STAGS ON THIS DAY: Mansfield Town revel in first win over Notts County for 40 years

Mansfield manager Keith Curle masterminded the Stags' first league win over County in 40 years.
Mansfield manager Keith Curle masterminded the Stags' first league win over County in 40 years.

On this day back in 2003 Mansfield Town won the bragging rights over Notts County after edging a five-goal thriller.

The Stags’ 3-2 win at Field Mill was the first time they had beaten their neighbours in the league since September 1963.

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The hosts raced into a 3-0 lead inside 19 second-half minutes.

The first half had seen County’s Mark Stallard miss a glorious brace of opportunities and his side was made to pay after the restart.

Andy White slid in at the far-post to convert Wayne Corden’s cross and send the Stags fans wild.

They were soon celebrating even more when sub and academy product Craig Mitchell scored a beauty.

The 17-year-old’s first senior goal was one to remember as he lobbed County’s Steve Mildenhall from 18 yards out.

Then on 71 minutes Corden made it 3-0 with a long-range curling effort.

With ten minutes to go County made a valiant effort at a comeback.

Stallard made amends for his earlier misses by notching a late brace but the Stags held on for a long-awaited success over their neighbours.

Stags: Pilkington, Mendes, Lawrence, Doane, Eaton, Corden, A White, Curtis, Gadsby, Day, Williamson.