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Mansfield Town 1-0 Tranmere Rovers

Mansfield were beaten by Port Vale in last season's League Two play-off final

Mansfield picked up their first points of the season following a battling 1-0 win over Tranmere in League Two as Riley Harbottle's second-half header proved to be the difference in a game of few clear-cut chances.

Rovers came close to opening the scoring after 30 minutes through Kane Hemmings, before John-Joe O'Toole had a shot cleared off the line.

Paul Lewis missed a great chance to equalise when he scuffed a shot straight at the keeper in the closing stages.

Tranmere had early penalty shouts waved away when Elliott Nevitt went down under pressure.

Hiram Boateng had a shot saved after 11 minutes before Reece McAlear drilled over.

Christy Pym saved from Hemmings following a poor back-pass with 30 minutes gone.

O'Toole had an attempt cleared off the line by Hemmings five minutes before the break.

Mansfield broke the deadlock when Harbottle headed home following Boateng's 60th-minute corner.

Pym made a good fingertip save to keep out Ethan Bristow's header.

Lewis found space but could only fire tamely at Pym with five minutes to go.

Match report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Mansfield

Formation 3-5-2

  • 1Pym
  • 35O'Toole
  • 12HawkinsBooked at 64minsSubstituted forHewittat 78'minutes
  • 6Harbottle
  • 9Bowery
  • 44BoatengSubstituted forLapslieat 84'minutes
  • 10MarisSubstituted forHartiganat 90+2'minutes
  • 16QuinnBooked at 64minsSubstituted forO Clarkeat 84'minutes
  • 3McLaughlin
  • 7Akins
  • 18OatesSubstituted forSwanat 90+1'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Gordon
  • 4Hewitt
  • 5Hartigan
  • 8O Clarke
  • 13Flinders
  • 26Swan
  • 32Lapslie

Tranmere

Formation 5-3-2

  • 1Doohan
  • 2Dacres-Cogley
  • 21Robinson
  • 19Byrne
  • 18Jameson
  • 3Bristow
  • 8McAlearSubstituted forNolanat 80'minutes
  • 4O'Connor
  • 22Lewis
  • 20Nevitt
  • 10HemmingsBooked at 41mins

Substitutes

  • 6Merrie
  • 11Hawkes
  • 15Hockenhull
  • 16Nolan
  • 17Hughes
  • 23Hewelt
  • 32Taylor
Referee:
Seb Stockbridge
Attendance:
7,128

Match Stats

Home TeamMansfieldAway TeamTranmere
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home17
Away6
Shots on Target
Home9
Away3
Corners
Home12
Away4
Fouls
Home15
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Mansfield Town 1, Tranmere Rovers 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Mansfield Town 1, Tranmere Rovers 0.

  3. Post update

    Offside, Mansfield Town. George Lapslie tries a through ball, but Will Swan is caught offside.

  4. Post update

    Offside, Mansfield Town. Will Swan tries a through ball, but Anthony Hartigan is caught offside.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Mansfield Town. Conceded by Ross Doohan.

  6. Post update

    Attempt saved. Lucas Akins (Mansfield Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by George Lapslie with a cross.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Ollie Clarke (Mansfield Town).

  8. Post update

    Lee O'Connor (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Luke Robinson (Tranmere Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Mansfield Town. Anthony Hartigan replaces George Maris.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Mansfield Town. Will Swan replaces Rhys Oates.

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Kane Hemmings (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Elliott Nevitt.

  13. Post update

    Ollie Clarke (Mansfield Town) hits the left post with a left footed shot from the left side of the box.

  14. Post update

    Attempt saved. Ollie Clarke (Mansfield Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jordan Bowery.

  15. Post update

    George Lapslie (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Ethan Bristow (Tranmere Rovers).

  17. Post update

    Attempt saved. Paul Lewis (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Josh Dacres-Cogley.

  18. Post update

    Foul by George Lapslie (Mansfield Town).

  19. Post update

    Lee O'Connor (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Mansfield Town. George Lapslie replaces Hiram Boateng.

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