The FA Cup - First Round
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St Albans City 1-8 Mansfield Town

Sam Clucas

Sam Clucas scored four times as League Two side Mansfield hammered St Albans City in the FA Cup first round.

Things started to go wrong for the Southern League Premier Division outfit after Darren Locke had headed them into a surprise lead at Clarence Park.

Lee Stevenson and Anthony Howell put Mansfield 2-1 up before half-time.

Colin Daniel, Ollie Palmer and a quartet of goals from Clucas, the fourth a delightful chip, sealed an easy win for the Stags.

The last six goals came in the final 20 minutes as St Albans, who were playing in the first round for the first time in 11 years, saw their 11-match unbeaten run come to an end in emphatic fashion.

After Locke's eighth-minute opener, St Albans led until the 43rd minute when Stevenson slotted home before Howell tapped the Stags in front on the stroke of half-time.

Daniel volleyed in for 3-1, Clucas curled home a fourth and Palmer drove in to make the game safe.

Saints folded in the final 10 minutes, with Clucas scoring three more times, including a chipped finish after racing clear.

Line-ups

St Albans City

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Bastock
  • 2Hall
  • 3Chappell
  • 4Marwa
  • 6Locke
  • 20Kaloczi
  • 7GrahamSubstituted forHenryat 51'minutes
  • 8Comley
  • 10NwokejiSubstituted forBaileyat 78'minutesSubstituted forWattersat 82'minutes
  • 9Frendo
  • 18Keenleyside

Substitutes

  • 11Watters
  • 12Henry
  • 14Taylor
  • 15Bailey
  • 16Coulton
  • 17Georgiou
  • 19Green

Mansfield

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Marriott
  • 27PilkingtonBooked at 76mins
  • 16JenningsSubstituted forBlackat 89'minutes
  • 23McGuire
  • 5McCombe
  • 2SuttonBooked at 59mins
  • 11Clucas
  • 13Howell
  • 36PalmerSubstituted forPokuat 90+1'minutes
  • 10StevensonSubstituted forMeikleat 78'minutes
  • 30Daniel

Substitutes

  • 3Black
  • 8Murtagh
  • 9Rhead
  • 20Meikle
  • 22Deakin
  • 24Andrew
  • 25Poku
Referee:
Mark Heywood
Attendance:
3,251

Match Stats

Home TeamSt Albans CityAway TeamMansfield
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home9
Away20
Shots on Target
Home3
Away14
Corners
Home2
Away10
Fouls
Home9
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, St Albans City 1, Mansfield Town 8.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, St Albans City 1, Mansfield Town 8.

  3. Substitution

    Substitution, Mansfield Town. Godfrey Poku replaces Ollie Palmer because of an injury.

  4. Goal!

    Goal! St Albans City 1, Mansfield Town 8. Samuel Clucas (Mansfield Town) left footed shot from outside the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Anthony Howell.

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Mansfield Town. Paul Black replaces James Jennings.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jamie McGuire (Mansfield Town) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Mansfield Town. Conceded by Paul Bastock.

  8. Post update

    Attempt saved. Lindon Meikle (Mansfield Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  9. Goal!

    Goal! St Albans City 1, Mansfield Town 7. Samuel Clucas (Mansfield Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Lindon Meikle.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Chris Henry (St Albans City) header from the right side of the box misses to the left.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, St Albans City. Chris Watters replaces Elliott Bailey.

  12. Goal!

    Goal! St Albans City 1, Mansfield Town 6. Samuel Clucas (Mansfield Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Lindon Meikle.

  13. Post update

    Corner, St Albans City. Conceded by Jamie McGuire.

  14. Post update

    Attempt blocked. John Frendo (St Albans City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  15. Post update

    Colin Daniel (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Lee Chappell (St Albans City).

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Mansfield Town. Lindon Meikle replaces Lee Stevenson.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, St Albans City. Elliott Bailey replaces Mark Nwokeji.

  19. Goal!

    Goal! St Albans City 1, Mansfield Town 5. Ollie Palmer (Mansfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner.

  20. Booking

    George Pilkington (Mansfield Town) is shown the yellow card.