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Season 14/15 Stagsnet Match Report
Pre-Season Friendly
Lincoln City  
1 - 3
 Mansfield Town
Bencherif 39.
 Fergus Bell 30, Hearn 70, 77.
Attendance: 924 (181 from Mansfield)
Date: 29 July 2014


Martin Shaw at Sincil Bank

Mansfield Town turned in another encouraging performance to win 3-1 at Lincoln this evening. The first half was an even affair as the Stags took the lead with a screamer from Fergus Bell into the top corner, but the Imps equalised with good play from Ledsham to create a header for Bencherif as the Stags defence suffered a rare lapse. The Stags took control in the second half as Liam Hearn rang rings around the Lincoln defence, scored two tremendous goals, and Mansfield could have won by a more comfortable margin than 3-1 as Lincoln were destroyed in the last 20 minutes. Impressive performances throughout the Stags side: Hearn looked like dynamite again; both Heslop and Clements linked very well with Hearn going forward; Fergus Bell did very well pushing forward throughout, in fact not one Stags player had a bad night.

Stags team (3-2-2-1-2 formation):

Sutton, Dempster, Tafazolli;
Beevers, Amari’i Bell;
Murray, Heslop;
Fergus Bell;
Palmer, Fisher.

Hearn (for Palmer, 46)
Rhead (for Fisher, 62)
Marsden (for Beevers, 62)
Rob Taylor (Trialist left wing-back) (for Amari’i Bell, 62)
Clements (for Fergus Bell, 66)
Riley (for Tafazolli, 78)
Anthony Griffith (Trialist midfielder) (for Heslop, 78)
McGuire (for Murray, 78)
Sub not used: Jack Thomas.

Clucas and Jones were not quite fit enough to play. Both were at the ground and both could play against Walsall on Saturday.

In the first minute, a long throw from Lincoln, and Bencherif back headed straight at Studer.

On 4 minutes, Fisher headed wide from Fergus Bell’s corner from the right. On 6 minutes, Murray played a good ball to Beevers, who found Fergus Bell, but his cross was over-hit.

A half chance for Fergus Bell on 7 minutes as he sent a daisy cutter just wide. Then a good ball from Murray forward to Beevers who had just strayed offside. But Beevers was already getting forward a lot.

On 14 minutes Bencherif put in a low cross from the left, Studer claimed it well and held on to it.

On 23 minutes, Fergus Bell found Fisher who teed up Heslop on the edge of the area, Heslop’s shot was blocked straight to the keeper. A minute later, Amari’i Bell squared to Fisher, who made a great turn and fired just wide. Impressive from Fisher, who made a similar turn and shot in the Notts County game.

On 26 minutes, a decent Lincoln move, the ball was back to Ledsham who just wide of the right post.

The Stags made it 1-0 on 30 minutes. Fisher chested down to Fergus Bell, who fired a left footed screamer into the top right corner from 22 yards. The Stags fans behind that goal had the perfect view of it.

On 31 minutes, a good cross from Palmer from the right, but Fisher couldn’t quite get there as a defender just got his head on it.

A good move from the Stags on 34 minutes (check video). Straight to the other end, and Studer did well to come quickly out of his area and clear.

On 38 minutes, a great run from Fergus Bell, he fed Palmer on his left, Palmer ran at goal, but with an opportunity to shoot, he didn’t pull the trigger allowing Caprice to dispossess him and the chance was gone.

Lincoln were level on 39 minutes. Good play down the left by Karl Ledsham as he got to the by-line and sent in a perfect cross to the far post where Bencherif headed in from a yard. Slack defending from the Stags, with too much room for both Ledsham and Bencherif, and the first goal conceded in two and a half games.

On 41 minutes, a shot from Kabba and Studer saved it above his head, making it look easy.

An even first half, with a great goal from Fergus Bell, and encouraging displays from all, but especially new boys Fergus Bell, Amari’i Bell, Heslop and Fisher.

Half time 1-1

Hearn replaced Palmer at the start of the second half, as Cox upped his game time from 30 minutes to 45 minutes.

On 48 minutes, a Lincoln cross from the left, Studer didn’t get there and Robinson headed over. Notable because it was Studer’s first mistake in the pre-season games.

On 51 minutes, Hearn did well on the left to pull the ball back for Heslop, who fired a great chance wide of the left post, when he should have got it on target.

On 54 minutes, Sean Newton took a free kick for Lincoln from the left and Studer punched away confidently.

Frustration for Hearn on 56 minutes as he ran the ball out of play. His frustration was evident as he bashed the front seat of the stand behind the goal.

A good move from the Stags on 57 minutes, ended with Murray to Beevers on the right, his cross was cleared back to Hearn, who fired over.

Then on 59 minutes, a good 1-2 between Fergus Bell and Hearn, and Fergus Bell’s shot was blocked. Moments later a good challenge by Murray.

