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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 Lincoln City 28 +24 58
2 Bury 29 +22 52
3 Mansfield Town 28 +19 51
4 Carlisle United 29 +12 48
5 Milton Keynes Dons 27 +20 47
6 Forest Green Rovers 28 +16 47
7 Colchester United 29 +11 46
8 Exeter City 28 +9 44
9 Stevenage 29 -1 44
10 Tranmere Rovers 28 +7 42
11 Swindon Town 29 -5 40
12 Oldham Athletic 28 +6 39
13 Newport County 27 -7 39
14 Crewe Alexandra 29 -5 38
15 Grimsby Town 29 -9 34
16 Northampton Town 28 -1 33
17 Crawley Town 29 -8 33
18 Port Vale 28 -9 32
19 Cambridge United 29 -21 32
20 Yeovil Town 28 -4 30
21 Cheltenham Town 28 -11 29
22 Morecambe 29 -17 28
23 Macclesfield Town 29 -18 27
24 Notts County 29 -30 21