Monday, 20 February 2017

FORTHCOMING GAMES FEBRUARY & MARCH 2017

My light shines on
February 2017:
Tue 21 Feb - Lincoln United v Basford United - EvoStik NPL Div 1 South - 7.45pm
Wed 22 Feb - Retford v Harworth - CMFL Floodlit Cup - 7.45pm
Thu 23 Feb - Mansfield Town  v Southwell City - NMU19L (South) - 7.45pm at Clipstone
Sat 25 Feb - Chesterfield v Oldham Athletic - EFLYA U18 - 11AM at Eastwood Community FC
Sat 25 Feb - Mansfield Town v Newport County - EFL League 2 - 3pm
Tue 28 Feb - Frickley Athletic v Matlock Town - EvoStik NPL Prem - 7.45pm
March:
Wed 1 Mar - Bottesford Town v Liversedge - NCEL Prem - 7.45pm
Thu 2 Mar - Swallownest v Espial - NMU19L - 7.45pm
Fri 3 Mar - Birmingham City v Leeds United - EFL Championship - 7.45pm
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Sat 4 Mar - York City v Mansfield Town - EFLYA U18 - 11AM
Sat 4 Mar - Maltby Main v Pickering Town - NCEL Prem - 3pm
Tue 7 Mar - Handsworth Parramore v Barton Town Old Boys - NCEL Prem - 3pm
Wed 8 Mar - Lee Scratch Perry at Leeds, Brudenell Social Club - Doors 7.30pm
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Sat 11 Mar - Rainworth Miners Welfare v Maltby Main - NCEL Prem - 3pm
Tue 14 Mar - Colchester United v Mansfield Town - EFL League 2 - 7.45pm
Wed 15 Mar - Worksop Town v Handsworth Parramore - NCEL Prem - 7.45pm
Sat 18 Mar - Mansfield Town v Hartlepool United - EFLYA U18 - Noon
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Sat 18 Mar - Mansfield Town v Carlisle United - EFL League 2 - 3pm
Tue 23 Mar - TBC
Wed 22 Mar - Retford v Collingham - CMFL North - 7.45pm
Sat 25 Mar - Maltby Main v Bridlington Town - 3pm
Wed 29 Mar - Maltby Main v Cleethorpes Town - NCEL Prem - 7.45pm
More fixtures to be added in due course

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Market Warsop Ladies 6 v Mansfield Town Ladies (Dev) 2 - Notts Ladies League

Sunday 19th February 2017
at the John Fretwell Centre
Notts Ladies League
Market Warsop Ladies (3) 6
OG 25, Kelly Clayton 31, Jodie Ellis 41, 52,
Stacy Bridge 69, Becky Braithwaite 79
Mansfield Town Ladies (Dev) (1) 2
Claire Burrows 28, Elizabeth Harris 89
Click here for a few more photos from this game
Market Warsop:
1. Emma Horsnall 2. Jenna Ellis 3. Stacey Bridge 19. Emma Potter 17. Gemma Hodgkinson 11. Shelley Marriott-Smith 5. Kelly Clayton, 21. Marie Wayne 26. Tracey Marriott-Smith 7. Becky Braithwaite 9. Jodie Ellis
Rolling subs - 4. Georgie Herring 6. Anji Cooper 8. Justine Turley
Mansfield Town:
Jay-Leanne Fenton, Charlotte Meads, Natasha Ingleby, Amy Scott, Charlotte Maxted, Elizabeth Harris, Chloe Elphick, Brigette Warrender, Claire Burrows, Nicky Flood, Kelly Crunston
Rolling subs - Saffron Ball-Jones, Lauren Steer, Kasie Coyle, Rebecca Wood
Market Warsop Ladies flicked on their cruise control this afternoon, as they covered another stretch of the journey towards promotion to the East Midlands League... and fate smiled on them twice today, as second placed Keyworth Ladies went down 9-0 at Gregory Boulevard, against Sherwood Youth Ladies, meaning that with just one league defeat all season and ten wins under their belts, today's home side have now opened up a five point gap at the top of the table, with just three games left to play.
