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BARNSLEY 4-3 STAGS
24th July 2015 21:17


Pre-Season Friendly (Bobby Hassell testimonial)

Barnsley 4 - 3 Mansfield Town
Hassell pen 7, Ball 37, Rothwell 67, Nardiello 83. Green 9, Lambe 30, Westcarr 85
Attendance: 2984 (196 from Mansfield)

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Report: Barnsley 4-3 Stags
mansfieldtown.net 18th July 2015
by Nick Lough

Goal-glut at Oakwell for Bobby Hassell testimonial.

Strikes from Matt Green, Reggie Lambe and Craig Westcarr were on the scoresheet at Oakwell as Bobby Hassell’s Barnsley triumphed 4-3 in a goal-packed testimonial.

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Both Adam Murray and opposing boss Lee Johnson named strong line-ups for the occasion, with Hassell involved from the start for the hosts while Scott Shearer was recalled between the posts for the Stags, with Matt Green spearheading the attack.

It was the home side who asked the first question in this encounter, with Josh Scowen earning a free-kick on the corner of the box. The young winger whipped in a dangerous cross that had Shearer scrambling towards his back-post, but the Scot was adjudged to have been fouled as he attempted to claim the high ball.

With seven minutes on the clock Barnsley were handed a golden opportunity to break the deadlock. The lively Scowen darted in to the penalty area before taking a tumble under the challenge of Nathan Thomas, with the referee duly awarding the penalty.

Cheers from the home end as man of the moment Hassell placed the ball down on the spot, before stepping up to squeeze his strike from six-yards past the diving Shearer.

The lead lasted less than two minutes, and it was a resident hero of Mansfield who notched his first goal of his second spell with the club. Matt Green pounced on Thomas’ deflected free-kick, beating the offside trap to slot past the helpless Adam Davies.

The Nottinghamshire side were impressing more and more as the game went by, with Adam Chapman and Reggie Lambe providing threatening chances in a bid to take the ascendency.

Both teams were really going for it in a very evenly matched pre-season tie, but it was the away side that scored the game’s third goal of the afternoon.

Right on the half-hour mark Nathan Thomas drifted inside before playing a delightful cross-field ball to the oncoming Lambe, who in turn plucked the ball out of the air before scrambling it past the ‘keeper and in to the back of the net.

The Stags were ahead for the first time, but it was Hassell lauding the praise of the stadium as he was replaced by Marc Roberts shortly after the goal, with the fans offering a standing ovation to the Tykes number two.

It didn’t take long for Lee Johnson’s men to draw level, with trialist David Ball pouncing on a defensive error before beating the onrushing Shearer to the ball. The ex-Fleetwood forward delicately chipped the bouncing ball over the goalkeeper’s head, before watching it drop under the cross-bar and nestle in to the corner of the net.

Chances began to wane for both sides as the game petered towards the break, with the referee blowing for half time with the score at 2-2.

Mansfield returned for the second half with two alterations; Jack Thomas replaced Mitch Rose in the middle of the park while Nathan Thomas came off in place of Craig Westcarr.

The League Two side started the brighter with Nicky Hunt’s persistence forcing an error from Davies, with the ‘keeper gifting the ball to Lambe who immediately found Hunt in space. The right-back laid a pass off to the newly introduced Westcarr, but the forward sliced his strike high and wide.

Barnsley’s turn next, and similarly to the first half it was Scowen who registered the Yorkshire side’s first chance. The Tykes number seven was teed up by a team-mate, before drilling over from 20-yards.

Six changes for the Stags just past the hour mark, with Green, McGuire, Beardsley, Shires, Dwyer and Fitzpatrick replacing Hunt, Collins, Benning, Chapman, Lambe and Beardsley.

Within 60 seconds of the changes, Barnsley regained the lead they lost in the first half. James Bree swung in a tantalising cross for Joe Rothwell to attack, and the Manchester United loanee did just that as he swept home on the half-volley from 10 yards, leaving Shearer beaten.

As the 70th minute came round, the full XI for the Tykes were withdrawn in favour of a team of ex-Barnsley players who were team-mates of Hassell’s throughout his career.

With the plethora of changes completed, Hassell was the first to try his luck at extending the home side’s lead. A blocked strike kindly fell in to his path, before unleashing a wicked effort from 25-yards out that fizzed through a crowd of players and inches past Shearer’s right hand post.

Moments later, David Preece in the Barnsley goal rolled back years with 10 minutes left on the clock as Chris Clements saw his initial effort blocked, before Greene’s pile driver was superbly palmed away by the veteran ‘keeper.

With goals aplenty, Barnsley made it 4-2 after a dangerous cross from the right by Neil Austin was just too high for Corbin Shires to reach, with the lurking Daniel Nardiello profiting by slamming his header home from close range.

