Six-goal thriller so magical as Briscoe fires in wonder goal
MANSFIELD Town's Louis Briscoe said the thrilling 3-3 FA Cup draw with Lincoln City was the best game he had been involved in as a Stags player.
The lead swapped hands before substitute Matt Rhead popped up at the death to head home a dramatic stoppage-time equaliser at Sincil Bank and send the game to a replay.
But there was more drama with the final act of the game seeing Briscoe head clear off the line, in a game where he scored a stunning goal of his own and set up Rhead's leveller.
And the winger said: "It was a great one for the spectators and great support for both sides. It got tasty at times, there were six goals and we go again with the replay.
"The game had everything, except for a red card really and it was rocking and probably the best game I have been involved in. It was an enjoyable game but the goals we conceded need to be cut out. We need to go back to the drawing board a bit.
"The FA Cup is extra special and the fans that travelled really helped us."
Briscoe made it 2-2 in the second half with a stunning left-foot strike into the top corner from 20 yards, giving goalkeeper Paul Farman no chance.
And now he can't wait for the replay and the chance to seal their place in the third round of the competition.
"It could have gone anywhere with the left foot but it went straight into the top corner, so I was absolutely delighted," said Briscoe.
"And with the goalline clearance, I had a man and I was worried if I let my marker go he would get a goal but I had an instinct it was going towards the goal so I got myself back on the line and managed to head it away.
"At 3-2 down, you don't lose hope, you keep plugging away and we have a decent spirit in the dressing room.
"Rheady is going to unsettle people and you know if you put the ball in the box, he is going to win the headers and that is what he did, so full credit to him.
"We had parts of the game where we bossed it and they had parts where they stretched us so it was a fair result and a good game for the spectator.
"As Lincoln have shown before this season they are very resolute, as we are, so we have to cut out the basic errors we are making because we are not far off being a very good team.
"We just have to knuckle down, work hard and take that into the replay."