Although Mansfield Town Ladies kept their momentum going for the entire duration of the game and contributed to the afternoon's entertainment with two very well taken goals, Market Warsop had that little bit too much in reserve going forward for thee visitors to deal with at times.
It did look at one point as though the promotion contenders were going to rack up an even bigger margin of victory that they actually did in the end, but if anything, they were possibly in a bit too much of a hurry to pile forward like a cavalry charge at times, which saw them 'spooning' one or two rushed chances over the bar; when in fact, they might have benefitted more from slowing the tempo down a bit around the Stags goalmouth and adopting a more patient approach, rather than shooting on sight at every given opportunity.
Obviously, that isn't meant as a criticism, not by any stretch of the imagination, after all they have just won 6-2, and very comfortably, to complete the double over Mansfield, who they had already beaten 6-1 back in November  And a thirty point haul from eleven games tells it's own story.
I think what I'm trying to say is, that although they are obviously a good side, in fact a very good one, from what I've seen today, they have the potential to be even better with just one or two minor tweaks, which will stand them in good stead when/if they go up to a higher division next season.
But don't take any notice of me, when all is said and done, I only have a limited knowledge on the subject of football... and my own personal tactical incisiveness and nous, stems from the fact that I recently read Johan Cruyff's autobiography 'My Turn'.
So keep on, keeping on ladies.
Shelley Marriott-Smith broke forward into the visitors area inside the first minute and tested Jay-Leanne Fenton, the visitors keeper, who saved with her feet.
Play switched to the other end and Brigette Warrender carried the ball through the right channel into the home side's last third, but planted her shot from twelve yards into the side netting.
Natasha Ingleby blocked Tracey Marriott-Smith's shot at the expense of a corner and then cleared (S) Marriott-Smith's header from Kelly Clayton's delivery off the goal line. Before denying the (S) Marriott Smith on the line again, when she latched onto the loose ball, after Fenton had parried a close range effort from Jodie Ellis.
Despite Ingleby's dogged determination and bravery, she was unlucky to open the scoring with an own goal in the twenty fifth minute when Fenton kicked the ball against her while attempting to clear Kelly Clayton's shot from the edge of the area.
Elizabeth Harris almost replied immediately for Mansfield, but steered thee ball narrowly wide of the upright, but three minutes after going behind the visitors were on level terms, when Claire Burrows struck a long range free kick from out on the left flank, that beat Emma Horsnall as it dipped just under the crossbar.
(S) Marriott-Smith went close to restoring Market Warsop's lead, as she hooked a fifteen yard shot just wide from fifteen yards, but Clayton beat Fenton via the left hand post in the thirty first minute and the league leaders were back in front.
Nikki Flood almost put the visitors level again straight from the restart, but she shot over from the edge of the area.
Fenton ran from her line to clear, as Gemma Hodgkinson chased the ball down on  the edge of the Stags area, and her opposite number 
Mansfield failed to defend a right wing cross and the ball found it's way through to Jodie Ellis who had ghosted in at the back post and turned the ball into the back of the net.
Horsnall did well to save from Warrender, who had been played in on goal by Flood and as play switched from one end to the other.
On the stroke of half time, Ellis was unlucky twice, as she saw her close range effort deflected past the post and then headed inches past the post from the resulting corner. 
HT: Market Warsop 3 v Mansfield Town 1
Mansfield launched the first attack of the second half but Horsnall was equal to it as she prevented Flood getting a clear shot on goal from Chloe Elphick's forward pass.
Ingleby made another goal line block from (S) Marriott -Smith's header as the home side began to turn the screw on the visitors, and seven minutes into the second half Ellis underlined the way the game was now going, when she broke through the Stags back line and lobbed the ball over Fenton to net Market Warsop's fourth goal, just inside the right hand post.
