Match report: Mansfield 0, York City 1

York City striker Ryan Bowman fires his side into a 32nd minute lead from the penalty spot against Mansfield Town at Field Mill. Picture: Gordon Clayton

York City striker Ryan Bowman fires his side into a 32nd minute lead from the penalty spot against Mansfield Town at Field Mill. Picture: Gordon Clayton

First published in Sport York Press: Photograph of the Author by , Sports reporter

RYAN Bowman’s first goal in ten matches earned York City a fourth successive away win following a 1-0 Sky Bet League Two triumph at Mansfield Town.

The former Hereford striker converted a first-half penalty to extend the Minstermen’s unbeaten run to a seventh game despite substitute Wes Fletcher seeing a second spot kick saved in stoppage time.

York boss Nigel Worthington kept faith with the same starting line-up for a fourth consecutive game and an untidy start to the match saw Bowman fire the first chance of the evening straight at home keeper Alan Marriott from 15 yards.

James Jennings responded with a wayward long-range drive for the Stags that deflected off Keith Lowe for a corner and Lindon Meikle’s control and balance then let him down after he collected a headed flick-on from striking partner Matt Rhead, firing high and wide of Nick Pope’s near post.

At the other end, Michael Coulson took a shortly-taken corner to Josh Carson and then gathered his backheeled return before firing into the sidenetting from a narrow angle.

But the pair combined again on 31 minutes to help their side forge ahead.

After exchanging passes with Coulson through the right channel, Carson burst into the penalty box and tumbled over John Dempster’s challenge.

Referee Darren Drysdale incurred the wrath of a vociferous home crowd when he subsequently pointed to the spot, but Bowman showed great nerve to end his barren run in front of goal when he found Marriott’s bottom left-hand corner from 12 yards.

Shortly afterwards, Mansfield’s supporters and players were venting their collective fury again when Dempster fell to the floor clutching his head following an aerial challenge with Bowman.

But the alleged elbow that Dempster’s team-mates were screaming about was not detected by Drysdale or his nearby assistant Amy Fearn.

Spurred on by a perceived sense of injustice, the hosts came more into the match as the half drew to a close with Jamie McGuire calling Pope into his first save on 34 minutes and then volleying wide from the edge of the box.

A Rhead header was also saved low to his left by Pope and Sam Clucas lifted a 20-yard opportunity over the bar in first-half stoppage time.

Pope was called into action within seconds of the restart when he safely gathered Rhead’s 20-yard volley.

Ex-Stag John McCombe, meanwhile, saw a shot deflected wide for the visitors on 50 minutes before Meikle lofted a tame effort into Pope’s hands.

Mansfield, looking short of attacking inspiration, were struggling to trouble Pope although there was an uncomfortable moment for the on-loan Charlton shot-stopper on 78 minutes when he clattered into his left-hand upright catching a Meikle cross and did well to keep hold of the ball.

A curling 20-yard Coulson effort, meanwhile, drifted wide at the other end before home defender Ryan Tafazolli was punished for handball under pressure from City sub Ryan Jarvis.

Fletcher’s penalty was saved to his left by Marriott, who then recovered to also keep out Jarvis’ follow-up effort.

It mattered little, though, for a City side undefeated since the end of January.

Match facts

Mansfield 0, York City 1 (Bowman pen 32)


York City: Nick Pope 7, Lanre Oyebanjo 7, Keith Lowe 9, John McCombe 8, Ben Davies 8, Josh Carson 8, Russell Penn 8, Adam Reed 7, Will Hayhurst 7, Ryan Bowman 7, Michael Coulson 7.

Star man: Keith Lowe - dealt with everything.

Subs: Wes Fletcher (for Bowman, 72), Lewis Montrose (for Reed, 77), Ryan Jarvis (for Coulson, 85). Not used: Tom Platt, David McGurk, Michael Ingham, Sander Puri.

Mansfield Town: Alan Marriott, Martin Riley, John Dempster (Ollie Palmer, 58), Ryan Tafazolli, Darryl Westlake (Lee Beevers, 29), Adam Murray (Michael Cain, 73), Jamie McGuire, Sam Clucas, James Jennings, Matt Rhead, Lindon Meikle. Subs not used: Lee Stevenson, Ross Dyer, Chris Clements, Colin Daniel.

Referee: Darren Drysdale (Lincolnshire).

Booked: Riley 43, Clucas 56.

Sent off: None.

Attendance: 2,865 (466 City fans).

Shots on target: Stags 4, City 4.

Shots off target: Stags 5, City 3.

Corners: Stags 6, City 6.

Fouls conceded: Stags 15, City 10.

