TRIALISTS HUTCHINSON AND FLOOD IMPRESS AT EASTWOOD
Eastwood Town 0-4 Mansfield Town
Hutchinson 14, 24, Flood 36, OG 37.
Att: approx 50
7 Dec 2011
text commentary by Martin Shaw, based on audio commentary by Craig Priest at http://mtfcmatters.weebly.com/mm-live.html
O'Neill, Day (captain), Riley, Kendrick;
Briscoe, Howell, Worthington, Kelly;
Anto Flood (trialist), Ben Hutchinson (trialist).
Subs: 4 youth teamers: Scott Rogers, Jobe Shaw, Adam Somes, Joel Holland.
Subs not used: Matt Bell, Andy Todd.
Stags in all dark blue. Eastwood in all light blue.
kick off: 19.31
11 Howell shoots, beats the keeper, but comes back off the post.
12 Kendrick shoots into the keeper's arms after a good move.
13 Day heads wide.
14 0-1 Ben Hutchinson sensational strike, cutting inside onto right root and curling into top corner, after Kelly set him.
24 0-2 Another sensational strike from Ben Hutchinson, as he chases down a lost cause, and curled into top corner over a defender's head with the keeper out of his net. Another great goal from the trialist.
26 Eastwood header wrong-foots Redmond but drifts wide from 3 yards.
31 Briscoe sets up trialist Anto Flood and Flood's shot deflected into keeper's arms.
36 0-3 Rhys Day claims the final touch from a Kendrick corner. Some people think it came off trialist Anto Flood. CONFIRMATION at HT that the scorer was Flood.
37 0-4 Briscoe fires in via a deflection, and its credited as an OG. Good ball in by Marcus Kelly, and Briscoe's powerful shot was going wide before a deflection sent it into the net.
40 Hutchinson shot deflected for a corner. Hutchinson looking very lively.
CONFIRMATION at HT that the scorer of the third goal was Anto Flood.
2nd half starts 20:31
56 Howell left footed half volley over the bar, over the stand, out of the ground.
61 Youth team top scorer Adam Somes on for Flood. Flood's had a good game. Somes goes up front.
Youth teamer Joel Holland on for Joe Kendrick. Kelly moves to left back and Joel Holland to left wing.
64 Youth teamer Scott Rogers comes on for trialist Ben Hutchinson. Howell goes up front. Rogers into midfield. Great to see our good friend from the press box Scott Rogers getting a chance on the pitch.
75 Eastwood free kick over the bar. Stevie Istead is playing for Eastwood.
75 Youth team captain Jobe Shaw on for Luke O'Neill. Jobe Shaw to right back. Jobe Shaw is usually a centre half.
77 Mistake by Shane Redmond, charging out and trying to shepherd the ball out, Eastwood striker gets it into the area, but Rhys Day clears.
79 Joel Holland shot is easy for the keeper.
86 Somes and Howell set up Joel Holland who shoots left footed and it is well saved, but the offside flag is up.
Matt Bell has been warming up, but not come on. Andy Todd is managing the side from the dugout, with Cox and Moore in the stand.
Cox pleased with Stags in Eastwood friendly
Nottingham Post, Thursday, December 08, 2011
MANSFIELD Town boss Paul Cox was thrilled with what his players got out of their 4-0 friendly victory at former club Eastwood last night.
Andy Todd took charge of the team, while the Stags boss and his assistant Micky Moore watched from the Coronation Park stands.
He saw Ben Hutchinson – formerly of Celtic and Middlesbrough – net twice and another trialist, Anto Flood, also on target.
The scoreline was completed by an own goal following a Louis Briscoe cross.
"It was a really good run-out for us and a really competitive game and I think all the players got something out of it," said Cox.
"Both the trialists did well for different reasons. They both looked sharp.
"Anto is with us until tomorrow, but we may look into extending that.
"Ben is with us for a couple of weeks, so we have the chance to run the rule over them.
"They could be potential replacements for Paul Connor, but it is still early days."
Stags trialist duo score and shine in Eastwood friendly
chad.co.uk, Thursday 8 December 2011
BEN Hutchinson and Anto Flood both made a great start to their bids for Mansfield Town contracts as they found the net in last night's 4-0 friendly win at Eastwood Town.
Former Arnold Town, Celtic and Middlesbrough striker Hutchinson bagged a double and looked a class act while League of Ireland goal ace Flood also found the net in an industrious performance.
With Paul Connor and Louis Moult leaving Field Mill last week, Stags are in the market for a striker or two on 1st January and Cox admitted first impressions of last night's on-trial pair were good ones.
