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Mansfield have secured a comfortable victory over Northampton in the first leg of the playoffs

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Mansfield 2-1 Northampton: Jordan Bowery set up and scored as the Stags managed to reach Wembley with an impressive first-half pole position.

  • Mansfield scored two goals in the first half by Ris Oates and Jordan Bowery
  • Northampton equalized in the second half with a goal from Ali Koiki
  • The second leg will be on the line at Wembley on Wednesday

Mansfield bounced back in the second half to beat Northampton 2-1 at Field Mill on Saturday, edging out in the League Two playoff tie.

14 minutes later, Rice Oats took the lead through a shot through the ball by goalkeeper Jonathan Maxted. Half an hour later, Bowery scored his own goal, tapping from close range to give the hosts full control over the break.

Northampton made a comeback after half-time, with Ali Koiki halving the deficit in the 61st minute, but Manfield will take a slim advantage in Wednesday’s return leg.

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Rice Oates, who gave Manfield the lead in the first 15 minutes of the field match, scored the goal

Half an hour later, Jordan Bowery (L) doubled Mansfield's lead with a goal

Half an hour later, Jordan Bowery (L) doubled Mansfield’s lead with a goal

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