PRE-SEASON FRIENDLY: HUCKNALL 0 STAGS 3
Monday 23 July 2012
Hucknall Town 0-3 Mansfield Town
Howell 45, Ryan McGorrigan (trialist) 46, 89
Redmond, Thompson (right back), Pablo Mills (trialist), Dempster, Sutton (left back), Poku, Roberts, Briscoe, Wright, Howell, Hutchinson.
46: Ryan McGorrigan (trialist) (forward) for Howell
64: Jake Green (at left back) for Sutton
69: Adam Somes for Hutchinson
69: Andy Todd (at right back) for Thompson
73: Scott Rogers for Roberts
81: Jobe Shaw for Dempster
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Info on Pablo Mills (trialist) :
former Crawley and Derby central defender and midfielder
Ex-Newcastle trialist helps Mansfield Town to pre-season win at Hucknall Town
Chad report by Stephen Thirkill
FORMER Newcastle United youth and reserve striker trialist Ryan McGorrigan (19) scored twice in Mansfield Town's comfortable 3-0 pre-season friendly win at Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Division One South neighbours Hucknall Town tonight.
Stags played some decent football on a difficult, bobbly surface while industrious Hucknall will be pleased the scoreline wasn't bigger against them after being forced to soak up some fearsome pressure in the first half-hour.
It finally took a lobbed goal from Anthony Howell, playing a striker's role, to break their resistance with almost the last kick of the first 45 minutes.
It was also his last kick as he was replaced at the interval by McGorrigan, to whom the second half truly belonged.
Playing the full game for Stags was ex-Derby County centre half Pablo Mills, released by Crawley Town this summer.
Mansfield have yet to concede a goal in their four pre-season games to date and boss Paul Cox said “I've got a lot of lads 90 minutes under their belt and I was pleased with how we played on a tough surface.
“The grass was long and it was a bit bobbly but I thought the lads did well and worked really hard.
“I had a go at Ben Hutchinson and Louis Briscoe last week but they both came back at me well tonight and we have got genuine competition for places now.
“Pablo is training with us to keep fit so he is not a trial player.
“He is talking to lots of other clubs and we just said we'd see what happens. But, of course, you have to be interested in a player who has just won back-to-back championships.”
Admitting the Newcastle youngster had given him reason to ponder offering him a contract, he added: “Ryan McGorrigan had two chances and scored both and showed good movement. The first was an excellent finish, the second showed a poacher's instinct.
“They don't always have to be massive names. As long as they can stick the ball in the back of the net then they are doing the same job.”
John Thompson, so badly injured in pre-season last year, finally made his first appearance of the pre-season campaign after shaking off a tight thigh muscle problem.
There were also returns for Hutchinson and Briscoe after being dropped for the last two friendlies following poor displays in the opening game at Leamington.
Had Hutchinson been alert in the opening minutes, he might have latched onto a beautifully-weighted ball over the top by Thompson.
But seconds later, Hutchinson made space onto his right foot over 25 yards from goal and let fly with a swerving effort that home keeper Fisher didn't really see and, in the end, kept out with his knees.
Howell, playing as central striker, couldn't quite turn the ball home from a corner, then Briscoe ran down the right at fired low at Fisher as Mansfield started the night with purpose.
Briscoe next went down the left flank and lofted in a tempting cross that Howell headed over.
Briscoe curled a quickly-taken free kick at Fisher and Howell had a shot charged down from Wright's drag-back.
It looked like it was going to be a long night for the home side and, had Wright's first touch from Briscoe's square pass been better, it would have been 1-0 on 15 minutes, the ball instead running to a grateful Fisher.
Hatfield's screwed blast well wide from 10 yards inside the Mansfield half showed how desperate the under-siege Yellow were becoming.
Roberts was rightly lectured for a late tackle from behind on Wilby.
For all their early pressure, Stags could have found themselves behind on 39 minutes as Dempster missed his header as Austin floated the ball forward, allowing Slack a shooting chance which he blasted over.
Soon after Hutchinson turned and shot low at Fisher and, just before the break, he composed himself 25 yards out and let fly with an effort that went wide of the far post with Fisher beaten.
Redmond had more work to do, getting behind Topliss' low shot on 44 minutes.
But seconds before the break Stags finally went ahead.
Briscoe provided the through ball down the centre, Howell beat the offside trap and, with Fisher advancing, timed his lob to perfection and into the empty net.
McGorrigan took over from Howell for the second half and within a minute had controlled well, juggled the ball on the right hand corner of the box before dispatching a superb half-volley across Fisher and inside the far post.
Stags then survived a few moments of home pressure and a couple of near misses as Sutton put a dangerous ball out for a corner from which a scramble ensued in which a shot was blocked.
An angled shot from the left foot of Hutchinson forced Fisher to help the ball round for a corner on 59 minutes.
Matt Green's brother Jake, still without a contract offer, came on to replace the limping Sutton on 65 minutes, then the subs began to flow with former youth team players Somes, Shaw and Rogers getting in on the action.
Wright flicked the ball up and tried a cheeky dipping shot from long range which Fisher saw all the way as we entered the last 15 minutes while Somes saw a shot deflect just wide for a corner
With 10 minutes to go, a Stags counter-attack saw Briscoe release McGorrigan. But he checked his run when he might have gone clear and in the end his chip was too high and the moment was gone.
In the final minute Wright launched a long ball to the far post from wide on the right. Somes tried to hit the target but miscued and could only help the ball back across the middle of goal where McGorrigan was racing in to complete a highly satisfactory brace and cap a good night for both sides.
