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One Call Stadium (ATT 2,448) 19th August 2014 - Kick off 19:45

Mansfield Mansfield Town vs Newport County AFC Newport

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C Clements (2)

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Mansfield claim three points

Last Updated: 19/08/14 11:26pm

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Chris Clements: Scored only goal of the game

Chris Clements: Scored only goal of the game

Chris Clements' early goal sealed a 1-0 win for Mansfield to leave Newport searching for their first point of the season.

The struggling visitors gifted the Stags the lead after less than 90 seconds when Clements scrambled home Lee Beevers' cross.

Simon Heslop then brought the best out of Newport goalkeeper Lenny Pidgeley after good work by Alex Fisher carved County open.

But the Exiles fought back strongly and nearly equalised through Chris Zebroski's snapshot which was beaten away by Sascha Studer.

Andy Sandell's curling free-kick was palmed away by a diving Studer as the visitors dominated before the break.

Matt Rhead blazed Beevers' cross over the bar after the interval as Mansfield looked to seal victory.

At the other end, Kevin Freely saw his shot blocked before Robbie Willmott fired wide as the visitors continued to push.

Clements then blew a one-on-one with 20 minutes to go as Pidgeley saved well.

Former Stag Aaron O'Connor hit a fierce effort inches wide in the closing stages, an indication that it was not going to be Newport's night.

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Sky Bet League 2

Sky Bet League 2
Pos Team P Pts
1 Wycombe Wanderers 21 42
2 Shrewsbury Town 21 40
3 Luton Town 21 40
4 Burton Albion 22 40
5 Plymouth Argyle 21 37
6 Southend United 21 35
7 Newport County AFC 21 34
8 Exeter City 22 34
9 Bury 21 31
10 Morecambe 21 30
11 Accrington Stanley 21 30
12 Cambridge United 21 29
13 Stevenage 21 28
14 Portsmouth 21 27
15 AFC Wimbledon 21 27
16 Mansfield Town 21 26
17 Oxford United 21 25
18 Cheltenham Town 21 25
19 Northampton Town 21 24
20 Dagenham & Redbridge 21 21
21 Carlisle United 21 21
22 York City 21 20
23 Tranmere Rovers 21 19
24 Hartlepool United 21 13