ROSE’S VITAL LATE BLOOM
Local lad helps Stags to capsize the spirited Non-League Ducks
MANSFIELD Town progressed despite dogged resistance from Northern Premier League highflyers Shaw Lane in a lively encounter at Sheerien Park, leaving Stags boss Steve Evans to breathe a huge sigh of relief.
The League Two side took the lead in the 34th minute when Krystian Pearce opened the scoring before the Barnsley part-timers roared back to equalise through Lee Bennett’s effort four minutes before the break.
But despite the Non-League outfit posing questions early in the second half and the Stags missing from the spot, a brace from Danny Rose, who lives just four streets away from Shaw Lane’s ground, sealed the deal for Evans’ side as they guaranteed their place in the hat for the next round.
A relieved Evans paid tribute to the home side after a game that was played in front of the BT Sport cameras
“Fair play to Shaw Lane. They’ve made it a good cup-tie. This was a tough afternoon for us,” he said.
“It was always going to be where everyone outside Mansfield wants you to lose and only credit goes to Shaw Lane.
“They put up a wonderful cup tie. They stretched us at times. It was very physical and we’re just
pleased we’ve come and dealt with it and we’re in the next round.
“We had to turn up here and work so hard against a real difficult opponent. There would be league clubs come here and lose but we dealt with it.”
After a sluggish opening, Mansfield took the lead when referee Ben Toner judged David Norris to have committed a foul 30 yards from goal.
A clever set-piece from Joel Byrom led to a clearance falling to Pearce, whose shot found the bottom left corner through a stack of bodies, with goalkeeper Jon Stewart’s vision blocked in front of goal.
Lee Bennett, starting just his second game of the season for the home side, then levelled things up emphatically for Shaw Lane on 40 minutes. Alex Byrne’s rightwing cross worked its way through to Nicky Walker on the left and the winger pulled the ball back across goal, where a deflection fell in front of Bennett, meaning all he had to do was smash it home. As the pace of the game picked up in the second half, Mansfield were awarded a penalty in the 63rd minute after another former Barnsley man, Jacob Mellis, appeared to be brought down by Billy Whitehouse. But a fine save to his right by Stewart denied Mellis, to the delight of the home supporters, who thought the penalty decision was somewhat harsh in the first place.
With the scores still level, Shaw Lane would have fancied making Stewart’s save count, smelling victory and the chance of a Cup upset against a side sitting some 58 places above them in the football pyramid.
But enter Barnsley boy Rose. His two strikes in five minutes put the game out of the hosts’ reach.
His first, on 73 minutes, saw the striker rise above both Kelvin Lugsden and Ryan Qualter to head over Stewart.
And there was nothing anyone could do with a sublime finish on 78 minutes as Rose acrobatically scissor-kicked home following a cross by Alex MacDonald.
Shaw Lane manager Craig Edwards said: “We came in wanting to be competitive and we had them on the ropes for a little while. It has taken an incredible finish to kill the game off.
“When you save a penalty, you start thinking: ‘it could be our day’, but credit to Danny; I believe he's a local lad and exBarnsley, and he has really delivered.
“I hope people liked what they saw and recognise we are a small club going in the right direction.”
STAG PARTY: Mansfield’s Krystian Pearce, left, celebrates scoring their first goal
DOUBLE SALVO: Danny Rose settles the tie by scoring Mansfield’s second, left, and third, right STAR MAN ALEX MACDONALD Mansfield