REPORT ON STAGS V WORKSOP
Worksop 0 Stags 2
22 July 2004
report by John Street
Stags turned out a solid and confident performance at Worksop last night.
Following the early evening thunderstorms which ravaged across the County, the
Stags took control early on and calmed down the Tigers.
With all the First Team Squad attending Worksop the Stags did a good Public
Relations Job and were well received by the Worksop fans.
Stags Starting Team:
Longford, Buxton, Noham, Lloyd, Day, Dimech, Smith, MacKenzie, Robinson, Heron, T. Curle.
Stags contained any early Worksop pressure, and took the lead through Lloyd who scored
following a strong run into the box.
Stags went close on other occasions through an Heron header, and corners which gave chances for Mackenzie and Day.
In the second half stags changed nearly all their team and scored a late second goal when
Arnold scored with minutes to go.
Stags see off Worksop
Worksop Town 0 Mansfield Town 2
IT WAS almost inevitably a case of after the lord mayor's show for the Stags on their visit to Sandy Lane on Thursday night.
For while Mansfield did a thoroughly professional job to come away with a 2-0 win, the match was never going to live up to the terrific victory over Leeds at Field Mill the previous evening.
The success over the Elland Road outfit had been produced thanks to some high quality football and left a large crowd buzzing with excitement for the new season.
This clash, though, was a little less inspiring and certainly much more low key, being contested in front of just a few 100 spectators.
Much of the first team were given a rest but Rhys Day - who missed the Leeds clash - was given an outing and Marvin Robinson was also given another chance to impress after arriving on trial on Wednesday.
Day came though with flying colours as he played out the whole of the 90 minutes but Robinson's hopes of winning a contract were hit as he limped off after just 28 minutes.
There were also starts for Luke Dimech, Jake Buxton, and Neil MacKenzie, along with trialists Daniel Heron and Frenchman Leebibi Noham.
Having brought a home kit that clashed with Worksop's all amber strip, the Stags were forced to play in unfamiliar white shirts, loaned by the hosts.
But it did not stop Mansfield settling down quickly to quell the early enthusiasm of Worksop who were tasting their first competitive action of the new campaign.
The Tigers' Gary Townsend had the first opportunity as he intercepted a pass close to goal but his shot was always rising over the bar.
Mansfield responded with an attack down the right hand side that saw Callum Lloyd pick out McKenzie whose cross was inches too far for Robinson to convert.
It was from the Stags' first real scoring chance in the 22nd minute that they went in front, albeit in slightly controversial circumstances.
With Worksop appealing for offside against Robinson, he played to the whistle and, though being dispossessed, the ball broke for Lloyd on the edge of the box who drilled home via a slight deflection off Tigers defender Ryan Davis.
Worksop were almost back on level terms five minutes later as Simeon Bambrook beat keeper Michael Longford to Townsend's through ball only for his lob to be cleared off the line by Day at the second attempt.
With Robinson then forced off, Dean Hankin took to the field and was soon involved, picking out Heron with a right-wing cross but he headed disappointingly wide.
Just before the break Worksop's James Dudgeon almost put through his own goal as he sliced a left-wing centre from Tom Curle but the ball dropped just past the upright.
As the second half got under way, Worksop had their best spell of the game with Mark Wilson volleying wide at the near post from a Bambrook free-kick and Dudgeon heading over at the far post following a corner.
Ronnie Glavin's side came as close as they were to all night just after the hour when long-serving midfielder Linden Whitehead struck a powerful shot against the bar after another set piece.
But the Stags made sure of victory with a killer second goal 11 minutes from time.
Noham floated in a hopeful ball from the halfway line on the left and, as the ball dropped kindly for young substitute Nathan Arnold, he took full advantage by drilling a precise shot just inside the far left-hand corner from just inside the box.
In the closing stages, Worksop threatened to pull a goal back and they were denied a late penalty when Bambrook's appeals, after contact with Day, were waved away by referee Mr Cundy.
Worksop: Ghent, Davis, Davies, Thorpe, Haran, Dudgeon, Wilson, Whitehead, Bambrook, Townsend. Dempsey. Subs: Cannon, Bowling, O'Callaghan, Hayden, Payne, Archer.
Mansfield: Longford, Buxton, Noham, Lloyd, Day, Dimech, Smith, MacKenzie, Robinson, Heron, T. Curle.
Referee: Mr C. Cundy (Sheffield).
Young Stags win at Worksop
Goalscorers: Callum Lloyd, Nathan Arnold
This friendly against the Tigers of Worksop Town fielding a 3-5-2 formation lst the home team plummed for the more traditional 4-4-2 line up.
The Stags to the pitch for consisting of a mixture of first team players, Youth players and a triallist or two.:
Michael Langford, Luke Dimech, Rhys Day, Jake Buxton, Neil MacKenzie, Callum Lloyd, Leebibi Noham, Tom Curle, Marvin Robinson, Danny Herron and triallist
The young Michael Langford was tested early on as a number of attacks led to an eighth minute shot firing in from wide left which called the sixteen year old to dive full stretch to produce a superb save. Again, only four minutes later a clearance from the young inexperienced goal keeper ricocheted violently off the back of a Worksop forward and narrowly missed going into the top of his net scraping the outside edge of the woodwork.
The stalemate was eventually broken in the 23 rd minute after the Stags made through roads into the final third and triallist Marvin Robinson switching centre for Callum Lloyd who let rip a low power driver sending the tiger's custodian the wrong way to open the scoring. A couple of changes later for both sides saw the Stags going into the break one goal to the good and a lot of the possession to boot. Dean Hankey who replaced an injured Robinson linked well with Danny Herron and both looked a dangerous strike force rattling the home sides keeper from every angle.
The son of Stags boss Keith Curle, Tom, had a good game racing up and down the wing and been the proverbial thorn in the side of the Tiger's full back.
Coming back form the break it only took six minutes for the Tigers to net from a corner but the goal was ruled out by the referee.The Stags carried on applying pressure making a number of changes which only left Rhys Day as the senior player with Jake Buxton coming in close behind. The stags squad now essentially the youth team kept the pressure up was rewarded with a great shot form young Nathan Arnold. A ball chested down by front man Haydon Zaccaria fell to the feet of Arnold who slammed a low shot to the inside of the far upright to extend the Stags lead.
An unfortunate shot at the other end of the park threatened to close the gap but the shot well taken, beat the keeper and only found the underside of the crossbar and in one of those occasions where the ball could have gone either way on the rebound in this instance it came back out into open play.
All in all a good workout for the Stags team, in particular the youngsters that came up against a much older Worksop side.
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