MANSFIELD Town fans endured a third successive poor result against a struggling side when Barrow came from behind to draw a poor game in front of the lowest post-War crowd for a league game at Field Mill on Tuesday night, reports John Lomas.
Stags, beginning a tough run of four home games in eight days, were looking to regain some pride after Saturday’s humiliating drubbing at Hayes and Yeading.
But they failed to even get a shot on goal in a poor first half and, even after the ever-willing Louis Briscoe had put them ahead on 63 minutes, the Cumbrians earned a deserved point with Danny Forrest’s spectacular dipping finish 12 minutes from the end.
Indeed, only the heroics of on-loan keeper David Grof, prevented Barrow grabbing a deserved winner in the last few minutes as Stags ended the night on the ropes and were booed from the field.
Despite getting Mansfield to Wembley, boss Duncan Russell knows current results are likely to lose him his job in the summer and will be desperate for points against Bath tomorrow (Thursday), when the crowd should be boosted by a £5 admission offer, Luton Town, who come on an FA Trophy revenge mission on Saturday, and Grimsby Town, who arrive on Tuesday looking to inflict more misery after hammering Stags 7-2 at home.
The crowd of 1,253 was 40 lower than the post-War record low who saw Stags take on Torquay in 1982.
See this week’s Chad, on sale from Wednesday morning, for a full match report and all the latest from Field Mill, including an interview with chairman John Radford on the latest about the club’s bid to buy Field Mill, the court case with landlord Keith Haslam and manager Duncan Russell’s future.