(S) Marriott-Smith and Ellis, both put efforts high and wide as they peppered Fenton's goal. Their was still a high level of urgency in the home side's approach play, but with a three goal cushion to sit on, they could afford to relax and take their time now.
Warrender cleared (T) Marriott-Smith's header over the bar and Ellis planted a header inches over from Georgie Herring's right wing delivery.
In the sixty ninth minute, Stacey Bridge got forward and met another Herring corner kick from the right with a firmly placed header that beat Fenton to put the home side 5-1 up.
And Becky Braithwaite put the result beyond doubt when she got in front of Fenton from a left wing corner and nudged a header over the line.
Bridge nearly added a seventh but skimmed the left hand post with a header from (S) Marriott-Smith's cross from the right.
Ellis and (S) Marriott-Smith both went close to finding a seventh for the rampant home side, but they had to settle for six. While Mansfield scored their second in the last minute, when Elizabeth Harris hooked the ball over Horsnall from just inside the area, to end the afternoon with a well taken strike.
FT: Market Warsop Ladies 6 v Mansfield Town Ladies Dev. 2
The Stags next Notts Ladies League fixture, as an away game at Sherwood Youth next Sunday, while Market Warsop don't play again until 12th March, when they travel to the Oaklands Sports Ground to face Retford United Ladies.

Saturday, 18 February 2017

Grimsby Town 3 v Mansfield Town 0 - EFL League 2

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Saturday 18th February 2017
SkyBet EFL League 2
at Blundell Park, Cleethorpes
Grimsby Town (1) 3
Chris Clements 40,
Callum Dyson 61, 73 pen
Mansfield Town (0) 0
Admission £18. Programme £3
Attendance 5,550 (inc. 1.246 Mansfield fans)
Photo gallery to follow
Blundell Park hasn't been a happy hunting ground for the Stags in recent times.
Since picking up a 3-2 away win in 1987, they haven't won in Cleethorpes in any of their eight subsequent visits, and today marked their fifth consecutive defeat all told against the Mariners.
My least favourite of those games was on New Years Day 2011, when the home side recorded a 7-2 win.
Omar Bogle (who recently left the Mariners for Championship side Wigan Athletic), scored the only goal of the game from the penalty spot, when these two sides last met, back in September at Field Mill (the One Call Stadium).
Before the game, after securing a good parking spot near the ground, we took a stroll along the seafront into Cleethorpes.
Or, to be more precise, we tip toed very carefully along a dog poo strewn footpath, that runs between a railway line (that is in severe need of some tender, loving care) and the nearby Humber Estuary.
As irresponsible dog owners let their pesky pets run amok on the beach, distributing their mess all over the place, a golden retriever cocked it's leg and relieved itself against a signpost, that read: NO DOGS ALLOWED ON THE BEACH: BY ORDER. Anarchist existentialist symbolism is alive and kicking among the canine walking fraternity of North East Lincolnshire it would seem.
Having passed the numerous police vehicles tucked discreetly into the side streets around the railway station, we circled back up towards the ground, via the Grimsby Road, after doing the 'touristy' bit for a quarter of a hour or so (obviously, there isn't very much open down that way in February) and headed to the famous Mariners chippy, where the fish and chips are renowned for being mighty fine... and I could vouch for that on numerous previous visits.
At this point I must thank Mr Peter Wright and his family and friends, who were gathered outside the said establishment and warned us that the substandard dinner they were masticating (mainly because they had already paid for it) was of a very poor standard and that the overcooked fish they were chiseling the overcooked batter off of, wasn't up to much. So we walked back a hundred yards to the County Fish Bar where the freshly cooked fare was delicious. Away fans planning a trip to Blundell Park, take note!
Last weekend, Grimsby manager, Marcus Bignot, actually went across to the visiting supporters in the away end, after their game at Crewe, to apologise, face to face, to those who had travelled across to Cheshire to watch his side lose 5-0.
But he was far more optimistic and upbeat in midweek, after picking up a point from a goalless draw at bottom club Newport County.
