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One Call Stadium (ATT 5,931) 22nd March 2014 - Kick off 13:00

Mansfield Mansfield Town vs Chesterfield Chesterfld

Stags frustrate Spireites

Last Updated: 22/03/14 6:49pm

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Marc Richards: Came as close as anyone

Marc Richards: Came as close as anyone

Bitter local rivals Mansfield and Chesterfield had to settle for a point apiece in a typically tight local derby that ended in a 0-0 draw.

The home side had sneaked a 1-0 win at Chesterfield in September and again it was the Spireites who had more chances on the day, but the Stags defended manfully and came close to stealing it on two or three occasions.

Chesterfield had the best chance of a tight first half after only two minutes when Ryan Tafazolli's header back to goalkeeper Alan Marriott fell short and Marc Richards was in like a flash and rounded Marriott only to see Tafazolli had recovered well to clear off the line.

Richards sent another effort over the bar and Gary Roberts hit a free-kick straight at Marriott.

For Mansfield Lee Beevers shot just over from 20 yards and Tommy Lee made a comfortable save from Adam Murray.

The visitors made a powerful start to the second half and substitute Mason Bennett and Tendayi Darikwa smashed chances wide from inside the box.

In the 69th minute Roberts fed Bennett for a low shot that took a deflection only to see Marriott turn it away.

For the Stags Clucas headed a Lindon Meikle cross wide in the 74th minute.

Still the visitors looked the more dangerous and Marriott had to turn over a powerful 20-yard half-volley from Roberts.

At the other end Matt Rhead nodded down a Jennings corner and Sam Clucas twice saw close range finishes superbly beaten away by Tommy Lee.

Palmer missed a great chance to be the hero in stoppage time as he slotted the ball wide of the far post from six yards from Clucas' nod-down.

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2 Bury 13 26
3 Burton Albion 13 25
4 Luton Town 13 24
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6 Morecambe 13 22
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8 Southend United 13 21
9 Newport County AFC 13 19
10 Cheltenham Town 13 19
11 Cambridge United 13 18
12 Northampton Town 13 18
13 AFC Wimbledon 13 18
14 Portsmouth 13 17
15 Stevenage 13 17
16 Mansfield Town 13 17
17 Exeter City 13 16
18 Accrington Stanley 13 16
19 Dagenham & Redbridge 13 14
20 Oxford United 13 13
21 Carlisle United 13 12
22 Hartlepool United 13 11
23 York City 13 10
24 Tranmere Rovers 13 9