CARLTON 3-4 MANSFIELD
Carlton Town 3 - 4 Mansfield Town
Millward 37, Wholey 48, Gorman 77. Benning 30, Green 41, 59, Law 72.
Date: 9 July 2016
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Mansfield Town won the second pre-season friendly of the day 4-3 at Carlton Town this afternoon. Half of the Stags squad were involved, after the other half played at Clipstone at lunchtime. Mansfield were in front through a low Mal Benning strike before Carlton equalised after a Krystian Pearce error. Matt Green put Mansfield in front with a great goal. Carlton levelled just after the break after a mistake by Brian Jensen, but the Stags re-took the lead with a great cross from Rhys Bennett converted by the lively Green. The Stags changed the entire outfield team and extended the lead as Jason Law headed in from an excellent Tom Marriott free-kick. Carlton pulled one back, but Mansfield ran out 4-3 winners.
After a second week of pre-season training, Mansfield Town sent split squads to two different friendlies on Saturday at local non-league clubs Clipstone and Carlton Town. With the first match kicking off at midday and the second match at 4pm, it meant supporters could attend both games, bringing much needed revenue into the local non-league scene. It was the first time Mansfield’s first team had played two games in a day in pre-season, and I thought it worked very well indeed. There was plenty of time to get from Clipstone to Carlton between the games and enjoy the Sausage Festival at Carlton’s ground. However, the grass at Carlton looked long enough to act as a reminder to supporters that their own gardens might need a trim though, which wasn’t ideal.
It was a first opportunity to see tall new centre half George Taft, who will effectively be the replacement for Ryan Tafazolli. Taft had his first match action for 8 months following injury last season, and he looked comfortable on the ball with good distribution. It was good to see Mal Benning continuing his goalscoring form with a low crisp strike. Man of the match for me was Matt Green, who again looked very sharp, and scored two goals, the first a screamer, chesting the ball down on the left, cutting inside and rifling a bullet shot into the left corner of the net, and the second from a great cross from right back Rhys Bennett. Bennett looked like a full back very keen to get forward at every opportunity. Another player to catch the eye was Kevan Hurst in midfield, with good passing and crosses and good delivery from set-pieces. The Stags changed the entire outfield team with about a quarter of the game left. One piece of play in the latter stages that caught the eye was a high quality free kick routine as young striker Jason Law headed in from an excellent Tom Marriott delivery.
It’s the second pre-season friendly of the day for the Stags. Half of the first team squad was at Clipstone at lunchtime. The other half is here at non-league step 4 side Carlton Town.
Stags team (4-1-3-2, Collins in front of the back four):
Rhys Bennett, George Taft, Krystian Pearce, Mal Benning;
Kevan Hurst, Chris Clements, Ashley Hemmings;
Danny Rose, Matt Green.
The only first team player not involved today is Jack Thomas, who has a niggle.
The grass looks pretty long to me. Even longer than at Rainworth last Saturday. After the rain of this morning, it’s now windy at Carlton. Mansfield are in last season’s black away kit this afternoon, after playing in amber and blue at lunchtime.
5 mins Clements floated a ball in for Green, Green chested down but by the time he’d dpwn that, a defender had cleared.
9 Good move, Bennett to Hurst to Danny Rose, back to Hurst who puts in a good cross across the corridor of uncertainty in the six-yard box but no-one could get a touch.
11 Good ball across to Danny Rose, whose shot is blocked. He beats the turf in frustration.
13 Green tees up Clements who curls wide from 18 yards.
17 Hurst fires powerfully just over the bar from 25 yards.
19 Free kick from the right 22 yards out. Benning curls well over the bar.
21 Hemmings tries to float a cross to the far post for Danny Rose, but it’s deflected up and easy for the keeper.
23 Taft high ball forward, Carlton keeper comes out for it, but can’t get it because of good strength and positioning from Green. The ball nearly falls for a Green tap in but a defender just clears.
25 A first effort on goal for Carlton as Newton volleys miles over the bar from 25 yards.
28 A Kevan Hurst free kick into the box from the left, headed out to Danny Rose, who powers in a header from 16 yards, but straight to the keeper.
30 GOAL 0-1 Mansfield take the lead as Mal Benning arrows a low shot into the bottom right corner of the net from 18 yards, after a half-clearance reaches him.
