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30th July 2013 13:50

23rd July 2013
Rainworth 0-4 Mansfield
Green Energy Cup

Dean Foulkes, of the SSA, presents the new Green Energy Cup, to Stags captain Ritchie Sutton (photo by Mel Furness):

Minute by minute action:

Richard Cooper in charge of the side tonight, with Cox and Murray elsewhere

Stags side:
Julian Kelly (trialist), Sutton (captain), Jason Gregory, Pilkington (left back),
Dyer (right midfield), Poku, Clements, Calvin Andrew (trialist) (left midfield),
Hutchinson (playing just behind Jordan Ball),
Jordan Ball (trialist).

Subs: Powell, Chris Smith (trialist), Thomas, Marsden, Hawkins, Flint, Birch, Villums, Chris Spencer, Jones, Damar-Thompson.

trialist Calvin Andrew, formerly of Port Vale, Crystal Palace.

trialist Jordan Ball is Mansfield born, formerly Doncaster.

trialist Julian Kelly played against Chester last week.

5 mins goal 0-1 Ben Hutchinson
20 mins Calvin Andrew header disallowed for offside
25 mins 0-2 Dyer fires low into the net from 7 yards, from Hutchinson pass. Clinical finish.
32 mins 0-3 Hutchinson scores from outside the box, fantastic goal
37 mins 0-4 Jordan Ball curls one in, and it goes in off the keeper. Was probably going in anyway, so Ball's goal.
47 Hutchinson flashes just wide of the target
76 Good move and Gregory shot tipped onto the post
78 Sub Chris Smith (trialist, I think) for Hutchinson, Jordan Flint for Jordan Ball
84 Sub Jack Thomas for Poku
85 Sub Marsden & Hawkins for Dyer & Kelly
FT 0-4


23rd July 2013
Hutchinson stars in Stags win

mansfieldtown.net report by Mark Stevenson

Ben Hutchinson inspired Mansfield Town to a 4-0 victory away at Rainworth Miners Welfare after a dominant display from the Stags.

Read more at http://www.mansfieldtown.net/news/article/hutchinson-stars-in-stags-win-939889.aspx#Iv4v3CmIEoL6iP6h.99

Hutchinson stood out as the star man in a game which somehow managed to get the green light following torrential rain, lightening and thunderstorms before kick off.

A crowd of 232 braved the weather to see Stags lift the newly named Green Energy Challenge trophy, which is expected to be competed annually between the two sides.

With Paul Cox and assistant Adam Murray scouting elsewhere, first team coach Richard Cooper oversaw proceedings, and his side almost took an early lead following impressive play on the left-wing from trialist Calvin Andrew. After beating his man, the ex-Crystal Palace forward crossed for Ross Dyer whose first time shot was saved at point blank range by home ‘keeper James Martin.

But Stags made no mistake in front of goal two minutes later. Chris Clements’ pass found Andrew who tried to round Martin inside the box and as the ball ran free, Ben Hutchinson was on hand to place home the rebound.

Mansfield’s early dominance nearly earned them a second goal on 19 minutes. Hutchinson drifted a pin-point cross from the right for Andrew to head home from ten yards, only for his joy to be short-lived by the sight of a linesman’s flag.

The pair combined once more just four minutes later - Hutchinson acted as architect from a corner, but Andrew headed over from inside the six-yard box.

Rainworth failed to cope with Hutchinson’s quality all-round play, and they were punished for a second time on 25 minutes. The ex-Celtic man darted down the right flank before crossing for Ross Dyer who placed his shot inside of Martin to double Stags’ advantage.

On the half-an-hour mark, Poku unleashed a powerful drive from long-range, but Martin was well behind it.

Hutchinson gave Stags a three goal cushion on 32 minutes. Latching on to Dyer’s pass, the 25-year-old blasted home from the right-side of the area.

Clements and Ball followed up with efforts on goal as goal-hungry Stags tried to increase the deficit.

Rainworth gifted Stags a fourth before the interval when goalkeeper Martin made a mess of his clearance, the ball hitting one of his defenders to fall invitingly into the path of Jordan Ball who found the net from the edge of the area.

Hutchinson gave the Rainworth defence no respite just after the break, shooting just wide two minutes after the restart.

Stags took their foot off the gas in a quieter second half and Stags’ goalkeeper Ian Deakin was tested for the only time in the contest just after the hour-mark, making a routine save following Ricky Hanson’s tame effort.

Martin then denied Hutchinson of a hat-trick with a save to his left before pulling off the stop of the game.

Ross Dyer, another of Stags’ star players on the night, laid it off to centre-half Jason Gregory inside the box, but his snapshot was expertly tipped onto the post by Martin to deny Stags of a textbook goal.

Three minutes from full time, captain Ritchie Sutton flung himself at a shot from Theakston from inside the area, as the hosts tried to salvage a late consolation.

STAGS: Deakin (Ball 81), Pilkington, Kelly (Marsden 85), Poku (Thomas 83), Sutton, Gregory, Dyer (Marsden 85), Clements, Ball (Smith 77), Hutchinson (Flint 77), Andrew (T. Damar-Thompson 65)
Unused subs: Birch, Vilums, Spencer, Jones,

RAINWORTH: Martin, Hanson, Magee, Rickards (Shaw H/T), Archer, Dudley, O’Callaghan (Claxton H/T), French (Theakston), Clarke (Somes), Holmes, Buttle
Unused subs: Walker, Brown, Saunders, West


Rainworth MW 0 Mansfield Town 4
chad.co.uk report by John Lomas

Mansfield Town picked up their first trophy of the season tonight as they coasted to a 4-0 win at Evo-Stik NPL neighbours Rainworth MW to secure the inaugural Green Energy Challenge Trophy at storm-swept Kirklington Road.