Ten years ago, long before he became the Stags boss; Steve Evans, was escorted away from Blundell Park, by Humberside Police, for his own safety, after an unsavoury incident occurred while he was taking charge of a game here, in a managerial capacity, for Boston United.
Today, having been red carded for a comment he made to the fourth official, shortly before home side scored their third goal, the Mansfield manager had to watch the remainder of the game, from the old main stand, surrounded by 'welcoming' home fans.
He took the sensible approach however and abandoned his vantage point, before heading to the away team changing room, to avoid an obvious flash point instead.
According to an internet rumour he had to leave the stand following an altercation with GTFC security staff. That is untrue.
For the record: there were no security staff, stewards or police in the vicinity.
Don't believe the hype.
Apparently that nice Mr Evans isn't universally loved throughout the footballing world... who could ever imagine such a thing!?
In the build up to the game, a local newspaper, demonstrating a crass example of sensationalist irresponsibility and a distinct lack of class, dedicated a whole page to stoking up animosity towards Evans.
And then these low key, inferior publications, have the temerity to blame the accessibility and immediacy of the internet for their own dwindling circulation figures.
Of course, I'm not going to deny that Steve Evans and his assistant Paul Naylor, who was sent to the stands in midweek when the Stags drew with Accrington, aren't infamous for their verbal input from the bench wherever they go and 'possibly' contribute to their own downfall from time to time, by not exactlybeing shrinking violets.
But, certain sections of the media lazily play on that reputation, when they run out of anything else to say... and the Stags gaffer is an easy target.
Prior to Evans' appointment, today's visitors had only won one game out of eleven starts, under their former manager.
I like Adam 'Muzza' Murray (a lot), but the parting of the ways and the timing of a collective fresh start for everyone, was best for all concerned.
Ironically, Murray now occupies the hot seat at one of Evans' old clubs, Boston United.
Look closely enough, a bit like when you used to watch 'Thunderbirds' on the telly, you can see the strings that attach everything together in football.
Team sheet usurped from Martin Shaw's Facebook
If he had waited just a short while longer to get back into management, he might have had a shot at taking over the reigns at a bigger Lincolnshire club this week, when Dominic Roma stepped down at Gainsborough Trinity, but good luck to him at York Street.
By the way, the former Lincoln United and Spalding United manager, Dave Frecklington, got the Trinity job this week, good luck to him too. The former Football League club are in dire need of points to edge themselves away from the National League (North) drop zone.
But moving swiftly back to this afternoon, Mansfield went into this game occupying seventh place in the table, AKA the last play off spot, six places and six points ahead of the host club Grimsby, while riding on the crest of a nine match unbeaten run in the league.
The Stags had scored four times in their last two outings, against Hartlepool United and Accrington Stanley respectively, but would have been hoping that their defensive capitulation on Tuesday night was merely a one off; after having built their surge up the table since November (where they have climbed from eighteenth to seventh), on the foundation of having a solid rearguard.
Alas, Grimsby Town had other ideas.
Upon entering the ground, the sun was finally trying to make an appearance, the PA announcer invited the away fans to purchase a half time draw ticket, with the cheery riposte:
"You could win £350 today folks, just think how much of a great night out in Cleethorpes you could have with that!"
Hmm, from what I'd just seen you could probably actually buy the place for such an amount...  while a friendly steward advised us:
"It's sit where you want to really. We'd appreciate it if you sat on the same seat that it says on your ticket, but if someone is already sat there, you'll have to find one somewhere else"
Having experienced the kind of 3PM chaos that such a loose cum non existent to organisation can often entail, especially when there is likely to be a large away following, I inquired what would happen if we did have to relocate and somebody turned up at five to three saying that I was in their allocated seat:
"Ah well, then you would either have to move or tell them to look for another seat".
Anybody arriving just before kick off, was told to walk across to the far side of the away end because there were loads of seats available there.
In the event, a large number of Stags fans were denied access to those seats until 3.25PM, causing an unpleasant start to the afternoon for a few hundred visiting supporters, who were either forced to stand in gangways, or had their view obstructed by those that were stood in front of them.
