The April Sun Just Doesn’t Shine.

Matt Somner Challenges Vs Northwich (photo by craig priest)

Matt Somner Challenges Vs Northwich (photo by craig priest)

 

It feels like a life time since I last wrote a blog entry, in truth it’s only a week, but as they say “one week is a long time in football”. Mansfield Town have played three fixtures in the space of a week, playing two home games and one away. The footballing trio got off to a fantastic start – a 2-0 home victory against Ebbsfleet. The game was played under the sun set on a cool April evening, the side put in a good performance and in truth could have won 6-0, unfortunately the front three of Daryl Clare, Louis Briscoe and Rob Duffy failed to make the majority of chances count, but three points is three points.

With this in mind, things were looking good for Saturday’s home game against Barrow, expecting the result to be set in stone, how wrong we were. The end result was a 2-2 draw, fair enough a point, but having been in the lead twice, the referee awarded a very dubious penalty for hand ball and then with Stags 2-1 in front and just minutes to play, awarded a very dodgy free kick on the edge of the box, thus resulting in a goal mouth scramble, a goal being awarded and our goal keeper, Alan Marriott, heading for an early bath. DVD replays have shown the referee was right to send Marriott off for retaliation / violent conduct but failed to punish the instigator with even a yellow card.

With only a day’s rest before a Bank Holiday Monday trip to relegation-threatened Northwich Victoria, Stags could hardly get Saturday’s disaster out of their systems. Although professional footballers should be able to move on, the performance they put in on Monday at Northwhich suggested otherwise. It was like going back a year and watching the Stags fighting for their own lives and Football League status, whilst the other team ran us into the ground. Northwich pressed forward and were rewarded with a 2-0 victory, well deserved. Mansfield gave nothing to inspire fans to buy a cheap season ticket for next year. Jason White made his first appearance since last season, made a few good saves but in my opinion didn’t look confident commanding his players. I always enjoy a trip to new grounds and it has to be said that those who travelled on the SSA bus were left smiling after passing a very nice pub where some of us were possessed by our “inner child” – unable to resist the tempation to have a go on the tyre zip wire! There were a few close shaves going very close to the floor but everyone managed to hit the other tyre and bounce back unhurt- good times! Just a shame about the result!!

The season will be over soon and the dreams of a top 10 finish might have to be adapted to a top 15 finish, and with 9 points left to play for, the top 10 seems unlikely. The shop window has been cleaned and more players are on offer, one player who impressed me was young Conor Higginson who came on at Northwhich. He did his best and did his chances of a place in the starting 11 no harm.

Thanks for reading again and I hope to see you at our last away game on Saturday Vs Woking, hopefully there will be no tears this time as Mansfield will not be facing the prospect of playing in a lower league, unlike last year!

Craig (Rainworthstag14)

“Mansfield Town FC; The sun maybe shining in the sky, but the football is not bright.”

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