ALTHOUGH Richard Davies rattled the visitors’ crossbar, Mansfield Town went in all square at 0-0 at half-time in their BSBP clash at AFC Telford today.
Telford almost sneaked into a fourth minute lead when Farrell helped on a Salmon free-kick from the right which left Davies with sight of goal from 10 yards, only to bundle his finish wide.
Stags defended a home corner, then Sharp curled an attempt well over the far angle as Telford enjoyed the early edge.
It took 18 minutes for Stags to test home keeper Young, and that came from a ball in by Freeman that looked more of a cross than a genuine long range goal attempt.
Hegarty got in a glancing header from a Meikle right wing cross which lacked enough strength and direction to seriously test Young as we reached the 25 minute mark.
But on 28 minutes Howell allowed Davies to outmuscle him for the ball 40 yards from goal and Davies then ran on unchallenged to curl a fine effort against the crossbar, Sutton quickly heading the rebound for a corner for safety.
Two minutes later play swept up to the other end with O’Neill’s dangerous cross half-cleared to Green who pulled a firm, low first time finish just wide.
Dyer, who had swapped with Meikle and was now up front, was too high with an off-balance header from a Freeman cross as Mansfield finally began to knock the ball around with some purpose.
Davies was booked for going in hard with foot up on Meikle six minutes from the break.
Three minutes later Newton was also shown the yellow card as he left a foot in to take out O’Neill after the full back had sent over a right wing cross.
The half ended with a 25 yard blast from O’Neill straight at Young as the sides went in goalless.