RESERVES LOSE /NO SIDE IN LEAGUE NEXT SEASON/BACON
Stags chairman Andy Perry confirmed on the Stagsnet messageboard this week that the Stags will not be fielding a reserve side in one of the reserve leagues next season.
Perry added: "David Holdsworth has already fixed up games with clubs local to us."
Stags pull out of reserve league
Holdsworth backs withdrawal from reserve league
CHAD.co.uk, By John Lomas
Mansfield Town are once again planning to withdraw from competitive reserve league football next season.
After a long spell without it, Stags went back into a league this season.
But boss David Holdsworth is confident he can sort as many friendly games with local sides as needed and said: "We asked ourselves do we really need the long journeys and paying out that extra money?. Plus you can pick up injuries and suspensions from them.
"We need to cut the size of the squad down too. I believe in training hard and if players do that then they don't always need a reserve game to go straight back into the first team. Look at Scott Gardner last week."
Stags reserve tumble to 2-0 defeat at home to Shrewsbury
CHAD.co.uk, 28 April 2009, By Stephen Thirkill
STAGS reserves could not stop their Shrewsbury counterparts from claiming the Central Reserve League title after they were beaten 2-0 today at Field Mill.
Full story at CHAD.co.uk here
The defeat for the Stags side, which featured nine trialists including former striker Danny Baker, was their 11th defeat of the season and means the Field Mill outfit finished bottom of the table.
Michael Symes but the Shrews ahead on 33 minutes wADVERTISEMENTith a simple tap in from six yards after a good passing move.
Stags's best chance of the game came on 54 minutes when Spencer Weir-Daley fired a shot into the hands of the keeper.
Shrewsbury wrapped up the game when Jake Simpson found the back of the net with three minutes to go.
Bacon back at Field Mill
Tuesday, April 28, 2009, 13:20Comment on this story
DANNY Bacon is back at Mansfield Town bidding to earn a third stint at the club.
Full story at Evening Post website here
And the Stags are also taking a look at Hereford United midfielder Clint Easton in this afternoon's reserve team match with Shrewsbury Town (2pm).
There are two other new trialists in the shape of former Doncaster central defender Andrew Boyce and teenage midfielder Kyle Wilkie, from Stockport.
Spencer-Weir Daley, Elijah Reid, Chris Orvington and Paul Tocco, who have all played in the second string before, figure as well.
Stags youngsters Tom Naylor and Michael Turner make up the experimental side.
Boss David Holdsworth believes Bacon, part of the promotion winning squad of 2001-2002, deserves an opportunity to prove himself.
"Danny has been here twice before and is someone the fans will know well," he said.
"He is a young man who has been in a struggling side all season at Hucknall, but he's got ability.
"These are the type of diamonds that you have to try to find for this club – like your Briscoes, Garners and Gardners.
"Danny knows the club well, he's a charming young man and I will have a look at him."
In the other new faces, Holdsworth added: "Clint is someone I have known for a long time form when I was at Watford.
"He is a good character, puts an excellent ball in and if I can tie him down then I will do. The good thing is he wants to play for me.
"Boyce is a very good young player who needs working on. I've had my eye on him for a long time.
"He has been playing at Worksop recently and I feel he is a player that can play in the programme.
"I'm not expecting too much from Wilkie because he has not played for a couple of weeks, but I want to give him the opportunity."
Holdsworth confirmed he is also still keeping an eye on Droylsden's Jake Speight.
"I believe he is a player who can play in the Football League one day," he said.
Bacon back at Stags as one of nine on trial
CHAD.co.uk, 28 April 2009, By John Lomas
EX-STAGS striker Danny Bacon and former Watford, Norwich City and Hereford United midfielder Clint Easton are among nine trialists on show for Mansfield Town this afternoon for the home reserve clash with leaders Shrewsbury Town (2pm).
Bacon (28) has had two spells with his home town club and has this season been at struggling Hucknall Town.
Other trialists playing today are keeper Paul Farman (Blyth Spartans), defender Elijah Reid (Sheffield United), centre half Andrew Boyce (just released by Doncaster Rovers), Chris Ovington (Leeds United), Kyle Wilkie (Stockport County), Paul Tocco (Corby Town) and Spencer Weir-Daley (Notts County).
"Danny is a young man who has been in a struggling side all season but he has ability," said boss David Holdsworth.
"These are the type of diamonds you have to find at this level and he knows this club well and is a charming young man.
"I know Clint Easton from my Watford days, he is a good character, put excellent balls in and he is keen to come here and play for me.
"I am looking forward to seeing young Boyce. He is a very good young player who just needs educating. He has been at Worksop recently and I have had my eye on him for a long time.
"With nine trialists in there it's more like the Old Bailey!"
Gardner: Let's keep Stags in reserves league
Evening Post, April 30, 2009
SCOTT Gardner today threw his support behind keeping Mansfield Town's reserve team in a league next season.
Full story at Evening Post website here
The Stags' second string entered the Totesport.com Central Division this season – the first time they had played anything other than friendlies since Keith Curle was boss.
That has helped the likes of youngsters Tom Naylor and Conor Higginson progress to make first team appearances.
Manager David Holdsworth says the continuation of Mansfield's involvement in the league has still to be decided, with finance a key factor.
But the versatile Gardner – who played in the final game of the season against Stevenage after using the reserves to get fit following a hamstring injury – is hoping the existing structure remains in place.
"It is really important to have a reserve team and regular games," said former Leeds man Gardner.
"Players need to be able to bridge the gap between the youth and first team, which this helps them do.
"Also, when you play for the reserves it can be the first time you have played for a while because of injury and it helps you get back into it.
" I think it is worth the money to do it if the club can afford to do it."
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