There was little fault to be attributed to any of Mansfield's goals - they were all well taken - but the Terriers were second best in all departments as they were demolished by a stylish Stags side spearheaded by Halifax-born Chris Greenacre.

Town had started impressively enough and, despite the lack of chances, still had their moments with Dwayne Mattis and Steve Jenkins going close in the first half.

Jon Dyson looked off the pace as he was booked early on but this didn't seem to matter as Mansfield upped a gear and went into the lead through their lethal marksman Chris Greenacre in the 26th minute as the Terriers were caught square in a move involving Bobby Hassell.

Town should have equalised after the re-start but instead they conceded possession, and the half, to their hosts who went on to score a crucial second goal just before half time.

Wayne Corden was put in by Liam Lawrence after Town's defence went walkabout. Corden drew out Margetson before pulling the trigger to make the score 2-0.

A small number of Town fans tried to leave at this point but they were momentarily dissuaded by a quick change in fortunes at half time as Town threatened to pull one back early on in the second period but the enthusiasm soon disappeared as Greenacre put the tie beyond Town's reach in the 67th minute.

He powered his way past Steve Jenkins, slotted home past poor Martin Margetson and signalled the beginning of the exodus of hundreds of Town fans.

The introduction of Chris Hay to patrol the left flank didn't add much to Town's prospects despite a couple of late chances which weren't taken by the Town striker but the game was all over in the 80th minute when Greenacre completed his hat-trick with the help of Wayne Corden and Liam Lawrence.

Lawrence crossed to Greenacre who volleyed his third and Mansfield's fourth from the edge of the box.

The rout was complete but it could have been worse as sub Martin Pemberton conspired to miss from 10 yards with the goal at his mercy after Alistair Asher had put him through in the dying minutes.

There would have been few Town fans left to witness a fifth goal against the Terriers, who mustered very few chances on goal themselves, but the few who did stay made their opinions of the performance known to the Town players and management as they departed the field at the final whistle.

Use the form on the right or below to let us know your opinions of the match. Read Doug Thomson's report in the Examiner on Monday.


Mansfield (4-4-2): Pilkington, Hassell, Robinson, Barrett, Tankard, Corden (Pemberton 80), Williamson, Disley,  Lawrence, Bradley (White 23), Greenacre (Asher 84)
Subs not used: Bingham, Jervis
Booked: Williamson
Scorers: Greenacre 26, 67, 80; Corden 45

Town (4-4-2): Margetson, Heary, Gray, Dyson (Moses 46), Jenkins, Mattis, Irons (Hay 62), Holland, Schofield, Knight, Booth
Subs not used: P. Senior, Baldry, Macari
Booked: Dyson, Knight

Referee: Mike Pike (Barrow-in-Furness)

Attendance: 6,836

Match points will be on subsequent pages.


88 mins: Martin Pemberton should have made it 5-0 from 10 yards out after combining with Alistair Asher but he shot wide.

84 mins: Chris Hay shot wide as Town fans streamed out of Field Mill.

80 mins: Corden and Lawrence combined brilliantly down the right and fed Chris Greenacre who volleyed it past Margetson for 4-0. Mansfield weren't breaking a sweat and few Town supporters were staying for the end.

79 mins: Knight's cross was headed away by Adam Barratt. Knight stayed on the ground after his cross.

78 mins: Town won a free kick on the edge of the Mansfield area. Nobody looked like they wanted to take it.

75 mins: Chris Hay shot straight at the 'keeper - he had team-mates waiting in the area for a cross!

69 mins: Leon Knight was frustrated and hit out at a Mansfield defender after chasing the ball, earning himself a booking.

68 mins: Liam Lawrence missed his kick - he had an excellent sight of goal!

67 mins: Chris Greenacre completed the rout and sent the home fans into rapture after he latched onto a long ball and powered his way past everyone to finish past Margetson. This third goal was the signal for a mass exodus of hundreds of travelling Town fans.

65 mins: Chris Greenacre couldn't keep up with the ball after it was lobbed into the Town half.

63 mins: Liam Lawrence's free kick was saved comfortably at the near post by Margetson. Chris Hay replaced Kenny Irons as Macari put Chris Hay down the left and moved Chris Holland infield.

62 mins: Mansfield worked it upfield on the counter-attack and won a free kick 30 yards out after a Kenny Irons foul. Irons was withdrawn by Lou Macari.

60 mins: Chris Holland was shoved off the ball in the penalty area but the referee opted to award a goal kick despite appeals for a penalty!

58 mins: Knight was felled by Les Robinson, who appared to elbow Knight in the face. There was some verbal skirmishing between the management teams and the fourth official after an incident when Thomas Heary took a throw-in in front of the Mansfield bench.

56 mins: Corden's run and cross was cleared by Kevin Gray. Danny Schofield was back defending too but Mansfield retained possession of the ball and continued to attack.

