NAYLOR EARNS PREMIERSHIP TRIAL/ THOMPSON RELAPSE
Tom Naylor plays for Derby County Reserves
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Russell returns with a goal as Rams hit six past the Saddlers
Derby Telegraph, Thursday, September 08, 2011
RUSSELL Anderson played a full game and scored on his comeback from injury as Derby County Reserves hit six last night.
The Scottish international defender opened the scoring in the 6-1 victory over Walsall Reserves in the Central League Central Division fixture at Christchurch Meadow, Belper.
?Mansfield Town defender Tom Naylor (left) had a run out for Derby County Reserves last night. He partnered Russell Anderson (above). Tomasz Cywka (below) scored twice.
Tomasz Cywka hit two, one a penalty, and the other Rams goals came from Callum Ball, Chris Maguire and Alex Witham.
Derby took a look at 20-year-old central defender Tom Naylor, who plays for Mansfield Town.
Christchurch Meadow is a familiar ground for Naylor, who played for Belper Town on a season-long from Mansfield in 2009-10 and was named the Nailers' player of the year.
He partnered Anderson at the heart of Derby's defence while Conor Doyle and David Martin returned to action after ankle injuries suffered in pre-season.
Former Rams trainee Matt Richards was in midfield for Walsall.
Naylor put in a couple of firm challenges in the early minutes but Walsall had the first sight of goal when Lorenzo Pontrelli found space in the area and poked the ball narrowly wide.
Doyle saw a header saved and Ball's shot was deflected behind after good work down the left by Martin.
Derby took a 20th-minute lead after Walsall struggled to clear a corner.
Doyle turned the ball low into the box and Anderson, who produced a solid display, swept his finish low past Liam Maher.
Ball warmed the hands of Maher with a drive from distance before he scored Derby's second after 26 minutes.
Found by Witham, Ball's crisp left-foot shot from just inside the area gave the keeper no chance as it whistled into the corner of the net.
It was the striker's fourth goal for the Reserves this season. The 18-year-old scored twice for the under-18s at the weekend.
Naylor showed determination in the way he attacked the ball in the air and Derby stretched their lead nine minutes before the break with a beautifully-worked third goal.
Excellent hold-up play by Ball saw him find Doyle, whose fine pass released Maguire through the gap in Walsall's defence and the Scot coolly beat Maher.
Walsall's young team found it tough to keep Derby at bay, although the Rams started with six players aged 20 or under.
Maguire limped off on the stroke of half-time with what looked to be a dead leg but he reappeared for the second half.
Walsall should have pulled a goal back five minutes after the restart.
A deep centre from the left caught out Derby's defence but Anton Peterlin, unmarked in front of goal, failed to connect properly with his header and the ball fizzed wide.
James Paterson wasted a chance at the back post when he blazed over and defender Jamie Tank headed over from a corner as the visitors enjoyed a positive start to the second half.
Ball twice went close for Derby with shots and Naylor went off with what looked like a touch of cramp before the Rams grabbed a fourth goal after 74 minutes.
As the rain got heavier, Martin raced inside Walsall's right-back and drilled in a low centre for Cywka to find the net from six yards.
Derby finished the game with three 16-year-olds on the pitch and a 15-year-old in Kwame Thomas.
Adam Legzdins' first save of note came with 10 minutes left and it was a fine one by the Rams keeper as he clawed away a free kick from Paterson.
The downpour had become torrential by the time Derby made it five after 81 minutes. Substitute Will Hughes picked out Witham, whose low shot found the net off the foot of a post.
Derby's sixth and final goal came two minutes from the end of normal time when Cywka dispatched his penalty after substitute Thomas was tripped.
Walsall plugged away and were rewarded with a consolation from Paterson in the final minute.
DERBY COUNTY RESERVES: Legzdins; Jones, Naylor (Lelan, 67), Anderson, Sharpe; Cywka, Witham, Doyle (Hughes, 70), Martin; Maguire (Thomas, 70), Ball. Other sub: Morch (gk).
