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FA Trophy Round 1
14 Dec 2010

Worksop Town 0 - 5 Mansfield Town
Parker pen 16, Briscoe 45+1, Duffy 51, Grand 65, Duffy missed pen 82, Medley pen 90+1.

Att 682

At The New Manor Ground, Ilkeston

Text commentary by Martin Shaw, from StagsPlayer commentary by Mark Stevenson and Steve Foster:

Worksop Town line-up (v Stags): Kennedy, Wharton, Wood, Ashmore, Shiels, Simpkins, Bettney, Young, Bacon, Jackson, Mallon. Subs: Meikle, Thompson, McIntosh, Bownes, Worsnop.

Stags: Collett, Silk, Cook, Grand, Sandwith, Briscoe, Murray, Thompson, Smith, Parker, Connor. Subs: Duffy, Medley, Mills, Stonehouse, Naylor.

7:49 pm Mark said never seen floodlights as bad as this. Underway at 7:49. In away kit. Attacking clock end

1 Grand shot in first minute, easy save for the keeper

5 Pitch playing well - Fozzy impressed with it. Fozzy says floodlights can be no excuse.
Atmosphere very strange - crowd very spread out. Easy save by Collett from Bacon powerful shot.

8 Clear handball by Worksop in box, ref waves away Stags appeals for pen. Fozzy says definite pen and ref has missed it.

10 Mark: "The referee is Mr Haywood, name sounds familiar ... have you been sent off by him?" Fozzy just laughs

11 Brilliant pass Adam Smith, great chance for Briscoe who misses and doesn't even test the keeper from 15 yards. "He'll be disappointed with that" says Fozzy in understatement.

15 Good run Jackson and Bacon, shot from Bacon. No problem.

15 penalty for Stags. Foul on Adam Murray.
Yellow card for Shiels. Definite pen.

16 0-1 Parker scores. Pen came after powerful Briscoe shot parried by keeper back to Murray. Parker pen went underneath keeper who dived right way. Fozzy says a great pen.

18 Sandwith high cross headed back across goal by Connor with a great leap, but Parker couldn't quite get there

23 Crowd estimate - Mark guess 700. Fozzy guess ... breaks off. I asked Fozzy to count them - says he lost count at 200

24 Mark asks Fozzy if Penney would be a good choice as manager. Fozzy says he doesn't want to get into that, it's down to the chairman.

26 Parker great turn and cross, Connor heads over from a fine passing move. Great passing, great movement, Connor unlucky, says Fozzy

27 Still 0-1. Stags the better side, no doubt about it.

29 Worksop break, Stags all at sea at the back, eventually Stags defender clears for a corner.

30 Commentary box is level with 18 yard box that Stags are attacking, hence difficult to see at far end that Stags defending. Tyrone Thompson clears off line from another corner. All happened after Smith gave ball away unnecesarily. Good challenge by Cook as well.

31 Low shot Adam Smith 30 yards, too ambitious. But Smith playing well. Fozzy also impressed with Parker. Grand was booked at earlier corner a couiple of minutes ago. Cross into Stags 6 yard box. Cleared. Strong challenge by Briscoe, late. On far side. Fozzy says bad challenge. Briscoe booked.

34 Chris Wood, ex Stags player brings Parker down. Wood booked. Sandwith resulting free kick is poor.

35 texter says Mark should be working for Sky Sports. Oh its from Nigel Pinnick.
Connor off. Duffy on. 35 minutes. Must have been struggling with injury, but not spotted.

37 Smith corner, headed on by Grand into keepers arms. Fozzy says hardly sent off in his career, now twice in a season. Says Luton scandalous. And FGR ref saw something that he doesn't agree with.

