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2nd August 2016 11:42

Pre-Season Friendly

Mickleover Sports 1 - 0 Mansfield Town
Baskerville 32

Attendance: unknown

Date: 26 July 2016

Stags team:
Brian Jensen,
Teddy Bloor (youth team), Corbin Shires, Keiran Harrison (youth team), Louis Danquah;
James Baxendale, Jamie McGuire, Adam Chapman, CJ Hamilton;
Adi Yussuf, Jason Law.

Report: Mickleover 1-0 Stags
mansfieldtown.net, 26th July 2016

A first half strike from Mickleover frontman Adam Baskerville was the difference between the Derbyshire outfit and a Mansfield Town XI in tonight's pre-season friendly at the Don Amott Stadium.

Stags’ line-up saw a mix of youth and experience with Brian Jensen keeping guard of goal, Jamie McGuire, James Baxendale and Adam Chapman in midfield, CJ Hamilton on the flank and Adi Yussuf in attack. In the second half, first team coach Karl Hawley played for 45 minutes after being brought on as a substitute at the start of the second half.

Read more at http://www.mansfieldtown.net/news/article/2016-17/mickleover-0-0-stags-3208261.aspx#vYeIp1LxMKmB2R2j.99

For Mickleover, former youth team player Ben Turner started at left back and Mansfield-born midfielder Jack Broadhead was in midfield.

Mansfield had a number of chances to find the net, but came up against a Mickleover 'keeper, Liam King, in good form.

Adam Murray's men registered the game’s first shot inside the opening two minutes when frontman Adi Yussuf fired wide from 25 yards.

A minute later, Mickleover forward Danny Schofield was put through one-on-one with Stags’ goalkeeper Brian Jensen, but the big Dane stood strong to deny him from 12 yards out.

Mickleover were almost in the clear again on eight minutes when Andy Dales slipped it through to Adam Baskerville just outside the box, but a crucial intervention from Kieran Harrison allowed Jensen to gather.

Stags’ first corner saw Adam Chapman’s inswinger headed forward by towering defender Corbin Shires, but it was a routine claim for home goalkeeper Lewis King.

Mickelover continued to threaten in attack and almost made the breakthrough on 14 minutes.

Andy Dales played it low into the box and after Harrison miscleared, Schofield could only blast over the bar from short range when he should have scored.

Midway through the first half, Adam Chapman struck audaciously from 35 yards which sailed into the ‘keeper’s hands.

Then Chapman sent a lovely ball onto the left to CJ Hamilton who got the better of the Mickleover right back before squaring for Yussuf, but the Tanzanian was unable to apply the finish from inside the box.

At the other end, Schofield fed Brody Litchfield inside Stags’ 18-yard-area, but Jensen was well positioned to deny the shot from 15 yards.

Mickleover’s keeper was then called upon as Baxendale’s pin point pass was latched onto by an advancing Yussuf, but his low shot towards the far corner was denied by King’s trailing leg.

A well-worked move by the home side was enough to break the deadlock with 32 minutes on the clock.

Left-back Ben Turner picked up a smart central position outside of the Stags box to supply Adam Baskerville, whose crisp floating finish found the top corner of the goal.

Four minutes later, Shires connected with another corner for Mansfield, this time from Baxendale, but it flew harmlessly wide.

On 43 minutes, a strong block from Mickleover defender Tom Burgin prevented Stags of an equaliser.

Yussuf started the move in midfield, slipping it forward for Baxendale who spotted Chapman’s run, but the midfielder’s effort from 12 yards was charged down by Burgin and it rolled out for a corner.

Baxendale turned from provider to shooter a minute later but his effort from 15 yards was well saved by King.

After an end-to-end first half, Stags’ boss Adam Murray made a solitary change in attack as first team coach Karl Hawley replaced Jason Law.

The experienced striker partnered Yussuf up front as Baxendale moved to the right of midfield for the start of the second half.

On 53, Teddy Bloor, the right back, swung in from the right but Hamilton’s header was off target from 16 yards as Stags searched for an equaliser.

Mickleover had a penalty appeal turned down two minutes later when Dales linked up with Baskerville who attempted to round Jensen inside the area. And after Baskerville went to ground, with home players claiming he had been caught by the shot stopper, the referee signalled a goal kick.

At the other end, Hamilton, who had now switched to the right wing, picked up a good position to sweep in a good cross to Hawley, whose header from 15 yards was well saved by a diving King.

