YOUTH TEAM BEATEN BY SHREWS
Shrewsbury Youth 3 Stags Youth 0
Umbro Isotonic Football League Youth Alliance (Merit Division Two North)
Saturday 13 March 2004
Report by John Street
Stags Youth returned to action for the first time in 3 weeks with a visit to
Lilleshall to take on the young Shrews. The rustiness of not playing was in evidence early on and the Stags looked very loose and un-cohesive at the back, however in the early action Heron was up-ended and penalty claims by the Stags players were waved away by the fussy referee. Half time came and the Stags had eventually settled and contributed well in the half.
The second half started badly however with those familiar defensive lapses
becoming evident and Stags found themselves quickly goals down.
Plus points for the Stags was the tight central midfield of Parks and Lloyd,
and leading of the line by Heron.
Jones D was booked in the first half, Woods was dismissed for a second half
foul, and being the last man he had to go, and Lloyd was also booked in the second half following a series of tenacious tackles.
Stags blooded 4 new trialists for next years possible intake.
Trialist, JonesD, Woods, Trialist, Holmes, Arnold, Parks, Lloyd, CurleT, Heron, Hankey
Subs - Trialist for CurleT
Trialist for Hankey
Naylor for Arnold
Town 3 Mansfield 0
Town: Ian Havard, Henry Goh, Liam Murray (Liam Jones 60), George Hughes, Gary Price, Gavin Cadwallader, Mark Thompson (Dan Tolley 60), Carl Harris, Robert Egginton, Lloyd Grist, Ross Stephens (Sean Butler 75)
Subs: Ed Hope, Sam Crompton
Goals: R.Stephens, M.Thompson, D.Tolley
ShrewsWeb spoke to Carleton Leonard to get his thoughts on the lads 3-0 win.
We won 3-0 in what was a scrappy game but the lads did well and we were comfortable winners in the end.
The first half was a bit iffy and to be fair the game could have been 5-2 at half-time, we had chances and they had chances. The longer the game went on the better we got and we played the better stuff in the second half.
Mansfield had a lad sent off but we never really utilised the extra man as we could have done.
Saying all that a win is a win and we had a fairy young side at the minute and all we are looking for is progress, results are not that important as long as we know the lads are developing.
The pleasing thing was that we played as a team and put in solid performances, no one really stood out.
We had Mark Thompson playing and it's good to see him getting games after coming back from his broken leg, Sean Butler was back on Saturday and came on as a sub so it's good to see the competition.
We scored some good goals on Saturday but Dan Tolley's for our third was an excellent, there was great movement off the ball and a good finish from Dan. We like to see the lads improvise a little bit as we like them to take responsibility sometimes.
Defensively Gary Price is coming on and looking strong, Midfield we looked strong with George Hughes coming back to some form. Ross Stephens always gives us good options as he can play anywhere. That's what we were doing on Saturday, moving lads around, Ross went upfront for 20-minutes, Lloyd Grist moved to the left and then onto the right and swapped with Thommo. It gives us a few more options and it helps to unsettle the opposition.
It was a good performance and before the game we would have settled for 3-0 if you had asked us.
Mansfield created some chances during the game but luckily they missed the best ones, and the longer the game went there was only going to be one winner.
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