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

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

Wednesday, 26th September 2018, 3:00 pm
Updated Thursday, 27th September 2018, 9:30 pm
Rhys Day gets a header away in the home play-off semi-final clash against Northampton.

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.

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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.