41 Great tackle Shiels as Adam Smith tears down wing. Parker looked lively - Fozzy says he really looks up for it. Text from someone who says he's Steve Evans: defend like this and Crawley will punish you on Friday

43 Been an entertaining game. Worksop having a go, a couple of chances in first half and they are still in the game. Adam Smith cuts inside, low pass to Parker, to Briscoe, cross, challenges fly in, back to Thompson, but given away by Cook.

45 Adam Smith falls down in area, no chance of pen. Good challenge by Grand at back. Danny Bacon caught offside. Not much seen of Bacon apart from one chance. 2 mins stoppage time signalled on a bit of cardboard

45+1 0-2 Briscoe scores. Great finish from Briscoe, low to beat keeper as keeper dived over it.

45+2 free kick Worksop. But it's poor and cleared.

HT 0-2

Discussion of what needed to upgrade ground. Bulbs for floodlights. More urinals. And of course capacity. Been speaking to some league grounds - one local club very keen to work with us for Boxing Day. Also Donny told us they will do everything to help us.

8:52 Second half underway. No changes for the 2nd half

Photo from Andy Saunders of our commentary team

50 Foul by Murray on Jackson. Good position. 22yards out. Murray escapes booking. Mallon free kick cleared by Grand.

51 Parker through in area, after great run by Briscoe. Corner.

51 0-3 Duffy scores, unmarked just inside box. Had time to pick spot in corner with a weighted finish. Really picked his spot well in a crowded area.

56 Briscoe on the charge, Silk supporting, but Stags concede a free kick, and Parker booked unncessarily. Fozzy says a bit harsh

58 Fozzy - let's not feel sorry for Worksop and go for more

60 Great tackle by TyroneT in the box. Jamie Jackson caught offside twice in a minute by Worksop. Worksop sub: Jamie Ashmore off, Mark Thompson on

62 Stevo - there appear to be no prospective managers in the stand. Fozzy says there's a bloke down there with a wig and a beard.

63 Mark says Forest not keen on us playing at City Ground. Medley for Parker, 63

64 Medley first touch nearly puts him in.

65 0-4 Stags corner by Adam Smith, inswinger. Grand goal. It was a fantastic corner, into middle of 6 yard area, Grand with right foot. All about the delivery.

Stevo couldn't see who scored, nor could Andy Saunders. We're lucky that Fozzy has good eyesight

Stags cruising then to a second round tie at home to Newport, who beat Wealdstone last night with a 120th minute goal by Jon Challinor.

71 Duffy down injured. And looks like he'll have to go off. Truscott coming on.

74 Worksop player round Collet, after Sandwith lost possession, but too many Stags shirts there and able to get it clear. Too casual by Sandwith. Defenders did well to close angle down. Duffy still getting treatment off the pitch

76 Fozzy says this game gets the cobwebs out of the way, before the Crawley game. Grimsby scout just leaving.

79 Stags are taking foot off gas - disappointing says Fozzy. Newport await

81 free kick for Worksop, headed clear. Medley roaming forward, to Briscoe. Briscoe offside

81 Penalty: great ball over top by Duffy, Adam Smith cuts inside, Smith down in box.
Argument between Duffy and Medley. Medley chucks ball at Duffy.

82 Duffy misses. Yards wide of left post. Fozzy says that leaves a sour taste. Like at Alty. Was sorted out then. You don't want to see it. Will be dealt with in changing room after a few harsh words. Medley threw the ball away in a mini tantrum

87 Briscoe to byeline, flashes ball across goal, Duffy coming in at far post just couldn't quite get on end of it. Duffy applauds cross

87 Third sub: Mills for Tyrone Thompson

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Fozzy: scoreline does not flatter us. Got a stiff neck the ball has been at one end so much. Professional job. Put a performance on.

90 Medley down. Another pen.

90+1 0-5 goal!!!!!!!!!!! Medley took pen well. Great run Medley against Simpkins. Inevitable he would bring him down. Third pen of evening.