Thunder, lightning and heavy blobs of rain greeted fans on their arrival and there were worries the game could end up getting washed out.

However, the expected deluge never appeared and the game was able to kick off and, despite storms passing close by throughout the night, was able to finish.

Stags, short on forwards right now, named a line-up that included two trialist strikers, 19-year-old former Doncaster Rovers Jordan Ball and the much more experienced Calvin Andrew, formerly of Crystal Palace, Luton Town and Port Vale.

Mansfield-born Ball made just two appearances for Doncaster as well as a 10-game spell on loan at Belper.

He became an instant hero at Doncaster when he scored with his first touch against Chesterfield, and was shocked and upset to be released last month.

The pacey Andrew (26) left Vale Park in May.

Ball, although not the biggest of players, was neat and tidy, brought team mates into play well and ended the night with a goal.

Andrew, meanwhile, was played wide and was quick and strong with a powerful header, having a goal disallowed.

Also given a 25-minute run-out was former Bristol Rovers youngster Lemar Powell, though he had little chance to make a mark.

With manager Paul Cox and assistant boss Adam Murray away watching strikers elsewhere, coach Richard Cooper took charge and confirmed afterwards that Andrew and Ball would get further chances after impressing.

Young centre half Jason Gregory was also included as was former Notts County defender Julian Kelly, currently keeping fit with the Stags and who played in the win at Chester last week, both having a relatively easy night.

Young Aussie keeper Chris Smiht also got the last nine minutes for the visitors.

But, in the end, it was the talents of two-goal Ben Hutchinson, the midfield creativity of Chris Clements and the aggression of Godfrey Poku that really caught the eye in a one-sided game in which Stags could have had double figures and keeper Ian Deakin remained untested.

Ross Dyer (pictured above) will also have enjoyed his night after bagging his first goal since that serious knee injuey last August.

Andrew caused early problems and could have had a third minute penalty had he gone down when pulled back in the box.

Seconds later he beat his man with ease on the left and crossed right in front of goal where keeper Martin pulled off a great reaction save to keep out Dyer’s stabbed finish.

But Stags were ahead on five minutes, with Andrew again involved.

Clements’ deft flick sent Andrew through on goal, he was thwarted by Martin as he tried to round him, but the ball ran loose to Hutchinson, who tucked away a low finish.

Andrew thought had doubled the lead on 19 minutes after some great work from Hutchinson to make room for a right wing cross which was met with a powerful header by Andrew, giving Martin no chance, only to be denied by a raised offside flag.

Andrew was too high with a header from a left wing Hutchinson corner on 23 minutes as Mansfield continued to look dangerous.

Two minutes later the pressure paid off as the lead was doubled.

Hutchinson played in a low cross from wide on the right and Dyer stretched out a leg to toepoke a perfect finish inside the near post from 12 yards out.

Poku then warmed Martin’s hands from 30 yards on the half-hour as lightning began to flash in the sky beyond the ground once more.

Passes from Kelly and Dyer then set up Hutchinson for his second goal of the night as he flashed an unstoppable shot past Martin at his near post on 32 minutes.

Dyer set up Clements for a first time effort over the bar, then Ball saw his low shot go for a corner off the legs of Martin as a one-sided half reached its 37th minute.

Ball marked his night with a deserved goal on 37 minutes after keeper Martin’s clearance hit a team mate and ran loose to Ball who, with the help of a deflection, found the top corner.

Clements’ square pass set up Hutchinson on the edge of the box, his low shot half-stopped and almost creeping under the keeper before he grabbed it at the second time of asking.

So Stags had to make do with a 4-0 advantage at the end of a half they had enjoyed complete control of.

Hutchinson was inches wide on the restart from Dyer’s low square ball as Mansfield resumed their offensive.

Then Andrew was wide at the far post after Ball had let a right wing cross run past him.

Clements fired in a fine 20-yarder that Martin got his body in the way of and, again, took hold of at the second time of asking.

On the 61st minute Hanson rolled in a tame, low 20 yard shot straight to Deakin that represented the Wrens’ first goal attempt.

But there was little respite at the other end as the over-worked Martin beat away a low near-post blast from Hutchinson.

Buttle was very wide with a 20 yard effort on the turn in another rare home threat.

Martin again thwarted Mansfield when he turned an unlikely volley from the young centre half against his post.

The rhythm of the game was lost as the substitutions continued to flow throughout the half.

Powell was too high with a far post header for Stags near the end while the lightning quick youth player Damar-Thompson forced a near post save.

But on 88 minutes Rainworth almost clawed back as Hanson’s low ball in from the right was met with a sweet low shot from Theakstone that Sutton did well to block.

RAINWORTH MW: Martin, Hanson, Magee, Rickards (Shaw ht), Archer, Dudley, O’Callaghan (Claxton ht), French (Somes 69), Clarke (Theakstone 69), Holmes, Buttle. Subs not used: Brown, Walker, Saunders, West.

STAGS: Deakin (Smith 81), Pilkington, Kelly (Marsden 85), Poku (Thomas 83), Sutton, Gregory, Dyer (Hawkins 85), Clements, Ball (Damar-Thompson 77), Hutchinson (Flint 77), Andrew (Powell 65). Subs not used: Birch, Villums, Spencer, Jones.

REFEREE: Steve Meredith.



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