GOOD WORKOUT AS STAGS SCORE 5 IN FIRST FRIENDLY
Pre-Season Friendly (Green Energy Cup)
Rainworth Miners’ Welfare 1 - 5 Mansfield Town
Chambers pen 34. Dwyer 30, Westcarr 56, Hunt 64, Yussuf 70, 77.
Date: 4 July 2015
Martin Shaw at Kirklington Road
After a summer of much change with so many new players being brought in by boss Adam Murray, pre-season training started last Monday with a residential week at Brooksby College in Melton Mowbray, and today was the first pre-season friendly and the first opportunity for the fans to see the new Stags signings. Local side Rainworth Miners’ Welfare were the opposition at Kirklington Road, where the Stags reserve and youth teams have played many home games in recent years. On a very hot, sunny afternoon, and on grass that looked a bit long, the Stags put out two different XI’s in each half and ran out 5-1 winners. There were plenty of encouraging performances with Nathan Thomas and Liam Marsden particularly catching the eye in the first half and Mal Benning, Adi Yussuf and Craig Westcarr most impressive in the second half. Goals were shared around with Anthony Dwyer scoring the only Stags goal in the first half, Craig Westcarr, Nicky Hunt and two for Adi Yussuf in the second half. Nicky Hunt warned after the game that that’s his one goal every five years. The Stags defending for Rainworth’s goal was less impressive as youth teamer Louis Danquah was outpaced and then brought his man down from behind to concede a penalty. But that was of little concern and Stags first team coach Micky Moore joked with me after the game that when you come to a place like this with such good hospitality, it’s customary to give them something!
There was even a fly past by the Red Arrows to usher in the new season!
Stags team (4-4-2 formation in both halves):
Liam Marsden, Lee Collins, Trialist centre-half, Louis Danquah (youth teamer at left back);
Anthony Dwyer (right wing), Joe Fitzpatrick, Adam Chapman (captain), Nathan Thomas (left wing);
Chris Beardsley, Tom Marriott (youth teamer up front).
Sam Wilson (youth team keeper);
Nicky Hunt, Corbin Shires, Ryan Tafazolli, Mal Benning;
Mitch Rose (right wing), Chris Clements, Jack Thomas, Reggie Lambe (left wing);
Adi Yussuf, Craig Westcarr.
Other players present who did not play: Brian Jensen, Jamie McGuire, Matt Green, Conor Green, Chris Spencer, Dan Fletcher.
Returning hero Matt Green was busy warming up before the game and busy beating goalkeeper Brian Jensen in practice! Having not taken part in some of the activities at Brooksby College due to a pre-arranged holiday, today’s game came too soon for Green to take part, but his shooting looked as sharp as ever beforehand.
Rainworth included 3 former Mansfield youth teamers: Jobe Shaw, Dan Williams and Lewis Chambers.
Full report in the Match Centre
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