Three more changes for the Stags on 62 minutes, as Rhead, Marsden and trialist left wing-back Rob Taylor, replaced Fisher, Beevers and Amari’i Bell.

On 64 minutes, a good ball from Rob Taylor on the left to Rhead on the right, and Rhead’s cross was deflected for a corner. Good tracking back by the impressive Murray on 65 minutes.

Clements replaced Fergus Bell on 66 minutes.

The Stags re-took the lead on 70 minutes. A great ball forward from Heslop to Hearn, who had looked along the line to make sure he wasn’t offside, Hearn pushed the ball past the left back, then drilled the ball under the keeper into the ball left corner of the net. Wow, what a finish from Hearn!

Moments later, Marsden’s long throw found Heslop who re-cycled to Hearn, but Hearn couldn’t quite get the ball out from under his feet. On 73 minutes, Heslop found Hearn again, and Hearn’s low shot was saved by the keeper’s legs. A good effort from Hearn again.

Then on 75 minutes, good play from Tafazolli, to play the ball into Hearn with his back to goal on the edge of the area, Hearn turned and fired over. Hearn was absolutely on fire.

The Stags made it 3-1 on 77 minutes. Clements found Hearn on the right just inside the area, Hearn hardly had any space, but he still managed to get in a shot and clipped it into the bottom left corner of the net, across the keeper. Another tremendous finish from Hearn.

Three more changes for the Stags on 78 minutes, as Riley replaced Tafazolli, trialist midfielder Anthony Griffith replaced Heslop, and McGuire replaced the hard-working Murray,

On 79 minutes, a chance for Clements to make it 4-1, as Marsden’s long throw was cleared to him on the edge of the area, he took aim, and his shot was blocked on the line.

Hearn went close yet again on 82 minutes, as Clements flicked the ball on to him, Hearn just got a toe on to it to flick it a foot wide. Close!

Then on 86 minutes, a good move from the Stags involving Clements and Hearn, and eventually trialist Rob Taylor fired over from 30 yards.

A good challenge from trialist midfielder Anthony Griffith.

On 90+1, a Rob Taylor corner from the left, Griffith did well to get a header in, which was wide of the right post.

Then on 90+2, Taylor ran forward and shot just wide of the left post.

A fantastic last 20 minutes from the Stags who absolutely blew Lincoln away. Very encouraging for the new season which is just a week and a half away.

Man of the match: Liam Hearn

Report by: Martin Shaw at Sincil Bank

Line Up:
Studer 7.5 Some good saves, and great punches. Also showed alertness coming quickly out of his area when needed. No chance with the goal. Did make his first mistake in three games when he came for a cross and didn’t get there and Robinson headed over. Looks top class!
Sutton 7.5 Very solid.
Dempster 8 Very good game, perhaps shaded it as the pick of the defence.
Tafazolli 7.5 Good game. Even set up a chance for Hearn late on.
Beevers 7 Got forward a lot; involved in several good moves. One good cross, but some poor ones too. Good game overall.
Amari’i Bell 7.5 Is getting better as the games go on.
Murray 8.5 Got stuck in; some very good passes and good challenges including tracking back; really good game.
Heslop 8 Looked a quality player. Great ball to set up Hearn’s first goal. And another set-up for another Hearn chance. One shot blocked in the first half and then should have scored when set up by Hearn.
Fergus Bell 8.5 Some great runs. Fabulous goal.
Palmer 7 Good first half. Super cross for Fisher just cleared away. Had one really good position when he didn’t pull the trigger which was disappointing.
Fisher 7.5 Great turn and shot just wide. Good chest down to Fergus Bell for his goal. Also teed up Heslop for a shot.
Sub Line Up:
Hearn (for Palmer, 46) 9 Wow, absolute dynamite. Scored two beauties and could have had more. Set up Heslop for a good chance.
Rhead (for Fisher, 62) 8 Continued his excellent pre-season form.
Marsden (for Beevers, 62) 7 Did well defensively and going forward.
Rob Taylor (Trialist left wing-back) (for Amari’i Bell, 62) 7 Impressed again. Has a good left foot. Sprayed some good passes.
Clements (for Fergus Bell, 66) 8 Linked up well with Hearn when he came on, and played the attacking midfielder role. Set up Hearn’s second goal. Had one chance when his goalbound shot was blocked.
Riley (for Tafazolli, 78) -
Anthony Griffith (Trialist midfielder) (for Heslop, 78) - His best game so far, albeit only 14 minutes. One great challenge in the centre of the park caught the eye.
McGuire (for Murray, 78) -
Sub not used: Jack Thomas.
Opposition Line Up:
Farman; Caprice, Brown, Diagne, Newton; Mendy, Bencherif, Tomlinson, Ledsham (Everington 72), Kabba (Robinson 45), Burrow. Subs not used: Chambers, Simmons, Jorda.
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