37 GOAL 1-1 Carlton are level. A cross in from the right, and a mistake by Pearce allows Curtis Millward to fire into the right corner of the net, wide of Jensen.
41 WHAT A GOAL!! 1-2 The Stags are back in front with a great finish from Matt Green. Green, on the left, chests down a ball from Pearce from inside his own half, Green cuts inside and rifles a bullet shot into the left corner of the net from the edge of the box.
45 Hurst corner from the right. Danny Rose leaps highest, but heads wide under pressure. Rose has a good leap on him.
Half time 1-2
No changes for Mansfield at the start of the second half.
47 mins Great ball forward from Clements for Green to run on to, Green shoots low but straight at the keeper.
48 mins GOAL 2-2 Carlton are level and it’s a goalkeeping mistake. Brian Jensen comes out of his area on the left, and miscues a clearance straight Carlton sub Jack Wholey, who fires a very good shot into the empty net from 30 yards, out on the right. When Jensen retrieves the ball from his net, he punches the crossbar in frustration with himself.
52 Danny Rose wins a free kick on the left just outside the area, almost on the byline. Hurst wastes the free kick.
56 Hurst puts in a high ball from the right to the far post where Hemmings gets in a header which is blocked for a corner.
57 Hurst gets in another cross from the right, Danny Rose heads back across goal, but the whistle goes for a Carlton free kick.
59 GOAL 2-3 Lovely goal for the Stags. Hurst to Bennett out on the right, he puts in a super low cross into the middle, which Green slotted in right footed from 6 yards.
60 Sub: Taft off. Steve Johnson on (he’s just moved up to the academy from the U16’s).
63 Carlton keeper Steggles tips over a close range header from Green. From the resulting corner from the left by Hurst, Bennett heads over.
64 Subs: Green and Danny Rose off. Zayn Hakeem and Jason Law on as the forward pairing.
65 Hemmings gets in a shot from the edge of the box, but it’s deflected taking the sting out of it and an easy save for the keeper.
66 Clements ball for Hakeem in the box, his low left footed shot is saved low down by the keeper.
67 Subs: Hurst and Benning off. Tom Marriott and another youth teamer/U21 on.
69 Subs: Collins and Bennett off. Young Cain Smith and Teddy Bloor on.
71 Subs: Pearce, Clements and Hemmings off. Morgan Ratcliffe (youth team captain at end of last season), Alistair Smith and another youth teamer on. Jensen in still on, but the rest of the team has been changed.
72 GOAL 2-4 Stags extend the lead. A free kick from the left about 30 yards out, taken by Tom Marriott, Jason Law heads in from 8 yards. Neat free kick routine. Jason Law runs off pointing at Tom Marriott for the quality of the delivery.
77 GOAL 3-4 Carlton pull one back. Corner from the left, is squeezed in at far post by Lawrence Gorman. Recriminations among the young Stags defenders for who should have cleared.
84 Jensen saves well from a powerful shot from Kevin Lusamba from a tight angle.
87 Jason Law curls a good effort from the edge of the box, just wide of the left post.
FT Carlton 3-4 Mansfield
Man of the match: Matt Green
Referee: Declan Bourne.
Green double as Stags win goals thriller at Carlton
chad.co.uk report by John Lomas, Saturday 09 July 2016
Matt Green shone and put away a brace as what could be Mansfield Town’s season-starting line-up edged a thriller 4-3 in their second pre-season friendly of the day at Evo-Stik NPL Division One South Carlton Town.
With a Stags XI drawing 2-2 at Clipstone earlier in the day, this starting XI looked very close to one boss Adam Murray may go with by the big kick-off.
They took the lead three times through a razor sharp Green (2) and Mal Benning, but were twice pegged back through their own errors, mistakes by Krystian Pearce and Brian Jensen being punished by goals.
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Even after young striker Jason Law had given himself a massive tonic by making it 4-2, Carlton refused to give up, with the visitors by now an almost complete youth side after substitutions, and pulled another back to leave a nervy finish.
But it was a good work-out for Murray’s side with Lee Collins excellent in a holding midfield role and Chris Clements spraying some sublime passes.
Stags dominated the first half with only that error by Pearce allowing the home side a goal with their only on-target shot of the half.
Collins, Clements and Kevan Hurst were all busy and inventive in midfield, full backs Rhys Bennett and Benning bombed on, and Green and Danny Rose were a constant menace up front
On over-long grass, the game took time to get going with Hurst sending a low cross in front of goal on nine minutes where no one could connect.
