HALF-TIME: Mansfield Town 0-0 Slough, FA CUp First Round

MINNOWS Slough Town battled bravely to hold Mansfield Town 0-0 in the FA Cup first round tie at the One Call Stadium this afternoon.

Mansfield increasingly dominated possession but the visitors had the best chance when keeper Shane Redmond had to tip away a dipping Ed Smith effort on 34 minutes.

Redmond had to leave his box to clear ahead of Smith in the opening minute.

But Stags soon began to settle and Meikle had a tame shot deflect to safety while Briscoe forced keeper Warrington to gather a dangerous cross as his near post which threatened to swerve under the bar.

There were calls for a penalty when Briscoe’s cross struck Brown’s hand, but it was deemed hand to ball.

Green made a good burst only to see his shot deflect wide for a corner which, taken by Clement, saw Warrington fail to catch it and the ball pass through everyone.

On 20 minutes Sutton sent Green away down the right, Warrington raced out his box but Green took the ball wide of him but into an impossible angle and, when he finally got the ball across with the keeper racing to get back, Brown blocked Meikle’s finish on the line.

Soon after Howell had a double chance as Warrington blocked his first shot and then saw the follow-up slotted wide as the home side began to warm to their task.

Bowden-Haase sent a header wide from a free kick in Slough’s best chance so far on 23 minutes.

But Stags roared back and Clements sent a free kick crashing into the Slough wall, Dempster wide with his ambitious overhead follow-up.

The Rebels defended two more home corners as momentum began to build and possession was being kept much better by the home side as we hit the half-hour mark.

However, Slough could have been ahead on 34 minutes but for a great save from Redmond.

Smith wriggled his way inside the box just left of centre and sent a dipping shot on target which the keeper did well to tip away at full stretch for a corner.

The visitors comfortably defended four long Geohaghon throws and another from Beevers as Slough stood firm.

Beevers was booked for halting a Slough break on 43 minutes.

Deeney threw himself into the path of a Briscoe blast in stoppage time as the half-time whistle inevitably brought a few boos from frustrated home fans.