SHEPSHED 4 - 3 STAGS YOUTH
SHEPSHED 4 - 3 STAGS YOUTH
17 July 2008
Report from mansfieldtown.net here
report from http://www.loughboroughecho.net
Shepshed shock Stags
By Mick Voce
Shepshed Dynamo 4 Mansfield Town 3
SHEPSHED Dynamo's first pre season friendly at the Dovecote on Thursday against a youthful Mansfield Town proved a highly entertaining affair and provided real encouragement for Dynamo supporters as they watched their team win by the odd goal of seven.
Manager Lee Wilson started the match with six new faces, Iain Screaton at twin centre half, Damian Magee, Lee Marshall and Rob Norris in midfield, whilst Dave Wilkins and Ben Saunders shared the workload up front.
The Dynamo dominated the opening minutes and might have taken an early lead when first Wilkins put a strong shot inches wide and Screaton, up for a corner, headed just over.
But for an excellent save by Gary Hateley, Shepshed would have conceded in the 12th minute. In a rapid counter attack the Stag's Tyrone Amory gained possession in midfield and fed a superb pass to Ryan Goward who left two defenders for dead as he raced through to see his shot well saved by the advancing Hateley.
On 16 minutes Shepshed took the lead when a following a good passing movement James Whitehead intelligently picked out Marshall just inside the area. The Dynamo No 8 curved a beautiful shot round the keeper into the corner of the net.
Mansfield equalized in the 25th minute with a carbon copy of their earlier move, only this time as Goward raced through he elected to take on Hateley and as he rounded the keeper he slotted the ball home.
Shepshed regained the lead in the 39th minute when good work by Sam Saunders saw him set up his brother Ben who had the fairly easy task of netting. Three minutes later Wilkins increased the lead with a stunning strike from the corner of the penalty area which flew into the top corner of the net giving keeper Kevin O'Brian no chance of saving.
At half time Shepshed made five substitutions and a further six were to follow during the course of the second half. Included in the eleven subs were Louis Sprigg, Adam Jones and Adam Walker who were making their first appearances in a Shepshed shirt. As so often happens with so many changes a lot of the cohesion went out of the play and the fast flowing football of the first 45 turned into, at times, a scrappy midfield battle.
The game however really came back to life in the last ten minutes. Shepshed appeared to be coasting home when on 82 minutes Grant Ryan broke through the Dynamo defence to lash the ball past substitute keeper Sprigg to make the scoreline 3-2.
Michael Stahlberger restored the Dynamo's two goal advantage in the 86th minute with a superb 15 yard volley over the keeper but within a minute Mansfield netted a third when Lewis Trimmer decided on a direct route straight through the middle of the Shepshed defence and placed the ball in the corner of the net.
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