STAGS THROUGH IN CHECKATRADE TROPHY VS WOLVES U21
English Football League Trophy - Checkatrade Trophy, group stage
Mansfield Town 2 - 1 Wolverhampton Wanderers U21
Mellis 4, Benning 47. Goncalves 75
Attendance: 1112 (131 from Wolves)
Date: 9 October 2018
Martin Shaw at the One Call Stadium, Field Mill
Mansfield Town are through to the second round of the Checkatrade Trophy with a game to spare after a fairly comfortable victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers U21 last night. The Stags will top the group and earn a home tie with anything other than a 2 or more goal defeat at home to Scunthorpe in the final group game at the One Call Stadium next month.
FULL REPORT IN THE MATCH CENTRE
MATCH REPORT: Mansfield Town see off Wolves’ cubs to qualify for next round
chad.co.uk, by JOHN LOMAS, Tuesday 09 October 2018
Early goals in both halves proved enough to see Mansfield Town beat Wolves U21s 2-1 and qualify Stags for the knock-out stages of the Checkatrade Trophy with a game still to play. But the gutsy Wolves youngsters made a fight of it as the game wore on and brilliant free kick by Pedro Goncalves on 73 minutes had the home side and supporters sweating. Jacob Mellis slotted Stags ahead on four minutes as the home side dominated first half possession, though Wolves did have their moments. Once Mal Benning had made it 2-0 on 47 minutes the floodgates could have opened.
But Wolves dug deep and clawed their way back into the contest, making Mansfield work hard for their success. Mellis and Timi Elsnick were excellent in midfield and Hayden White and Krystian Pearce impressive at the back with Benning full of running to the end.
Mansfield made seven changes on the night, including a full debut for 20-year-old striker Jordan Graham and a surprise return from an ankle injury for White. Also into the side come Conrad Logan, Will Atkinson, Mellis, Calum Butcher and Omari Sterling-James. Sterling-James and Pearce were both playing ahead of leaving for international duty this weekend, which has seen the visit of Grimsby Town postponed. Out of the side from Saturday’s 2-2 draw at Bury went Bobby Olejnik, Ryan Sweeney, CJ Hamilton, Otis Khan, Neal Bishop, Tyler Walker and Danny Rose.
Stags could have made the perfect start as, in the very first minute, Butcher’s perfect cross from the left picked out Atkinson at the far post. But, from close range, the wing back’s header his the bar and he then painfully clattered into the upright himself. Three minutes later Benning’s cross to the far post again picked out Atkinson and this time his header was hooked off the line by John. But Stags were ahead on four minutes. Sterling-James sent Mellis racing into the box and he slotted coolly to the right of the goalkeeper. Flitcroft delight as win over Wolves sets Mansfield Town on the Wembley trail Pair set to miss out again for Mansfield Town in Wolves clash tonight After a long spell of home pressure, Logan ran out his box to safely clear at the first hint of trouble from the visitors as Ashley-Seal chased a through ball. The visitors were beginning to see more of the ball now and on 15 minutes Giles wasn’t too far over with a powerful rising shot after Wolves had worked the ball from right to left. A great burst by Butcher saw him roll an inviting pass towards Graham, but keeper Norris was down quickly to smother before he could connect. On 21 minutes John nodded the visitors’ first corner wide. Logan had to make a smart save on 24 minutes, though it was his poor kick out to Benning that sparked the danger, Benning losing possession to Goncalves, whose low square cross was met with a well-struck on-target effort from Ennis. On 38 minutes, in trying to cut out a low ball into the box, Pearce diverted the ball at his own goal and forced Logan to stretch out a hand and block. Then Diallo earned warm applause from the home fans as he controlled a clearance and volleyed it back over the goal from almost 30 yards. However, Stags doubled their lead two minutes into the second half. Atkinson floated over a teasing far post cross from the right which Norris stretched to punch away. But he could only find Benning in space and the wing back smashed a low finish past him into the net. Hamilton replaced Sterling-James on the hour in the first change of the night. Five minutes later Graham’s debut was over as Rose took over up front. A minute later Rose was tripped almost 25 yards from goal to to earn Goncalves a booking and win a free kick that saw Norris save superbly from Benning’s kick, curling towards the top right corner. Ashley-Seal was booked on 73 minutes after kicking Mellis and then hacking down Atkinson in succession. But then White conceded a free kick 20 yards out which Portuguese youngster Goncalves curled brilliantly under the left angle with Logan helpless to reduce the arrears. Diallo was booked for arguing over a foul on White with 12 minutes to go. The free kick won was 30 yards out but Benning curled it well and it rattled the sidenetting with some fans thinking it had gone in. Before play restarted Khan took over from Butcher in midfield. A quick free kick from Khan then caught Wolves napping and Atkinson forced Norris to block with his shins at his near post. Wolves began to push hard late on and with five minutes to go Logan got a crucial touch on a dipping long range blast by Diallo. The tension was rising and a minute into three added at the end John was booked for shoving over Mellis while two minutes later Kilman’s foul on Khan saw him cautioned too. But Stags hung on to see the job through.
