RESERVES WIN AS FRENCHMAN SCORES
Frenchman impresses on Stags trial
NOTTINGHAM Forest's French striker Mickael Antoine-Curier scored the only goal of the game in his first trial match with Stags as the reserves beat Scarborough reserves 1-0 at Field Mill in the Avon Insurance League this afternoon.
A big, mobile target man, Curier showed player-manager Keith Curle he is worth a longer look as Curle decides whether or not to risk his final loan on him.
Curier might have had a hat-trick but sliced a finish into the side netting and was blatently pushed in the back as he rose for an eight-yard header, the referee refusing to give the penalty.
But he showed a good touch and all his general work was neat, tidy and accurate.
Curier's winner came after 29 minutes when he steered the ball home from close range after the Scarborough defence had failed to cut out Chris Beardsley's low cross from the right.
The Frenchman was given a warm round of applause when he was withdrawn for the last nine minutes and Curle will now have to decide whether or not to keep him for another reserve outing.
Spurs trialist Gavin Kelly had little to do in goal but had his angles worked out well with the few shots he did have to deal with, although he almost blotted his copybook in the second half when he fumbled a shot onto the post.
Cotrgave trialist central defender Peter Baldwin did well but tweaked a hamstring on 64 minutes and had to come off.
Bobby Hassell had an excellent first 45 minutes at right back and did his cause for a place at Colchester on Friday no harm at all.
Stags: Kelly, Hassell (Davies 45mins), Williams, Sellars, Baldwin (Carter 64mins), Buxton, Robinson, Clarke, Curier (Lloyd 81mins), Beardsley, Bacon. Subs not used: Hankey, Coates
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