Mansfield Town’s youth team slipped away from top spot of the Football Conference Youth Alliance North Division on Wednesday after drawing 1-1 with Boston United at Field Mill, reports Craig Priest.
Leading goal scorer Adam Somes was on the scoresheet first, bagging the opening goal on 20 minutes. Scott Rogers sparked the move with a fine ball through the centre of the park which was then moved wide to Joel Holland.
The creative midfielder crossed beautifully after beating his marker and Somes arrived at the far post to head home.
But Boston kept up the pressure and eventually drew level on 36 minutes after a long ball over the top on the left hand side caught the Stags flat footed.
Boston then knocked the ball inside quickly and struck from just inside the area with venom to level the match.
Late on in the game Somes and substitute Ben Horsley saw headers land narrowly wide as the Stags desperately fought for a winner.
In the last minute a hopeful ball saw the visitors break down the left. The ball was played neatly inside seeing Boston one on one with Hopkins who, knowing a second defeat would have killed the title hopes of his side, made an excellent save to deny the visitors before belting the ball down field to the sound of the full-time whistle.
A draw may have kept our youngsters in the title race,but a 6-1 victory for Gateshead at home to Fleetwood Town propelled them into second place, whilst a 2-0 win for FC Halifax at home to MMU Newcastle saw them replace the Stags at the top.
MANSFIELD TOWN: Hopkins, Robinson, Shaw ©, Gregory (Horsley), Marsden, Rogers, Somes, Villums (Brown), Holland, Harris (Barke), Hawkins.