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MEMORY MATCH: Mansfield Town win thrilling semi-final against Northampton

Rhys Day gets a header away in the home play-off semi-final clash against Northampton.
Rhys Day gets a header away in the home play-off semi-final clash against Northampton.

Mansfield Town take on Northampton Town for the first time in three seasons on Saturday since the Cobblers’ relegation from League One.

Stags have drawn the last two home games with them following three successive home wins, scoring eight times in this three games.

In season 2003/04 they were twice beaten at home by the Cobblers but also won twice at Sixfield, ending up facing each other in what proved to be an incredible two-legged play-off semi-final.

Our Memory Match today focuses on that stirring semi-final second leg clash.

Mansfield had seemed home and dry when Rhys Day and Junior Mendes goals had given them a 2-0 lead from the away leg.

But Richards and Hargreaves had Northampton level by the break, and when Smith made it 3-0 a minute into the second half, things looked bleak.

However, Tom Curtis pulled a vital goal back on 68 minutes and then the Stags scored all five penalties in the shoot-out while Kevin Pilkington made the all-important save to deny Sabin and book a place in the final.