The two-goal deficit was cut within seconds, as Craig Westcarr continued his fine spell in front of goal in pre-season with a beautifully crafted solo strike. Marauding down the wing, the summer signing turned this way and that before drilling a low shot across goal, beating Preece all ends up.

With the two sides putting on a fantastic game of football for both sets of fans, the referee blew his whistle to draw the game to a close. Defeat ultimately for the Stags, but a great workout and performance all round for Adam Murray to take on board.

TEAM LINE-UPS:

Barnsley FC: Davies (Preece, 70), Bree (Heckingbottom, 70), Mawson (Templeton, 63) (Reid, 70), Nyatanga (Foster, 70), Smith (Austin, 70), Scowen (Shuker, 70), Hassell (Roberts, 30) (Hassell, 70), Rothwell (Howard, 70), Pearson (Kay, 70), Ball (Devaney, 70), Wilkinson (Nardiello, 70).

Mansfield Town: Shearer, Hunt (Shires, 66), Tafazolli, Collins (Fitzpatrick, 66), Benning (C. Green, 62), Chapman (McGuire, 62), Clements, Rose (J.Thomas, 45), N.Thomas (Westcarr, 45), Lambe (Dwyer, 66), M. Green (Beardsley, 62).

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Full Time: Reds v Mansfield - Bobby's Testimonial
barnsleyfc.co.uk, 18th July 2015

Reds 4 (Hassell pen 7, Ball 37, Rothwell 67, Nardiello 83)
Mansfield Town XI 3 (Green 9, Lambe 30, Westcarr 85)

On a glorious day under the Oakwell sunshine, Bobby Hassell celebrated his 10 years with the Reds by leading out Lee Johnson’s side against his first Club, Mansfield Town.

Hassell, with the armband proudly wrapped around his arm, was presented with a framed shirt by Reds Owner Patrick Cryne ahead of kick-off in front of the home faithful.

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The Reds were presented with a great chance from the spot on seven minutes after Josh Scowen was upended in the box following a great run which started on the left-hand side.

There was only going to be one taker and Bobby Hassell made no mistake from 12 yards.

The lead didn’t last long as, barely 90 seconds later, a free-kick deflected kindly into the path of Green seven yards out and his scuffed attempt deceived Davies to make it 1-1.

Mansfield edged in front on the half-hour mark as Lambe managed to dig out a shot from a tight angle, dinking over the advancing Davies for 2-1.

On 37 minutes, the Reds levelled through a stunning finish from trialist David Ball. Alfie Mawson's measured pass over the top was expertly cushioned over the stranded Shearer by Ball from outside the box.

Second half

Nine minutes into the second half, Josh Scowen blasted the Reds' first attempt of the second period over the bar after a neat lay-off from Smith to the edge of the box.

The Stags replied with a vicious volley on the hour mark that Davies had to hold well at his near post. Green centred a lovely cross for Westcarr who let fly but Davies did well to keep hold of the effort.

Conor Wilkinson showed great feet before turning and firing a looping shot from 30 yards that had Shearer beaten all ends up, but his attempt landed on the roof of the net.

Seconds after the spectacular attempt by Wilkinson, Alfie Mawson was replaced by Matty Templeton.

On 67 minutes, Reds new-boy Joe Rothwell made his mark by finishing off a lovely cross from James Bree to make it 3-2. Bree did tremendously well down the right-hand side to pick out the run of Rothwell who poked him from 12 yards.

With 70 minutes played, the whole Reds team were replaced by the former Tykes to an incredible roar from the East Stand.

Martin 'Disco' Devaney went on a marauding run with 73 played that was brought to a halt on the edge of the box. Howard's free-kick was blocked by the wall into the path of Hassell, who then went close with a low drive that sailed just wide of the post.

It seemed Mansfield would level on 79 minutes but David Preece made a spectacular stop at his near post to deny the Mansfield full-back.

On 83 minutes, the home fans were brought to their feet by a fourth goal created by Austin and finished by Nardiello. Barnsley-born full-back Austin chipped in a delightful cross for Nardiello to nod home at the far stick.

The away side pulled one back through Craig Westcarr on 86 minutes. After turning Heckingbottom inside out in the area, he drilled low into the far corner for 4-3.

Reds: Davies, Bree, Mawson (Templeton 63), Nyatanga, Smith, Scowen, Hassell (c) (Roberts 30), Rothwell, Pearson, Ball, Wilkinson.
Subs: Dibble, Maris.

Ex-Reds: Preece, Austin, Reid, Foster, Heckingbottom, Kay, Devaney, Shuker, Howard, Nardiello.

Referee: David Coote

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