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First-half report

17 December 2013

Latics trail at half time

Half time at the One Call Stadium and Latics trail Mansfield by 1 goal to nil despite dominating for large periods of the half.

The home side took the lead on 12 minutes, good work down the left hand side between Meikle and Clucas allowed Meikle to drive in a cross that was met by the forehead of Ross Dyer who's bullet header gave 'Keeper Mark Oxley no chance as the Stags edged in front.

Latics suffered an injury blow midway through the half as the influential James Wesolowski was forced off with a nasty facial injury following a clash with Jamie McGuire which went unpunished by referee Seb Stockbridge. Carl Winchester replacing the stricken Australian.

Jonson Clarke-Harris did have the ball in the net but was perhaps harshly adjudged to be offside, the striker slotting home after excellent work from the lively Mike Petrasso. Petrasso went on to have two further opportunities as Latics started to dominate, limiting the hosts to occasional counter attacks.

Latics certainly ended the half on top but still have a lot of work to do in order to overhaul Mansfield to secure a place in round 3.

Half-time Mansfield 1, Latics 0.

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