Mansfield Town 1 York City 1: Scott Flinders saves Minstermen to end losing away run

YORK City ended a run of seven straight away defeats by taking a point at League Two play-off contenders Mansfield.

York's Dave Winfield.
York's Dave Winfield.

Dave Winfield gave the Minstermen an early lead at Field Mill but Krystian Pearce levelled for the hosts just past the half-hour mark and the visitors went on to survive a second-half onslaught that saw their goal frame and goalkeeper Scott Flinders severely tested.

York could not have got off to a better start when they forged ahead on 10 minutes with centre-back Winfield’s second goal in as many games.

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The unmarked former Wycombe defender steered Luke Summerfield’s left-wing free kick into Brian Jensen’s bottom-left corner from eight yards.

But the Stags responded with a series of corners that led to a 31st-minute equaliser. Adam Chapman’s right-wing flag kick picked out Pearce eight yards from goal.

Mansfield made most of the running in the second half as they searched for only a fourth league win on their own turf this term.

Matt Green clipped the top of Flinders’s crossbar from six yards after charging on to Nathan Thomas’s low left-wing cross.

A 20-yard Reggie Lambe strike thudded against Flinders’s bar, before the goalkeeper thwarted substitute Adi Yussuf.

Mansfield: Jensen; Rose, Pearce, Collins, Adams; Lambe, Chapman, Clements, Blair (N Thomas, 56); Green, Westcarr (Yussuf, 78). Unused substitutes: Shearer, Beardsley, Tafazolli, J Thomas, McGuire.

York: Flinders; Nolan, Winfield, Boyle, Ilesanmi; Summerfield, Penn, Berrett; Galbraith, Oliver, Fewster (Carson, 77). Unused substitutes: Ingham, Straker, Swan, Godfrey, McEvoy, Kitching.

Referee: D Handley.

Man-of-the-match: Scott Flinders.