“Both of them did well for different reasons,” said boss Paul Cox. “Both of them looked sharp and gave me food for thought. Both showed glimpses of what they can do.
“Anto is here until Friday but I hope we may be able to extend that while Ben is here for a couple of weeks so we can run the rule over them.
“It is early days yet. Two training sessions and a game, you can sometimes read too much into it.
“But I go back a long way with Ben to his Academy days when he came through with Lindon Meikle. Since then he has played in the Premiership and the Champions League.
“Now he has come here to and maybe we can help him if need be to kickstart his career again.
“It is very easy as a young man to make mistakes and I think Ben would openly admit he has made a few. But he has still only just turned 24, yet with the clubs he has been to you would judge him to be more like 20-31.
“He has the ability to get back to where he wants to be with his career. But the do that he has to graft, and he has to sit, listen and learn.”
Hutchinson stars in Eastwood victory
A brace from trailist Ben Hutchinson, a solo effort from Anthony Flood and an own goal secured a 4-0 victory over Eastwood at Coronation Park last night.
With manager Paul Cox and assistant Mickey Moore watching from the stands, player-coach Andy Todd took charge of a Stags side which partnered Kilmarnock striker Ben Hutchinson up front alongside former Galloway United hit man Anthony Flood.
After a drab opening period Mansfield came to life with four shots in as many minutes, Anthony Howell struck the base of the post on 11 minutes before Rhys Day and Joe Kendrick saw tame efforts held.
However it was former Middlesbrough centre forward Hutchinson, who opened the scoring with a spectacular effort after 14 minutes.
Marcus Kelly made the goal after playing a neat wall pass with Hutchinson, who stepped inside his man and curled the ball into the top corner.
Nine minutes later Hutchinson scored a second with another spectacular strike - this time making the most of a defensive error.
A long ball over the top looked like a lost cause; however Hutchinson showed good persistence to reach the loose ball before the on rushing keeper. Hutchinson then stepped inside and lifted the ball over the keeper from a tight angle.
Fellow trailist striker Anthony Flood then got on the score sheet on 36 minutes after Marcus Kelly earned the Stags a corner with a dominant charge down the left flank. Joe Kendrick whipped the ball in to a crowded penalty area with Flood sticking out his leg at the right time to divert the ball into the net.
Mansfield grabbed a fourth from the restart. Marcus Kelly's pass found Louis Briscoe to the right of the area. His thunderous effort was heading wide, but an Eastwood body got in the way and diverted it home.
Youth team quartet Adam Somes, Jobe Shaw, Joel Holland and Scott Rogers all made appearances in the second half, with Holland almost adding a fifth with six minutes left. Louis Briscoe's right sided cross was flicked on by Somes, with Holland connecting at the far post. But his effort was blocked by the keeper's legs.
LINE UP: Redmond, O'Neill, Riley, Day, Kendrick, Briscoe, Howell, Worthington, Kelly, Hutchinson, Flood
USED SUBS: Rogers, Somes, Shaw, Holland
Hutchinson handed Stags chance by Cox
Nottingham Post, Wednesday, December 07, 2011
FORMER Middlesbrough and Celtic striker Ben Hutchinson will play for Mansfield Town in a friendly at Eastwood today as Paul Cox steps up his efforts to replace the departed Paul Connor.
The 24-year-old was snapped up by Boro from Arnold Town while still a teenager and later moved north of the border to join the then Scottish champions.
But Cox says the player, now under contract until January 1 at Kilmarnock, has lost his way and 'needs his fire re-lighting.'
Having brought the Nottingham-born player through Eastwood's academy before he left for Arnold, the Stags boss believes he can do that.
Hutchinson – who watched Mansfield draw 0-0 at Grimsby last night – has been training with the Stags and will get the chance to stake a claim for a deal at Field Mill.
Connor left to go part-time and joined Gainsborough last week.
"I know a lot about Ben and just how much he can play – you don't play in the English and Scottish Premier Leagues if you don't have ability.
"He hit the stars early but it hasn't gone right for him since. He's not enjoyed it and if you don't it doesn't matter how good you are – it will affect you.
"Ben knows me well and now he has to help me help him and get him back on track."
Cox will also take a look at Irish forward Anto Flood, 26, at Coronation Park.
He said: "Anto is a different prospect, someone who has plied his trade in the tough Irish league. He is 6ft 2ins and had a reputation for scoring some good goals for Bohemians last season."
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