RESERVES THUMP CHEATERFIELD
Spirites fall to Stags' onslaught
Local rivals Chesterfield gave way under a Stags' onslaught led by Chris Beardsley, that saw Mansfield Town Reserves net four goals to nil. The friendly behind closed doors this afternoon (Tuesday 29 Aug) saw a Stags' team made up of first team players that have not figured and Youth team hopefuls worked hard for ninety minutes and were rewarded with a stunning 4-0 victory at Field Mill.
Jon Olav Hjelde returning from a Hamstring injury played thirty minutes and looked strong winning everything in the air before making way for Danny Reet who unusually took the role at centre back. Giles Coke also returning form injury managed a full ninety minutes and again looked fit and well.
The first half saw wave upon wave of attack from the stags but their chances were not converted seeing both teams go into the break in a 0-0 deadlock. The second half, however was the total opposite with the Stags taking the lead in the opening minutes when youth team defender Ashley Kitchen floated a ball deep into the box where Chris Beardsley keen to make an impression headed the ball down before skilfully turning it around the floundering keeper.
Beardsley furthered his tally only minutes later when on a fast counter attack keeper Jason White pinged a long ball upfield where Young hopeful Nathan Arnold was waiting to turn his mark and cross a perfectly weighted ball to the far edge of the box where again Beardsley reading the situation well was on hand to make the conversion and further the lead.
The third goal was not long to follow and this time came from Danny Reet now in a more familiar role up front.Arnold made a run from the half way line before sending the ball over the defensive back four and onto Reet's head. The powerful header beat the keeper with ease furthering Reet's confidence after a fine display at the weekend when he came on as substitute to score against Lincoln City.
Arnold's hard work was shortly rewarded when on a powerful run towards the Chesterfield keeper he was brought to ground in the eighteen yard box giving the referee little option but to point to the spot.
Watched by skipper Richard Barker from the Stands who missed a penalty at the weekend, Arnold refused to give up possession of the ball and spotted it to make the kick himself. His effort, a powerfully placed shot went low and to the right before rattling the back of the net to give the Stags' number four on the day and the opener to Arnold's personal score account for the season.
Despite a brave performance Chesterfield had little in reserve and although making sporadic attacks on Jason White's goal, failed to find the net making a final result of stags 4 Chesterfield 0.