FRIENDLY: CLIPSTONE 0-7 STAGS XI (abandoned HT)
Clipstone 0-7 Mansfield Town XI
(abandoned at HT, floodlight failure)
Scorers: Pearce 12, Butcher 14, 24, 45, Anderson pen 17, 30, Potter 40.
Digby, Pearce, Mirfin, Benning;
Thomas, Butcher, Atkinson, Potter;
Stags score seven as floodlight failure ends Clipstone friendly early
mansfieldtown.net, Tues 28 November 2017
Floodlight failure curtailed this evening's fundraising friendly between Mansfield Town and Clipstone, with the Stags winning 7-0 when the game was brought to a premature end at half-time.
Stags were ruthless in front of goal as they put on a dominant first half display at the Worksop Van Hire Stadium.
Midfielder Callum Butcher scored a hat-trick, winger Paul Anderson found the net twice while Krystian Pearce and Alfie Potter both got on the score-sheet on a bitterly cold winter's evening in Mansfield.
Manager Steve Evans sent a strong side to the match, with just three players - goalkeeper Sam Wilson, defender Henri Wilder and Cameron Healey - included in the 18 who weren't part of the first team squad. All three youngsters were unused substitutes for the Stags.
The Stags had the first chance of the game inside two minutes when midfielder Jack Thomas headed down for frontman Jimmy Spencer but his weak effort was straight at Clipstone 'keeper Gary Doncaster.
The hosts, who are without a single point in the league so far this season, had their best chance in the fifth minute. Striker Ryan Hawley squared the ball to winger Gareth Curtis inside the area and he set himself before firing a golden opportunity into the side-netting.
Full-backs Mal Benning and Paul Digby were encouraged to get up the field by assistant manager Paul Raynor, who was taking the team, and they both had efforts from range which they were unable to keep down as Clipstone were forced to withstand heavy pressure.
But when Stags earned a corner following a Digby deflected shot in the 12th minute, the deadlock was broken and the floodgates opened.
Centre-half Krystian Pearce met Alfie Potter's in-swinging cross at the near post to head the visitors in front.
That lead was doubled just two minutes later when former Millwall midfielder Calum Butcher was allowed too much space to control Benning's cross, smashing home from eight yards out.
It was 3-0 after 17 minutes. Stags were awarded a penalty when Benning was tripped after playing an excellent one-two with Spencer and when he went tumbling in the box, referee David Coote had no hesitation in pointing to the spot.
Winger and captain Paul Anderson took the spot kick and made no mistake, sending the 'keeper the wrong way as he slotted in the bottom right corner.
Potter had two chances in quick succession to make the scoreline even more emphatic in the minutes that followed. The first saw a 22-yard free-kick rattle the right post, before minutes later, he volleyed wide of the left-hand post.
Calum Butcher scored his second of the night in the 24th minute. Once again, the midfielder found himself with room in the final third, hitting a clinical half-volley past Doncaster from the edge of the area.
Mansfield were 5-0 up inside half-an-hour when Anderson scored the goal of the night.
The former Nottingham Forest man received a cross on his chest before producing an audacious bicycle-kick from 14 yards out, finding the bottom right corner with pinpoint precision.
Stags were showing no mercy in front of goal and looked keen to put on a show for the large crowd who had come out in support of the fundraising game.
With five minutes of the half remaining, Stags scored their sixth of the night. The impressive Alfie Potter received the ball just outside the box before curling a great effort into the top corner.
The Cobras went on a rare attack with a couple of minutes of the half remaining but when the ball broke on the edge of the Stags' box, the visitors broke at pace.
Butcher carried the ball into the opposition half and almost had their seventh goal, but after receiving the ball from Butcher, Spencer saw his powerful strike rattle the crossbar.
But Mansfield soon had their seventh with the last kick of the half. Digby beat his man and crossed to Butcher who made no mistake in finding the top right corner and getting his hat-trick.
It was sadly the last action of the match as the floodlights failed during the interval, meaning the game could not be restarted.
Although it was disappointing that the game couldn't reach its natural conclusion, the night was a great success with a huge crowd coming out in support of the Cobras' fundraising efforts.
You can still donate to Clipstone's crowdfunding page by clicking here.
CLIPSTONE XI: Doncaster, Thomas, Radford, Taylor, Millns, Webster, Curtis, Homer, Curzon, Gregory
SUBS NOT USED: Burbanks, Hubbard, Vickers, Limb, Morgan, Bullock, Stephenson
STAGS' XI: Olejnik, Benning, Pearce, Digby, Mirfin, Atkinson, Potter, Anderson, Spencer, Butcher, Thomas
SUBS NOT USED: Wilson, Angol, Sterling-James, Hamilton, Healey, Wilder
REFEREE: David Coote
Stags friendly ended by floodlight failure at Clipstone
chad.co.uk, Tues 28 November 2017
A strong Mansfield Town side turned on the style in the fund-raising game at neighbours Clipstone last night only to see the match abandoned due to floodlight failure at half-time. Stags boss Steve Evans had agreed to the game at the Worksop Van Hire Stadium to help the NCEL Premier Division Cobras after they were hit with a £2,000 vandalism bill at the ground. Mansfield were 7-0 up at the break through a Callum Butcher hat-trick, plus two from Paul Anderson and one each for Krystian Pearce and Alfie Potter, thoroughly entertaining the big crowd who had turned out on a freezing night.