54 mins: Holland's cross was cleared by Robinson with Mattis waiting after good work from Irons.

51 mins: Liam Lawrence's attack was broken up by Mattis as Mansfield threatened for the first time in the second half.

49 mins: Irons almost reached Leon Knight but Adam Barrett intercepted the ball.

48 mins: Moses played it wide in midfield but Schofield couldn't reach it and the ball went out.

47 mins: Moses won a corner with a searching cross after an attacking run upfield with Danny Schofield.

46 mins: Adrian Moses replaced Jon Dyson as Lou Macari made changes at half time. Town needed goals but Town lined up Heary, Gray, Jenkins, and Moses at the back.

HALF TIME: A small number of Town fans were asking to leave at half time as Town's FA Cup trip to Mansfield looked all but over after they conceded control of the tie to their hosts.

Town looked comfortable for the opening stages of the match but chances were few and far between. Dwayne Mattis, Steve Jenkins and Danny Schofield both had their chances but failed to beat Kevin Pilkington.

Jon Dyson looked off the pace as he was booked early on but this didn't seem to matter as Mansfield upped a gear and went into the lead through their lethal marksman Chris Greenacre in the 26th minute as the Terriers were caught square in a move involving Bobby Hassell.

The hardworking Stags prevented the Terriers from playing and were patient behind the ball but they continued to pose questions to the Town defence right until the final minutes of the first half when Thomas Heary went missing and Liam Lawrence put Wayne Corden clean through and, after another cleanly executed move, drew Margetson out before pulling the trigger for 2-0.

47 mins: Town were in disarray and Chris Greenacre should have made it 3-0 but his effort somehow went wide with the goal at his mercy.

46 mins: Town were caught short on the right of defence and Wayne Corden walzed in after being put in by Liam Lawrence, drew Margetson out of his goal, and coolly slotted the ball home. It was a terrible time for another goal and Town looked a well beaten side.

45 mins: 2 minutes of added time were indicated.

42 mins: Greenacre evaded Heary but the Stags were keen to keep the ball rather than push on for a second goal.

38 mins: Gray and Jenkins found the going tough against Chris Greenacre who harried their efforts to clear.

35 mins: Schofield worked hard to find an opening and was supported by Holland but Thomas Heary's poorly chosen pass went astray.

32 mins: Knight was beaten in the air by Barrett.

31 mins: Williamson's shot was deflected into the arms of Margetson.

29 mins: Andy Booth was crowded out during a Town attack. The home crowd were well behind their team and it was showing on the field.

27 mins: Danny Schofield's shot was saved after good work from Andy Booth as Town strove to hit back.

26 mins: Chris Greenacre slotted home after Town were caught square in a smooth Mansfield maneuvre involving Hassell. Town didn't offer any resistence to Mansfield as they defended deep once again.

25 mins: Chris Greenacre pushed the ball past Jon Dyson - Dyson left his foot in and Greenacre went over for a foul in a dangerous position. Dyson was booked for this challenge.

24 mins: Shayne Bradley was very bloodied and dejected as he was substituted.

24 mins: Leon Knight nipped in for the ball but was felled by Lee Williamson for a foul.

23 mins: Steve Jenkins went past two players but he put too much on his effort and it flew over the bar.

22 mins: Schofield's touch was heavy but he still beat his man only to find that Mansfield had regrouped and Lee Williamson took the ball upfield.

20 mins: Pilkington punched clear from a Town cross but the Terriers continued to press.

19 mins: Martyn Margetson called to Jenkins and allowed a delivered ball to drift out of play.

16 mins: Disley found Greenacre but the Stags striker did poorly and lost the ball.

15 mins: Pilkington intercepted Booth's attempted flick on for Holland.

14 mins: Leon Knight battled his way to the byline and put in a good cross which Pilkington reached with Heary upfield.

11 mins: Dwayne Mattis' effort was grasped gratefully by Kevin Pilkington after a good layoff by Andy Booth.

10 mins: The Terriers were playing a tight game against the Stags amidst a good cup tie atmosphere.

8 mins: Jon Dyson was lectured for an innocuous challenge on Shayne Bradley which left the Mansfield man grounded, bleeding, and needing treatment.

5 mins: Jenkins denied Disley's run and Mattis completed the clearance - the Terriers were marking tightly.

3 mins: Gray thwarted Greenacre's attempts to line up a shot. Margetson was untroubled by a later Mansfield effort as Town defended deep once again.

1 mins:Andy Booth flicked on the ball for Holland but the ball went out of play as the Town midfielder was closely marked.

Jon Dyson was in the starting lineup as Town looked to build on Tuesday's LDV Vans victory over Scunthorpe with a win against Mansfield that would take them into the 3rd Round draw on Sunday. Dwayne Mattis recovered sufficiently from food poisoning to return to the starting lineup while Nathan Clarke was still out.