August 31, 2013
Stags up and running
Mansfield grabbed their first win since returning to the Football League after a strong second-half performance helped them beat Dagenham 3-0.
Sam Clucas' goal gave the Stags a half-time lead and they kicked on in the second half with Jamie McGuire and Matt Rhead also finding the net.
It took 31 minutes of a truly dire first half for either side to muster a decent effort, Chris Clements firing just wide from 30 yards for the home side. Four minutes later the deadlock was broken as John Dempster headed on a long Martin Riley free-kick and Clucas was there to flick a header out of the keeper's reach.
A switch to 4-4-2 for the Stags after the break saw them take control and create three quickfire chances, doubling their lead from the third of them, thanks to a keeper error.
First substitute Rhead headed a great close-range chance over, then Clucas was inches wide with a superb 30-yard blast before McGuire finally saw his hopeful 25-yard shot squirm through the arms of goalkeeper Chris Lewington after 48 minutes.
And it was game over 24 minutes later when Rhead turned home a clever back-heel from Calvin Andrew from the left by-line.
|Mansfield Town||Dagenham & Redbridge|
|1 Alan Marriott||1 Chris Lewington|
|4 John Dempster||5 Brian Saah|
|6 Martin Riley||4 Scott Doe|
|2 Ritchie Sutton||2 Luke Wilkinson|
|17 Lee Beevers||3 Oluwafemi Ilesanmi|
|23 Jamie McGuire||17 Luke Howell|
|16 James Jennings||8 Abu Ogogo|
|19 Chris Clements||6 Billy Bingham|
|18 Ben Hutchinson||7 Medy Elito|
|11 Samuel Clucas||41 Zavon Hines|
|36 Oliver Palmer||23 Brian Woodall|
|33 Liam Mitchell||Jordan Seabright 30|
|12 Ryan Tafazolli||Jack Connors 26|
|24 Calvin Andrew||Gavin Hoyte 18|
|20 Lindon Meikle||Sean Shields 20|
|9 Matthew Rhead||Joshua Scott 10|
|13 Anthony Howell||Louis Dennis 16|
|10 Lee Stevenson||Afolabi Obafemi 11|
|Matthew Rhead for Lee Beevers (46)||Joshua Scott for Billy Bingham (52)|
|Calvin Andrew for Oliver Palmer (65)||Afolabi Obafemi for Brian Woodall (70)|
|Lindon Meikle for Ben Hutchinson (80)|
|Calvin Andrew (77)||Abu Ogogo (34)|
|Matthew Rhead (78)||Joshua Scott (90)|
|Chris Clements (90)||Scott Doe (90)|
|· Squads: Mansfield Town | Dagenham & Redbridge|