WALSALL RESERVES: Maher; Beevers, Jones (Haynes, 55), Tank, Lancashire, Richards (Dobson, 69), Pontrelli (Williams, 69), Peterlin, Bowerman, Deards, Paterson. Other subs: Cresswell, Benning.
REFEREE: A Fearn (Leicestershire).
Nottingham Post, Friday, September 09, 2011
On-trial central defender Tom Naylor played in Derby reserves' 6-1 victory over Walsall, but manager Paul Cox is still waiting to hear if the Rams will make an offer.
He said: "It's quite a grey area and we've had the scenario where a few more clubs have come in since he went to Derby.
"If he does well and if it's sorted then brilliant for Tom, but if not he will stay at Mansfield."
Naylor is due on trial at a Premier League club next week – understood to be Fulham – if he does not make the grade at Pride Park
Reserves Host Saddlers Tonight
Derby County official site, Wed 07 Sep 2011
Derby County's reserves will return to Central League action tonight with a home game against Walsall.
After successfully hosting the Rams' home reserve games last season, Belper Town's Christchurch Meadow will once again be the venue for home matches this season.
Tonight's game will kick off at 7pm, and Derby are set to name a strong squad with Adam Legzdins, Chris Maguire and Tomasz Cywka expected to start, as well as first-year pros Callum Ball, Alex Witham and Chris Jones.
Russell Anderson, Conor Doyle and Dave Martin are set to make their comebacks from injury in the game after recently returning to full training.
Derby are also likely to give a run-out to Mansfield Town left-back Tom Naylor, who is currently training with Club.
Squad: Legzdins, Anderson, Doyle, Maguire, Cywka, Martin, Naylor, Jones, Ball, Witham, Lelan, Morch, Hughes, Sharpe, Thomas
Naylor earns Premiership trial
mansfieldtown.net, Mon 05 Sep 2011
Manager Paul Cox revealed in this morning's press conference that highly-rated defender Tom Naylor will spend the next fortnight on trial at a Championship and then a Premiership club.
Interest has continued to grow in the 20-year-old youth team product following last week's speculation over a move on transfer deadline day when a bid was rejected by us from a League One side and enquiries were made by an unnamed Premiership outfit.
A third interested party has now come forward from the Championship where Mansfield-born Naylor headed to earlier today in order to begin a week-long trial.
"He's training with a Championship club this week and we will assess the situation after Friday," said Cox. "He's due at a Premiership club next Monday so in a two week spell we will have a better understanding of where we are with him.
"It's very positive and, just for the record, we are not trying to push Tom out of the back door. In fact nothing could be further from the truth.
"We want to keep our best players and Tom comes into that category. We've not actively pushed him out there to try and sell him but clubs have noticed that he is a good player.
"We've got to do things right and its part and parcel at any level of football that your better players are going to be looked at and are going to interest bigger clubs. As long as Tom goes and does his thing and our club is compensated then Tom will be on his way. If not then I will be the happiest man in the world because Tom Naylor will stay at Mansfield Town and will be part of what we achieve.
"I wished him well before he left. You want good people to achieve things in life and he's a good person."
Turning his attention to our present league form, the Gaffer has been delighted by our rise into a top five position and recording our third consecutive win at Darlington on Saturday.
Whilst also guarding against complacency he added: "I think when you look at the week or so building into the season and some of the things that we had to put up with, like the injuries, I think the lads have come through a sticky patch and have started to get some results now.
"It's always nice (to be fourth), and nice to open the paper and see us in a healthy position, but now is the time to work even harder and put in some good performances to maintain where we are and improve it.
"It's a manager's dream at the moment because we've got 11 players working very hard to keep the shirt and a number of players busting a gut to get into the side."
Deal to extend Futcher loan in pipeline
Nottingham Post, Tuesday, September 06, 2011
MANSFIELD Town are weighing up the best way to extend the loan of Ben Futcher after the move was given approval by parent club Bury.
The central defender has been outstanding since joining in time for the 1-1 draw at Braintree, leading the Stags to five games unbeaten.
