RESERVES: STAGS 3-1 HARTLEPOOL
18th September 2013
Mansfield reserves 3-1 Hartlepool reserves
Rhead 27, Tafazolli 45, Speight 47. Collins 22.
Reserves maintain 100% record
18th September 2013
mansfieldtown.net report by Andrew Webb
Mansfield Town maintained their 100% record in the Central League (East Division) with a routine 3-1 victory over Hartlepool United at One Call Stadium.
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The Pools took a surprise lead midway through the first period when Sam Collins’ low header wrong-footed Liam Mitchell.
But The Stags fought-back and had established a 2-1 lead by the break, courtesy of goals from Matt Rhead and Ryan Tafazolli.
Jake Speight added a third shortly after the re-start, as Mansfield continued to dominate against their youthful counterparts from the North-East.
The Stags created the first chance on a wet night in North Nottinghamshire as Ross Dyer fired straight at Hartlepool shot-stopper Andy Rafferty.
Nialle Rodney then tested Liam Mitchell’s reflexes with a well-driven effort that The Stags’ custodian did well to save.
Our second-string thought they had broken the deadlock on 18 minutes, but Louis Briscoe was flagged offside after he slotted beyond Rafferty.
Moments later, Hartlepool’s Zak Boagey had a shot deflected over, but from the resulting corner, the visitors took the lead.
Jordan Richards’ piercing set-piece towards the edge of the six-yard box found Sam Collins, whose low header beat a wrong-footed Mitchell.
Nevertheless, The Stags drew level within minutes.
Junior Daniel picked out Rhead with a left-sided cross towards the far-post, and the bustling frontman made no mistake with a calm, side-footed finish.
Tafazolli almost fired us ahead on the half-hour mark, but his bullet header from Louis Briscoe’s flag-kick was saved by Rafferty.
Briscoe also had a powerful effort blocked by Greg Rutherford prior to the break, whilst Rodney came close for The Pools with a speculative shot.
However, in added time at the end of the first period, The Stags went ahead.
On this occasion, Briscoe’s corner caused pandemonium inside the area and with The Pools unable to effectively clear the danger, Tafazolli headed home.
Speight extended Mansfield’s advantage within two minutes of the re-start, with a sublime half-volley following Rhead’s clever flick forwards.
Rodney and Speight enjoyed further chances for their respective sides, before Briscoe whistled a shot over the target on the hour-mark.
The Stags had another goal struck off on 66 minutes as Speight was judged to be in an offside position when he headed home Briscoe’s left-wing cross.
Rhead and Speight were both off-target with separate attempts from distance, as The Stags ultimately ran-out as comfortable 3-1 winners.
Team: Mitchell, Black, McCombe, Tafazolli, Daniel, Briscoe (Darby), Murtagh, Stevenson (Poku), Dyer, Rhead (Hemagou), Speight. Unused Subs: Deakin, Simpson.
Reserves complete three goal turn-around to maintain 100% Record
report by Craig Priest
Goals from Matt Rhead, Ryan Tafazolli and Jake Speight saw Mansfield Town reserves overturn Sam Collins’ 22nd minute goal to maintain their perfect start in the Central League East Division, beating Hartlepool United 3-1 at the One Call Stadium this evening.
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Victories over Doncaster, Hull and Rortherham in recent weeks saw Stags top the division, that’s where Richard Coopers men will stay this evening after a commanding performance on a briskly cold night against a tough Hartlepool set up.
The Monkey Hangers second string were beaten 5-0 at the One Call Stadium last term but ensured the same wouldn’t happen again this year, after enduring a tough start to the match seeing a Matt Rhead goal ruled out for offside, they grabbed the lead through centre half Sam Collins on 22 minutes as he flicked home a pacey corner from Zak Boagey.
Mansfield responded five minutes later through Matt Rhead, the burley front man poached home from close range, following strong work down the flanks from the hardworking Stags. Seconds later, captain Lee Stevenson fired narrowly over with his left foot as Mansfield looked to grab the advantage.
Visiting keeper Andy Rafferty twice kept out Louis Briscoe on the stroke of half time, however the shot-stopper was picking the ball out of the net as defender Ryan Tafazolli swooped in to nod the Stags ahead, getting to the loose ball first.
Jake Speight made it 3-1 two minutes into the second half, hitting home on the half volley following a flick on from Ross Dyer - Speight’s excellent finish was typical of the player, who also frequently frustrated team mates as he took one too many touches loosing possession.
McCombe, Tafazolli and joint men of the match Junior Daniel and Lee Stevenson all made excellent challenges to keep the visitors at bay, goalkeeper Liam Mitchell also produced a fine save to deny former Stag Nialle Rodney - the ex-loanee also squandered numerous chances to reduce the deficit in a match Stags won comfortably in the end.
Richard Coopers men will next be in action on October 2nd as they travel to Scunthorpe United in search of a 5th straight win.
FULL TIME: Stags 3-1 Hartlepool
Referee: Adam Burgess
STAGS: Liam Mitchell, Paul Black, John McCombe, Ryan Tafazolli, Junior Daniel, Louis Briscoe (Luke Darby 85), Lee Stevenson © (Godfrey Poku 70), Keiran Murtagh, Ross Dyer, Jake Speight, Matt Rhead (Kevin Hemagou 74)
UNUSED SUBS: Ian Deakin, Billy Simpson
Reserves Beaten On Return To Action
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Pools Reserves fell to defeat as Mansfield Town came from behind to take all the points at The One Call Stadium on Wednesday night.
A quiet opening to the game was punctuated only by a half chance for Nialle Rodney but the Pools front man couldn’t connect properly and his shot was held by the keeper.
It was midway through the opening half when the game burst in to life as Jordan Richards’ pinpoint corner was met by Sam Collins whose powerful header flew past the keeper to hand Pools the lead.
However, it was an advantage which lasted less than five minutes as Mansfield broke effectively down the left and when the ball was delivered in to box it was converted by a home defender.
Right on half time, Town went in front for the first time when excellent pressure brought two brilliant saves from Andy Rafferty, only for the ball to be nodded home for 2-1 on the rebound at the far post.
The second half began as the first had ended with Mansfield able to stretch their lead when a ball over the top found the on-rushing home front man to power a drive past Rafferty.
The hosts were in the ascendancy and could have increased their advantage but were first wasteful by firing wide with the goal gaping before Rafferty showed great reactions to keep another effort out.
James Poole came close to reducing the deficit in the closing stages with a curling free-kick which beat the wall but was pushed away by the Mansfield keeper.
Full Time: Mansfield Town 3 Pools 1
Pools: Rafferty, Richards, Jones, Collins, Holden, Boagey (Smith 75), Rowbotham, Rutherford, Wignall (Green 75), Poole, Rodney.
Subs not used: Turner, Wood, Nellis.
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