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📝 Match Report: Mansfield Town 0-1 Grimsby Town

Mariners make it back-to-back victories

4 January 2020

Ten-man Grimsby Town made it back-to-back wins as they secured a hard-earned victory at Mansfield Town in new manager Ian Holloway's first game in charge.

The Mariners were forced to play almost the entire game a man short after Luke Waterfall was shown the red card inside the opening 10 minutes.

But after withstanding long spells of home pressure in the first half, Town were the better side after the break and got the vital breakthrough when home defender Mal Benning volleyed into his own net.

One change was made to the Grimsby side after the New Year's Day victory over Salford, with Moses Ogbu replacing the injured Jordan Cook.

James McKeown started in goal, with Luke Hendrie, Harry Davis, Waterfall and Liam Gibson forming the back four.

Harry Clifton, Jake Hessenthaler and Ethan Robson lined up across the midfield, with Max Wright, Moses Ogbu and Charles Vernam in attack.

Ludvig Ohman came back into the matchday squad and began on the bench, alongside Sam Russell, Elliott Whitehouse, Ahkeem Rose, Harry Cardwell, Elliott Hewitt and Mattie Pollock.

Mansfield also had a return to winning ways last time out, beating Cambridge 3-2 away from home.

Manager Graham Coughlan would look to the likes of Nicky Maynard, Danny Rose and CJ Hamilton to cause problems for the Town defence.

The hosts won the first corner on three minutes and Neal Bishop's header from Alex MacDonald's delivery was deflected over the bar for another one.

The Mansfield pressure continued when a shot frrom Rose was deflected wide for a third corner and it was headed behind by Waterfall for a fourth, which was cleared.

Town were dealt an early blow as hey were reduced to 10 men with less than 10 minutes on the clock when Waterfall was dismissed for a poor two-footed challenge on Jacob Mellis near the halfway line.

Pollock was sent on to fill the gap at the heart of the defence, with Wright the unfortunate attacker to come off.

Town recovered and started to come into the game, with Vernam sending a low cross over from the right for Ogbu but the striker could not get the power or direction needed to beat home keeper Conrad Logan.

A shot from Vernam on 20 minutes was deflected though to Logan, before a foul by Pollock on Rose gave Mansfield a free kick inside the Town half, which was cleared before a follow-up shot from distance was stopped by McKeown.

A great chance for Mansfield to open the scoring came when Maynard got in behind the Town defence but he could not beat the keeper, who came off his line to deflect the shot away for a corner and then caught the ball from the flag-kick.

Gibson won a corner at the other end on the half-hour but Hessenthaler's low ball from it was cleared at he near post.

Mansfield's Hayden White was booked for a foul on Ogbu soon afterwards but Robson's free kick was poor and the ball sailed out for a goal kick.

A good block by Pollock topped a cross from Hamilton on the left, at the expense of another home corner, which was cleared by Clifton at the near post.

A low ball from White was cut out for yet another corner on 34 minutes but again, it was dealt with by the Mariners.

Another corner came after Gibson showed good awareness after a clever Mansfield free-kick routine, although the hosts were unable to cause significant problems from the flag.

A flick by Vernam sent Hendrie away down the right as Town attacked on 45 minutes but his cross caused no danger for the home defence.

Four added minutes were played at the end of the half and Mansfield's Krystian Pearce was booked in the second of them for a foul on Ogbu.

Town had a chance after a mistake by Bishop in midfield but Vernam's shot from 20 yards was saved by Logan.

That proved to be the last opportunity of the half, with the Mariners producing a solid defensive effort after going a man down to keep the scores level at the break.

No further changes were made before the restart and Ogbu won an early corner, which was headed away.

MacDonald saw two shots blocked in quick succession at the other end on 50 minutes, before former Grimsby striker Andy Cook was sent on in place of Bishop in the home side's first substitution.

A good chance for the visitors came when a nice touch by Ogbu sent Clifton away through the middle. The midfielder's run took him past two defenders but he could not hit the target with his shot, instead firing wide.

Mellis fizzed a shot just over the bar from 20 yards before Ogbu was replaced by Rose in Town's second change on 54 minutes.

A shot by Benning was pushed away by McKeown, before he keeper produced a brilliant save to keep out a close-range header from the home side, although the offside flag had already gone up.

And when the deadlock was finally broken on 66 minutes, it was the 10 men of the Mariners who took the lead. A good move down the left led to Gibson sending a brilliant low cross over and Benning volleyed it into his own net.

McKeown was shown the yellow card soon afterwards for time-wasting over a goal kick, before Clifton created a chance for Rose but he was crowded out and Logan dived on the loose ball.