Offsides: Stags 3, City 1.

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1:50pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Budgie says...

Things get better and better, sounded a tough game ,must not take our foot of the pedal. All the top teams are dropping points. ?? can we make the ply offs, YES..
Things get better and better, sounded a tough game ,must not take our foot of the pedal. All the top teams are dropping points. ?? can we make the ply offs, YES.. Budgie
  • Score: 3

1:56pm Wed 12 Mar 14

T.R.M1974 says...

Great result city! And a late poor write up Mr Flett
Great result city! And a late poor write up Mr Flett T.R.M1974
  • Score: 6

2:10pm Wed 12 Mar 14

andyjon12 says...

T.R.M1974 wrote:
Great result city! And a late poor write up Mr Flett
It wasn't a "late poor write up" - if you went out and bought the press this morning. Come on, they have to make some money for their efforts - by selling papers, before releasing their match reports to people like you for FREE. Credit where it's due!
[quote][p][bold]T.R.M1974[/bold] wrote: Great result city! And a late poor write up Mr Flett[/p][/quote]It wasn't a "late poor write up" - if you went out and bought the press this morning. Come on, they have to make some money for their efforts - by selling papers, before releasing their match reports to people like you for FREE. Credit where it's due! andyjon12
  • Score: 9

2:39pm Wed 12 Mar 14

T.R.M1974 says...

andyjon12 wrote:
T.R.M1974 wrote:
Great result city! And a late poor write up Mr Flett
It wasn't a "late poor write up" - if you went out and bought the press this morning. Come on, they have to make some money for their efforts - by selling papers, before releasing their match reports to people like you for FREE. Credit where it's due!
People like me? Not eveyone has access to buy a press, like i said great result City!
[quote][p][bold]andyjon12[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]T.R.M1974[/bold] wrote: Great result city! And a late poor write up Mr Flett[/p][/quote]It wasn't a "late poor write up" - if you went out and bought the press this morning. Come on, they have to make some money for their efforts - by selling papers, before releasing their match reports to people like you for FREE. Credit where it's due![/p][/quote]People like me? Not eveyone has access to buy a press, like i said great result City! T.R.M1974
  • Score: 4

3:18pm Wed 12 Mar 14

RooBeck says...

A great, all-round team performance by us with everyone working hard and for each other throughout the 90 minutes.NW had it right in his pre-match assessment of what to expect from The Stags, in that they are an in your face, physical side, not unlike The Wombles and basically their main tactic is to push-up hard, bully the opposition and get the ball up high to their two frontmen - Clucas and Rhead. BUT, Keith Lowe, John McCombe and the whole of our Back Four and keeper controlled and dealt with these tactics all night long and really, Mansfield didn't hurt us or look that threatening as an attacking outfit as we outmuscled/out-fough
t them at the back and in midfield. What a find our two central defenders are proving to be. Though not always on the front foot in attacking play, when we did drive forward we looked threatening, but if we are going to keep an eye on that 7th spot, we probably need to find the back of the net a bit more often in the final ten games but overall, we are playing very well and undoubtedly the Division's form team. COYR.
A great, all-round team performance by us with everyone working hard and for each other throughout the 90 minutes.NW had it right in his pre-match assessment of what to expect from The Stags, in that they are an in your face, physical side, not unlike The Wombles and basically their main tactic is to push-up hard, bully the opposition and get the ball up high to their two frontmen - Clucas and Rhead. BUT, Keith Lowe, John McCombe and the whole of our Back Four and keeper controlled and dealt with these tactics all night long and really, Mansfield didn't hurt us or look that threatening as an attacking outfit as we outmuscled/out-fough t them at the back and in midfield. What a find our two central defenders are proving to be. Though not always on the front foot in attacking play, when we did drive forward we looked threatening, but if we are going to keep an eye on that 7th spot, we probably need to find the back of the net a bit more often in the final ten games but overall, we are playing very well and undoubtedly the Division's form team. COYR. RooBeck
  • Score: 14

4:31pm Wed 12 Mar 14

brahma says...

