Pre-Season Friendlies - Scotland Tour

18 July 2000

Elgin City


Mansfield Town

Smythe 85

Boulding 80


From the Sports Bulletin on Mansfield 103.2...

Mansfield Town kicked off their pre-season tour of Scotland with a 1-1 draw with Elgin City last night. From Stags assistant boss Mark Kearney labelled this game a good work out with no fewer than six substitutions at half-time, the only player that didn't make it onto the pitch was keeper Bobby Mimms, as Ian Bowling showed he's on the road to recovery with a full 90 minutes between the sticks.  Mickey Boulding slotted in the Stags goal from a Wayne Corden cross ten minutes from time, only for Mark Smythe to equalise for the home side moments later. Stags now take on Inverness Caledonian Thistle on Thursday.

From the CHAD .....

Stags, spending a tough week training at Inverness Army Barracks, turned in an impressive first 45 minutes against new Scottish Third Division part-timers and took the lead with a Michael Boulding header just past the hour mark.  But Elgin struck back within three minutes to earn a draw.  "We murdered them really for the first 45 minutes and I was quite pleased with how we played," said manager Billy Dearden.  "But I wanted to give everyone a game and made five changes at half time and then another five as the second half wore on which obviously disrupted things. The result isn't so important pre-season, though, and Elgin worked very hard." The only player not to get a game from the Stags party was keeper Bobby Mimms with Ian From:  www.elgincity.comBowling handed his first chance to impress for a new contract.  Injured for most of last season, Bowling has been told he has to prove his fitness before he is offered a new deal.  Stuart Hicks made a commanding debut at centre half while Wayne Corden also got through some good work on the left in his first outing for the club.  Mark Blake and Craig Disley played centre of midfield for the first half with Darrell Clarke and Michael Sisson in there for the second half.  Up front Chris Greenacre and Danny Bacon started with Tony Lormor and Michael Boulding replacing them at the break.  Dearden has taken non-League Bradford Park Avenue player Martin Pemberton to Scotland with the club on a week's trial following a recommendation and he played the first 45 minutes at left back.


Elgin's trialist Mark Smythe lobbed veteran Town 'keeper Ian Bowling to earn the Black and Whites a 1-1 draw. Minutes before that Mansfield had taken the lead from bullet-headed goal but both sides had chances to seal the match. Elgin especially in the closing minutes with a couple of strong shots from Smythe and Neil Whyte missing a sitter at the death, City finished strongly.


MUCH-traveled bleached blond striker Mark Slythe's impressive contribution to Elgin City's friendly draw with Mansfield Town on Monday could clinch the trialist a contract at Borough Briggs for the coming season.  Twenty-seven-year-old Slythe's deadly lob earned City a 1-1 draw against their English League Third Division visitors.  The newcomer made a telling impression in the closing 20 minutes, a period during which Elgin created virtually all their chances. Slythe's audacious attempt at a 30-yard lob from close to the touchline just failed to find the net on 73 minutes.  Then, just a minute after Mansfield sub Micky Boulding had nodded the visitors into a deserved header to loop the ball over keeper Ian Bowling from the edge of the area and equalise.  The scorer went on to force a superb save from Bowling and prompted another defensive error which put Elgin sub Neil Whyte clean through only to blast over from 10 yards.  Another sizzling left-foot Slythe drive skimmed inches wide as City came to life in the closing stages. Manager Alex Caldwell was clearly satisfied with the night's work and revealed that he will make a decision on the new striker next week.