Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Mansfield Town - Field Mill

Mansfield Town FC
Field Mill
Quarry Lane
NG18 5DA

01623 482483

Matchday Number: 75
Saturday 11th January 2003
Mansfield Town 0-0 Wycombe Wanderers
Nationwide League 2

I have been to see Mansfield v Wycombe games up at Field Mill on several occasions, mainly with good results. One of the most memorable ones was our 4-2 win in the snow in 2003, but on the occasion I am going to concentrate on is the 4-0 win in January 2008. Below are my thoughts, the day after the win....

Wycombe enjoyed a comprehensive victory over a woeful Mansfield side at a rain soaked and windswept Field Mill.
I decided to go on the coach as I didn’t fancy driving home into the night after being up at 4am this morning. I’ve not won the coach sweepstake for what seems like an eternity but tonight I pulled out Scott McGleish and he came up trumps. The ex Colchester man, who has done so well this season added another 3 goals to his seasons tally. It would have been 4, but a Mansfield defender deflected the third goal over the line.

The big news for Wycombe going into the game was the signing of Leon Knight from MK Franchise. Knight who scored plenty of goals for 
Huddersfield and Brighton had had a falling out with his manager Paul Ince and had not played since October. He came on with around 20 minutes to go and showed some nice touches, despite not seeing first team action for a while. He could have even had a goal but an good save from Mansfield keeper Carl Muggleton denied him.
Mansfield were fresh from beating League 1 side Brighton at the weekend, recording a remarkable 2-1 victory at Brighton’s Withdean Stadium. Tonight was a different story thankfully. As with the nightmare at Stockport, exactly a month ago today, one side coped with the conditions and the other didn’t. Thankfully it was Wycombe that coped this time as they demonstrated why Mansfield are second bottom of the Football League. Every man in a red and white shirt played brilliantly tonight and were full value for their win. It could and should have been more but we failed to capitalise fully on some chances.

It is now 5 wins out of 6 games now for Wycombe. It would have been 6 in a row but for a bad decision by the linesman in the Barnet game. Wycombe must fancy their chances against 
Rochdale on Saturday before a tough game at Rotherham the following week. Even a delay on the way home due to an accident on the M1 couldn’t spoil the night, which will be remembered by all that attended the game.

FIELD MILL is an excellent all seater venue, though it does lack a bit of charcacter compared to the old Field Mill. Sadly I have only visited the new version and it has remained untouched from my first visit to my last. Away fans have switched ends during this time, but it doesn't make much difference, as both are identical, all seater affairs. The only difference being one has blue seats, the other has yellow. The 2 sides are vastly different though - one side is a 2 tiered all seater stand, holding around 5000. The other is the Bishop Street Stand, a small stand holding around 1200. The rest of that side is disused terracing. Overall a good place to watch football, and made all the better by the fact that it's right near the town centre, meaning lots of pubs and chippies!

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