90+2 FT 0-5

Stevo: Demolition. Goal glut.
Fozzy: Quality shone through.
Radford tells Stevo this will give him something to think about.
Fozzy doesnt see why we cant go all way to Wembley.
Fozzy - can take confidence into Crawley game.

text from me: is Fozzy going into the media after hangs up boots?
Fozzy: no, doing coaching badges.
Stevo: Dave Penney's assistant manager?
Laughter all around.

Next radio commentary: David Jackson and Martin Shaw at Broadfield Stadium on Friday

Record number of users online at Stagsnet busted at 9:31pm


Worksop Town 0 Mansfield Town 5, Tuesday 14th December
CHAD report

STAGS comfortably won the battle of the homeless clubs to cruise past Worksop 5-0 at Ilkeston's New Manor ground and into the next round of the FA Trophy on Tuesday night.


Mansfield turned in an assured attacking performance, which was helped by the award of three penalties, to make light work of their Evo-Stick Premier rivals at what is likely to be the club's new 'home' ground until Field Mill is unlocked.

So often the gulf in class is all about how well a side convert their chances in front of goal.

And that proved to the big difference between the North Nottinghamshire Nomads as Parker, from the penalty spot on 17 minutes, and Louis Briscoe, on the stroke of half time, gave Stags a commanding two goal cushion at the break.

Any hopes Worksop may have had of forcing an unlikely cup shock were soon dashed as Rob Duffy took full advantage of time and space to curl a sweet effort into the far corner for 3-0, before Simon Grand made it four from close range shortly after the hour mark.

Luke Medley, who won two of the penalties thanks to his blistering pace down the wing, then sealed the rout from the spot with two minutes remaining.

And it could have been even more convicing for Stags but for Rob Duffy's rather embarrassing penalty miss earlier, which saw him fire wide by five yards after he had argued with Medley over who would take the kick.

The 'home' side will no doubt be wondering what might have been had Jamie Jackson not fluffed a golden opportunity on 34 minutes or Matt Young's fierce drive not been cleared off the line by Tyrone Thompson during Worksop's best spell of the game.

But Stags survived the Tigers' purple patch to comfortably book their passage into the next round and a home tie with Newport County on 15th January.

Caretaker boss Duncan Russell made three changes for the cup clash, in what is likely to be his last game in charge, with goalkeeper Neil Collett stepping in between the sticks.

Worksop included their boss, and former Stags' defender, Martin McIntosh on the bench for their biggest game of the season so far.

It was the Evo-Stick Premier side who registered the first strike of the game when Chris Bettney was allowed to play on following a foul in the fifth minute.

But his fierce drive from 22 yards fizzed straight down the throat of Collett in the Stags goal.

Three minutes later Stags were screaming for a penalty after Tigers' defender Luke Shiels clearly handled a flick on from Kevin Sandwith's long throw into the box.

But referee Heywood spared the defender's blushes after ruling that it was ball to hand.

Briscoe really should have put the visitors ahead on 11 minutes after he was picked out beautifully down the inside right channel by an exquisite pass from Adam Murray.

But, unlike his wonder strike against FC Halifax earlier this season, the winger blazed his drive well wide from a similar position.

Stags began to assert a firm grip on the New Manor tie with Worksop often left chasing shadows in the midfield area as Mansfield continued to patiently probe for an opening.

At the other end Danny Bacon failed to make the most of a good opportunity on 15 minutes when he broke through the Stags midfield before firing a weak bobbling shot along the ground at Collett.

It proved to be a costly miss as Stags moved up the other end to win a penalty when Adam Murray was hacked down just inside the box following a reckless challenge by Luke Shiels.

Keigan Parker then showed Wayne Rooney just how it should be done as he stepped up to coolly slot home from 12 yards and put Stags into a deserved lead on 17 minutes.

And Paul Connor was inches away from giving Stags some breathing space on 26 minutes when he nodded just over from eight yards after latching on to a sweet cross from the dangerous Adam Smith.

