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ALFRETON 1-1 MANSFIELD
27th July 2016 0:00


Pre-Season Friendly
Alfreton Town 1 - 1 Mansfield Town
Priestley 29. Green 5
Attendance: 612 (269 from Mansfield; though it seems to me more than half from Mansfield)

Date: 23 July 2016

Martin Shaw at the Impact Arena

Mansfield drew 1-1 at Alfreton Town, of the Conference (National League) North, this afternoon in the latest pre-season friendly. On a roasting sunny afternoon, Mansfield were in front after 5 minutes with a header by Matt Green. Alfreton equalised on 29 minutes through Adam Priestley. Stags boss Adam Murray set this game up to provide a physical encounter and he certainly got it in a game with plenty of tough challenges, and had it been a league game there would have been at least half a dozen bookings, and probably a sending off, mostly for the home side. Home striker Paul Clayton, a thorn in Mansfield’s side during our Conference days, has returned to Alfreton from a spell at Harrogate, and gave Krystian Pearce a stern test, with plenty of physicality and winning most of his headers. Indeed, it was a good test for the Stags all over the pitch against this big physical Alfreton side. Afterwards Adam Murray said it was just what his team needed. Mansfield had started the game well during the opening 25 minutes with some good movement forward and Kevan Hurst looking particularly impressive, including plenty of good crosses. Alfreton then forced their way back into the game with direct football that really gave Mansfield a test at the back. Mansfield used this game, and the game against Hull on Tuesday, to give a run out to two different left back trialists (who I’m not naming with the manager preferring to keep the names under wraps). Today’s trialist left back had a good game, looking solid defensively with timely clearances, and getting forward at every opportunity, with some good interplay down the left and good crosses.

Full report in the match centre

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