Lions undone by Spencer’s triple

Jimmy Spencer’s hat trick ensured Mansfield a place in tomorrows Emirates FA Cup Third Round draw but only after the Lions had seen Darren Holden and Chris M’Boungou dismissed leaving the visitors to play the last 35 minutes with nine men.

Up to Holden’s dismissal shortly before halftime Spencer had given the home side with a simple header from a right wing cross and Town had tested Jonny Maxted on a couple of occassions.

For their part Guiseley had seen Kayode Odejayi shoot straight at Conrad Logan and Lee Molyneux shoot over from a good position before Holden was shown a straight red for an alleged two foot tackle and the Lions quest became that much more difficult.

M’Boungou’s dismissal for a second bookable offence seemed harsh and when Spencer then added a second from CJ Hamilton’s pull back it looked all over for the Lions.

Referee Carl Boyesen then ensured that Spencer could complete his triple as he awarded a soft penalty against Ash Palmer and the striker duly converted.

Even then Paul Cox’s men never gave up and created a couple of half chances themselves while some last ditch defending combined with Town’s inability to convert a host of opportunities ensured that the scoreline remained respectable which considering the circumstances  will perhaps help to dissipate some of the disappointment for the 700 or so faithful who made the trip down from West Yorkshire.