His initial one-month deal is due to expire after the club's next away game at Barrow, on September 17.
But manager Paul Cox says negotiations are already under way to ensure the former Lincoln man sticks around.
The biggest issue now appears to be the length of the deal – and whether it would lead to a permanent transfer.
"When you are looking to get consistency, you are looking to tie down good players," said Cox.
"Futch has been a monster at the back and also had a great effect on the dressing room.
"I have spoken to Ritchie Barker at Bury and he is okay with it and Futch has expressed he is keen to stay.
"But you can only extend the loan after an initial month for 93 days, which would take us into December and leave a gap before January where we would have quite a few games.
"We need to check out how it would work if we did take up that 93-day loan – to see whether we could sign him right the way through, with a permanent deal following in January.
"The chairman comes back from Malta later this week and I will need to talk finance."
Young central defender Tom Naylor is this week on trial with a Championship club and is set to spend next week at a Premier League side.
Cox said: "If things go well then something could happen.
"They wanted to get Tom in straight away, while the Premier club wanted to wait because of the international break.
"No-one would be happier if he stays, but at the same time we can't stand in the way of a lad's progression."
Championship trial for Naylor
chad.co.uk, Monday 5 September 2011
TOM Naylor's future with Mansfield Town could be decided in the next fortnight as he began the first of two week-long trials today with a Championship club.
Next week the promising 20-year-old defender will have a week at a Premiership club.
Last week the Stags turned down a bid for Naylor from a League One club as it fell below their valuation of the player.
But a Championship club came in on Friday to join the Premiership club in the race for his signature, and Stags boss Paul Cox admits he expects to lose Naylor to one of them.
“We are not trying to push Tom out the back door,” he said. “Nothing could be further from the truth. We want to keep our best players and Tom comes into that category.
“If Tom moves on then we will wish him all the best – if not I will be the happiest man on the world. Tom is a manager's dream. He does everything asked of him on the training ground. He is such an honest kid.
“Hopefully in two weeks we will have a better understanding of where we are with him.”
Stags will be looking for at least a six figure fee plus add-ons and if that happens, Cox said: “I would love to think some of that might come back down to me to strengthen the squad.
“But the chairman is very shrewd financially and if I don't see any of it you won't hear me complaining as I knew what I had to work with from day one. If that doesn't change, then that doesn't change.
Martin Riley is expected to be back in contention for a place in the televised game with Newport County on Saturday (5.15pm).
But fellow central defender John Thompson's hopes of returning to some light training this week after an operation on those horrific facial injuries suffered at Ilkeston in pre-season were dashed when he was rushed to hospital on Friday with bleeding.
“John has suffered a bit of a relapse,” said Cox. “We need to wrap him up in cotton wool for a while and I will have a chat with him this week and see what he wants to do.”
Continuity key to Stags' good run – Murray
Nottingham Post, Wednesday, September 07, 2011
ADAM Murray believes continuity in selection is the key to Mansfield Town's recent good run of form.
The Stags go in search of their fourth win in a row and a sixth game unbeaten when they host Newport County on Saturday (5.15pm).
?During their five games without defeat so far, Mansfield have made only one change – enforced through injury – with Martin Riley making way for Ritchie Sutton.
Skipper Murray insists it is no coincidence and is delighted boss Paul Cox has resisted the temptation to tinker.
"It's been critical to have a settled side, I believe, because it allows you to form partnerships all around the pitch," said Murray.
"It has been brilliant playing alongside Howellsy (Anthony Howell) because he does all the ugly things well and allows me to go and play.
"And with Greeny (Matt Green) up front I know where he is going to be making his runs before he has even made them.
"You can only get that consistency if the team is not chopping and changing every week, which we haven't always had."
Murray feels for the first time since he returned to Field Mill for a third spell that Mansfield are showing the credentials needed to challenge for promotion.
He said: "After the warm-up at Darlington the lads were bouncing and psychologically, that can have a massive affect on the opposition.
"We weren't at our best on Saturday and under the cosh at times, but I always felt we were going to win – and that's the first time I've felt that way."
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