MANSFIELD TOWN came from behind to defeat Chester City by the odd goal in three at Field Mill in Coca-Cola League Two last night.
City had the better of the opening exchanges when after just 50 seconds Jason White made a tremendous save to deny Lawrence Wilson’s snapshot.
From the resulting corner Paul Linwood powered a header goalwards but the keeper made another good save.
Five minutes later Simon Brown had an effort from 22 yards that John Danby did well to save at the second attempt.
Chester took the lead after eight minutes with a well-taken goal from Brad Maylett, on loan from Boston United.
A mix-up in the home defence saw the ball come to Maylett who fired an unstoppable low shot from the right past the despairing dive of White.
The home side then enjoyed a good spell Danby was forced into a good save, denying Dawson’s 20-yard effort, then Simon Marples cleared from just in front of his line from the predatory Conlon.
And another chance for Maylett went just wide.
The home side equalised after 27 minutes through Brown.
Conlon released Brown, who took the ball on and hammered home an unstoppable shot.
At the start of the second period, Danby made a good save to deny Nathan Arnold, and Kevin Sandwith made an excellent stop on the line from Dawson.
Simon Marples had a good run down the right he beat four players before squaring to Wilson, whose effort was well saved.
With nine minutes remaining the home side registered the winner. A left wing corner from substitute Matt Hamshaw was flicked on to Alex Baptiste who headed into the top corner giving Danby no chance.
MANSFIELD TOWN: White, Mullins, Hjelde, Baptiste, Jelleyman, Arnold (Hamshaw 60), D’Laryea, Dawson, Hodge (Boulding 70), Conlon (Gritton 81), Brown. Subs: Muggleton, Charlton.
CHESTER CITY: Danby, Marples, Bolland, Hessey, Linwood, Sandwith, Bennett, Maylett (Meechan 76), Hand, Brownlie (Steele 62), Wilson. Subs: Allen, Kearney, Vaughan.
REFEREE: Mr Eddie Ilderton (Tyne and Wear) ATT: 2,366.