Mansfield could have and should have won Saturday’s encounter at home to Derby Ramgarhia having had the lions share of possession throughout the game.
Mansfield had struggled the previous two games, but this week were back to playing some of their best hockey of the season so far. But, despite that, they could not take their chances and were held to a 0-0 draw.
Reid Wardle, standing in at the back for the unavailable Matt Seals, gave a commanding performance in the centre of defence.
In front of him Matt Proud intercepted many Ramgarhia passes and, between them, they snuffed out the threat of the league’s top scorer, Rav Manku.
Good performances from Roy Greasby, Jim Dick and Chris Goddard enabled Mansfield to control the midfield.
Up front, Mansfield were unlucky, having two goals disallowed. Both times the umpires blew up to award short corners and a split second later the ball was in the net.
However, for all their possession and short corners won, Mansfield could not create a proper goal.
The Ramgarhia goalkeeper was superb; making some fine saves from the seven short corners won by Mansfield. Jamie Younger and Martin Gardner come closest to scoring in the dying minutes of the game, but the opposing goalkeeper again pulled off two great saves.