STAGS WIN BEHIND-CLOSED-DOORS FRIENDLY
Derby County Res 1 Stags Reserves 3
4 April 2006
Stagsnet report by John Street
Stags Reserves faced up to there local rivals Derby County Reserves at there
Academy last night and
came away with a sound and solid 3 - 1 victory.
The whole Stags side did the Club proud and showed the strength in depth
there is currently at the Club, they were up against a side sprinkled with
1st team experience in Lee Holmes, Seth Johnson, plus Frenchmen on trial
from Paris St Germain and travelled pros like Kevin Poole.
Stags raced into a three goal lead from Rhys Day and two from Nathan Arnold,
and pressurised the home side with a dozen or so corners in the first half
and were so in control in midfield they nullified there Championship rivals.
The second half was more even and the Rams nicked a goal back from a penalty
through Lee Holmes when Macintosh was adjudjed to have handled.
However Stags were compfortable right through to the end and did the Club
proud with a well deserved victory.
Team: White, Jacobs, Woods, Day, Macintosh, Birchall, Lloyd, Sleath,
Russell, Arnold, Trialist
All players deserve 8/10 for superb team/club effort, along with Dutch, Ivan
Stags Win Friendly At Derby
Mansfield Town have won 3-1 in a behind-closed-doors friendly at Derby County this afternoon.
The Stags scored all their goals in the first half of a game where they fielded fringe first-team players and those returning from injury.
Rhys Day grabbed the opener before Nathan Arnold claimed a brace against a strong Rams side.
It is the latest of a number of reserve games recently, but boss Peter Shirtliff has ruled out bringing back a second-string side permanently saying it would be a great strain on his small squad.
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TRIALISTS IN FOR RAMS
Derby County side containing three trialists went down to a 3-1 defeat to Mansfield Town in Tuesday afternoon's behind-closed-doors game.
The Stags were three goals up by half-time thanks to a volley from a set-piece, and two strikes - one a superb effort from 25 yards - from their nippy young striker.
Derby, who also included Seth Johnson and Michael Johnson in the team as the pair continue their recoveries from knee injuries, pulled a goal back on 64 minutes when Lee Holmes cracked in a penalty.
Lloyd Dyer, who is training with the Rams until the end of the season, missed three good chances in the second period.
He started the game at left-back but moved forward into left-midfield at half-time.
Frenchman Youness Bengellou played for the full 90 minutes at right-back but caretaker boss Terry Westley will not be pursuing his interest in the 23-year-old.
There was also another chance to impress for six-foot seven-inch Nigerian striker Evangelino Valentim, but he is also not on Westley's hit-list.
"Lloyd Dyer will stay with us right through to the end of the season," Westley said.
"He has done well in training and is better playing wide on the left, where he wants to play, rather than at left-back.
"It is a position that at the end of the season the club will need to fill as there is only really Lee Holmes under contract here."
Of Bengellou, who has played for Paris Saint-Germain and SC Amiens, Westley added: "He came here as a centre-back but we looked at him in training and he's not quite big enough to play there in the English game.
"We played him at right-back, where he has played for PSG, but he is not quite what we're looking for to take us forward."
Derby also took a look at 18-year-old Charlton Athletic striker James Walker, who replaced Lee Holmes for the last 14 minutes.
RAMS: Kevin Poole, Youness Bengellou, Danny Young, Michael Johnson (Joe Arnold 86), Lloyd Dyer, Alex Fleming (Miles Addison HT), Mitch Booth, Seth Johnson, Lee Holmes (James Walker 76), Lionel Ainsworth, Evangelino Valentim (Karl Ashton 40).
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