FA Trophy semi-final first leg : The fan’s blog

Sunday dinners in many Mansfield households will have tasted that bit better after Stags won yesterday’s tie with Luton Town - which means they take a vital one goal lead to Kenilworth Road this Saturday.

The way that the boys played made my early start so worthwhile - the only thing that I was disappointed with was the attendance.

I felt we should have had more like five thousand for this game with it being a semi-final, but that is just my opinion.

After a few mistakes we seem to have a new top shot stopper. On loan David Grof put in a performance that would have been praised to the heavens on Match Of The Day. He pulled of two wonderful saves which kept out the Luton strikers and put Mansfield into the second leg with a foot in the final.

The Stags players did Duncan Russell proud yesterday and Big Duncan for me is beginning to look the part as our manager. I am truly happy with John Radford’s decision to give him a chance of leading our team.

I felt so proud to see the Stags stand up and be counted because to say that the word on the street was that Luton are more interested in the league than this game was complete rubbish. The the way their players were going into challenges and trying to put the ball past out keeper it was just complete nonsense. If anyone was to think that a team of professional players were not going to try to win to get to Wembley, then I am afraid you are kidding yourself.

The team was amazing and it was hard to pick out any one player. Kevin Sandwith has taken some stick from the fans but his defending was fantastic and his balls from the back were wonderful and set up some great chances.

We now have to get our heads out of the clouds as we have a tough trip to York City on Tuesday night. York are on the fringes of the play-offs and have been in great form recently, but I am wondering whether this is now our main thought now because we have the twin towers in sight. This was an interesting talking point while I had a drink with fellow Stags fans after the match.

I think we should concentrate on trying to get to Wembley, because we are still unsure on whether we would be allowed to go up with the problems we have off the field.

I now look forward to at least two games a week for the rest of the season. I will be there to support the team they are home or away because I love this club with all of my heart.