Hamilton sped away on 62 with a rapid run on the right before delivering for Yussuf to stab a shot against the post.

Mickleover tried to double their advantage a minute later when Litchfield assisted Baskerville only for the forward to prod it wide from inside the goal area, under pressure from Jensen.

Within a heartbeat, Adi Yussuf forced King into a save with a low shot inside the box.

Stags were unable to clear a home corner on 72 minutes and almost paid the price. Dales whipped in the flag kick and a half clearance fell to Baskerville who could only stab it over.

Mickleover striker Litchfield then drew a save from Jensen with a shot from an acute angle as the home side pushed forward.

Mansfield pressed forward on 82 and forced another save from King when Baxendale’s low cross from near the goal line was powered forward by Hawley, only to be denied by the in-form shot stopper.

MICKLEOVER: King, Grocott, Turner, Broadhead, Mills, Burgin, Dales, Norcross, Litchfield, Baskerville, Schofield

STAGS: Jensen, Bloor, Shires, Harrison, Danquah, McGuire (C), Chapman, Baxendale, Hamilton, Yussuf, Law (Hawley 45).

REFEREE: Ian Smedley


Baskerville shoots down Stags for Sports
chad.co.uk, by John Lomas, Tuesday 26 July 2016

An Adam Schofield goal on 32 minutes proved enough for Evo-Stik NPL Premier Division side Mickleover Sports to see off visiting Mansfield Town 1-0 at the Don Amott Arena.

The Stags fielded a very youthful back four for this fixture and they were tested to the full by John McGrath’s very talented young Sports side.


On a bobbly surface, good football was difficult, so it was fitting the winning goal came from the best passing move of the match.

Sports were good value for their interval lead, Danny Schofield wasting a great chance and Brian Jensen making a good save.

However, with first team coach Karl Hawley pitched into the action in the second half, Mansfield created far more chances in a scrappy, but entertaining end to end half.

Hawley forced two good saves from Lewis King while Adi Yussuf proved a handful, hitting a post and also forcing a save.

However, Mickleover were always a threat with their swift one-touch passing and Jensen had two more fine saves to make while Baskerville blazed a close range chance over the top.

CJ Hamilton again showed glimpses of his electric pace, but no one could finish when he did get balls into the box.

Boss Adam Murray elected to throw four of his youngsters into the starting-line-up.

Defenders Teddy Bloor, Louis Danquah, and Keiran Harrison joined young centre half Corbin Shires while young striker Jason Law also began on the right of a midfield four in a 4-4-1-1 formation.

Yussuf was the lone striker with James Baxendale behind him, with Jamie McGuire skippering a side that also had Adam Chapman and Hamilton alongside him in midfield.

Sports had ex-Stags trialist Pablo Mills and former Mansfield youth player Ben Turner.

Stags had an early let-off as Schofield raced into the box and Jensen did just enough to prevent him getting a finish away and he was eventually crowded out.

On eight minutes Dale sent Baskerville into the Mansfield box and Harrison’s lunging attempt at a tackle proved enough to see the ball roll safely through to Jensen.

A great burst of pace to the by-line by Dales saw him cross low into the middle of the Stags’ six yard box. Harrison intercepted but couldn’t clear and Schofield blazed a glorious chance well over from five yards after 14 minutes.

Aside of Hamilton winning a corner and a low Yussuf shot pulled well wide, Stags had shown little in attack in the first 20 minutes.

On 22 minutes Chapman dipped a clearance back into the keeper’s arms from 35 yards, representing Mansfield’s first on-target effort.

Two minutes later Yussuf might have done better, stabbing a foot at a low Hamilton pull-back, but the ball bobbled away past his lunge.

A big gap opened up down the centre of the Mansfield defence on 26 minutes as Schofield ran through and squared it to Litchfield who saw Jensen superbly beat away his powerful one-on-one finish.

A superb through ball from Baxendale on 28 minutes sent Yussuf on his way, his low finish just touching keeper King en route and rolling out for a corner.

But it was Mickleover that broke through with the move of the night on 32 minutes. Turner started the move and was involved in several crisp first time passes outside the box before laying on a ball for Baskerville, who curled a superb left footed finish high inside the left post.

Two minutes from the break a neat Mansfield move saw Baxendale slip Chapman into the box only to see Burgin slide in with a perfectly-timed block on his shot.

Then King was down to grab a low Baxendale shot to his right as a bright rainbow appeared over the stadium just before the half-time whistle.

First team coach Hawley replaced youngster Law for the second half.

