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2017/18 English League Two, Regular Season
  • Joel Byrom (49')
  • Rhys Bennett (90'+3')
  • Ollie Palmer (90')
  • Luke Waterfall (90'+1')

Ollie Palmer late strike denies David Flitcroft winning start

Former Stag Ollie Palmer ruined David Flitcroft's first game in charge of Mansfield as the Lincoln substitute struck a late equaliser to ensure a dramatic local derby at Field Mill ended 1-1.
Flitcroft saw his new charges take a 49th-minute lead through Joel Byrom's first-ever goal for Mansfield, but Palmer fired home at the death to steal a point.
There was controversy as Imps skipper Luke Waterfall was shown a red card after the celebrations for seemingly throwing a bottle into the stand after it was initially launched from a section of the home crowd.
Town defender Rhys Bennett also saw red in injury-time for a second booking.
Former Stags frontman Matt Rhead prodded a shot goalwards after 12 minutes, but Mal Benning cleared his effort.
Danny Rose fired a low shot wide for the hosts, before Conrad Logan saved Waterfall's powerful low drive.
A good move down the Stags' left-hand side ended with Rose firing over the bar.
Mansfield brought Byrom on for the start of the second-half and he made an immediate impact, heading Hayden White's cross past Ryan Allsop.
Ex-stag Matt Green struck a bicycle kick over from two yards as City sought an equaliser, and in the last minute, Palmer fired home from close range, although the visitors were then stunned to see Waterfall sent off for a straight red.
There was still time for Bennett to be dismissed for Mansfield as he was booked for a second time.

English League Two Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Swindon Town 28 +18 53
2 Exeter City 27 +11 53
3 Crewe Alexandra 26 +16 47
4 Plymouth Argyle 26 +16 47
5 Bradford City 27 +11 45
6 Northampton Town 27 +10 45
7 Cheltenham Town 27 +19 44
8 Colchester United 27 +13 44
9 Forest Green Rovers 28 +8 44
10 Port Vale 28 +2 41
11 Newport County 25 +3 36
12 Walsall 28 -9 36
13 Salford City 28 -4 35
14 Scunthorpe United 28 -3 32
15 Crawley Town 28 -3 32
16 Cambridge United 28 -7 31
17 Grimsby Town 26 -5 30
18 Oldham Athletic 28 -15 29
19 Mansfield Town 28 -8 27
20 Leyton Orient 27 -11 27
21 Carlisle United 27 -20 26
22 Macclesfield Town 26 -4 24
23 Stevenage 28 -12 22
24 Morecambe 28 -26 22