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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 Burton Albion 10 22
2 Wycombe Wanderers 10 21
3 Bury 10 20
4 Southend United 10 20
5 Northampton Town 10 17
6 Morecambe 10 16
7 Shrewsbury Town 10 15
8 Portsmouth 10 15
9 Cheltenham Town 10 15
10 Luton Town 10 15
11 Mansfield Town 10 15
12 AFC Wimbledon 10 14
13 Stevenage 10 14
14 Plymouth Argyle 10 13
15 Newport County AFC 10 13
16 Accrington Stanley 10 13
17 Exeter City 10 12
18 Cambridge United 10 11
19 Dagenham & Redbridge 10 11
20 Tranmere Rovers 10 9
21 York City 10 9
22 Hartlepool United 10 8
23 Oxford United 10 7
24 Carlisle United 10 6