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21st November 2002 12:42

Evening Post, 21 November 2002

Bobby Hassell completed 45 minutes as Mansfield Town reserves overcame Shrewsbury 3-2.

The right-back, who was the cornerstone of the Stags' promotion campaign last season, has not figured in Division Two because of a knee injury picked up in pre-season training.

But Hassell took his first tentative steps on the way to recovery in a friendly game at the National Sports Centre, Lilleshall, yesterday.

The victory was secured by a brace from Danny Bacon and a single from Chris Beardsley.

Mansfield's assistant manager, Neil Richardson, said: "Bobby came through the first half ever so well. We didn't want him to play any more because he has been out a long time."

The match also gave former Forest colleagues Keith Foy and David Freeman the opportunity to shine during their trials with the Field Mill club.

Foy has moved quickly in an attempt to find himself another club after his contract was cancelled by mutual consent at Forest last week.

Striker Freeman was released at the end of last September and he has spent a month on trial at Carlisle before returning to the area.

Richardson added that Foy, whose contract was cancelled by Reds manager Paul Hart following criticisms of his fitness levels earlier this year, looked "comfortable".

"He did OK and passed it well," added Richardson.

"David looked very sharp and it was a good game. We played well."


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