• Cam Felton

Effortless… Harrogate 1-0 Mansfield

Updated: Mar 9

Nigel Cloughs men fall to their third defeat in a row at the hands of Harrogate Town on their first ever visit to the EnviroVent Stadium.

Clough made one change from the team that lost to Cambridge at the weekend with Jason Law replacing Stephen Quinn. Kellan Gordon also making his way back to the bench for the Stags.

The Stags were on the front foot from the first whistle as the ball fell to Ollie Clarke but his early effort was claimed easily by Harrogate ‘Keeper James Belshaw.

Neither side managing to really find their feet after the first few minutes, the next big chance fell to the Stags as a Stephen McLaughlin free kick was put behind for a corner after Belshaw palmed his shot wide and from the resulting corner Farren Rawson heading just wide of Belshaw’s far post.

Clough was forced into a change at half time as Stephen McLaughlin went down on the stroke of half time with an innocuous looking injury as the ball ran towards him.

The second half started quickly as the Stags were caught napping and Harrogate made them pay within 12 seconds. After the ball was played forward from the kickoff, Ryan Sweeney and then Farren Rawson failed to clear and the ball fell to Aaron Martin and he volleyed past Aidan Stone.

The Stags never recovered and never looked like getting themselves back into the game and lack that cutting edge.

Neither side could not muster another chance towards the end of the second half and after six minutes added time referee Thomas Parsons blew the final whistle to condemn Cloughs men to a third defeat in a row.

Harrogate Town: Belshaw, Burrell, Francis (Jones, 71), Smith, Hall, Falkingham, Thomson, Power (Kerry, 63), McPake, Martin (Beck, 76), March (Muldoon, 76). Subs not used: Minter, Fallowfield. Booked: Falkingham (71) Goal: Martin (46) Mansfield Town: Stone, Sweeney, Rawson, Charsley (Gordon, 55), Clarke, Bowery, Maris (Sinclair, 85), Perch, Reid, McLaughlin (Benning, 46), Law (Quinn, 74). Subs not used: Stech, O’Driscoll, Sarkic. Booked: Sinclair (88). Referee: Thomas Parsons.

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