HALF TIME: Mansfield Town 0-0 Ebbsfleet

Despite their dominance, Mansfield Town were unable to make the breakthrough in a half short on real chances at either end in their home clash with Ebbsfleet United this afternoon.

A great pass from Roberts sent Green into acres of space in the opening minute only for the striker to get crowded out in the box as he looked for a shooting chance.

Cronin fisted away the first Geohaghon throw from the left, then Briscoe had a 20 yard blast charged down as Mansfield made another hungry start.

Smith cut in from the left to tee up Dyer, but the striker laid the ball on to Roberts who pulled a poor low effort off target, Green eventually flagged offside as the pressure continued.

Dyer headed on a Geohaghon throw to Green who was penalised for dangerous play as he tried an acrobatic scissor kick.

Murray winced as his problem ankle seemed to trouble him after a forward ball, but the skipper limped for a minute or two then gritted his teeth and continued.

But it was Ebbsfleet that engineered the first on-target chance on 13 minutes.

Stone’s long far post cross was helped back into the mix by Barratt at full stretch and Pinney popped up with a header that Marriott caught just under the crossbar.

Neil Smith got in the way of a Briscoe shot after the winger had swapped passes with Green, who then was back to head clear the visitors’ first corner.

Ebbsfleet, warming to their task, quickly forced two more corners, then Riley had to make a block.

But on 21 minutes a fabulous forward ball from Murray sent Green clear on goal on the right of the box only to see Cronin spread himself and deny the striker.

Three minutes later Briscoe made room for a cross on the right by-line and picked out Riley whose header hit the left post with Cronin beaten.

Ebbsfleet broke quickly after Geohaghon lost possession, an offside flag thwarting Enver-Marum as he ran onto the final pass.

An O’Neill free kick was met by Dyer at the back post on 31 minutes with Green heading over from as central position 10 yards out, then Dyer helped on a Geohaghon throw, Smith just unable to get there in time at the far post.

On 40 minutes good running from Roberts won Mansfield’s first corner, soon followed by a second from which Geohaghon appeared to be clearly barged out of the way by Lorraine in the box, the referee disagreeing.

A minute from the break Riley stooped to guide a header wide from an O’Neill free kick.

Then O’Neill was lucky when the referee allowed Marriott to grab his lofted backpass without a free kick being awarded.

But a scrappy first half, largely dominated by the home side, ended scoreless.