Millers Get Three Points
6 October 3pm
Attendance: 3, 881
The Millers supporters at Millmoor today heaved a sigh of relief when referee, Mr Foster, blew the final whistle. After being three up, goals from Marcus Bean, Marc Newsham and Stephen Brogan, Mansfield managed to get two back and put the pressure on the home team for the last ten minutes.
The first goal came in four minutes, an outswinging Stephen Brogan corner found Ian Sharps in the area who knocked the ball down for Bean who saw his low shot go under diving Stags 'keeper, Carl Muggleton. Fifteen minutes later local lad, Newsham impressed with an overhead kick which flew past Muggleton for the second after Derek Holmes had headed into his path from a ball off Paul Hurst. The visitors then twice went close with shots from Michael Boulding but the Millers hung on and went in at half time two up.
The second half begun with Boulding having a low shot but Andy Warrington, in the Millers goal, was equal to it. Captain Graham Coughlan then broke up another Mansfield attack, sending Andy Todd down the middle but he saw his shot go just past the post. After that Todd put in Newsham but Jason White, on at half time for Muggleton, saved with his foot. The third goal came on the sixty-seventh minute when the lively Newsham easily beat White to see his header hit the bar, rebound and found Brogan who headed his first goal of the season. The Millers looked on fire and should probably have shut up shop at this point but Mansfield got on top of their game and Warrington saved from Stephen Dawson but from the resulting corner Boulding pounced on the loose ball and hit it into the back of the net. A few minutes later and another corner saw John McAliskey head down for Nathan Arnold who shot past Warrington to make it a very nervous last ten minutes for the Millers. Tom Cahill, on for Derek Holmes should have made it four-two but chose to go round White instead of having a shot and the goalkeeper scrambled the ball away.
A second win at home for the Millers sees them move up into tenth place - but another thirty minutes like there was at the end of the second half might see many Millers fans with bald spots where they have pulled out their hair in frustration!
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