MARRIOTT PLAYS FOR RESERVES, AND SAVES A PENALTY
Andrew Webb þ@andrewjwebb
F/T: #Hull 0-0 #Mansfield. Good return to action for @Mazza_78, who saved a late penalty to deny the Tigers victory.
Andrew Webb þ@andrewjwebb
H/T score is #Hull 0-0 #Mansfield. The five Stags youngsters in the XI have done really well so far too. Evenly poised game at present.
Andrew Webb þ@andrewjwebb
Good to see @Mazza_78 back in goal for #Mansfield tonight. Not had much to do in the first 45 mins, but he's looked at ease with things.
Tigers denied by resilient Stags
28th November 2012
mansfieldtown.net report by Andrew Webb
Mansfield Town goalkeeper Alan Marriott marked his return to action with a fabulous penalty save as Andy Todd's second-string drew 0-0 with Hull City.
The veteran shot-stopper saved Jonathon Margetts's powerfully-struck spot-kick in the 87th minute, before reacting superbly to deny Andy Dawson's subsequent follow-up attempt.
The Stags, who ended the game with seven youth team players on the pitch, produced a resilient and brave performance against their more experienced counterparts.
In what proved to be a game of few chances, Tigers midfielder Paul McElroy came close to an early opener when he volleyed over from Francis McCaffrey's right-sided cross.
Lee Stevenson's rasping low drive forced a fine save from Hull 'keeper Eldin Jakupovic, as Mansfield enjoyed a spell of pressure midway through the first period.
Both McCaffrey and Lewis Clarkson failed to test Marriott with speculative shots prior to half-time, whilst centre-back Ben Birch also did well to foil Margetts, who posed a constant threat.
Jordan Vilums almost set-up Nick Wright in the early moments of the second period, before Hull's Tom Cairney drilled over from distance on 66 minutes.
Skippered by the industrious Adam Murray and with the experience of George Pilkington in defence, the Stags soaked up plenty of pressure in the closing stages.
Margetts scuffed a shot straight at Marriott following Cairney's back-post corner, whilst Matt Dixon also came close with a long-range effort.
The Tigers were handed a golden chance to break the deadlock on 87 minutes when substitute Nuha Jabbi tangled with Margetts inside the area.
Margetts stepped up from 12 yards, but his powerful strike was expertly palmed away by Marriott, who also saved Dawson's follow-up from an acute angle.
Mansfield almost snatched the victory on the verge of added-time when Birch headed straight at Jakupovic from Kurtis Turner's left-sided corner.
Team: Marriott, Marsden, Pilkington, Birch, Vincent, Murray (c), Turner, Stevenson (Jabbi), Clark (Flint), Wright, Vilums (Barke). Subs Unused: J.Jones, M.Jones.
Reserves Held By Mansfield
Honours even at North Ferriby as Central League Cup tie ends goalless.
Hull City Reserves were held to a goalless draw by Mansfield Town in the Central League Cup at North Ferriby on Wednesday night.
Stephen Clemence's side showed just two changes to the side that defeated Gateshead seven days earlier. Following a substitute appearance against Gateshead, Tom Cairney started his first game since picking up a knee injury at Doncaster in August and Andy Dawson was also given a run out in the Tigers defence.
They replaced Sam Topliss who dropped to the bench and Danny Emerton who is currently on loan at Alfreton. Jack Hobbs continued his comeback from injury and trialist Joe McCann was named amongst the City substitutes.
Defences were generally on top in the opening period and scoring chances were few and far between. Paul McElroy had a good chance for the Tigers but volleyed over from Fran McCaffrey's right wing cross before Eldin Jakupovic produced a good save to beat away Lee Stevenson's well struck left foot shot.
Will Aimson met a Cairney free kick at the far post but fired over the bar and Lewis Clarkson was also off target from the edge of the box.
Half Time: Hull City Reserves 0 Mansfield Town Reserves 0
City made a change during the interval with trialist McCann replacing Clarkson. Kealan Dillon's cross from the right created the first chance of the second period but Johnny Margetts couldn't get his header on target.
Jordan Villams' break for the Stags created a great shooting opportunity for Nick Wright but he took too long and the City defence got back to clear.
Cairney curled a left foot shot inches over the crossbar and McCaffrey's close range effort was blocked by Stags keeper Alan Marriott from Cairney's corner.
Clear-cut scoring chances were still a rarity as Dillon had a shot blocked and McCann sent a left foot strike past the angle of post and crossbar.
With just three minutes remaining the Tigers were given a great chance to grab victory when Nuha Jabbi was adjudged to have fouled Margetts in the box and the referee pointed to the spot. Margetts' penalty was well struck but Marriott made a great save high to his right.
The Stags then had a couple of chances to claim a win but Jakupovic held Ben Birch's header from a Kurtis Turner corner before Wright drove a right foot shot wide of the far post.
Hull City: Eldin Jakupovic, Will Aimson, Andy Dawson, Dougie Wilson (Matty Dixon 75), Jack Hobbs, Kealan Dillon, Fran McCaffrey, Tom Cairney, Lewis Clarkson (Joe McCann 46), Johnny Margetts, Paul McElroy (Sam Topliss 75).
Subs not used: Joe Cracknell, Danny Chambers.
Mansfield Town: Alan Marriott, Liam Marsden, Blake Vincent, Ben Birch, George Pilkington, Adam Murray, Kurtis Turner, Lee Stevenson (Nuha Jabbi 86), Nick Wright, Ben Clark (Joe Flint 70), Jordan Villams (Danny Barke 78).
Subs not used: Matt Jones, Jordan Jones
Marriott returns to action
18:30 28th November 2012
Goalkeeper Alan Marriott has been named in the starting XI for tonight's reserve team clash at Hull City.
The Stags shot-stopper, who made his last appearance in September's 2-2 draw at Telford United, has been out of action in recent weeks due to a dislocated shoulder.
Tonight's clash takes place at North Ferriby United's Rapid Solicitors Stadium and begins at 7.00pm.
The Stags XI is as follows: Alan Marriott, Liam Marsden, George Pilkington, Ben Birch, Blake Vincent, Adam Murray (c), Kurtis Turner, Lee Stevenson, Ben Clark, Nick Wright, Jordan Vilums. Subs: Matt Jones, Joe Flint, Nuha Jabbi, Danny Barke, Jordan Jones
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