Matty Blair crushed Mansfield Town’s promotion dream when he bagged the only goal of a tight, tense game nine minutes from the end of extra-time in the BSBP play-off semi-final second leg at a sold-out One Call Stadium.
Stags would have hoped they had done the hard bit by drawing 1-1 at York in the first leg in midweek, but Gary Mills’ men, who had not lost away from home since October, defended magnificently and prevented Stags getting into their normal stride.
Neither keeper was really stretched in a tense 90 minutes.
But, with penalties beckoning, Blair, who had a superb 90 minutes, rose to head home a Jason Walker cross and it was game over exactly one year to the day Stags lost to Darlington at Wembley in the FA Trophy final by a single late goal.
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