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Mansfield Town vs Carlisle United. Sky Bet League Two.

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Mansfield Town 3

  • L Beevers (4th minute)
  • R Bingham (37th minute, 41st minute)

Carlisle United 2

  • D Amoo (61st minute)
  • K Dempsey (71st minute)

Mansfield hold on for win

Saturday 20 September 2014 19:07, UK

Image: Rakish Bingham: At the double

A gutsy second-half fightback by bottom club Carlisle fell just short as they lost 3-2 at Mansfield.

But it will have given new manager Keith Curle, a former Stag, plenty of hope for turning their season around. The hosts were in cruise control at the break with a 3-0 advantage and lively Rakish Bingham was the two-goal star turn. He had forced a save from Mark Gillespie in the opening minute before Mansfield grabbed a fourth-minute lead as Lee Beevers flicked a header over the goalkeeper from a Liam Marsden cross from the right. Stags defender Martin Riley then had to produce a crucial block after 23 minutes to deny Anthony Sweeney in front of goal after the home defence had switched off. But Bingham made it 2-0 with a far-post volley from a tight angle from another Marsden cross, this time from the left, after 37 minutes, and it was 3-0 four minutes later as Beevers made a great interception on the edge of his own box and broke towards the edge of the Carlisle area, before setting up Bingham for a low finish from 16 yards out. Carlisle came out gamely for the second half and produced a superb spell of pressure, rewarded after 61 minutes when substitute David Amoo crashed home Billy Paynter's square pass from 10 yards out. Amoo then forced a save from Dimitar Evtimov and also somehow guided a six-yard header wide after 67 minutes as Mansfield rode their luck. That ran out in the 71st minute as Kyle Dempsey was allowed to carry the ball along the edge of the box before finding space for a fierce shot across Evtimov to make it 3-2. The visitors then threw everything at the home goal, but the Stags clung on to what they had.

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