It would have been nothing more than Stags for an assured spell of play and some excellent passing moves.

But Worksop showed they were not out of it just before the half hour mark as they broke at speed down the right wing after Adam Smith had overplayed to give possession away.

Danny Bacon burst into space before sending over a searching cross across the six yard box which was cleared away by Grand at full-stretch as Jackson closed in for what would have been an easy tap in.

Stags were then forced to frantically scramble away successive corners, with Thompson clearing off the line from a Matt Young strike, as Worksop finally found some goal threat..

The 'home' side really should have levelled the tie on 34 minutes when the Stags defence switched off at a free-kick to leave Jackson in acres of space 10 yards out.

But the Worksop striker badly fluffed his header, before making a mess of a second shot from a rebound as Stags struggled to clear their lines.

It was to prove a costly miss as Mansfield doubled their lead just before the break after neat work between substitute Rob Duffy and Briscoe.

Duffy found space to cut inside, before playing the ball across the field to Briscoe, who skipped past the Tigers' left back in the box before firing home across the body of Jon Kennedy into the far corner.

The goal will have been a serious blow to Worksop's growing hopes of causing a cup shock after they had briefly threatened to come back into the contest.

Worksop showed some spirit at the startof the second half to take the fight to Stags. But once again they lacked any real firepower in front of goal as Young failed to fire in a meaningful strike after a Mallon free-kick fell to him just outside the box.

Football is all about taking your chances and Stags proved just that when they put the game beyond all doubt on 51 minutes through a neatly taken Duffy goal.

The Welshman pulled away at the back post from a corner to find time and space, before he picked his spot beautifully to bag his fourth goal of an injury-hit season.

Just after the hour mark Mallon fired an audacious lob three yards over as Worksop searched for a consolation goal.

But it was 4-0 on 65 minutes when defender Simon Grand got on the scoresheet after firing an Adam Smith corner into the roof of the net from close range.

Worksop made a real hash of another good chance to pull a goal back on 72 minutes when Mallon's touch let him down as he threatened to close in on Collett.

He was then pushed wide before picking out Marc Thompson just inside the box. But the substitute fared little better than his team-mates as he scuffed his shot well wide as he attempted to weave the ball between the line of Stags defenders guarding the goal.

It threatened to get much worse for Worksop with 10 minutes to play when Luke Medley turned on his turbos to power past Scott Wharton, before he was hacked down by the helpless right back.

But, after winning a tussle with Luke Medley over who was taking the spot kick, Duffy stepped up to fire embarrassingly wide by a comfortable distance to the disgust of his team-mates.

Amazingly Medley won yet another penalty with two minutes remaining as he, once again, proved far too fast to handle down the right flank..

And this time there was to be no debate over who would be stepping up to the spot as Medley seized the ball before firing home low to Kennedy's left to confirm their easy passage into the next round.

WORKSOP: Kennedy, Wharton, Wood, Ashmore (Thompson 60 mins) , Shiels, Simpkins, Bettney, Young, Bacon, Jackson, Mallon, Subs not used: Meikle, McIntosh, Bownes, Worsnop.

STAGS: Collett, Silk, Cook, Grand, Sandwith, Murray, Thompson (Mills 86 mins), Briscoe, (Medley 62 mins), Connor (Duffy 36 mins), Smith. Subs not used: Medley, Stonehouse, Naylor.

REFEREE: Mr Heywood.



Five-star Mansfield prove too strong for Tigers in FA Trophy
Evening Post report
THE continuing soap opera that is Mansfield Town meant this FA Trophy tie had been almost forgotten, yet the victory recorded by the Stags may prove anything but meaningless in a few months.


Right now, matters off the field are of more immediate concern than on it. Securing the club's future is, after all, absolutely paramount.

But if Mansfield are still in this competition come May 7 at Wembley, they will be glad they did not forget about it altogether.

