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29th August 2002 17:17


by Gordon Cleugh at Field Mill

There was no Hassell or Tankard in the Stags line up so they must be doubtful for Saturday. Alex Baptiste got his first appearance for the reserves against a Hull side that included former Stags player Ryan Williams.

Stags: Bingham, Baptiste, Rew, Clarke, Holyoak, Buxton, Lazarus, Bacon, Bradley, Christie, Hurst
Subs: Beardsley, Carter, Robinson, Mitchell, J White

Hull: Musselwhite, Wiseman, Burton, Philpott, Chapman, Edwards, Kerr, Williams, Donaldson, Price, Peat Subs: Heard, Fry, Harvey, O'Neil, Russell

Stags kicked off attacking the Quarry Lane end. Alex Baptiste had a cruel baptism into the world of reserve team football in the 6th minute. A seemingly harmless cross came across from the right and there were no Hull palyers challenging for it. The ball ran across the goalmouth where it found Baptiste. At first, it looked as if he had put it out for a corner into the side netting but the crowd slowly realised that it was in the back of the net. Bingham was forced to make a good save from Donaldson only seconds after the restart

Christie has Stags first real chance in the 16th minute when he met across from the left by Bradley but his shot was just wide. Hull extended their lead in the 23rd minute when Buxton failed to connect with a cross from Williams and it fell to Peat who had an easy chance from close range. Moments after the restart, Bradley again crossed from the left but Christie just failed to make contact. A corner from the left by Rew again just failed to find Christie's head.

Chirstie was booked for a reckless challenge early in the 2nd half. On the hour mark, Christie passed the ball to Bradley who's shot was only parried by the keeper but Christie hit the rebound over the bar. Carter replaced Rew at this stage. Stags were fortunate not to go 3 down moments later when Price's shot from Donaldson's cross thundered against the crossbar.

On 77 minutes, Baptiste was replaced by Robinson. There was a bit of a groan when Bradley went down after a challenge from behind clutching his ankle. He got up and continued for a short while and was then replaced by Beardsley for the last 10 minutes. Moments later, Williams had a shot from 25 yards which curled over the bar. The last chance of the match fell to Hull a few minutes from the end when a long ball from the left back found Fry unmarked just in the Stags half. He dribbled the ball to the edge of the box but shot straight at Bingham.


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