Clipstone later tweeted: “What a night! Firstly thank you to all of the community for the excellent support. It was incredible.
“Thanks to Steve Evans and Mansfield Town for fielding a full strength team who never stopped running. “But then to lose total power at the ground at half-time was devastating. When your luck is down! “We apologise that we couldn’t restore it for the second half. It’s never happened before and hope you understand.”
Evans sent a strong squad, with just goalkeeper Sam Wilson, defender Henri Wilder and Cameron Healey included in the 18 who weren’t part of the first team squad. All three youngsters were unused substitutes.
You can still donate to Clipstone’s crowdfunding page by visiting http://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/clipstonefc
CLIPSTONE XI: Doncaster, Thomas, Radford, Taylor, Millns, Webster, Curtis, Homer, Curzon, Gregory. Subs not used: Burbanks, Hubbard, Vickers, Limb, Morgan, Bullock, Stephenson
STAGS XI: Olejnik, Benning, Pearce, Digby, Mirfin, Atkinson, Potter, Anderson, Spencer, Butcher, Thomas. Subs not used: Wilson, Angol, Sterling-James, Hamilton, Healey, Wilder. REFEREE: David Coote.
Read more at: https://www.chad.co.uk/sport/football/mansfield-town/stags-friendly-ended-by-floodlight-failure-at-clipstone-1-8882897
Quality club @mansfieldtownfc quality players, quality fans.
Thank you for your support tonight. Never been so busy in the cafe! @ClipstoneFC1
Andy Sumner on facebook
What a night ! Firstly thank you to all of the community for the excellent support tonight. It was absolutley incredible. Over 400 of you turned out to support. Thanks to Steve Evans and Mansfield Town Football Club for fielding a full strength team who never stopped running and scoring ! MTFC have a big big heart and thanks to Carolyn Radford and John Radford for their support.
The Colts were amazing as the mascots and the guard of honour and the colts parents pulled together to help us on the evening. Community really pulling together.
But then to lose total power at the ground at half time was devastating. When your luck is down ! We apologise that we couldn't restore it for the 2nd half. It's never happened before and hope you understand.
On a plus side - the result is null and void and the 7-0 H-T scoreline deleted from the records ! we can say we never lost to the stags !
What was amazing was to see all of the kids and community at the ground. Fantastic community spirit. It was heart warming and we are truly thankful for everyone that turned up and it has helped more than we could have ever expected. We will use all of the funds we have raised to make the ground and facilties better for everyone (and buy a new fuse !)
Thanks again #community
An open letter from Clipstone vice-chairman Andy Sumner
After last night's friendly to raise funds for local NCEL side Clipstone, Cobras' vice-chairman Andy Sumner has this morning penned an open letter to Mansfield Town Football Club.
The full letter is as follows...
I just wanted to say a huge thank you for what you did for us last night. We had over 400 spectators and a lot of the local community and Stags' fans came out in force to support.
It was great seeing our youth teams being able to lead the teams out as mascots and make a guard of honour, whilst raising funds for the club. It made their night.
Paul Raynor and the team were absolutely magnificent. They showed professionalism to the end which was so appreciated (even though we'd conceded seven by half-time!).
All of the backroom staff were a pleasure to deal with and we cannot thank them enough. As the game was abandoned, I'm technically calling it a draw!
The power failure at half-time was devastating! It has never happened before, but sometimes it's just not your luck. However, everyone who was there knew what we were trying to do and were very accepting of the situation and were there to help raise funds. We thank everyone for their understanding.
Mansfield Town also helped us bring the community together. This has been our aim since we took over the club earlier this year; to make it more aligned to the community, be sustainable and aim to play at the best level possible whilst giving our local talent a chance.
It's been tough on the field this year, to be honest, but last night made something good out of something bad and spurs us on to keep going on our journey.
Mansfield Town has a big heart and I for one and many others are appreciative of that. Thanks for what you are all doing on and off the pitch. It's a club that people in the town should be so proud of.
Whilst it came to an abrupt end, I am reflective of the fact that so much was achieved for us as a club and your support will always be appreciated.
As always, we look forward to hosting the next Mansfield Town U19 and youth games at the club and continuing to work together.
Butcher hoping hat-trick will earn FA Cup recall
chad.co.uk, by JOHN LOMAS, Wednesday 29 November 2017
Mansfield Town midfielder Calum Butcher sounded out a reminder of his capabilities with a first half hat-trick last night ahead of the FA Cup visit of Guiseley on Sunday. Butcher, out in the cold from the first team in recent games, is desperate for a recall and fired in three of Mansfield’s seven first half goals before the floodlights failed in the friendly at Clipstone last night.
“It was good to get some minutes and to score a hat-trick was nice,” he said. “The FA Cup is special so it would be good to play in that.
“Hopefully I can get some minutes then and hopefully it can kickstart my season again.
Read more at: https://www.chad.co.uk/sport/football/mansfield-town/butcher-hoping-hat-trick-will-earn-fa-cup-recall-1-8883285
“We want to go as far as we can in the FA Cup, like anything we are in, so it would be good to get a win on Sunday and see who we get in the next round.”
Stags had gone to Clipstone to help raise funds for the Cobras after their clubhouse was vandalised. But the night ended prematurely when the lights failed at half-time.
“There’s nothing you can do about that,” said Butcher. “But it was good for the town to come here and support them after their trouble with the clubhouse.
“We came here professionally, the gaffer told us to come here and do a job. Wherever you play you’ve got to do it properly.”