After a couple of first half scares, the Stags saw off Nottinghamshire rivals Worksop, two divisions below them in the pyramid, in relative comfort, setting up a home tie with Newport County on January 15.

Things off the field are nowhere near so easy though.

The biggest issue has been the matter of trying to secure a ground to fulfil their next home fixture against Grimsby Town on Boxing Day because of the ongoing dispute with landlord Keith Haslam that has seen them kicked out of Field Mill.

Chief executive Steve Barker is hoping for a resolution before too long, with last night's venue, Ilkeston, still the favourite, even if they may have to play at one of their Football League neighbours while the New Manor Ground's capacity is upped to 4,000.

It is still not an impossibility that Mansfield could face Grimsby on Boxing Day at Field Mill, either, with the two parties set for fresh talks.

Whatever happens, the Stags will have to let the Football Conference know their intentions by next Monday, meaning there is little time to waste.

As if that is not enough for Mansfield to be dealing with, there is also the small matter of the appointment of a successor to David Holdsworth, who left his post almost four weeks ago.

That decision was expected yesterday, but chairman John Radford had promised Duncan Russell three games to demonstrate his credentials full-time – and was true to his word.

Whether the caretaker manager's victory last night makes any difference remains to be seen.

But Barker says he does hope the new man is in place for Friday's scheduled game at Crawley – and may possibly be given the nod as soon as today.

If Mansfield are to take up playing residence at Ilkeston, then this game – switched from Retford's Cannon Park on police advice – acted as the perfect dressed rehearsal.

Certainly, Mansfield would have been encouraged by their night in Derbyshire – their first ever FA Trophy success after first round exits to Tamworth and Wrexham in the last two years.

The Stags made four changes from the team that had drawn 1-1 at Wrexham more than two weeks previously.

Rhys Day (ankle), Steven Istead (suspended), Kevin Pilkington (who Luton do not want cup tied) and Danny Mitchley (ineligible as a non-contract player) dropped out of the side.

In for them came Gary Silk, Tyrone Thompson, Neil Collett, for his competitive debut, and Keigan Parker.

The Stags went in search of an early goal and made the breakthrough in the 17th minute as Keigan Parker converted a penalty after Luke Shiels was adjudged to have tugged back captain Adam Murray.

But though Paul Connor went close with a header to make it two, Worksop did not buckle.

The Tigers – led by former Stag Martin McIntosh – came into the game ten games unbeaten and twice went close to levelling.

First Simon Grand had to clear ahead of Jamie Jackson from Danny Bacon's cross and then Thompson hacked off the line from Matt Young's low drive.

But Mansfield, crucially, went two goals ahead in first half stoppage time when Louis Briscoe drilled home from the narrowest of angles.

It was bad news for the Stags to see top scorer Connor come off early but replacement Rob Duffy made it 3-0 when he curled home precisely following a half-cleared corner.

Grand's first goal for the club made it four when he powered home Adam Smith's left-wing corner.

It should have been even more convincing seven minutes from time but Duffy shot wide from a second penalty after Smith was fouled. But they did get a fifth, from, remarkably a third penalty, as substitute Luke Medley won it and slotted home himself.

In the end, it was routine for Mansfield. If only their other issues were so simple to resolve.

Match facts: Worksop Town v Mansfield Town
Worksop: Kennedy, Wharton, Shiels, Simpkins, Wood, Bettney, Ashmore (M. Thompson 61), Young, Bacon, Mallon, Jackson. Subs not used: Meikle, McIntosh, Bownes, Worsnop.

Mansfield: Collett, Silk, Cook, Grand, Sandwith, Briscoe, Murray, T. Thompson, Smith (Mills 87), Parker (Medley 63), Connor, Duffy (36), Subs not used: Stonehouse, Naylor.

Referee: Mark Haywood (West Yorkshire).

Attendance: 682.

Goals: Mansfield: Parker (17pen), Briscoe (45+1), Duffy (51), Grand (65). Medley (90+1pen).

