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MATCH REPORT: Mansfield Town 2-5 Swindon Town

Town notch five at Field Mill to shoot down The Stags…

29 October 2022

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MATCH REPORT: Mansfield Town 2-5 Swindon Town

Town notch five at Field Mill to shoot down The Stags…

29 October 2022

Swindon Town recorded a remarkable victory in Nottinghamshire as they bounced back twice and went on to score five at The One Call Stadium to put fellow promotion-chasing Mansfield Town to the sword on their own turf.

Two first-half goals from Jonny Williams helped The Robins on their way, before Hiram Boateng was sent off in the second period which opened the Mansfield floodgates, as Luke Jephcott, Ronan Darcy and a Ben Gladwin penalty saw Town claim an impressive away win.

Lindsey made a double change to the side that earned a hard-fought point at Bradford City in midweek. Welsh striker Luke Jephcott and midfielder Ronan Darcy came into the side for Ricky Aguiar and the injured Frazer Blake-Tracy, as Town switched to a front pairing with Jonny Williams sat in behind.

It was an explosive start to the tie with the game’s first goal coming after just forty-seconds, as Hiram Boateng crossed low from the left just inside the box, and somehow it evaded everyone before landing at the feet of Kellan Gordon unmarked at the far post, and he stroked the ball past Sol Brynn to make it one-nil.

However, Swindon responded positively and it wasn’t long before they we’re back on level terms.

First, Luke Jephcott forced a good diving save to his right from Stags stopper Christy Pym with a close-range header, before Saidou Khan sent a controlled first-time volley narrowly over the bar after good work from Remeao Hutton to cross from the right.

Then came the leveler on six minutes as Jacob Wakeling broke free half-way inside the opposing  half, forcing a collision between two Mansfield players, before driving into the box and striking low.

Christy Pym did well to get down to his left and stop the shot, but he was helpless to see Jonny Williams tap the ball home into an empty net.

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The frantic start to the game continued as Mansfield looked to regain the lead on 15-minutes.

Stags captain Shaun McLaughlin sent another tricky low cross into the Town area which was met by the outstretched foot of Will Swan, but he was unable to direct his effort either side of Brynn and the Boro-loanee was able to scoop the ball up with ease.

Scott Lindsey was then dealt a blow on 18-minutes, as an injury to Tom Clayton forced him off with Mathieu Baudry coming on in his place.

The two sides then proceeded to cancel each other out for the next ten minutes, until Nigel Clough’s charges re-established their lead on half-an-hour.

Strike Will Swan was sent clear through on goal by George Lapslie after a good Stags move in the centre of the park, and the forward did the rest, sliding the ball past Sol Brynn into the bottom left hand corner.

However, it was a case of anything you can do, we can do better, as Jonny Williams grabbed his and Town’s second on 35-minutes, as Remeao Hutton was sent in on goal, only to see his initial effort rebound across the goal line after hitting the left post and land back at his feet.

The right-back held his nerve to cross low to Jonny Williams who finished well into the bottom right-hand corner past Pym with a classy left-footed effort.

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Ronan Darcy looked to give Swindon the lead for the first time in the clash shortly after, as he did well to jink his way into the box, drop a shoulder and shoot low at goal, but Pym was able to hold the ball.

It was then back up the other end as Mansfield threatened again on 41-minutes.

Kellan Gordon whipped in a dangerous ball from the right towards Will Swan, and his effort on goal under pressure from both Baudry and Ciaran Brennan saw the ball trickle just wide of the left post with Brynn seemingly rooted to the spot.

Referee Carl Brook brought an extremely busy first period to a close with both nothing to choose between the two sides at the interval.

Just two-minutes into the second period, Christy Pym was forced to have his wits about him as Ronan Darcy slid Jephcott through on goal, but he was just beaten to the ball by the on-loan Peterborough keeper.

Then came two good chances for Mansfield in quick succession on 49-minutes, as George Lapslie acrobatically set up strike partner Swan for a close range volley, but he sent his effort narrowly over the bar, before Kellan Gordon forced Sol Brynn into action to save with his legs at his near post just seconds later.

But Swindon weren’t to be deterred and took the lead for the first time in the game on 51-minutes, as the ever-energetic Jacob Wakeling raced onto a long ball on the left, cut inside and drove into the box before squaring it to the unmarked Jephcott, who was able to pick his spot and drive a low shot into the bottom left-hand corner.

