Mansfield Town v Colchester United, nostalgia: Greene on target, back in 1997

How the East Anglian Daily Times reported on the U's 1-1 draw at Mansfield in October, 1997

How the East Anglian Daily Times reported on the U's 1-1 draw at Mansfield in October, 1997 - Credit: Archant

Colchester United writer Carl Marston recalls a 1-1 draw at Mansfield Town from more than 20 years ago.

David Greene, who was always apt to score a goal from his centre-half role, usually via a corner routine, did just that when Steve Wignall’s Colchester United secured a 1-1 draw at Mansfield on October 4, 1997.

The Stags were ahead after just six minutes of this Nationwide League Division Three clash at Field Mill, with Steve Whitehall on target.

Front-runner Whitehall swept home his fourth goal of the season, under the body of keeper Carl Emberson – the U’s custodian was disappointed to let that shot roll beneath him and into the net.

Greene popped up with the equaliser, just six minutes later, volleying home a 12th minute corner from Scott Stamps.

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Defender Greene crashed home the loose ball from only a couple of yards out, after keeper Bowling had only managed to get fingertips to Stamps’ cross.

Like Whitehall, it was Greene’s fourth goal of the season, an impressive tally for a centre-half after just two months of the season.

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The visitors had several chances to bag a winner, most of them falling to ex-Mansfield target man Mark Sale, although the U’s No. 9 failed to score against his former club.

And the U’s were indebted to Emberson on 22 minutes, when the keeper performed heroics to save Whitehall’s penalty kick, after Greene had felled striker Christie in the box.

U’s team: Emberson, Gregory, Stamps, Skelton, Greene, Cawley, Wilkins (sub Whitton, 46), Buckle, Sale, Rankin, Abrahams. Subs: Adcock, Lock

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