STAGS: Logan; White, Pearce, Preston; Atkinson, Elsnik, Mellis, Butcher (Khan 79), Benning; Sterling-James (Hamilton 60), Graham (Rose 65). Subs not used: Olejnik, Gibbens, Walker, Law.
WOLVES U21s: Norris, Johns, Kilman, Iorfa, Buur, Diallo, Alves (Samuels 79), Giles, Goncalves, Ashley-Seal, Ennis. Subs not used: Sondergaard, Crabtree, Perry, Thompson, Richards, Cundle.
REFEREE: Tom Nield of West Yorkshire. ATTENDANCE: 1,112 (131 away) CHAD STAGS MAN OF THE MATCH: Jacob Mellis.
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Mansfield 2-1 Wolves U21 | Match Report
9th October 2018
Mansfield Town 2 (Mellis 4', Benning 47') Wolves U21 1 (Goncalves 75')
A stunning Pedro Goncalves free kick wasn't enough as Wolves U21s were beaten 2-1 by Mansfield Town in their second group game of this season's Checkatrade Trophy at the One Call Stadium.
The young Wolves side were looking to get their first win on the board in this competition after registering a point in their opening fixture away at Scunthorpe in September.
It didn't start well for Wolves as the home side took the lead inside five minutes. Jacob Mellis found himself in space inside the Wolves box before sliding the ball beyond the onrushing Will Norris.
Wolves grew into the game as Niall Ennis forced a smart save from Conrad Logan in the Mansfield goal.
It was 2-0 just minutes after the interval. Will Norris came out to punch a Mansfield free kick from the right hand side. The ball fell to Mal Benning on the edge of the penalty area who fired it beyond the Wolves 'keeper to double the Stags lead.
Goncalves struck a stunning free kick from 20 yards with 15 minutes remaining but it wasn't enough for Wolves as they suffered their first defeat of the season in this competition.
MOMENT OF THE MATCH
Pedro Goncalves' picked out the top left-hand corner with a sublime free kick but it wasn't enough to earn Wolves anything from the game.
Rob Edwards said: "I'm disappointed, no one likes to lose games. I can never question the commitment or spirit of the group but I thought we lacked knowledge of the game at the beginning of both halves.
"We didn't control the game enough but I thought in the second half we did show some really good quality."
Wolves Under 23s return to league action with a trip to the south coast where they will face Radhi Jaïdi’s Southampton on Friday 19th October at St Mary's Stadium.
19/10 Southampton (A)
26/10 Manchester United (H)
02/11 Stoke City (A)
06/11 Lincoln City (A)
26/11 Aston Villa (H)
Wolves: Norris, Iorfa, Kilman, John, Buur, Diallo, Alves (Samuels 80'), Giles, Ennis, Ashley-Seal, Goncalves.
Unused subs: Sondergaard, Thompson, Richards, Perry, Crabtree, Cundle.
Bookings: Goncalves - foul, 67'; Ashley-Seal - foul, 73'; Ennis - foul, 77'; John - foul 90+1'; Kilman - foul, 90+3'.
Mansfield: Logan, White, Benning, Preston, Pearce, Mellis, Atkinson, Butcher (Khan 79'), Elsnik, Sterling-James (Hamilton 60'), Graham (Rose 65').
Unused subs: Olejnik, Walker, Law, Gibbens.
Wolves under-21s lose to Mansfield Town in Checkatrade Trophy
expressandstar.com, By Matt Wilson
A stunning free-kick from Portuguese youngster Pedro Goncalves couldn’t rescue Wolves under-21s from defeat in the Checktrade Trophy last night.
Following up from their goalless draw with Scunthorpe in the first game, Rob Edwards’s side went down 2-1 to League Two Mansfield Town at the One Call Stadium.
The Stags took the lead as early as the third minute when Jacob Mellis fired into the bottom corner.
The hosts started the second half just as well as the first, and doubled their lead two minutes after the break through former Walsall player Malvind Benning.
The West Bromwich-born defender brought the ball down following some pinball in the box and fired home.
Goncalves, who joined from Valencia in 2017, pulled a goal back for Wolves 15 minutes before the end with a gorgeous free-kick.
But the youngsters could not find an equaliser after that, leaving them on one point in Northern Group H.
On a night with several record low attendances, 131 Wolves fans braved the journey to the One Call Stadium, where the official gate was 1,112.
Wolves: Norris (GK), Giles, Ashley-Seal, Goncalves, Alves (Samuels 80’), Rasmussen, Diallo, Ennis, John, Kilman, Iorfa.
Unused subs: Sondergaard (GK), Crabtree, Perry, Thompson, Richards, Cundle.