STAGS WIN AT ST BLAZEY
St Blazey 1 Stags 3
Williamson 10, Corden 23, Larkin 50.
28th July 2003
Attendance unknown (Stags supporters: Approximately 40)
Report by Shaun Knight and Sarah Stanley.
The Stags arrived at Blaise Park,the home of Carlsberg South Western league champions St.Blazey for their latest pre-season friendly.The Stags were without Liam Lawrence,Rhys Day,Tom Curtis and new signing Tony Vaughan who were consigned into watching roles.The Stags started off the stronger with the lively Junior Mendes having an early chance before Lee Williamson fired home a precise finish after Andy White had flicked on a Wayne Corden cross.Williamson picked up a knock on his ankle in scoring the goal but soon ran it off.More chances followed for Corden and Mendes before the Stags increased their lead.Craig Disley's surge into the penalty area was brought to an abrupt halt by a St.Blazey defender ans a penalty was awarded.Corden's spot-kick was saved by the keeper but the rebound came straight back to him and he slotted the ball home for 2-0.The Stags were still creating plenty of chances in a domineering first half with Disley,Mendes and White all going close.The score stayed at 2-0 until half-time with my man of the first half being Bobby Hassell with Mendes and Williamson also playing well and on trial defender David Artell looking very solid.
Half-time saw the expected substitutions with Jason White,Clarke,Buxton,Christie and Larkin replacing Pilkington,Hassell, Eaton,Corden and Andy White.Christie had an early chance before his fellow substitute Colin Larkin did get on the scoresheet after a goalmouth scramble when he fired home into the roof of the net.Neil Mackenzie then had a goal disallowed for offside.Mendes was then replaced by Beardsley in the 57th minute.A terrible goal kick by Jason White nearly lead to a goal for Dale Band but only a minute later Band did get on the scoresheet with a fine chip over White in the Stags goal.Mitchell then replaced Larkin in the 64th minute.Larkin played very well in the twenty minutes he was on,causing St.Blazey many problems with his pace.The Stags still continued to create chances with Clarke and Christie combining well to create a chance for Christie and Mackenzie fired in a piledriver of a shot which was well saved.The Stags had six corners in the match.
Overall the Stags put in a very good performance,especially the first half where Hassell and Williamson were outstanding.The second half saw St.Blazey come back into the game but The Stags were still deserved winners.Jamie Clarke had a fine second half also and Artell and Baptiste looked very solid throughout.
Man of the match:Hassell-for a faultless first half performance.
Pilkington 7 Nothing to do but kept shouting encouragement throughout
Hassell 9 Didn't put a foot wrong,excellent
Eaton 7 Good to see him back,solid
Disley 7 Covered alot of ground and did ok
Artell 8 Very solid performance,looks good
Baptiste 8 Another accompolished performance
Williamson 8 Having an excellent pre-season
Mackenzie 8 Created several good chances
A.White 7 Battled hard
Mendes 8 Looked very lively,needs a goal though
Corden 8 Always a pleasure to watch when teasing defenders
J.White 5 Looked a bit shaky at times
Clarke 8 Excellent second half performance
Buxton 6 Did ok
Christie 7 Did ok,looked a bit lethargic at times though
Larkin 8 Excellent for the twenty minutes he was on
Beardsley 5 Didn't really have long enough time to impress
Mitchell 5 Not really on long enough either
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