A good challenge by Gibson stopped a dangerous-looking run by Hamilton and ensured the only damage was a corner, which led to a Town free kick after a foul.

James Clarke replaced White for the hosts on 75 minutes, before a MacDonald effort from 25 yards was comfortably stopped by McKeown.

Gibson was yellow-carded for taking too long over a throw-in, before Rose sent a shot over the bar into the travelling Town fans.

Whitehouse replaced Gibson with 11 minutes to go, with Town now looking comfortable as Mansfield searched for a way back into the contest.

Maynard fired harmlessly over the bar as the clock ticked down, although the home side were given an additional five minutes to try to force an equaliser.

And they almost had it with the last kick of the game as Maynard spotted McKeown off his line and tried to lob him. The keeper managed to get a hand to it though and his touch took the ball over the bar.

The final whistle blew straight afterwards and Town and their 1,337 travelling fans were left to celebrate a superb win.

The Mariners are next in action on Saturday, when they travel to Leyton Orient.


Mansfield: Logan, White, Benning, Preston, Pewwarce (C), Bishop, MacDonald, Mellis, Hamilton, Maynard, Rose

Subs: Olejnik, Clarke, Khan, Smith, Cook, Knowles,

Town: McKeown (c), Hendrie, Davis, Waterfall, Gibson, Hessenthaler, Clifton, Robson, Ogbu, Vernam, Wright. Subs: Russell, Öhman, Pollock, Hewitt, Whitehouse, Rose, Cardwell.


Referee: James Oldham


Attendance: 5,840 (1337)

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Ticket News

🚌Travelling To Mansfield? Read Our Essential Guide Before You Set Off

Kristine Green brings us all we need to know ahead of Saturday's game.

4 January 2020

What’s the ticket information?

This fixture is strictly ALL TICKET – no tickets will be available on the day other than those that have been purchased online or through the Grimsby Town ticket office for collection.

It is allocated seating so please go to the seat allocated on your ticket.

How do I get to the ground?

Post Code is NG18 5DA

From the North – Exit the M1 at junction 29, take the A617 towards Mansfield. In around six miles turn right onto Rosemary Street then onto Quarry Lane. The ground is on the right.

From the South – Exit the M1 at junction 28, take the A38 towards Mansfield. In around six miles turn right onto Belvedere Street, in ¼ of a mile turn right onto Quarry Lane

Where is the best place to park?

The ground has very limited parking spaces at £5 per car on a first come first served basis. It’s advised to find alternative parking.

Grove Street – NG18 1EL – 70p an hour

Robin Hood Line Station NG18 1HA – 70p an hour or £3 for 24 hours. Designated disabled spaces are free for blue badge holders.

Watermeadows – NG18 1BA - £1 an hour. Designated disabled spaces are free for blue badge holders.

Please note that the surrounding retail parks have ANPR monitored parking restrictions.

What is the nearest train station to the stadium and what is the approximate distance and walking time?

Mansfield is the nearest station and is just a short walk from the ground.

Something to note – the first train leaving Mansfield after the game for Town fans to return (3 changes) is the 18:41. Fans can travel via Nottingham, which gets you home around an hour earlier.

Recommended pubs for away fans?

The usual pub for away fans near the One Call stadium has now closed. There are no pubs or bars near the ground serving away fans.

The nearest pub is now William IV on Stockwell gate which is about a 15-minute walk away, it does have some parking and cars can be left there during the game.

The Sir John Cockle on the junction of the A38 and B6014 will also welcome Mariners with families/children. This is around 25 minutes away.

Alternatively, the town centre has a number of pubs that may accept away fans.

Food available in the area?

The ground is near to retail parks which have a number of food outlets including Nando’s, Bella Italia and Burger King.

When do turnstiles open?

With a late increase in demand for tickets and the nearest pub for away fans now closed. We’ve been in liaison with Mansfield Police who have negotiated an earlier turnstile opening of 1:30pm rather than the usual 2:00pm.

Where is the nearest cash machine to the Stadium?

Sainsburys has free to use ATM’s as does Poundland on St Peters Retail park and Mansfield bus station.

What is the process for supporters looking to bring flags into the stadium?

Large flags (2mx1m) must-have safety certificates. No flags on poles.

Drums are permitted with prior consent. Please contact alakinso@gmail.com before the day of the game.

What food and drink is available on the concourse at the stadium?

Both hot and cold food and drink items are available inside the ground, including meal deals.

The away end will be serving alcohol:

IPA/Carling - £3.50
Kopparberg/Stowford Press/Wine - £3.50
Gin/Vodka/Brandy - £3.00
Tonic Water - £1.50

Please have a safe journey. 

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