RESERVES DRAW WITH RAINWORTH / RHYS DAY INJURED
Rainworth Welfare 1 Mansfield Town reserves 1
Cameron Fearon 64. Matt Harris 13.
Sat Jan 28, 2012, 3pm
report by Steve Hymas
The game was a good experience for the younger element on show and can only be a benefit to them all.
Starting line-up: Ryan Hopkins;
Liam Marsden, Jobe Shaw, Rhys Day, Sam Craven;
D.Bisungu, S.Rogers , B.Vincent, J.Kendrick;
Subs: B.Munn, J.Flint, J.Hawkins, J.Jones, J.Gregory, D.Robinson.
Mansfield took the lead through Matt Harris and could have extended the lead when Kendrick's fantastic free kick was disallowed due to the ref claiming he hadnt blew the whistle. Mansfield gained the upper hand as the game went on with Rhys mentoring the young side from the back.
Second half Rainworth went for it and equalised early on. We then made substitutions and the game swung back in our favour. Rhys unfortunately injured his knee while going up for a cross to try and take the lead. He was taken to hospital and will have scans. Mansfield should have made the most of a couple of chances and hit the post with one and the game ended all square.
A good display from Sam Craven at full back but all the lads put in a good shift. Liam Marsden was pick of the bunch on the day and never put a foot wrong,however they all deserve credit for stepping up to the mark and matching an Evo-stick side on their own patch. We thank Rainworth for putting the game on and looking after Rhys.
This was the first game for the new reserves and will prove invaluable experience for the youth players.Good luck Rhys !!
Injuries mar friendly
RAINWORTH MW and Mansfield Town Reserves played out a 1-1 draw at Kirklington Road in a friendly marred by a injury to Stags' Rhys Day.
Day who was making his comeback after a long injury lay-off.
Day fell awkwardly after going for a header and Wrens keeper Allessandro Barcherini immediately calling for play to be stopped.
Day is understood to have suffered a serious knee injury and was taken to hospital by ambulance.
Matt Harris put Stags ahead before Cameron Fearon equalised.
Rainworth: Barcherini, Fearon, Paling (King ht), Burton (Hannigan ht), Kennedy, Camm (Carter 61), Clarke, Bacon (Akers 3, Spencer 85), Adams (Simpson 61), Toyne (Spargo ht), O'Rafferty (Toyne 69). Sub not used: Mushett.
Mansfield: Hopkins, Craven, Shaw, Kendrick, Somes, Vincent (Nunn 38), Bisungu (Hawkins 51), Rogers (Robinson 90), Marsden, Day (Gregory 80), Harris (Flint 64). Sub not used: Jones.
Nottingham Post, Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Rhys Day is expecting to have an operation on Thursday on what is thought to be a damaged patella tendon.
The Welshman sustained the serious injury in a reserves friendly against Rainworth.
Cox said: "Rhys was just on his way back and it would have been like signing a new player.
"He seems to have had all the horrible luck with really bad injuries. He will be out for the season for sure and we just wish him a speedy recovery."
Stags ace Day facing crucial surgery
Nottingham Post, Thursday, February 02, 2012
MANSFIELD Town defender Rhys Day will today have the operation he hopes will save his career.
The Welshman ruptured a patella tendon, which connects his kneecap with the lower part of his lower leg, in a reserve friendly against Rainworth last Saturday.
The extent of the 29-year-old's injury was revealed by a scan on Monday that also confirmed there was no damage to his bone structure, cartilage or ligaments.
The surgery at King's Mill Hospital has been delayed until today so that special tissues could be drafted in to do the repair.
"It is very serious but it is possible for players to come back from it and we are going to make every effort to ensure Rhys gets everything he needs," said Mansfield physio Ian Pearce.
"He won't be able to move much for the first two weeks and then they may put a pin in to strengthen it.
"After four to six weeks it should be getting fairly flexible and from there it is a case of steady rehabilitation.
"I have spoken to Rhys and he says he has had a lot of messages of support from fans and people at the club and would like to thank them all."
Op for Stags' Day a 'success'
Nottingham Post, Tuesday, February 07, 2012
THE hard work starts here for Mansfield Town's Rhys Day after the operation to repair his damaged patella tendon was deemed a success.
The central defender sustained the knee injury in a friendly game with Rainworth a week-and-a-half ago.
Welshman Day went under the surgeon's knife at the back end of last week and came out of hospital on Sunday.
He will now begin the long road back to fitness – which manager Paul Cox knows will be the hard part.
"It appears the operation was a success, which is good news," said manager Paul Cox.
"Everyone has been asking after Rhys and rightly so because he is a bubbly character and a lovely lad.
"Now comes the rehabilitation, which I think everyone knows is the long and painful bit."
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