Clements and Hurst missed the target while Benning sent a free kick from his favoured position well over the top.
Carlton were chasing the ball and keeper Jensen a spectator, happy to see Mathew Newton slice the home side’s first shot well over on 25 minutes.
Rose was jumping well and showing good control, but sent a tame header at keeper Jack Steggles on 29 minutes.
But Mansfield were in front a minute later as an under-pressure Carlton saw a half-clearance fired back past the keeper from 15 yards as Benning found the net with a low finish.
However, seven minutes later the game was somehow all square as Newton put the ball in from the right, Pearce failed to clear in front of goal and Curtis Millward poked the loose ball past Jensen.
The equaliser served only to spark Stags back onto the attack and on 41 minutes their lead was restored by Green.
Full back Lawrence Gorman looked favourite to win a ball from the right, but Green out-muscled him to win it, then turned him well and zipped home a vicious finish from the left of the box inside the near post.
Mansfield began the second half well and Clements quickly sent Green clear with a superb pass only to see the striker shoot tamely at the keeper.
But another mistake again gifted the home side a goal to square things up on 48 minutes.
Jensen ran out his goal to the left to clear, but his kick was poor and only reached Jake Wholey, who, seeing the goal gaping from 25 yards did superbly well to loft the ball home as Jensen raced back in vain.
It took Stags a while to settle again but, after Carlton had survived a couple of corners, Green put the Stags in front for a third time on 58 minutes.
Bennett swung in a great cross from the right and Green turned it past Steggles first time from close in.
Hemmings’ long range pot took a deflection but still found the keeper’s hands, then fresh sub Hakeem shot at the keeper on the turn.
The subs began to flow and on 72 minutes young striker Jason Law rose well to head home a long Marriott free kick from the left to give the now very youthful visitors a two-goal cushion for the first time all afternoon.
But the goals feast was not over yet and Carlton pulled one back on 77 minutes as a far post corner was squeezed home inside the post by Gorman.
On 84 minutes Jensen then had his first real save of the day to make as he blocked a fierce Lusamba drive at his near post.
At the other end Law wasn’t too far wide of curling the ball inside the far post from distance.
CARLTON: Steggles, Gorman (Charlton 82), Fletcher, Keane (Knight 71), Graham (Sawyer 82), Walker, Schoenecker (Wholey 19), Newton (Stovell 60), Topliss Wedderburn HT), Millward (Rae 56), Davie (Lusamba 64).
STAGS: Jensen, Bennett (Bloor 69), Taft (youth teamer 61), Pearce (Ratcliffe 71), Benning (youth teamer 67), Collins (Smith 69), Clements (youth teamer 71), Hurst (Marriott 67), Hemmings (Smith 71), Green (Hakeem 64), Rose (Law 64).
REFEREE: Declan Bourne.
JASON LAW NETS STAGS WINNER OVER MILLERS!
Carlton Town gave a fine account of themselves in their first pre season friendly against Mansfield Town before going down 4-3 in front of 363 at Stoke Lane.
Carlton allowed free entry to everyone attending before 2.30pm due to the Beer, Cider and Sausage Festival at Stoke Lane and many locals and Stags fans took advantage and got on the beer early as the rain cleared after a Stormy morning.
The sausages continued to sell well with the final ones selling at 10pm as the superb Urban Riff completed their excellent set after starting slightly earlier than planned.
Goals for Curtis Millard, Jake Wholey and Lawrence Gorman , 3 players who all impressed for the Millers were in reply to a Matt Green Brace, an opener from Danny Rose and the almost inevitable winner from former Miller Jason Law (pictured) for the Stags.
New press officer Josh Hodgson was on the prowl and some excellent interviews with Niall Davie, Callum Keane and Festival goers including the wonderful dancing lady who attended the Festival throughout and brought the house down, will be on Millers Radio soon.
Notts County are next up for Wayne Scotts Millers and further details with regard to bar and catering arrangements for that game will appear on this website prior to the match.
Finaly a special mention for Julian Topliss who was back in a Millers shirt for the first time since the shocking assault he suffered some 3 years ago, he his hoping to prove he can still produce the goods at this level and everyone at Carlton is delighted to see him back warning the yellow and blue jersey.
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