MURRAY PLEASED WITH RAINWORTH WORKOUT
Murray pleased with Rainworth workout
mansfieldtown.net, 4th July 2015
Gaffer happy with display and work ethic in cup win.
Manager Adam Murray was pleased with how our squad showed character to overcome Rainworth Miners Welfare after a challenging first week back in training at Brooksby Melton College.
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Goals by Anthony Dwyer, Craig Westcarr, Nicky Hunt and Adi Yussuf (2) helped us to regain the Green Energy Challenge Trophy with a comfortable 5-1 win.
“It was exactly what we wanted,” said Murray.
“It’s been a tough week for the boys. They’ve worked from seven o’clock in the morning until nine o’clock at night, so we wanted them to go in physically and mentally tired and the game worked as a good training session for us.
“We got a lot of things out of it so it was a pleasing afternoon.”
Our boss continued: “With a new group the early games are about getting used to playing with each other and painting certain pictures.
“This week has been mostly working on us without the ball, our discipline and our shape. We haven’t really touched on us [in possession] of the ball, but it was pleasing to see some of the pictures that we’ve spoken about coming out.
“It’s obviously very early doors, but it’s nice to see some of the players’ ability on show.”
Meanwhile, right-back Nicky Hunt was delighted to score on his debut.
“The gaffer has got us really going and up for the season and today I think we showed it,” said the former Accrington Stanley man.
He added: “It’s always good to get on the score-sheet. The team was playing really well at that point. We attacked really well, in the second half especially, but the lads did a good job in the first half too.”
Bosses happy as Stags put Wrens to the sword
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Both managers were happy with their new-look team’s opening pre-season game as Mansfield Town put NCEL neighbours Rainworth MW to the sword in a four-goal second half to win the Green Energy Trophy with a 5-1 scoreline at Kirklington Road on Saturday.
Anthony Dwyer hit the only Stags goal in the first half, but former Mansfield Town youth player Lewis Chambers quickly levelled from the spot.
However, an Adi Yussuf brace and goals for Craig Westcarr and Nicky Hunt in a one-sided second half saw Mansfield finally turn the screw.
To read a match report by Martin Shaw click HERE
New Rainworth boss Julian Watts was equally pleased by his charges, even though the result was so decisive.
“I was pleased, despite the scoreline,” he said. “ I said to the players afterwards that the only thing that disappointed me was that the score did not reflect their efforts.
“We were told that, as we were playing for a cup, we couldn’t have roll-on, roll-off substitutes which would have helped us. Then, lo and behold, second half Mansfield put out their first team.
“But I was very pleased with everyone’s efforts. We set up to contain them and hit them on the break, which was all we could expect to do. For a good 20 minutes we struggled to put passes together and probably showed them a bit too much respect.
“Having started with a new formation, we changed the shape a couple of times during the game and they took to it straight away which was pleasing.
“You have to get what you can out of pre-season games, but Mansfield are a few leagues higher up and it’s difficult playing against them. Sometimes it’s when you play the teams closer to you that you get more of a feel for where you are.
“It doesn’t sound good when you’ve lost 5-1, but I will only take positives from it. Mansfield really turned it on in the second half and showed the gap between the sides you would expect with players who train every day up against part-timers.”
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