FRIENDLY: EASTWOOD 1 - 2 MANSFIELD
Eastwood Town 1 - 2 Mansfield Town
Unknown scorer 14. Howell 65, Stevenson 80.
Friendly, Monday 14 November, Coronation Park
Text commentary transcribed from Craig Priest & Scott Rogers commentary on Takeover 106.9:
Stags team, 4-4-2 formation
Jordan Jones (youth teamer), Rhys Day, John Thompson, Matt Bell;
Andy Todd, Adam Murray, Paul Bolland, Lewis Neal (trialist);
Lee Stevenson, Louis Moult.
Antony Howell for Murray (46).
Unnamed (as requested by Paul Cox) trialist [later named as ex Port Vale midfielder Anthony Griffiths] for Lewis Neal (trialist) (46).
Alan Marriott for Redmond (67).
Nick Hegarty for Bell (68).
Subs not used:
Youth teamers: Jason Gregory, Clayton Brown, Danny Barke, Joe Flint.
First teamers: Matt Green, Ross Dyer, Richie Sutton, Luke O'Neill.
Lewis Neal is a winger on trial, with 213 appearances in English league football and 12 goals over a 11 year career, starting at Stoke (82 apps, 3 goals), Preston (73 apps, 5 goals), Notts Co, Carlisle, and Shrewsbury. Released from Shrewsbury in Jan 2011 by mutual consent and playing in the USA most recently.
Eastwood in orange shirts. Stags in dark blue shirts.
3 Bolland snapshot into keeper's arms. Great strike, from great cross from Jordan Jones.
11 Great play Stevenson, Todd shoots and it's blocked.
14 1-0 First Eastwood corner. Sam Wood corner, flicked in. Poor defending. Scorer unknown.
20 Good shot by Bolland from 35 yards, saved well by keeper, for a corner.
Decent following from Mansfield.
26 Good defending by Rhys Day to clear danger.
Apart from two shots from Bolland, Stags have created little. Poor delivery from several Matt Bell set pieces.
33 Bell fantastic free kick, Todd arrives at the back stick with a free header, keeper saves well, but he shouldn't have been given a chance.
35 Good break, fantastic ball from Jordan Jones to Stevenson, Stevenson shoots, fantastic save. Stevenson should have buried it.
36 Another good cross from Bell. Stevenson header wide.
Jordan Jones does not look out of place, been one of the Stags best players.
39 Lewis Neal out on the right hand side, cuts onto his left foot, hits it well, but just over.
Louis Moult is holding things up well up front. Lee Stevenson is doing well in the hole.
HALF TIME 1-0 Mansfield have been the better side. Played some decent stuff. One bit of poor defending from a set piece.
HT Subs: Howell for Murray. Unnamed (as requested by Cox) trialist [ex Port Vale midfielder Anthony Griffiths] for Lewis Neal (trialist). Stevenson moves into midfield. Howell goes up front. Unnamed trialist onto the left wing.
56 Eastwood last defender pulls back Howell. In a league game, you'd expect a red card. Free kick from 18.1 yards. Stevenson f/k against the wall.
Dull opening to the second half.
61 Good move involving Jordan Jones. Stevenson awful finish over the bar, clears the stand.
64 Eastwood shot straight into Redmond's arms. Quiet game for Redmond, but he's done well.
65 1-1 Howell great lob over the keeper from 25 yards.
67 Marriott for Redmond.
68 Nick Hegarty for Bell. Hegarty to left back.
70 Eastwood free kick over the bar.
72 Great rasping strike by Stevenson off the post. Superb play, beat two men, and smashed it, swerved away at the last minute.
80 Good free kick from Thompson for Jordan Jones who heads wide.
Thompson has been fantastic tonight.
80 1-2 Stevenson. Howell plays into middle, Stevenson strikes into roof of net, gives keeper no chance.
84 Good play by Stags unnamed trialist. Fouled in dangerous area. Free kick comes to nothing.
88 Good one two between Howell and unnamed trialist, but Howell is offside.
FULL TIME 1-2 Decent win. Pretty good performance. Thompson, Day and Stevenson all done well. Young Jordan Jones impressive at right back.
Paul Cox told Craig Priest on Takeover 106.9: "Eastwood's strike force are causing problems for teams in Conference North so I'm really chuffed how well John Thompson and Rhys Day did. And the young lad Jones did very well as a right back.
Howell makes a big difference when he goes up there (up front). He's a big massive handful for anybody. He gives us something up there. He gives us a massive presence that sometimes we lack."
Stevenson nets winner at Eastwood
Goalscoring midfielder Lee Stevenson struck 10 minutes from time to earn us a 2-1 victory over Eastwood Town in last night's friendly.
Our team included former Preston North End winger Lewis Neal as well as ex Port Vale midfielder Anthony Griffiths.
The hosts led after just 14 minutes from a corner, but Paul Cox's men were back on level terms after the break when Anthony Howell scored a sensational goal by lobbing Eastwood keeper Jake Want.
Howell was involved again ten minutes from time, pulling the ball back to former Badgers midfielder Lee Stevenson, who drilled his shot into the roof of the net from 14 yards.
In other news, defenders John Thompson and Rhys Day both completed a full 90 minutes as they aim for a starting place at AFC Telford on Saturday.
Manager Paul Cos told mansfieldtown.net: "It was another competitive friendly. We had a lot of possession without really affecting the game and created some good chances in the second half. It was an excellent run out, giving much needed match minutes to players."
Stags Line Up: Redmond, Jones, Day, Thompson, Bell, Todd, Murray, Bolland, Neal (Griffiths), Stevenson, Moult
Used Subs: Marriott, Hegarty, Howell, Griffiths
Not Used: Gregory, Brown, Barke, Flint, Green, Dyer, Sutton, O'Neill
Stags win friendly, but will miss out on defender
Nottingham Post by Matt Halfpenny
MANSFIELD Town edged to a 2-1 victory in a friendly at Eastwood Town last night.
Both John Thompson and Rhys Day played a full 90 minutes as they continue their comebacks from injuries.
Skipper Adam Murray also played 45 minutes to keep him ticking over ahead of this weekend's clash at AFC Telford United.
Youth defender Jordan Jones featured at right-back and impressed.
Mansfield netted through Anthony Howell and Lee Stevenson.
"It was a really good run out for us and the type of competitive game you always get when playing another non-league side," said manager Paul Cox.
"It was just the type of game we needed to push us ahead of getting back to league matches this weekend."
Meanwhile, Mansfield target Exodus Geohaghon is set to leave Darlington to sign for Football League side Dagenham and Redbridge
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