It was widely known roughly how many Mansfield fans would be travelling and Grimsby had already mentioned a figure on their website on Friday night, so why did they appear to be so badly prepared when it came to dealing with 1,200+ people?
Hmm... somebody obviously failed his geography 11 plus exam then.
Hopefully lessons will have been learned today.
I'm not out to badmouth Grimsby Town, I have been known to visit Blundell Park several times over the course of a season and I am glad that they are back in the Football League, but generally speaking, even when the Stags are in town, I usually sit upstairs in the Findus Stand, to avoid the dubious pleasantries of being treated to the full away fan experience.
While all of these sideshows and irritating distractions were going on, there was actually a game of football in progress a short distance away.
Arguably, Mansfield were the better side in the opening stages, using their width well to pin Grimsby back, but they really needed to get something on the end of some of the chances they were creating, if they were to impose themselves on the game and continue with their impressive run of results.
But... and I picked up on this on Tuesday night too against Acrrington too; although Alex MacDonald, is a powerhouse force to be reckoned with when he surges down the left channel in support of the Stags attack, when they lose possession and he is still in an advanced position, it leaves a gaping hole behind him for the opposition to exploit.
I suspect that Grimsby's scout had spotted this flaw in midweek too, because Bignot's side seemed to instinctively know to attack down the right when they broke from defence, where Mal Benning would be left out numbered. There were those who thought the Mansfield left back had a  poor game on Tuesday, but the truth is, he was being left exposed and over run, by having to cover the work of two men, while Stanley's Jordan Clark excelled in having the space and time to express himself.
One player who was enjoying the room to manouvre this afternoon was the former Stags player Chris Clements, who actually had a decent game today for his new(ish) club.
Sections of the away following loudly booed his every touch, but Clements was revelling in and even took the time out to dish out a few cheeky verbal responses.
There are two unwritten rules in football: 1) ex players, except the very select few, will get abused when they play against their former clubs. And 2) ex Mansfield players frequently uphold the tradition of scoring against the Stags.
Just like today's hate figure did in the fortieth minute.
The former Stag had said earlier in the week, that when he was at the club they were a long ball and direct team and that he preferred to play with the ball on the deck these days now he had joined a footballing side. Might I suggest that Adam Murray bypassed the midfield to avoid having to give the ball to Clements ;-)
Joking aside, it was inevitable that when the deadlock was broken, it was Clements who got the final touch, while the free kick it came from was conceded by an overstretched defence just outside the left hand side of their area. Jamey Osborne's delivery was met by Sam Jones, his shot deflected to Tom Bolarinwa whose diving header ran across the face of the goal, to where Clements forced it over the line, before celebrating enthusiastically in front of his formerly adoring fans.
Which provoked a fairly hostile reaction, but nowhere near as much of a kerfuffle as when a group of a dozen or so Mariners fans burst out of McMenemy's bar in the bowels of the Findus Stand and taunted the away fans, beckoning them to come and have a go.... and there were plenty of takers.
The police and stewards and some makeshift fencing prevented a fairly large number of people from the away end from reaching the Grimsby fans before they were ushered up the stairs, where they continued to goad the angry mob from on a balcony.
But the tipping point for what was already becoming an afternoon that will be remembered more for the open aggression and hostility on show, than for the actual football had been reached and the blue touch paper lit, for anything that may or may not have happened out on the streets after the game. Personally I heard a lot of shouting and sirens, but saw nothing untoward happening myself and I completely forgot to take any pictures of the verbal exchanges inside the ground too.
But enough of those frivolities...
Early in the second half, Rhys Bennett came to the Stags rescue, making a last ditch clearance, after Clements (who else), had put Jones through one on one with Jake Kean and the attacking midfielder nudged the ball past the Stags keeper.
Meanwhile at the other end, Shaq Coulthirst tested McKeown with a stinging shot that he kept out at full stretch.
