VISITORS Fleetwood Town snatched a narrow interval lead from a 43rd minute free kick after a battling first half by Mansfield Town in the FA Cup fourth qualifying round tie at Field Mill this afternoon.
A tense first half deadlock was broken when Jamie Milligan curled the 18 yard free kick inside Alan Marriott’s left hand post.
Clear chances had been few and far between in a tense first half.
The visitors thought they had snatched a sixth minute lead as Brodie turned home a Milligan free kick from the left in the middle of a crowded six yard box, but Mansfield were relieved to see a raised offside flag.
That stunned Stags into attacking action and they won three successive corners.
Then, breaking forward, Green drew two defenders before cueing up Howell, who should have shot first time, but delayed and was quickly crowded out.
Soon after, Sutton crossed from the left, a defender slipped and Meikle was in front of goal alone only to miscontrol the ball on his chest and his eventual low ball in saw keeper Davies there ahead of the sliding Green’s outstretched leg.
Brown, who had been limping from an earlier challenge, was replaced by Goodall on 15 minutes.
Fleetwood broke on 16 minutes, ending with Seddon dragging a low shot at goal which, although it lacked real venom, still beat Marriott and clipped the outside of the post.
Murray’s 18 yard drive deflected narrowly over for a corner on 19 minutes.
Brodie went on a powerful run and threatened to get goalside of Riley. But Riley stuck to his task and stayed with him, Brodie eventually tumbling in the box and furious not to get anything.
Howell then made a great interception just inside the Fleetwood half and raced on, squaring the ball to Green at the last minute only to see Davies there first to gather before Green could shoot.
Brodie was continuing to complain to the official and there were huge cheers when he was finally booked on 42 minutes.
But the visitors were all smiles a minute later as the deadlock was broken.
Vardy won a free kick on the edge of the box, just right of centre and, with Marriott across towards his right post, Milligan stepped up to curl the ball over the wall and inside the keeper’s left post.
Beeley rolled around as if he had been shot right on half-time but was up quickly and running well once he knew he wasn’t going to get anything.
The half-time whistle then saw him pulled away from the referee as they left the field.