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Season Review - September

14 May 2014

Mansfield Town enjoyed a marvellous month as they soared up the Sky Bet League Two table.

Vs Newport County, D 1-1. Read the match report by clicking here.
Vs York City, W 2-1. Watch highlights by clicking here.
Vs Northampton Town, W 3-0. Watch highlights by clicking here.
Vs Chesterfield, W 1-0. Watch highlights by clicking here.

September was a magnificent month for us as we extended our unbeaten run to eight matches and climbed into the top three in Sky Bet League Two.

Our first match was against Newport County at Rodney Parade and Sam Clucas’ equaliser earned us a hard-fought point in a pulsating end-to-end encounter which ended in a 1-1 draw and saw two players sent-off.

A week later, we exacted revenge on York City for that heart-breaking defeat in the Conference Premier Play-Offs in May 2012, with a brilliant 2-1 success at Bootham Crescent. 

Our team, who had been delayed in traffic and only arrived at the ground 40 minutes before kick-off, made a disastrous start as Ryan Brobbel put the Minstermen ahead inside the first 60 seconds. However, we fought back and a Clucas spot-kick followed by a late strike from Ollie Palmer earned us a superb away win.

The only game at One Call Stadium during September saw us cruise to a 3-0 win over Northampton Town, with Ben Hutchinson and Clucas on target, before Mathias Doumbe’s spectacular own goal. 

At the end of the month came the match that everyone had been waiting for - our first meeting with arch-rivals Chesterfield in more than five years, and our first visit to the Proact Stadium.

Paul Cook’s men had won seven of their opening eight matches, were perched at the top of the table, and the task of defying the odds and earning three points was a daunting proposition. 

Nevertheless, Calvin Andrew’s header on 37 minutes, coupled with some brave, resolute and at times, last-ditch defending in the closing stages, earned us a gutsy three points which sank the Spireites.

In an ironic twist, it wouldn’t be long until we faced our fierce neighbours again as the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Second Round draw saw us handed a home tie against them.

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