Calum Dyson, who is at Blundell Park on loan from Everton, picked up the ball on the right wing from Bolarinwa's forward knocked and sped towards the Stags goal, picking up pace through a gap that Mansfield still hadn't plugged, before weaving past two challenges and driving an angled shot past Kean and into the far side of the goal.
Then came the Evan's red card incident, which was probably greeted by even more celebrating from the Mariners fans than any of their goals.
My friend who runs the Cleethorpes branch of the Evans and Raynor fan club, told me that t-shirt sales were down this week, but was still hopeful that he will be able to shift a shed load outside Wembley Stadium in May.
With just over fifteen minutes to go, Benning tripped Bolarinwa inside the Stags penalty area and was Hayden White was subsequently sent off for a second yellow card offence, when he remonstrated with the referee.... and the visitors miserable afternoon was compounded when Dyson emphatically thumped the resulting spot kick past Kean, to seal the win for Grimsby.
Adi Yussuf, who also recently left the Stags to join Grimsby recently as well, came on late in the game, but I didn't hear a murmur of dissent or a single person booing when he entered the fray.
It was all over bar the shouting (but there was plenty of that) and to be honest, although the match statistics show that it was a fairly even game, with Mansfield having more efforts on target than their victorious hosts, I don't think that the visitors could really complain too much that they had got nothing out of the game.
I personally think ultimately, Dyson was the main difference between the two sides and that Mansfield paid for not finding the net before the break, when Grimsby upped their game in the second half and just about merited their win, even if a three goal margin was probably a bit flattering.
Despite today's result, Mansfield still occupied seventh place in the table at the end of the game, but are now eleven points off of automatic promotion, while there are eight teams within six points of them lower down the table, several of who have games in hand.
Grimsby are now twelvth, three points behind today's opponents.
Pleasure Island at Cleethorpes wasn't open, it may even have shut down altogether for all I know, but 2017 is proving to be one big roller-coaster ride for Stags fans already.
Well blow me down. If Grimsby Town had made a right pigs ear of getting all the away fans into the ground, they excelled themselves at full time, with disorganised stewards telling you to leave via one exit and then another, which were being open and then locked again (and again) at wearingly frequent intervals. 
Eventually they let a handful of us through one of the gates and we meandered back to the car, knowing that there was no need to rush, because one of our travelling party had been forced to leave via the far corner of the ground and make a circuitous route march to where we were parked, two minutes walk from Blundell Park.
I must stress that the stewards at Grimsby were all very friendly and tried to be helpful and accommodating, but the people in charge of them weren't very good at their jobs and were creating more problems than they were ever likely to solve.
Away days, it's a way of life innit!
They even have replica Craig Disley's in the GTFC shop
The Stags next game is at home against Newport County on Saturday, while Grimsby travel to take part in the rundown seaside resort 'derby' against Morecambe the same afternoon.

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Mansfield Town 0 v Dunkirk 4 - WVH NMU19L

Thursday 16th January 2017
WVH North Midland U19 League
at the Worksop Van Hire Stadium, Clipstone
Mansfield Town (0) 0
Dunkirk (3) 4
Pierce Bird 17
Tim Berridge 37
Takunda Mushambi 42
Oliver Robinson 63
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Mansfield Town:
Joe Marson, Ashley Hobster, Callum Wilkinson, Carter Widdowson, Jeremiah Owusu, James Matthews, Charlie Hardwick (Hayden Wharmby 58), Jake Batty (C), Ethan Wieztort (James Gregory 58), Callum McGarry (Todd Allan), Liam Jepson
Unused Subs - Kye Teasdale, Angus Findlay
Dunkirk:
Ryan Howes, Oliver Robinson,  Joel Howes, Ellis read, Darian Roberts (Liam Waddingham 50),
Pierce Bird (C) (Connor Butler 50), George Harrison, Lorgan Hickey, Tim Berridge (Omar Aikman 50). Kai Manners, Takunda Mushambi
All three subs used
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Both teams had chances to open the scoring early on, with Ethan Wieztort chasing down an attempted clearance to put the visitors under pressure, while Dunkirk's Tim Berridge cut across the edge of the goal area from the left wing, before finding space to drill the ball just past the left hand post.
