Stags Fan Blog : the game against Darlington

Well we are now three matches unbeaten and we have two clean sheets in a row. Duncan and the boys find themselves on a little run of form at the moment and may it long continue. We travelled up the Darlington Arena will spirits high and looking forward to a match which promised so much with Darlington also eyeing up a play- off spot as well. Mansfield were going to have their work cut out come away with three points from this away trip.

We arrived with plenty of time to spare to find a stadium which seemed deserted at first and then we had the chance to enjoy a wait for the ticket office to open at the away end while the stewards just stood around and looked like they were waiting for Christmas. Has some of you may know I am disabled and I have problems walking but it seemed that I was to have my fitness tested by having to walk all the way around the stadium to get to the bar area O Happy Days.

Well I got my seat in the arena and saw what a problem it would be building an atmosphere for this game with the Darlington Arena being a massive stadium which would be better as a Premier League ground but what I was to watch would make up for the lack of supporters. Mansfield took the game the Darlington and played some wonderful football it was hard work for Paul Connor and Danny Mitchley as Darlington were playing the off-side style of defence which work very well with the referee assistant raise his flag any chance he got. The boys really should have come away from this game with all three points but for a couple of disallowed goals. When I was a Rugby League referee myself I felt that I should always make sure I was sure of the decisions I was making and I hope Mr Stockbridge can feel the same when he looks back at his performance on DVD which he will at some point in the future. My star performers last night were Neil Collett and the whole back four for their wonderful work especially Steve Foster who only seemed to grow once he got back the captains armband when the hardworking Adam Murray had to leave the field with an eye injury. Louis Briscoe was putting in a shift again with him seeming to be all over the field but alas all of their hard work would just bring them a point.

We are looking like we are going to have a good finish to the season and I think we could really build on what we have achieved on and off the field. The club is beginning to look like a League team again and this is with all of the hard work that is being put in behind the scenes by all of the staff in the office and all of the volunteers that support the club each week with their time I salute you all.

So we move onto Wrexham at Field Mill on Saturday this is very important game in our journey to try to reach the play-offs this season and your support is needed I would like to say to John Radford that as a season ticket holder I totally agree with the pricing policy for this game we want more supporters at the game and with making the prices £10 for adults and £1 for children to back up what you were saying about trying to get the supporters back to Field Mill. I would like to see the locals take this chance to come and support John in what he is trying to do for the club. We are lucky to have John on board and with the great work that Steve Hymas, Andrew Saunders and Steve Middleton put in before we are looking good. I am proud to be a part of this wonderful old club and my message to the Stags fans - COME ON YOU STAGS.