Match Report: Spirited Mansfield taken down by Broadstreet

Mansfield v Broadstreet
Mansfield v Broadstreet

MANSFIELD sunk to their eight successive league defeat despite a spirited effort at home to Broadstreet on Saturday.

Steve Shaw has shuffled the pack more times than a blackjack croupier this season with Adam Shaw starting at inside centre and Lee Shaw at 9 making up the half back pairing with Alex Miles.

Aiden McGreggor moved to blindside, while Ben Holmes moved into the number 8 position for the clash against their Coventery-based opponents.

The game got of to a scrappy start with neither side controlling the ball.

On 10 minutes Mansfield got the first chance to score with forward pressure making the visitors concede penalties in and around their 22, the first attempt from Lee Shaw lacked distance but he made the second one count for a 3 - 0 lead.

After that it was back to both sides cancelling each other out, the home side had the scrums in the bag and the visitors had control of the line-outs.

Around the park the Ben Homes, Adam Shaw, Phil Donaldson and Sam Johnson harried the opposition and never let them settle.

You could sense the frustration among the visiting forwards as they were denied clean ball time and time again.

A big deciding factor was when Mansfield had Holmes binned for handling on the floor and the visitors took full advantage with a try from good forward pressure to lead 5 - 3.

The blue and whites rallied and took the game back to the Broadstreet 22 and looked like they could capitalize, before the visitors broke the full length of the pitch to score a converted try.

Back to full strength Mansfield went on the attack but the first half came to end with them trailing 12 -3.

The second half began much like the first - when Mansfield pressed, Broadstreet responded.

At scrum time Broadstreet looked uncomfortable as the front row of Grant, Johnson and man of the match Tom Holland were rock solid and from the reaction of the visiting pack they were not enjoying this encounter at all.

As the game wore on it really did look like the tide was turning with McGreggor making yards and Wayne Robinson marshalling the defence.

Richard Donaldson and Jordan Cleaver were safe under the high ball and solid in tackles and a share of the spoils was on the cards such was the strength of the all-round team performance.

The visitors had a prop binned and Mansfield pressed until 10 minutes from time when Adam Shaw was binned for holding and this gave Broadstreet the wake up call to eventually win the game.

After pressurising Mansfield effectively, they scored two tries and a conversion to go ahead 24-3.

Mansfield responded strongly by mauling, rucking and driving at the opposition try line, eventually being rewarded with a try from a rolling maul with Phil Donaldson emerging with the ball from the bottom of the heap. Robinson stepped home the conversion.

Time was up on a spirited effort, but in sport when your luck is out it is hard to change things around.

Keith Calladine was eager to point to the scrum as a potent weapon that has functioned well all season, with the line-out decisions getting better as the first half progressed.

“However, the issues at the breakdown are still at work in progress,” he said. “On a big plus it was nice to finish with try from a rolling maul.”