TRIALIST NEWS / RAINWORTH PREVIEWS
Moore names trialists for Rainworth clash
mansfieldtown.net, Thu 07 Jul 2011
mansfieldtown.net profiles the nine trialists which will feature in this Saturday's friendly away to Rainworth.
The below players will take part in our first pre-season match this weekend along with Danny Mitchley, Conor Higginson and five youth players which have not yet been named.
Assistant manager Micky Moore will take charge of Saturday's squad.
Jason, a 21 year-old full-back began his career at Derby County, where he made his first team debut in a League Cup defeat to Blackpool on penalties. He was loaned out to Notts County and made 11 appearances for their first team.
A brief spell in Florida with FC Tampa Bay was followed by a stint with Macclesfield Town and a loan spell at Eastwood Town.
Former Ossett Abion midfielder Lee Bennett began his career in the youth set-up at The Albion before joining Lincoln City, where he came through the youth and reserve team ranks at Sincil Bank.
The 20 year-old made his first-team debut in a 2-0 victory over Bradford City at Valley Parade in August 2009, before returning to Ossett Albion in 2010.
19 year-old striker Steve Bennett made his first-team debut for Barnsley in a 2-1 defeat to Burnley, replacing Andy Gray. The youngster has made four appearances for Barnsley as a substitute since breaking through their academy.
Conor Branson is a product of the Barnsley academy system and can play at centre-back.
Striker Jamie Jackson, 24, started his career at Chesterfield, where he made 20 first team appearances.
Loan spells at Matlock Town and Gainsborough Trinity resulted in a permanent deal at Matlock, where he scored 8 goals in 32 appearances and enjoyed similar success with Worksop Town netting 5 goals in 27 games.
20-year old defender Joe Lamplough began his career with Hull City, where he made an impression with the Hull City reserve side and was with us on trial at the beginning of the 2009-10 season.
Patrece Liburd, a 23-year old defender began his career with Bradford City, before switching to Nottingham Forest where he made appearance for the youth and reserve teams.
He signed for Dorchester City where he was made team captain and has since picked up his first international cap for Saint Kitts and Nevis against Belize in February 2008.
22-year old defender Milan Redei hails from Hungary where he made 12 appearances for Szigetszentmiklósi last season.
Defender Josh Wilde, 18, has previously impressed for Buxton FC, making over 50 appearances for their first team
Cox ready to run the rule over Stags trialists against Rainworth
Nottingham Post, Friday, July 08, 2011
MANSFIELD Town boss Paul Cox is planning to run the rule over his trialists against Rainworth MW tomorrow.
About ten have been training with the Stags this week during their first full week of pre-season.
And they will get their chance to impress Cox in a game scenario at Kirklington Road.
But many of the first-team will be missing as they undergo a physical training session tomorrow morning before being given Sunday off.
The bulk of them will be in action against Nuneaton on Tuesday night but Cox is looking forward to getting into the action against the Wrens.
He said: "We have about ten trialists and this game will give me a chance to take a good look at them.
"They have worked hard all week and it is important we now get a view of them in a game situation.
"We also have an U19 side now so a few of those will be involved to see if they are capable of stepping up.
"It will be a good test for them and we are looking forward to it."
New boss Cox has been delighted with his players during the first week of training.
He even invited the Marines down on Wednesday for a special session with his players, one that tested them to the limit.
Cox said: "That was enjoyable, something different. I have thrown a few different things in and the players have responded brilliantly.
"The Marines came down and it was more about testing the mentality of the players, team building and stuff like that. We really worked them hard and we can take a lot of positives.
"The fitness levels are getting there and now we can start doing more of the short and sharper stuff.
"But the lads have shown tremendous attitude and I think they have taken on board what we are trying to get across. That has been pleasing.
"The work ethic has been there and it has been hard but structured. The players are getting a lot out of it and I am chuffed to bits with how the lads have applied themselves.
"The first team will have a tough session tomorrow morning and then they will have Sunday off.
"But I am looking forward to taking a look at a few of the trialists tomorrow. It should make for a good game."
Wrens ready for Stags visit
chad.co.uk, Wednesday 6 July 2011
RAINWORTH MW managers Lee Wilkinson and Billy Millar have predicted a big improvement on last season's 20th spot in Division One South of the Evo-Stik League.
But, speaking ahead of Saturday's first pre-season friendly against Blue Square Bet Premier neighbours Mansfield Town, Millar and Wilkinson have insisted that they will not be signing new players until they have had a chance to see them in action in a couple of friendlies.
The Wrens have been attracting large numbers of new faces to their training sessions, which Millar says have been 'spot on'.
He said: “Darren Kelk has got it all organised and plenty are attending so they must be enjoying it.
“There are a lot of new faces, although one or two of last season's side seem to have fallen by the wayside or moved on.
“We will still have a good nucleus from last season's side, and although there were a few things which we felt were not quite right last year, we think we have put them right. But we won't make any firm decisions until we've had a couple of games and sorted out the right formation to suit us.”
Wilkinson agreed, stressing: “By the end of last season we were looking more like a mid-table outfit than third from bottom, so our minimum aim this season ought to be to achieve that mid-table placing, but really our intention is to do better than that, and I'm sure we will improve on last season.
“We're not looking to finish mid-table, we're looking for a significant improvement. There's a fine balance to be achieved between the wisdom of experience and the athleticism of youth, and we expect to have a little more experience in the ranks this year than we did last time around.
“Yes, one or two of last season's squad have indicated that they want to move on, and some of those will have decided on that because they see more competition for places, or may think they can earn more elsewhere, and one or two are looking to test themselves at a higher level.”
Looking forward to Saturday's fixture against the Stags, Millar said: “Like Mansfield we will be using the game to have a look at a number of players.
“The game has probably come a little too early for us in a way, but we're very grateful to Mansfield and Paul Cox for sending a side.”
Wilkinson pointed out: “Players at our level enjoy testing themselves against full-time professionals in front of a big crowd, and the club will also benefit from the media attention which the fixture has attracted.
“Paul won't come expecting an easy game. He knows that in the past we have performed well against the likes of Macclesfield and also Chester when they were a Football League club, so will be aware of what to expect, especially after we gave his Eastwood Town side a good game and beat them this time last year.
“He's stepped up a level now and his triallists will be as eager to prove a point to him as their more established players will, because it's also their first game.”
“I've already wished Paul good luck in his new job,” concluded Millar. “He had a great season last year at Eastwood, he's a winner, and although friendly results are not that important he will want to get his own back for last year. But everyone at Rainworth will want to see him succeed at Mansfield.”
The Stags game, which kicks off at 3pm, is the centre-piece of a fun day which is taking place at the Kirklington Road ground from 12.30pm. There will be various other attractions including bouncy castle, fairground rides, penalty shoot out etc, and raffle prizes will include a pair of VIP tickets for Stags' forthcoming friendly with Notts County including a parking pass, admission to the sponsors' lounge and a silver service meal.
A collection will also be taken for the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance, who have been named as the official charity for the game