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DEARDEN AND RORY BOULDING REACTION
11th November 2007 23:20


Interview with Lewes manager from BBC Southern Counties radio here.
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Audio interview with Billy Dearden from BBC Radio Nottingham (RealPlayer needed) http://www.bbc.co.uk/nottingham/realmedia/football/2008/fa_stags_lewes_home_manager.ram
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Audio interview with Rory Boulding from BBC Radio Nottingham (RealPlayer needed) http://www.bbc.co.uk/nottingham/realmedia/football/2008/fa_stags_lewes_home_player.ram
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Young lads did well in cup win - Dearden
CHAD.co.uk, By John Lomas
DESPITE being forced into three changes, Mansfield Town had more than enough in the tank to see off Blue Square South high-flyers Lewes 2-0 in the First Round of the FA Cup.
They may have only lost once all season, but Stags' reshuffled side saw the Rooks off with plenty to spare, Boulding brothers Michael and Rory giving them a half-time cushion and Ian Holmes adding a third near the end when the visitors were down to 10 men after Ian Simpemba's red card.
Mansfield manager Billy Dearden added: "Lewes gave us a game for the first 20 minutes.
"They played very well and deserve a lot of credit. They had a couple of half chances, but didn't stick them in.

"We got the first goal and then added another before half time after that we looked very comfortable.

"We had to make three changes again today and you wonder if you will have enough out on the field of play. But the young lads did well for us.

"I don't think Lee Bell should even have been out there after his midweek injury.

"But we are in the second round hat and that was always the main aim."

"I brought Rory in to keep the pace up front and it worked with both the brothers scoring. And with Ian Holmes scoring as well I was pleased to see all the strikers get one.

"It was brilliant for the brothers and I thought they played well together.

"Rory and Ian are young lads, but if they carry on like this then they have a future."

"The lads did me proud today," said Rooks boss Steven King.

"We caused Mansfield problems but the difference between the two levels was the finishing.

"You have to take your chances when you get them.

"For the first 20 minutes I thought we were the better side and gave it a real good go.

"But when we went down to 10 men there was no way back.

"I thought Stephen Robinson was outstanding in defence today. But if we were going to cause an upset I needed all my players to have 9 out of 10 games and only about four of them managed that today."

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Boulding brothers makes Stags history
CHAD.co.uk, By Tim Morriss
MICKY and RORY Boulding made Mansfield Town FC history as another record tumbled at Field Mill in the 3-0 FA Cup First Round defeat of Lewes.
A week after Simon Brown's earliest ever Stags hat-trick, the Bouldings became the first brothers to score in the same Stags team since William and James Wheatley in 1911.

Teenager Rory, on his debut and starting a competitive match alongside his strike partner brother for the first time, created the first goal for Micky - his 11th goal of what is becoming a prolific season - scored the second and then made way for substitute Ian Holmes to score his first Stags goal, too.

After scoring his goal Rory ran towards the West Stand to celebrate and afterwards told Chad: "I knew where my mum and dad were sat and so just ran over there. It was a great feeling."

Rory added that on the pitch his brother Micky, Division 2's second leading scorer, 'is just another player'.

And on the first goal, which he created for brother Micky in the 33rd minute with an inch-perfect cross, he joked: "All he has said so far is 'what a good finish' it was!."

On the second goal, a fine shot from an acute angle by the youngster which effectively won the game just six minutes later, he added: "It was great to get my first goal. As a striker it is especially important to score. But I was just happy that the goal relieved the pressure on the lads and demoralised them (Lewes), whoever scored it.

"We knew it would be tough today, a real battle. This was their final really, the wind and their big centre halves made it difficult, but we got on with it and battled through."

Rory took his chance after injury forced out Simon Brown - a hat-trick hero just a week earlier.

He said: "I have been scoring in the reserves and playing well, so I knew I had a good chance of playing with 'Browny' out.

"If he is out for longer I obviously would hope to keep my place in the team, but I know I have just got to keep my head down and work hard to try to stay in."

The teenager also had words of praise for his manager after his big day. He told Chad: "The gaffer is quality. I support Sheffield United and he is a legend there as a top striker.

"He was a great player himself and has plenty of advice for us strikers. He also gives youth its chance and talks to the younger players.

"If we do something wrong he doesn't shout, he just backs us to do better the next time."

The teenager, who recently returned to Field Mill from a loan spell at Hucknall Town, added: "Playing there regularly was great from a fitness point of view. First team matches are more intense than just playing in reserve matches."

Manager Billy Dearden only told Rory on the day of the match that he would be playing - and admitted afterwards that it was a gamble.

He told Chad: "I decided to keep with a pacy attack and with Browny being out, Rory was the natural replacement. It was a gamble, but it paid off.

"I wanted to keep with pace up front because that has worked in recent weeks and Rory didn't let me down.

"Big John (McAliskey) has not been training because of injury and I thought Rory could do a job for us today rather than 'Holmesy' (Ian Holmes)."

Rory and Micky Boulding both scored in the 3-0 win and Ian Holmes added a late third as a substitute - Holmes like Rory Boulding scoring his first Stags goal.

"Rory made one and scored one, and then 'Holmesy' came on and scored, so it must have been the right decision," joked the manager.

"So we have broken another record? That's brilliant for the brothers, they played well together. Rory has pace and works very hard in training.

"But both Rory and Iam Holmes are the future of this club. They are young, work hard and have a lot to offer.

"I was also pleased that 'Holmesy' got his goal. He knows he has a lot to learn and that it is a big step up from Matlock. But although he is still learning his trade, I know there is soemthing there and that he can be a good asset for this club in uyears to come."

Holmes, a summer signing from Matlock, admitted to Chad his relief at getting his first Stags goal.

"It is a massive relief, a weight off my shoulders, to get the first goal. I feel elated and it should boost my confidence.

"I hope there are more to come.

"I wasn't sure I had scored as I didn't see it going in. I just looked round and wondered where it had gone.

"It was a great ball in by Matty (Hamshaw), I just gambled to go in at the near post, flicked it on and the ball looped in over the keeper.

"The atmosphere is improving all the time at the club, on and off the pitch. At training the atmosphere is improving, there is a great team spirit.

"I've just got to score as many goals as I can when I get the chance to play, and play as well as I can.

"There are six good strikers at the club and I have just got to fight for my place in the team."

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