TRIALISTS FEATURE IN FRIENDLY AT TAMWORTH
Solitary Harris strike earns friendly victory
mansfieldtown.net, Tue 25 Oct 2011
A second half strike from youth team forward Matt Harris secured a 1-0 win away to Tamworth in a game which featured four trialists during a friendly this afternoon.
Former Benfica defender Marco Zoro, who has featured in over 20 international matches for Ivory Coast, started at centre-half alongside Rhys Day.
French striker Youssef Sofiane, once of West Ham United, was also amongst the line up, partnering goalscorer Harris in attack.
Ex Bradford City midfielder Leon Osborne played in central midfield and Argentinean defender Michelli Ezequiel made a second half appearance.
Andy Todd had the chance to put us ahead in the second period but missed a penalty. However, Stags weren't to be denied their second consecutive friendly win as Matt Harris found the net around the hour mark.
Manager Paul Cox told mansfieldtown.net: "It was a very competitive game. There were seven players in the Tamworth side who played in their recent game against Darlington. I was pleased with our work level."
LINE UP: Redmond, Thompson, Day, Zoro, Bell, Osbourne, Howell, Worthington, Todd, Sofiane, Harris
USED SUB: Ezequiel
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First 90 minutes in 3 months and another clean sheet for our reserve team, almost there now #icebathrequired
Stags boss Cox keen on winger
Nottingham Post, Thursday, October 27, 2011
MANSFIELD Town are in talks to sign winger Nick Hegarty on a short-term deal, boss Paul Cox confirmed today.
The Stags are looking to strengthen out wide during the absence of groin injury victim Louis Briscoe. The former Port Vale man gets the result of a scan today but is expected to be out for at least two weeks.
Former Grimsby and St Mirren man Hegarty – who played in pre-season for Mansfield on the left flank at Ilkeston – is seen as an ideal replacement.
The 25-year-old former Forest trainee is planning to fly out to Australia at Christmas to try his luck over there.
He is currently playing for hometown club Wakefield and could join Mansfield as he is not on contract.
Hegarty is cup tied, so any deal would likely to be concluded after Saturday's FA Cup clash with Fleetwood.
"Hopefully we can sit down and agree something, whether that be week-to-week or month-to-month," said Cox.
"Supporters who saw him in pre-season will know he provides quality from out wide and he's played more than 100 Football League games.
"He has plans to go to Australia, but if he does well, who knows, maybe we could tempt him to stay on?"
Cox is keen to have another look at former Benfica central defender and Ivory Coast international Marco Zoro after he played in Tuesday's 1-0 friendly win over Tamworth.
He said: "He lacked a bit of fitness but he is a big, strong lad who has played in Italy."
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Stags step up hunt for new players
Nottingham Post, Tuesday, October 25, 2011
A RAFT of trialists are to feature in Mansfield Town's friendly at Tamworth tomorrow as Paul Cox steps up his hunt for new faces.
The Stags boss has made no secret of his desire to add to his existing squad, which has showed signs of strain in recent weeks.
?Injuries to Louis Briscoe (groin) – set to miss around two weeks – Tom Naylor (hamstring) and Ben Futcher (calf) have hit hard, with returning John Thompson and Rhys Day still not match fit.
Mansfield had limited options off the bench for Saturday's 3-2 win over Alfreton Town, particularly up front.
That makes another striker a priority and the behind-closed-doors clash at the New Lamb will give Cox the chance to run the rule over potential recruits in that as well as other areas.
Cherno Samba and Argentine Eziquiel are expected to be given another run-out after featuring in last week's friendly at Doncaster, along with left midfielder Nick Hegarty, who played for the Stags in pre-season at Ilkeston.
A former Auxerre striker is also set to play some part for the Stags.
"There will be more than just one or two coming in for the game tomorrow, including a couple of lads from France," said Cox.
"We are also looking at players from Football League clubs on loans that would see us through to Christmas with a view to a permanent move in January.
"Micky (Moore) and myself have been putting in the mileage looking at players. But it is not five in, five out."
Former Stags boss David Holdsworth has been given the manager's job at Lincoln City
Connor out to stake his claim at Stags
Nottingham Post, Wednesday, October 26, 2011
PAUL Connor is determined to fire the goals that will cement his place in Mansfield Town's first-choice line-up.
The 32-year-old has been forced to be patient to get a run in the side after being left out in favour of a Matt Green-Ross Dyer strike partnership early in the season.
But with Dyer moved to the right-hand side in Louis Briscoe's absence, the former Rochdale and Lincoln forward has been handed his chance to impress in recent matches.
Last season's 16-goal marksman is keen to take advantage by adding to his four goals so far this season.
Connor knows that is particularly important with the likelihood of another striker being added to the squad by boss Paul Cox in the near future.
"Having scored a few goals last season, of course it was a bit disappointing not to be first-choice at the start of this season, but when a new manager comes in, everyone starts with a clean slate," he said.
"I'd like to think I have not moaned about it, but just got my head down, kept myself fit and ready and got on with it.
"Now I am in, that is where I hope I can stay and I know the best way of doing that is by scoring goals – that is what strikers are paid to do.
"If the manager is looking to bring in more options I think that can only be a good thing for the squad. It can inspire us all to work that little bit harder."
Youth team player Matt Harris gave Mansfield a 1-0 friendly win over Tamworth yesterday, despite Andy Todd missing a penalty.
Central defenders John Thompson and Rhys Day, both recovering from injury, started
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