The second half began in scrappy fashion, Stags the first to make a goal attempt as Hamilton rose to nod well wide from a long right wing cross by Bloor.

But on 56 minutes Dales found Baskerville in the box and Bloor had to come up with a fine block, the ball rolling back to the Sports man and Jensen lucky not to concede a penalty with his follow-up challenge.

On 58 minutes Stags were almost level, Hawley forcing King to save his header from a Hamilton cross from the right.

Yussuf came even closer on 62 minutes as Hamilton sped superbly to the right by-line and crossed for Yussuf to turn a finish against the near post.

Within a minute Baskerville beat Jensen to Litchfield’s near post cross from the right but headed wide.

Play swung from end to end and another Hamilton cross from the right saw Yussuf’s low finish well saved.

Sports should have sealed the win on 72 minutes. Dale’s corner was not cleared and, from close in, Baskerville skied a finish over the bar.

With 12 minutes to go Jensen had another save to make as Litchfield got into the box on the left and tried to beat him with a ow shot at the near post.

On 82 minutes King again denied Hawley as he turned well onto a Baxendale cross from the right by-line and got away a low shot.

McGuire was lucky this was a pre-season friendly as his two-footed tackle on Dales saw play continue as time ran out on Mansfield.

MICKLEOVER SPORTS: King, Grocott, Turner, Broadhead, Mills, Burgin, Dales, Norcross, Litchfield, Baskerville (sub 90mins), Schofield.

STAGS: Jensen, Bloor, Shires, Harrison, Danquah, McGuire (C), Chapman, Baxendale, Hamilton, Yussuf, Law (Hawley HT).

REFEREE: Ian Smedley.

Here are Chad’s Mansfield Town ratings from last night’s 1-0 pre-season friendly defeat at Mickleover Sports.

The Stags went with a rookie defence against a very good Evo-Stick NPL Premier Division side and the youngsters were given a very stark lesson in the difference between youth football and men’s football.

The new Stags’ U21 side will offer them a better stepping stone than this as they endured a torrid evening at times.

But they worked manfully and, with the rock that is Brian Jensen behind them and players like Adam Chapman and Jamie McGuire helping out, Stags conceded only once.

At the other end Adi Yussuf and second half sub, first team coach Karl Hawley, combined well and could have ended up with four goals between them on another night.


Brian Jensen 8 - Made two or three excellent saves and was a rock of calm behind a very young defence. He could do nothing about the well placed finish by Adam Baskerville for the goal and his only other sticky moment was being beaten to a near post cross by the head of an opponent, the ball going wide.

Teddy Bloor 5 - Got stuck in but hard going against some excellent Mickleover inter-play.

Corbin Shires 6 - With fractionally more experience then the other three defenders, much responsibility fell on Shires’ young shoulders. It was hard work but the giant centre half got his head onto some of Sports’ forward balls and wasn’t afraid to try some ambitious passes out of defence.

Keiran Harrison 5 - Threw himself at everything he could but a tough evening of hard work.

Louis Danquah 5 - Danquah had an excellent game at Clipstone, but at this level he looked more inexperienced and was stretched at times.

Jamie McGuire 6 - As usual gave his all and worked his socks off as the father figure of the team. However, a silly two-footed tackle in the second half would have seen a card produced when the League starts, and probably a red one.

Adam Chapman 6 - Worked hard on the night but not a surface suited to his accurate passing style. Needed the 90 minutes for his fitness bank.

James Baxendale 6 - Playing just behind the striker, he was involved in Stags’ best moments of the first half but rarely had the chance to run at players as he likes to do.

CJ Hamilton 7 - If Adam Murray can harness this man’s speed and have an end product, Stags will have a hell of a player. Goes like the wind with space to run, but occasionally over-runs it or shows too much of the ball to opponents. But he did manage to get in three or four great balls last night and stake his claim for Newport.

Adi Yussuf 7 - Still a frustrating player, out of the game for periods, but last night, especially after half-time, he scared the life out of Mickleover and struck a post, forced a good save and put other chances wide. As Murray says, Yussuf always looked likely to score.

Jason Law 6 - No doubt buzzing from his goal at Carlton, striker Law played a deeper role on the right of midfield and worked hard, showing good strength for his age.


Karl Hawley (HT sub for Law) 7 - Hawley is still short of full fitness and needs to keep it topped up in case he is needed. But the veteran coach twice almost scored and brought others into play with his intelligent passing and running.




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