RESERVES BEATEN AS TRIALISTS LINED UP
Stags reserves beaten in first outing
CHAD.co.uk, 01 October 2008
By Staff Reporter
MANSFIELD Town's first venture into the Central League ended in defeat on Tuesday evening.
The Stags' reserves were beaten 3-1 at Walsall - with youngster Warren Burrell the goalscorer.
They featured a mixture of fringe first team players and youngsters, together with the experienced Jason Lee and a trialist - defender Rikki Bains.
However, Swansea keeper David Knight, who had been expected to feature for the Stags, did not play.
Lee hit the bar early on and Baines (20), a free agent who started his career at Coventry and recently played for Tamworth, headed wide from a corner.
Trialists lined up for reserves
Then Robinson broke clear and thought he had scored when he beat the keeper, only for the ball to be cleared off the line.
And the home side made the visitors pay when in the 17th minute Reich beat young keeper Luke Herriott with a low shot.
Four minutes later Walsall doubled their lead as Deeney found himself clear with just Herriott to beat.
Burrell gave the Stagsa lifeline at the start of the second half, but within minutes Demontagnac's deflected shot had restored the home side's two-goal lead.
Robinson, Burrell, Lee and McGhee all might have scored for the Stags in the second half.
Trialists lined up as Stags begin reserves campaign
CHAD.co.uk, 29 September 2008
STAGS boss Billy McEwan is hoping to look at some potential loan players as trialists in the club's long overdue first Central league reserve match at Walsall tomorrow night (7pm).
Full story at CHAD.co.uk here
Stags had their first three league games postponed but McEwan is seeing who he line up for tomorrow and hopes to include a goalkeeper and defender/defenders.
Stags currently have three players on the treatment table with skipper Adie Moses the worst-affected with a calf strain along with Nathan Arnold (thigh) and Aaron O'Connor (calf).
McEwan is keen to bolster his squad but again warned: "I can bring in players today. But until the right ones come on the radar there will be nothing done.
"I have spoken to one or two people and I am waiting on phone calls.
"I did have a forward lined up and the manager on the phone today ready to do the deal. But priorities change and it is a fine balancing act at this level while I have also got to be fair to the players already here.
"I had a defender in here last week but all of a sudden he has a groin injury and is out for two weeks.
"I have a left sided player lined up too. But my priority is a centre back which was the case even before Adie was injured. But you must also remember that Gavin Hurren did very well in that position in the second half on Saturday.
"Adie has a slight calf strain and we brought him off as more of a precaution at Salisbury on Saturday. He could have played on, to be fair, but we didn't want to take the risk of losing him for four or five weeks rather than a couple of weeks.
"Bear in mind we took it easy with Aaron's calf strain and he was still out for three weeks. But it could have ended up being a couple of months.
"I know what it's like as when I was player I was out for six weeks with a calf strain.
"I had hoped to have a midfielder in tomorrow but his club have an FA Cup replay so he can't play for us.
"We also need to look at the goalkeeper situation as young James Herriott was only ever a short-term stand-in. We need a bit more experience there. I am looking at the situation all the time."
He added: "It will be good for the rest of the squad to finally get a competitive game tomorrow night as you can't train all week and have nothing at the end of it. You need games."
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