Shots on target: Worksop 4 Mansfield 7.

Shots off target: Worksop 3 Mansfield 7.

Fouls: Worksop 7 Mansfield 12.

Corners: Worksop 2 Mansfield 2.

Offsides: Worksop 3 Mansfield 2.

Bookings: Worksop 4 (Wood, 34, foul; Simpkins, 41; Wharton, 83, foul; Bacon, 84, foul) Mansfield 2 (Sandwith, 29, foul; Briscoe, 33, foul).

Sendings off: Worksop 0 Mansfield 0.

Mansfield's man of the match: Adam Smith. The tricky winger was a constant menace to the Worksop defence and the Tigers back line looked relieved when he was brought off to a generous reception in the closing minutes.


Worksop Town 0 Mansfield Town 5

Tuesday 14th December 2010


FA Trophy 1st Round Proper at the New Manor Ground Ilkeston

Worksop Town crashed out of the FA Trophy by five goals to nil against Blue Square Premier Mansfield Town at the New Manor Ground Ilkeston on Tuesday night.

The Tigers put up a spirited performance in difficult circumstances against the full timers of Mansfield Town.

There were three strikers missing, leading scorer Ben Tomlinson (suspended), Peter Knox (ill) and David Graham cup-tied, leaving Jamie Jackson as the only available striker. The move to Ilkeston also helped the visitors as the wide open spaces on the New Manor Ground suited their fast flowing style.

A Stags free kick in the opening minute from Simon Grand failed to trouble Jon Kennedy before Chris Bettney shot straight at Neil Collett in the visitors goal and Danny Bacon saw his easily saved.

Louis Briscoe should have done better for the Stags but shot wide before they took the lead from the first of three penalties. Luke Shiels went to block a shot but slightly mistimed it on the edge of the box and Keigan Parker scored from the resulting spot kick.

The Tigers then had their best period as Jackson went close, Bacon had a shot blocked, Matt Young saw his shot cleared off the line and Shiels also went close.

A real blow for the Tigers came in added time as Briscoe shot across Jon Kennedy into the far bottom corner.

A third goal on 52 minutes came from Rob Duffy as he curled a shot into the far corner of the net following a corner kick on the right.

It was now tough going for a Tigers side that had not had a game for three weeks and had struggled for any training facilities in that time. So a fourth goal on 65 minutes from Grand killed the game off.

Young Marc Thompson came on for James Ashmore and he saw an effort go just wide following good work from Ryan Mallon.

The Stags second penalty came on 81 minutes when Scott Wharton was penalised for a foul, this time Duffy put the kick well wide of Kennedy's left hand post. The third spot kick came in the 91st minute as Michael Simpkins brought down Luke Medley and it was Medley who grabbed the ball, to score from the spot.

A difficult night for the Tigers but a depleted team an unlucky ground and an excellent Mansfield Town side saw them out of the FA Trophy for another season. I for one was proud of their performance and now look forward to the remaining league campaign.
TEAMS - WORKSOP TOWN - Jon Kennedy, Scott Wharton, Chris Wood, James Ashmore (Marc Thompson 60), Like Shiels, Michael Simpkins, Chris Bettney, Matt Young, Danny Bacon, Jamie Jackson, Ryan Mallon. Subs not used. Dion Meikle, Martin McIntosh, John Bownes, Jon Worsnop.

MANSFIELD TOWN - Neil Collett, Gary Silk, Steve Cook, Simon Grand, Kevin Sandwith, Adam Murray, Tyrone Thompson (Gary Mills 87), Louis Briscoe, Keigan Parker (Luke Medley 63), Paul Connor (Rob Duffy 35), Adam Smith. Subs not used. Paul Stonehouse, Tom Naylor.

Referee. Mr M Heywood. Assistants. Mr D Kuzmanovic and Mr E M Smart. 4th Official Mr J M Clark

Attendance 682

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