If going 3-2 down wasn’t bad enough for the home side, they were dealt a further setback as Hiram Boateng was shown a second yellow card on 59-minutes for halting Saidou Khan’s run from deep and then delaying the restart, and Clough’s side were down to ten.

On 66-minutes we saw Louis Reed come on for his first taste of action in four games, and it was he that set Town on their way to grabbing their fourth of the tie, as the midfielder sent Remeao Hutton through on the right, who in turn unselfishly squared it to Wakeling, but he was denied by the onrushing Pym.

However, Ronan Darcy scooped up the rebound, shifted the ball to his right and struck an absolute beauty into the top right hand corner, leaving Pym with no chance.

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The game then descended into a rather heated affair as Jonny Williams was shown a yellow card for an incident off the ball which resulted in some heated altercations, before further cards for John-Joe O’Toole and Jacob Wakeling followed.

Scott Lindsey’s side then had two further opportunities to put the tie beyond their hosts as we hit the 75-minute mark, as Jonny Williams went in search of his hat-trick with a long-range effort that Pym did well to push wide.

Then, just seconds later, Luke Jephcott was sent through on goal by a clever pass from Ellis Iandolo, but he rushed his chance and put the ball into the side netting.

Both teams made a host of changes as we entered the final ten minutes of the game, but it showed no signs of fizzling out as fans of both sides saw the pair continue to go at each other.

On 84-minutes, Luke Jephcott, who’d proved a handful all afternoon, we sent sprawling by Pym as he attempted to slide out and claim the ball at his feet, and a penalty was the outcome.

Ben Gladwin calmly stepped up to fire the ball past the helpless keeper to open his account for the season and make it five.

Two minutes later, it could easily have become six, as substitute Morgan Roberts met another one of Remeao Hutton’s trademark crosses, only to see his diving header beat Pym and smash the crossbar.

A minute later and attentions turned to the other end, as Josh Law wriggled free in the Swindon area, only to be denied by Sol Brynn who made a smart save it his near post.

Further efforts from Nigel Clough’s side in stoppage time from subs Jordan Bowery and Ollie Clarke failed to find the back of the net with Sol Brynn once again denying them, and Swindon emerged with an impressive goal margin to match their performance.

Remarkably, that was just the second time Mansfield Town had lost in the league at home in a calendar year, with Swindon more than deserved of their win.

MATCH INFORMATION:

Mansfield Town Line-up: 3-5-1-1

1. Christy Pym (GK) – 12. Oliver Hawkins, 35. John-Joe O’Toole, 4. Elliott Hewitt, 3. Stephen McLaughlin © (9. Jordan Bowery 78mins), 2. Kellan Gordon (7. Lucas Akins 78mins), 16. Stephen Quinn (8. Ollie Clarke 66mins), 44. Hiram Boateng, 10. George Maris (5. Anthony Hartigan 46mins), 32. George Lapslie (15. Jason Law 82mins), 26. Will Swan.

Subs not used: 13. Scott Flinders (GK) – 17. Kieran Wallace.

Scorers: Gordon 1, Swan 30

Yellow Cards: 44. Boateng 31mins, 10. Maris 38mins, 1. Pym 60mins, 35. O’Toole 70mins.

Red Cards: 44. Boateng 59mins.

Swindon Town Line-up: 4-3-1-2

1. Sol Brynn (GK) – 3. Ellis Iandolo, 4. Tom Clayton (6. Mathieu Baudry 18mins), 34. Ciaran Brennan, 2. Remeao Hutton, 23. Saidou Khan (5. Louis Reed 66mins), 10. Ronan Darcy, 7. Ben Gladwin ©, 8. Jonny Williams (33. Morgan Roberts 83mins), 15. Luke Jephcott, 24. Jacob Wakeling (28. Tyrese Shade 83mins).

Subs not used: 25. Conor Brann (GK) – 17. Ricky Aguiar, 22. Marcel Lavinier.

Scorers: Williams 7,35, Jephcott 51, Darcy 68, Gladwin pen 85.

Yellow Cards: 15. Jephcott 77mins, 8. Williams 72mins

Red Cards: None

Referee: Carl Brook

Assistance Referees: Grant Taylor & Garry Maskell

Fourth Official: Lisa Rashid

Attendance: 6,804 (734 Town fans)


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