CARLTON 1-0 STAGS XI
Carlton Town 1 - 0 Mansfield Town (U21 professionals and youth)
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Date: 7 July 2015
CARLTON 1-0 STAGS XI
Martin Shaw at Stoke Lane
A Mansfield Town XI made up of five young professionals and youth team/youth trialists lost 1-0 at Evo-Stik Northern League Div 1 South side Carlton Town this evening. A disappointing game was settled on 82 minutes with a scrambled goal.
There are five professionals in the Stags team tonight for the game at Carlton Town (Shires, Conor Green, Fitzpatrick, Spencer, Fletcher). Shires, Spencer and Fletcher were of course on loan at Carlton last season. The rest are youth team or youth trialists. John Dempster is taking the team tonight. Murray, Moore and Cooper are here.
Teddy Bloor, Corbin Shires (captain), Conor Green, Reece Lucas;
Tyler Blake, Joe Fitzpatrick, Chris Spencer, Lewis Ferguson,
Dan Fletcher, Jordan Slack.
Anthony Howell is in the Carlton side having just signed for them.
Julian Kelly is also in the Carlton side. He played on trial for the Stags in a 1-0 pre-season friendly at Chester two years ago.
A quiet first half with little goalmouth action.
2 mins A Corbin Shires header is cleared off the line from a Fitzpatrick corner
10 mins Chris Spencer piledriver is straight at the keeper
32 mins Carlton no.10 shoots wide
35 mins Corbin Shires heads over the bar from a corner
Carlton changed kit to a slightly lighter blue for the second half, changed numbers and made substitutions bearing no resemblance to the team sheet.
HT subs for Mansfield: Zayn Hakeem and Henry Brittijn on for Tyler Blake and Teddy Bloor.
Another sub Tom Marriott (who played in the 1st half at Rainworth as striker), on for Jordan Slack.
56 mins Chris Spencer’s free kick from 20 yards is blocked by the wall as far as Corbin Shires whose header was tipped away by the keeper.
65 mins Carlton no.14 fired over the bar from the left.
68 mins Anthony Howell headed wide from a cross from the right under pressure from Stags keeper Hampson.
70 mins Carlton no.8 shot just wide.
74 mins Frazer Hampson saved with his legs from Carlton no.14
82 mins 1-0 Carlton take the lead as Richard Fletcher scrambles home after Hampson seemed to have the ball in his grasp saving from Felix Hogg after a scramble in the area.
83 mins sub for Mansfield: Sam Wilson replaces Frazer Hampson, who seemed to get a hand injury in the build-up to the goal.
86 mins Joe Fitzpatrick fizzes a great shot just wide of the right post from the left.
FT Carlton 1-0 Mansfield XI
If you’re thinking of going to Tamworth or Worksop, I sought assurance from both Adam Murray and Micky Moore that they will be Stags first teams turning out, and they both confirmed to me.
Youthful Stags suffer late defeat
mansfieldtown.net, by Andrew Webb, 7th July 2015
Carlton score in closing stages to record a pre-season win.
A late goal consigned a youthful Mansfield Town XI to a 1-0 defeat to Carlton Town.
Read more at http://www.mansfieldtown.net/news/article/friendly-at-carlton-town-on-tuesday-2527121.aspx#gpw4MhKdrfETBIP6.99
In an even contest, the Stags, led by youth team boss John Dempster and coach Mark Peters, had the better of the opening 45 minutes with Corbin Shires and Chris Spencer both going close.
Carlton dominated after the re-start and picked up a morale boosting friendly win - scoring during a goalmouth scramble in the closing stages.
The Stags began the game on the front foot and forced their Evo-Stik Division One (South) opponents into plenty of defending during the early exchanges.
The first goalscoring opportunity fell to skipper for the night Corbin Shires, who got on the end of a corner by Joe Fitzpatrick and saw his goalbound header cleared off the line by a defender.
In total, Mansfield forced three corners inside the opening five minutes, but didn’t work Carlton ‘keeper Curtis McDonald until the tenth minute when Chris Spencer’s speculative 20-yard strike was comfortably gathered.
Trialist Lewis Ferguson showed some tidy touches on the left flank and when he went on a good run and broke into the area on the quarter-hour mark, only a good, well-timed challenge from a defender stopped him in his tracks.
After two more flag kicks in quick succession, the Stags’ pressure began to ease and the game became more of a midfield battle.
The next chance didn’t occur until after the half-hour mark when McDonald flapped at another of Fitzpatrick’s set-piece delivers and the ball reached Shires, who headed over under pressure.
Dan Fletcher went close to connecting with a good ball into the box by trialist Reece Lucas, whilst Ferguson flashed another cross through a packed six-yard box as the game remained goalless at half-time.
The Millers wore a completely different kit, blue shirts and white shorts, for the second half, whilst they also made a handful of substitutions and changed numbers - making it nearly impossible from a press perspective to know which players was which.
Nevertheless, they looked much stronger and more threatening and Frazer Hampson was called into action twice in quick succession to keep Mansfield on level terms.
The Stags’ chances were sparse, but they went close on 56 minutes when Ferguson was hacked down on the edge of the box and Spencer’s resulting free-kick deflected off the wall to Shires, whose bouncing header warmed the hands of the ‘keeper.
Carlton rallied and created more chances - with one effort clearing Hampson’s woodwork by just a few inches, before the young custodian made a series of impressive stops and commanded his box with good authority to thwart the hosts.
Eventually though, he was beaten - albeit controversially. Two Carlton players had shots saved inside the six-yard box, before the ball was kicked from under Hampson’s hands and into the back of the net from close-range.
The Stags tried their best to get a late equaliser, but the closest they came was when an attempt by Fitzpatrick curled wide following a short one-two with Ferguson.
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