Stags hero Briscoe salutes fans

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MANSFIELD Town’s FA Trophy semi-final hero Louis Briscoe relived his dramatic extra time penalty which clinched the Stags 2-1 aggregate win over Luton and their second ever trip to Wembley.

Briscoe, whose shot had been charged down to create the controversial spot kick deep into the extra period as the Stags fought to break down the nine-men home side, said: “Was it a penalty? Well, Luke Graham’s arms went up and not in a natural-looking way which suggests to me it was a penalty.

“I tried to make it a bit more exciting by not scoring first time!

“Kevin Pilkington knows me and knows I am not the cutest. So he made a great save but the ball fell back to my lap and I put it away.

“He saw me score a similar penalty against Newport straight down the middle so Kevin must have remembered that.

“At the end I consoled a couple of the Luton players that I knew and shook hands, then went to celebrate with the away fans, who were brilliant and got right behind us.

“It is a brilliant feeling. It has been a great run right from Worksop away where, no disrespect we could have been turned over against the odds, and Chasetown away, who had already knocked out Grimsby and Kettering.

“Our run might have taken us a bit longer than it should have, but we are at Wembley now.

“Now everyone will be fighting for their places against Darlington, who are not a poor side.”