FRIENDLY NEWS / THOMPSON SETBACK
Dyer and Day score in friendly
mansfieldtown.net, Thu 10 Nov 2011
Ross Dyer and Rhys Day found the net for us in a friendly match which saw us lose 3-2 at Nottingham Forest this afternoon.
Trialist defender Karlton Watson, 19, played against his old side in the game which was played at The Reds' training ground.
Said Manager Paul Cox: "It was an excellent run out for us against a good side. There were some good individual performances too and the game gives a number of players much needed match minutes."
FIRST HALF X1: Redmond, Watson, Day, Naylor, Hegarty, O'Neill, Murray, Bolland, Stevenson, Green, Dyer
SECOND HALF X1: Redmond, O'Neill, Hegarty, Day, Sutton, Todd, Howell, Worthington, Bolland, Meikle, Moult
Stags Narrowly Beaten In Friendly
mansfield103.co.uk, Thursday 10th November, 2011
Ross Dyer and Rhys Day scored in a 3-2 defeat to Nottingham Forest in a behind closed doors friendly this afternoon.
Trialist defender, 19-year-old Karlton Watson, took part for the Stags against his former club.
It's the second practice match played this week after a 3-0 defeat to Northampton Town.
The Stags will also play Eastwood Town on Monday evening to keep up match fitness following a free Saturday this weekend.
Injury setback for Stags defender Thompson
chad.co.uk, Thursday 10 November 2011
JOHN Thompson is hoping to resume his fight for a spot in the Stags side to face Telford on Saturday week after picking up a slight knee injury in training.
Defender Thompson, still waiting for his Stags debut after suffering dreadful facial injuries in a pre-season friendly at Ilkeston, sat out the 3-0 friendly defeat by Northampton Town on Tuesday and will also miss out on today's friendly game at Forest.
No one was near him when he pulled up in training and a swelling of fluid appeared at the side of his knee.
“We don't believe it's anything serious and I hope John will be fit to play in the friendly at Eastwood on Monday night.
“Knowing John he will be champing at the bit to play at Telford.
“It was good to see the old John Thompson in training last week, heading and kicking everything while being composed.”
Stags' 3-0 friendly defeat by a strong Northampton Town on Tuesday was described a good work-out by Cox, who again took the time to look at a few trialists.
Lee Stevenson, back from a loan spell, looked sharp and played for 90 minutes while Rhys Day's comeback continued with another 70 minutes under his belt.
After today's game at Forest the squad will be given the weekend off to relax before retuning to train hard on Monday and then play a friendly at Eastwood Town on Monday night.
Cox may add to his squad today and said: “I am hoping to bring in one or two, maybe even three, fresh faces before Telford to keep players on their toes and hope to have one deal completed in the next 24 hours.
“We need to show our supporters we are serious about being in the pack and getting promotion. We are still well-placed, despite this mini-blip and, while I can't promise we will win the title or be in the play-offs, all I ever wanted was, by Christmas, to still be in the chasing pack. Then anything can happen.”
Stags' Hegarty to weigh up options
Nottingham Post, Thursday, November 10, 2011
NICK Hegarty admits he could yet be persuaded to swap the sunshine of Australia for a harsh English winter – if his short-term spell at Mansfield Town goes well.
The 25-year-old left-winger last week agreed a short-term deal with the Stags and was named in the team for Saturday's clash with Cambridge.
Hegarty has been offered terms that last until Boxing Day's clash with York City.
He then has plans to fly out to Australia in the New Year and try his luck Down Under.
But should Mansfield want to retain his services, he would weigh up his options.
"I will do my best for (manager) Paul Cox and the team." said Hegarty. "Beyond that, you can never say never. If it goes really well and I'm offered something, I would consider it.
"But for now I will just take it game by game and focus on helping the team. I'm hoping to provide an impetus for them.
"One or two new players usually gives everyone a lift and I'm sure the team will get back to the kind of form they were in earlier in the season."
Hegarty played for the Stags in pre-season but was not retained. He went away and worked hard at his fitness, playing for a local side in Wakefield after spending all but three games of 2010-11 at St Mirren out with a broken leg.
He said: "I was probably frustrated Mansfield didn't take me, but I was still getting over my injury, mentally as much as physically. But now I have some games under my belt and I'm ready to go."
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