FTYBR FC: PREVIEW - VS INTERNET FOXES
SATURDAY 6th DECEMBER 2008
Internet Foxes (Leicester City) v FTYBR FC (Mansfield Town)
IFA League Fixture
'A local derby of sorts,' is probably the best way to describe this coming Saturday's IFA fixture between FTYBR FC and Leicester City's, Internet Foxes
The sides have met on three previous occasions, with the Stags supporters side coming out the better with two wins and a draw. The first meeting came during the 2005/06 season when goals from Gary Tyldsley, Ian Hoult and a screamer from Drew Stokes saw the side win 3-2, although if it were not for a fine penalty save from Nick Sankey in the last minute, the points would have been shared. The next meeting came in Worldnet 2007 when Jamie Wheatman banged in four goals in a fine 4-1 Group win and in November 2007 the Stags side bounced back from being two goals down at half time, to draw 2-2; the equalising goal coming from Rob Allsop who got on the end of a fine ball from James Bird.
It is a chance for FTYBR FC to get back to winning ways following their disappointing defeat away at Sheffield United, as Manager, Steve Hartshorn explains,
"Leicester have been rebuilding things after their manager, Bernie left to go to New Zealand or somewhere, so they look at the game as a good test in their rebuilding process, for us it is a chance to put the defeat against Sheffield United behind us. We'd been playing really well all season, so I am hoping that the Blades result was a bit of a one off and we can get back to winning ways."
The Stags first season in the BSP has been a frustrating one for the Stags supporters side with many of their games either falling foul of Setanta or a poor fixture list. Indeed the only reason the side are taking on Leicester City this coming Saturday is down to the fact that their scheduled game against Oxford United's supporters side was called off when Setanta decided to show the game live on the Thursday night.
Other games which have been lost are; York City away, Stevenage away, Burton away and Kidderminster Harriers away. The side also lost a fixture at home to Shrewsbury Town after the football league decided to move the Shrews game away at Chesterfield to a Friday night.
"It does get a little annoying," said Hartshorn, "we at least have a chance of a couple of games after the festive period when we take on the IFA Champions, Rochdale and then make the short journey to Rotherham the week after.