Football - Stags throw it away at Lincoln

LOCAL rivals Lincoln City struck twice in the final minute to snatch a 3-2 friendly win over Mansfield Town at Sincil Bank on Saturday.

An error from keeper Michael Bingham proved fatal as he raced of his line to punch at thin air as Paul Morgan flicked on Adam Buckley's corner for Paul Smith to score from close range.

Nevertheless, there were many things for Stags boss Stuart Watkiss to be happy with as he changed all but three of his starting line-up at half-time with only Dave Jervis playing the full 90 minutes.

New signing Colin Larkin looked lively up front for his debut 45 minutes.

But big Andy White was also a real handful for the Imps defence in the scoreless first half while Blackpool midfielder Neil MacKenzie, who Stags are hoping to sign this week, also showed some neat touches and worked well with the tireless Lee Williamson.

But it was former Stags star Iyseden Christie who stole the show in the second half and all but confirmed he still has that something special that could surprise a few Second Division defences this season.

He scored one and made the other and will be hopeful he has shown enough to secure a deal.

Lincoln livewire Simon Yeo put the Imps ahead on 56 minutes, turning home Smith's cross from close range.

But Stags were level within two minutes as Christie tore the home defence to shreds on the right of the box before finding Craig Disley who netted at the second time of asking, his first attempt rebounding off the post.

Christie put Mansfield in front on 74 minutes with a header after youngster Neil Lazarus had skipped superbly between two defenders before delivering the perfect cross.

Despite having so many youngsters on the field, Mansfield looked comfy winners and with a minute left on the watch looked home and dry.

But sloppy defending allowed Smith to send a half-cleared corner back across the six yard box and former Stag Ben Sedgemore netted from close in.

And there was still time for the home side to steal their injury time winner.