T.R.M1974 wrote:
andyjon12 wrote:
T.R.M1974 wrote:
Great result city! And a late poor write up Mr Flett
It wasn't a "late poor write up" - if you went out and bought the press this morning. Come on, they have to make some money for their efforts - by selling papers, before releasing their match reports to people like you for FREE. Credit where it's due!
People like me? Not eveyone has access to buy a press, like i said great result City!
T.R.M1974, the fact that you cannot get a hard copy of the press is neither here nor there; you only have to wait a few hours to get the same report for free on the website. That's the trade-off, pay for it and get it early or wait and get it free. In addition, although Keith Flett may be responsible for the standard of what he writes, he is in no way responsible for when it appears in the paper or online.
[quote][p][bold]T.R.M1974[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]andyjon12[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]T.R.M1974[/bold] wrote: Great result city! And a late poor write up Mr Flett[/p][/quote]It wasn't a "late poor write up" - if you went out and bought the press this morning. Come on, they have to make some money for their efforts - by selling papers, before releasing their match reports to people like you for FREE. Credit where it's due![/p][/quote]People like me? Not eveyone has access to buy a press, like i said great result City![/p][/quote]T.R.M1974, the fact that you cannot get a hard copy of the press is neither here nor there; you only have to wait a few hours to get the same report for free on the website. That's the trade-off, pay for it and get it early or wait and get it free. In addition, although Keith Flett may be responsible for the standard of what he writes, he is in no way responsible for when it appears in the paper or online. brahma
  • Score: 8

4:42pm Wed 12 Mar 14

FortessBC says...

Officially we are top of the form table in league 2 Fantastic!! What a great run we are on at the moment, long may it continue. We have definitely found our Football League feet and lets push on and see where we can finish.
Officially we are top of the form table in league 2 Fantastic!! What a great run we are on at the moment, long may it continue. We have definitely found our Football League feet and lets push on and see where we can finish. FortessBC
  • Score: 6

6:27pm Wed 12 Mar 14

yorknomadssociety says...

andyjon12 wrote:
T.R.M1974 wrote:
Great result city! And a late poor write up Mr Flett
It wasn't a "late poor write up" - if you went out and bought the press this morning. Come on, they have to make some money for their efforts - by selling papers, before releasing their match reports to people like you for FREE. Credit where it's due!
I would rather wait and see it for free than pay the rip off price of around 55p for the press.
[quote][p][bold]andyjon12[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]T.R.M1974[/bold] wrote: Great result city! And a late poor write up Mr Flett[/p][/quote]It wasn't a "late poor write up" - if you went out and bought the press this morning. Come on, they have to make some money for their efforts - by selling papers, before releasing their match reports to people like you for FREE. Credit where it's due![/p][/quote]I would rather wait and see it for free than pay the rip off price of around 55p for the press. yorknomadssociety
  • Score: -10

7:16pm Wed 12 Mar 14

OLD - HEAD says...

Our results continue to amaze me. I couldnt go to Mansfield last night, but I have seen the majority of our games this season. There is no way that I could ever have imagined that York City would be challenging for a play-off spot this season. Flowing football has not been the order of the day, but our recent results speak for themselves. Credit to the players and management for turning our season around. Many people (including me) are delighted to be proved wrong, and I am not too proud to admit that.
Our results continue to amaze me. I couldnt go to Mansfield last night, but I have seen the majority of our games this season. There is no way that I could ever have imagined that York City would be challenging for a play-off spot this season. Flowing football has not been the order of the day, but our recent results speak for themselves. Credit to the players and management for turning our season around. Many people (including me) are delighted to be proved wrong, and I am not too proud to admit that. OLD - HEAD
  • Score: 20

12:01am Thu 13 Mar 14

henleazeyorkie says...

Agree Old Head. Looking forward to Saturday - I reckon we could get up to 65 points now, which would be a good top 10 finish. Of course, would like more and a Play Off berth, but realistically 4 wins, a few draws and (probably inevitably I'm afraid) a couple of defeats will still be a good return, and improvement on last season - which we'd all have taken at New Year. I'd also like to pay tribute to Hayhurst. I think he's a good bet for the future, and I for one would love to see him here on contract next season
Agree Old Head. Looking forward to Saturday - I reckon we could get up to 65 points now, which would be a good top 10 finish. Of course, would like more and a Play Off berth, but realistically 4 wins, a few draws and (probably inevitably I'm afraid) a couple of defeats will still be a good return, and improvement on last season - which we'd all have taken at New Year. I'd also like to pay tribute to Hayhurst. I think he's a good bet for the future, and I for one would love to see him here on contract next season henleazeyorkie
  • Score: 6

8:31pm Thu 13 Mar 14

CaroleBaines says...

T.R.M1974 wrote:
Great result city! And a late poor write up Mr Flett
What on earth is happening, Press? Paper just gets worse and worse. An explanation or apology at least.
[quote][p][bold]T.R.M1974[/bold] wrote: Great result city! And a late poor write up Mr Flett[/p][/quote]What on earth is happening, Press? Paper just gets worse and worse. An explanation or apology at least. CaroleBaines
  • Score: 1

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