Non-League Football: Shaw Lane’s FA Cup fairytale comes to an end with local boy the hero for Mansfield

Shaw Lane AFC's Lee Bennett (right) celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game with teammate Neil Austin against Mansfield
Shaw Lane AFC's Lee Bennett (right) celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game with teammate Neil Austin against Mansfield
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Shaw Lane’s FA Cup fairytale came to end with a 3-1 defeat against League Two side Mansfield Town at Sheerien Park.

It was the first tie the Ducks had ever reached the first round proper and Craig Elliott could be proud of his players. They gave everything but were eventually beaten by two class finishes from Barnsley lad Danny Rose, who lives a stone’s throw from the ground.

Rose got between two defenders to score with a superb header, to put the visitors back in front at 2-1 on 73 minutes.

Five minutes later Rose got on the end of a cross to score with a stunning flying volley to leave the Shaw Lane with no way back.

The Stags had gone ahead on 34 minutes, when Krystian Pearce hooked home after a well worked free-kick.

Shaw Lane hit back to equalise four minutes before the break; Lee Bennett slamming the ball home from close range after Paul Clayton’s effort had been blocked.

The Ducks went close to taking the lead in first half stoppage time when winger Nicky Walker clipped the outside of the post.

Mansfield had the chance to retake the lead when Jacob Mellis was tripped as he went between two defenders just inside the area.

Former Sheffield United youngster Mellis stepped up to take the penalty but Jon Stewart pulled off a great save, diving to his right to palm the ball away. Shaw Lane might just have thought it was going to be their day - until the intervention of the former Barnsley man Rose.

Elsewhere, Stocksbridge Park Steels extended their unbeaten league run to six games after beating Kidsgrove Athletic 3-2 in an eventful game at Bracken Moor.

Steels looked to be romping to a comfortable victory as they went 3-0 up inside the first 39 minutes.

A flowing move saw the home side take a 23rd minute lead. Brodie Litchfield got away down the left, played the ball off to Richard Stirrup and Joe Lumsden tucked home at the far post.

Rory Coleman was denied a second moments later by the fingertips of the Kidsgrove ‘keeper, but Stocksbridge did double the lead on 36 minutes when Lumsden rounded the ‘keeper to score from a tight angle.

It was 3-0 three minutes later, Litchfield racing into convert Coleman’s ball into the box.

Three minutes from the interval Steels found themselves down to ten-men when George Grayson was harshly red carded after winning the ball in challenge. The assistant referee, just a few yards away, did not even flag for a foul.

On the stroke of half-time Kidsgrove got one back when some slack defending allowed Tom France to poke the ball home.

Seven minutes into the second half and the referee seemed to level things up when he sent the visitors’ Jonathan Beaumont off for leading with a elbow, which again looked very harsh indeed.

The home side had chances to wrap things up before Kidsgrove made it a nervy finish, pulling another back on 78 minutes.

Steels went close to a fourth late on as Lumsden drove a shot inches wide of the far post.

Sheffield FC grabbed a last minute equaliser - a goal that had a touch of good fortune about it - to earn a 2-2 draw at Stamford.

With 90 minutes up on the clock and Club trailing 2-1, former Sheffield goalkeeper Danny Haystead hit a clearance that struck James Gregory’s rear and ricocheted into the net.

Manager Mark Shaw gave debuts to new signings goalkeeper Ben Ledger, midfielder Cecil Nyoni and striker Tyler Williams with former Mansfield Town man Adam Chapman named amongst the substitutes.

Club made a lively start and took a deserved ninth-minute lead when Ben Turner played in Williams to mark his debut by clipping a shot over the Stamford ‘keeper.

Gregory, on for the injured Alex Brown, almost made it 2-0 with a shot that went just wide, while Ricky German should have done better when well-placed.

Six minutes from the break however, Stamford were back on level terms, Brad Fortnam-Tomlinson latching onto a long ball to tuck a shot under Ledger.

German headed just over at the start of the second half before Sheffield found themselves down to ten-men on 70 minutes when Richard Adams was sent-off for fouling Fortnam-Tomlinson, who was through on goal.

Six minutes later and Stamford had grabbed the lead with a spectacular bicycle kick from Sam Hollis.

Sheffield kept plugging away and although the equaliser had a touch of good fortune, it was no more than Shaw’s side deserved.

Frickley Athletic came away with a good point from a 2-2 draw at Leek Town, although manager Spencer Fearn will feel it was two points dropped after his side twice led - only to concede late on.

Fixtures, Tuesday: Sheffield Senior Cup Second Round: Sheffield FC v Frickley Athletic, Stocksbridge PS v Staveley MW