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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 Luton Town 17 34
2 Shrewsbury Town 17 33
3 Wycombe Wanderers 17 32
4 Burton Albion 17 32
5 Plymouth Argyle 17 30
6 Bury 17 30
7 Southend United 17 28
8 Morecambe 17 26
9 Newport County AFC 17 25
10 Cambridge United 17 24
11 Stevenage 17 24
12 Exeter City 17 24
13 Portsmouth 17 23
14 AFC Wimbledon 17 23
15 Accrington Stanley 17 23
16 Cheltenham Town 17 22
17 Northampton Town 17 21
18 Oxford United 17 19
19 Mansfield Town 17 19
20 Carlisle United 17 18
21 York City 17 15
22 Dagenham & Redbridge 17 15
23 Tranmere Rovers 17 12
24 Hartlepool United 17 12