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Young Stags endure more late agony

20 July 2014

Stags lose in dying seconds for second time in four days.

Our young guns suffered more last-minute agony as Ollerton Town fought back from two goals down at half-time to win 3-2 in an entertaining pre-season clash at Walesby Lane on Saturday.

The Stags, who were beaten courtesy of a last-minute goal at Garforth Town last week, were denied a hard-fought draw as Liam Black drilled home a low half-volley on the brink of injury-time to complete a good comeback for the hosts, who trailed 2-0 at the interval.

It was all going well for the Stags as skipper Jack Koczalski opened the scoring with a powerful set-piece header on the half-hour mark, shortly before striker Dan Fletcher doubled the lead with a predatory close-range finish.

However, in wet but humid playing conditions, the home team battled back and reduced arrears in the 54th minute courtesy of a powerful low drive by Black.

Declan Brewin then made it 2-2 from the penalty spot on the hour-mark after Stags' 'keeper Frazer Hampson accidentally collided with Aaron Norman inside the area, which the referee judged to be a foul.

As the sunshine crept out from behind the clouds, Ollerton's bright second half display was rounded off when Black smashed home a loose ball from the edge of the area on the brink of injury-time.

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