Charlie Hardwick was linking the Stags defence and attack out on the right, but the Boatmen's youngsters were proving to be very well organised at the back.
Jeremiah Owusu, a late addition to Mansfield's starting line up, did well to block Lorgan Hickey's goal attempt from just outside the eighteen yard box and the Stags swept forward, turning defence into attack and were unlucky not to take the lead, when Wieztort broke forward quickly, spotted Ryan Howes advancing from his goal line and lobbed the ball over the Dunkirk keeper, but saw the ball drop a few inches the wrong side of the right hand upright.
With seventeen minutes on the clock, the visitors captain, Pierce Bird, caught out Joe Marson in the Stags goal, with a well struck first time shot from just outside a crowded penalty area.
The visitors, inspired by Bird's opening strike, upped the ante and Owusu needed to get across Ellis Read, to thwart another effort on goal, Bird fizzed the ball wide of the target as he tried his luck from long range again, and Marson had to move quickly off his line to deny Hickey as he took the ball down well just inside the area and turned on the spot.
Tim Berridge doubled the visitors lead in the thirty seventh minute, when he held off Carter Widdowson's challenge twelve yards from goal and planted the ball inside the right hand post, beyond Marson's reach.
In spite of their lively start to the game, Mansfield found themselves two goals behind against a Dunkirk side who had grown in stature as the first half went on and would need to use their interval team talk well to tweak their game plan, but just before the break, their task took on mammoth proportions, when Kai Manners fed a sideways pass into the path of  Takunda Mushambi who bent a twenty yard shot through the Stags defence from out on the left hand side of the area, that nestled into the corner of Marson's net, who couldn't have seen the ball until very late.
The hill that the young Stags would have to climb in the second half, had just become a vertical glacier.
Read and Berridge both had chances to increase the visitors lead in the dying moments of the first half, but Marson saved the first and advanced from his line to limit Berridge's options for the second, forcing him to to put the ball high and wide,
Five minutes after the restart, Dunkirk's manager David Robinson made a triple substitution, to bolster his side and add to Mansfield's problems as Jamie Hardwick and his coaches looked to undertake a salvage mission.
Time was running out for the Stags to get back into the game, but they created a couple of chances as they kept nibbling away at the visitors rearguard; Howes had to dash from his line to gather the ball at Wieztort's feet after Jake Batty had put him through into the visitors area with a slide rule pass.
Batty was proving to be the engine room in the middle of the park for the home side and he released Liam Jepson down the left flank with a pass from the centre circle, but Oliver Robinson did well to track back and get his tackle in at the expense of a corner.
Jepson met the ball from Callum McGarry's delivery, but thumped his shot over the bar from fifteen yards.
Just before the hour Mansfield made two changes themselves, because there had been a few signs since the break that there might still be a way back into this game and the timing was right for a 'now or never' fightback, but Dunkirk put paid to that in the sixty third minute, when Robinson levitated above the penalty spot to meet Mushambi's left wing corner and directed a looping header over Marson and under the crossbar to net the visitors fourth goal.
Todd Allan looked useful for the Stags when he came on for the last twenty five minutes and Callum Wilkinson was motoring down the left flank from his full back berth, to link up with the Stags forward play, but the Boatmen had shut ups hop now and saw the game out to leapfrog over Mansfield into second place in the table, where they are now four points behind the leaders Southwell City, with five games in hand.
Late in the game, Omar Aikmen lobbed the ball over Marson's goal from eight yards and George Harrison shot straight at the Stags keeper.
FT: Mansfield Town U19 0 v Dunkirk U19 4
A bad night at the office for the Stags youngsters who face Southwell City at Clipstone next Thursday night.
Tonight's visitors who I think you can safely assume it is okay to call 'champions elect Dunkirk', are next in  action in an away game at Eastwood Community on Tuesday 28th February.