Mansfield Town held in FA Cup by Concord Rangers

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Mansfield Town were booed from the field after they were held 1-1 at home by gutsy Conference South Concord Rangers in their delayed FA Cup first round tie at One Call Stadium last night.

The toothless Stags laboured all night against a lively Rangers outfit, the visitors never having been this far in the competition before but never looking outclassed.

It was a ninth game without a win for Stags as pressure grows on manager Paul Cox with some very tough games ahead in the next fortnight.

Stags, who had only netted three goals in eight previous games, were gifted the lead through a Danny Glozier own goal on 17 minutes.

But Concord, who have only lost once in 15 games, hit back within 45 seconds through a wonder strike from Jordan Chiedozie and fully deserved their home replay at the end of a frustrating night for the Stags.

The Stags side showed three changes.

With Jamie McGuire suspended after his red card in Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at Shrewsbury, Fergus Bell came back into central midfield, playing just behind the strikers.

With loanee Danny Carr going back to Huddersfield since the weekend, Rakish Bingham came back into the front line.

And, with parent club Derby County not wanting loanee Keiron Freeman to become cup-tied, Stags brought Liam Marsden back in as a wing back.

Rangers had the night’s first shy at goal as Chiedozie got on the end of an attempted headed clearance by Waterfall and sent a volley wide of goal.

Arsenal loanee keeper Vickers had to be alert to racer to the edge of his box and clear as Bingham chased a short backpass.

On five minutes the Beachboys won the first corner of the night which came to nothing.

A good run from Bingham into the box then saw Lampe forced into two good blocks.

On eight minutes Stokes tried his luck from 20 yards, but the ball flew straight to Studer.

Murray’s ball into the box saw Bingham win the chase, but Walker did enough with his challenge to see Bingham’s final shot trickle towards Vickers.

It was more promising for Mansfield on 11 minutes as Beevers found Rhead at the far post where he poked the ball over the top from wide of the right post.

Studer was out his box quickly to make sure Chiedozie did not reach a through ball.

Bell also dragged a low shot wide after a good run to just inside the box.

The game then suddenly exploded with two goals in 45 seconds.

Stags were ahead on 17 minutes as Matt Rhead headed a long throw from Marden from the left goalwards and, in getting in the way, Glozier inadvertently headed it past his own keeper from seven yards.

But from the restart, the Beachboys were level in spectacular fashion.

Chiedozie, 30 yards out, looked up and simply smashed a 30-yard shot goalwards which found the top left hand corner off the inside of the post past a helpless Studer.

The eager Chiedozie then robbed Clements some 45 yards out and then tried to lift a long, hopeful effort over Studer, who had enough time to backpedal and collect.

The half-hour mark saw the first few boos ring out from the home fans.

Rhead was warned for a late shove on keeper Vickers as he took a high Marsden cross out of the air.

Stokes was well over with a hurried snapshot onto a loose Murray pass as Stags continued to labour.

On 40 minutes Murray was from Bell’s low pass. Two minutes later Bell rolled a low pass in from the left that saw Bingham poke a shot at goal at the near post and Vickers have to turn aside for Mansfield’s first corner.

That was cleared and sparked a Concord break that ended with Chedozie firing well over.

Then a great cross by Walker from the right was just too high for Cawley, lurking at the far post.

Woodyard slid into a full-blooded tackle on Riley in stoppage time, but it was Chiedozie shown the yellow card as the half ended 1-1.

Stags might have gone back in front in the opening 45 seconds of the half after Murray won the ball from Woodyard and sent Bingham into the box on the left. But, when he squared it low to Bell, his bundled finish was poor and wide.

Clements was also wide soon after with a hopeful effort from well out.

On 51 minutes Bell put in a good low ball from the right and Bingham got a powerful low shot on target from 12 yards that Vickers did well to get down to block to his right.

Play was brought back on 54 minutes as Stags lost possession to enable the referee to book White for hacking down Clements in full flight.

Stags threw on Palmer for Rhead up front on 58 minutes.

Bingham should have tested the keeper on the hour as a cleared Marsden throw reached Murray who rolled the ball in his path, Bingham kicking fresh air as he completely missed it.

On 64 minutes Rangers, after a spell of pressure, almost went ahead as Chiedozie helped the ball on from Woodyard’s initial effort from close range and Studer was at full stretch to acrobatically tip the ball onto the roof of the net.

On 66 minutes Waterfall was booked for a needless shove.

Murray played a neat one-two with Bingham on 71 minutes, but the finish was wide.

The decision to replace Bell with Lambe on 73 minutes was greeted with derision by the home fans as the possibility of a replay began to loom large.

Stags began to enjoy some sustained pressure at last in the final 10 minutes. But Rangers were standing firm and keeping Vickers well protected.

Fry did superbly well to take the ball away from both Palmer and Bingham when outnumbered in the box.

Miles was sent on with four minutes to go was inches over with his first touch from a free kick.

Murray was too high from 20 yards as we reached the 88th minute. And in the final minute Vickers threw himself full length to his right to block a goalbound Clements free kick from 18 yards as Concord earned a deserved replay next Tuesday with the inevitable boos ringing round the ground.