure it finished all square.

John Coleman brought in Steven Hewitt for the suspended Scott Brown and Gornell starting in place of Rommy Boco with Sean McConville the captain in Seamus Conneely’s absence.

It was a lively start with Mansfield forcing early corners while Stanley winger Jordan Clark tried his luck after just a few minutes but his effort was wide.

Neither goalkeeper was really tested in the opening 20 minutes with Pat Hoban’s header on target – but comfortable for Elliot Parish.

Mansfield took the lead on 31 minutes when Matty Pearson fouled Mitchell Rose on the edge of the area and Chris Clements fired home the free kick, which found the back of the net off the underside of the crossbar.

Stanley then bossed possession without seriously testing keeper Scott Shearer while Kevan Hurst’s strike was kept out by Parish at the other end on 39 minutes.

Coleman’s half-time team talk seemed to do the trick as the Reds started with purpose after the break with Clark’s strike from the right just over the bar.

And Stanley levelled on 56 minutes when a Janio Donacien free kick from just inside their own half was flicked on and it fell to striker Gornell in the area who finished well for his first goal of the season.

Minutes later Stanley thought they had turned it around when McConville tapped home at the far post after Parish denied Clark but it was ruled off-side.

Clark saw a looping shot float just over Shearer’s goal and Coleman brought on last Saturday’s goal hero Rommy Boco for the final 10 minutes, replacing Gornell, but neither side could grab the winner.