HUCKNALL: Fisher, Baugh (Brown 62), Austin, Hayes (Blair 71), Nightingale, Carty, Ludlam (Ganderson HT), Hatfield (Snowden HT), Slack (Garner 54), Wilby, Topliss (subbed 81).
STAGS: Redmond; Thompson (Todd 70), Mills, Dempster (Shaw 82), Sutton (J. Green 65); Briscoe, Poku, Roberts (Rogers 74), Wright; Howell (McGorrigan HT); Hutchinson (Somes 70).
REFEREE: Liam Jones.
Hucknall 0-3 Stags
Mansfield Town maintained their unbeaten start to pre-season and kept their fourth clean sheet in the process with a 3-0 win at Watnall Road, Hucknall.
A goal a minute before and after half-time, along with a 90th minute strike helped secure the win which saw Paul Cox field two trialists in the shape of defender Pablo Mills and forward Ryan McGorrigan who bagged a brace during a second half spell.
Stags showed their intent from the start when, after four minutes, Ben Hutchinson let fly from distance, and home goalkeeper Jason Fisher, with the sun in his eyes, could only keep out with his knees.
It was an easier save just minutes later, when he got down low to a Louis Briscoe shot at his near post.
On eight minutes, Anthony Howell headed over from a left wing cross when he may have hit the target.
With Stags continuing to press well, striker Nick Wright had half a chance in the area from a heavy pass by Louis Briscoe - but 'keeper Fisher got to the ball before Wright could do any damage.
After Stags' good start, Hucknall crept back into the match to make it a more even spectacle.
The home side carved out their first real chance on 38 minutes when John Dempster misjudged the flight of a cross from Rob Austin, allowing Karl Slack to fire over from 20 yards when he should have tested Shane Redmond.
At the other end, Fisher had to keep out a speculative effort from Hutchinson shortly before Stags broke the deadlock.
On the stroke of half time, Howelll broke the offside trap after latching onto a Briscoe pass, and with total composure, lofted it over the goalkeeper and into the net.
And within a minute of the restart Paul Cox's men doubled their lead. From the edge of the box, ex Newcastle frontman Ryan McGorrigan, replacing Howell at half-time, hit a beautiful volley into the corner of the goal, leaving Fisher with no chance
Just before the hour-mark, Fisher had to palm away a strong shot from Hutchinson before Cox made a string of substitutions during a second half where clear cut chances were at a a premium
On 65, Jake Green, younger brother of hot shot Matt, replaced Ritchie Sutton at full back who appeared injured.
Five minutes later, Ben Hutchinson and John Thompson were replaced by Adam Somes and Andy Todd and then on 74, Scott Rogers came on for Gary Roberts.
Two minutes later, Nick Wright's audacious attempt from 25 yards was comfortably held by the home shot stopper.
Young defender Jobe Shaw saw the final nine minutes of play when he replaced John Dempster in defence.
Stags enjoyed much of the late pressure as home legs started to tire before the third and final goal came with seconds to spare. Wright's right-wing ball found Somes in the centre, but McGorrigan got in on the act and found the net moments before the referee blasted the final whistle.
STAGS: Redmond, Thompson (Todd 70), Mills, Dempster (Shaw 82), Sutton (J. Green 65); Briscoe, Poku, Roberts (Rogers 74), Wright; Howell (McGorrigan H/T); Hutchinson (Somes 70).
Hope springs for Town after derby defeat against Stags
HUCKNALL Town will take heart from a competitive performance as they went down 3-0 in a local derby against a strong Mansfield Town side at Watnall Road,
A good crowd of 385 turned out on Monday as The Yellows took on a Stags outfit tipped to be among the pack for promotion to the Football League next season.
But despite Hucknall's endeavour and no shortage of effort, they lost out to goals conceded at disastrous times — one either side of half time and another in the final minute.
Stags gaffer Paul Cox opted to give many of his first-team squad a runout against Hucknall and his Yellows counterpart, Brett Marshall, knew his troops would face a stern test.
Therefore, it was no surprise when Mansfield started the stronger and had three chances in the opening eight minutes with Ritchie Sutton and Anthony Howells going close before a 30-yard effort was saved with his legs by home 'keeper Jason Fisher.
Warren Hatfield tried his luck with Hucknall's first effort on 20 minutes as the home side began to get into the game.
They then created their best chance of the half as Rob Austin played the ball into Karl Slack's feet. He fed it back to Julian Topliss, but the midfielder drove his shot straight into Shane Redmond's chest.
Just as it looked like the teams would be going in level, the ball broke for Hucknall old boy Howells, who found himself through on goal and calmly lobbed Fisher to give the Stags a half-time lead.
Then, within a minute of the restart with fans returning to their seats, Mansfield doubled their advantage through former Newcastle United youth player Ryan McGorrigan.
The 19-year-old controlled well, juggled the ball on the right-hand corner of the box and then despatched a superb half-volley that gave Fisher no chance.
Most in the ground thought that was game, set and match as Mansfield had not conceded a goal in pre-season.
Both manAgers shuffled their packs in the second half as the game struggled to flow into any kind of rhythm
The Yellows still tried to play their football but were guilty of giving the ball away far too easily as they began to flag in the heat.
Despite some half-chances for the home side, it was The Stags who added a third goal right at the death when a shot across goal was touched in at the far post by McGorrigan to complete a brace.
After the match, Marshall said: “I'm pretty pleased.
“Mansfield always looked that little bit sharper, but we competed well.”
HUCKNALL LINE-UP — Fisher/ Baugh (for Brown 62), Austin, Hayes (for Blair 71), Nightingale, Carty, Ludlam (for Ganderson 45), Hatfield (for Snowden 45), Slack (for Garner 54), Wilby, Topliss (substituted 81).