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Stags held in ten-goal thriller

14 August 2013

Matt Rhead netted a brace as a Mansfield Town XI fought back to draw 5-5 with Carlton Town in a pulsating friendly at Stoke Lane last night.

Striker Alex Troke put The Millers ahead early on, but Ben Birch equalised on the quarter-hour mark with a bullet header from an Adam Murray free-kick.

Troke netted again on 38 minutes, but Carlton's lead was quickly extinguished thanks to Rhead's first of the match.

However, the hosts, who play in the Evo-Stik Division One (South) led 3-2 at the interval courtesy of Josh Thornton's near-post header.

Ruben Wiggins-Thomas struck just after the hour mark, before Danny Elliott looked to have sealed an impressive win for the hosts, when he made it 5-2.

However, Mansfield were not to be beaten as Junior Daniel's brilliant solo strike reduced the deficit to 5-3 with a quarter-of-an-hour left.

Substitute Trovarn Damar-Thomson added another moments later, before helping The Stags to complete the comeback by winning a penalty, which Rhead converted.

Team: Waldram, Simpson (Spencer), Gregory (Trialist), Birch, Marsden, Dyer, Murray (c), Stevenson, Daniel, Speight (Damar-Thomson), Rhead.

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