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Papa John’s Trophy (English Football League Trophy)
Harrogate Town 3 - 1 Mansfield Town
Orsi 44, 53, 69. Lapslie 66. Bowery missed pen 52
Attendance: 825 (135 from Mansfield)

Date: 31 August 2021


Martin Shaw at Wetherby Road (EnviroVent Stadium)

Mansfield Town were beaten 3-1 in the opening game of the Papa John’s Trophy at Harrogate on Tuesday evening. The Stags back line was young and inexperienced and against a much more experienced Harrogate side, it showed as Harrogate profited from a number of lapses at the back. Despite that, things could have been different had Jordan Bowery converted a penalty after 52 minutes with the Stags trailing 1-0 as George Lapslie hit the underside of the bar, the ball came out to Tyrese Sinclair, whose goalbound shot was stopped in the six yard box by the arm of Alex Pattison. It should have been a red card for Pattison but the referee only showed a yellow card. Worse was to follow as Jordan Bowery stepped up and sent the penalty against the bar. And within 15 seconds, the ball was in the net at the other end as Danilo Orsi’s very weak shot somehow crept through Stags keeper George Shelvey, making his debut. There’s no other way of describing it other than a goalkeeping howler but the whole 60 seconds was a catalogue of errors. