Mansfield Town progress in cup, but only after the drama of penalties
MANSFIELD Town went through on penalties in a dramatic FA Cup first round replay at Slough Town last night and will now play Lincoln City in round two.
The Stags took the lead in first-half stoppage time when Dave Woozley, under pressure from Exodus Geohaghon, put through his own goal but in the 66th minute, his defensive partner Nathan Bowden-Haase equalised when he nodded home after Stuart Swift's free-kick came off the post.
Nobody could find the winner in extra time, as the tie ended 1-1 and had to be decided on penalties.
Chris Clements, Lousis Briscoe, Matt Rheade and Jake Speight all scored from the spot for Stags, while Shane Redmond saved Slough's second penalty and saw them miss their third effort as Town won 4-1 to progress.
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Mansfield boss Paul Cox had named an unchanged starting XI for the third game running but striker Matt Green was not on the bench due to illness.
There was a scare 40 minutes before kick-off when, for a few minutes, the floodlights went out at Holloways Park but they were back for the warm-ups.
The game got underway with fans packed right up to the pitch on four sides of the compact ground and on two occasions early on Lindon Miekle looked lively.
Twice he teed up Louis Briscoe to cross but both times the hosts, from the Evo-Stik Southern Central Division One, dealt with it.
Midway through the half, Stags striker Nick Wright claimed to have been pulled to the ground in the box by Alex Brown but nothing was given and then Warrington pulled off a superb double save.
After Clements' free kick was cleared to the edge of the box, Briscoe fired another deflected strike which was turned away superbly before John Dempster got up to win the header but the Slough goalkeeper somehow turned it behind for a corner.
Anthony Howell then swept one over the bar from 20 yards as Mansfield dominated.
And, ten minutes later, after great fight from Howell to keep possession, the ball was played out to Meikle who played inside for Clements but on the half-volley, he fired just wide.
Slough had the ball in the net just before half time, but only after the flag had gone up well before left-back Dominic Rhone flicked home following a free-kick into the box.
The breakthrough finally came in first-half stoppage time when Slough failed to clear a corner, slicing only to full-back Lee Beevers.
And when he whipped it in, Geohaghon went up with two defenders inside the area and he caused a nuisance, with the last touch coming off Woozley's head, the Slough player looping the ball over his own goalkeeper Warrington and into the net.
Slough came out for the second half with purpose in the opening ten minutes but without testing Mansfield goalkeeper Shane Redmond.
Jake Speight, Mansfield's top scorer with eight goals, came on for Nick Wright shortly before the hour mark but it was the Rebels who pulled level on 66 minutes in dramatic fashion.
Swift curled a fine left-footed 25-yard free kick that hit the angle of post and bar with Redmond beaten, bounced back across goal and Bowden-Haase headed in from close range.
And two minutes later, Woozley slid in to meet a corner from the right but his effort went just wide of the far post with the Stags rattled.
With ten minutes remaining, Adam Logie headed over from a Slough corner as the home crowd found their full voice.
The burly figure of Matt Rhead replaced Hutchinson with nine minutes of normal time remaining but it was Slough still pushing, as Redmond came flying out of his goal to bravely punch a dangerous ball well clear.
In the last minute of normal time, Clements played in Speight behind the defence, he raced onto it but thundered a dipping effort just over the bar before four minutes were added by the fourth official.
And in the final seconds, Warrington denied Rhead with an outstretched leg before the game went into extra time.
Deep into the first period of extra time, Speight went clean through but one-on-one with Warrington, he overran it slightly and then saw his weak shot saved by the legs of the goalkeeper before at the other end, Slough's Olie Burgess flashed a header wide.
Stags skipper John Dempster then saw red for a late challenge in the 112th minute, before Howell and Speight both missed the target with good chances late in extra time, before penalties were needed to decide the game.
Slough: Warrington, Fraser, Rhone (Sinclair, 62), Brown, Bowden-Hasse, Woozley, Burgess, D Deeney (Logie, 35), Burnell (Sonner, 81), Smith, Swift. Subs: A Deeney, Perkins, Murphy, Abbey.
Mansfield: Redmond, Sutton, Beevers, Geohaghon, Dempster, Briscoe, Howell, Clements, Meikle (Daniel, 105), Hutchinson (Rhead, 81), Wright (Speight, 57). Subs: Stevenson, Thompson, Murray, Hopkins.
Referee: Andy D'Urso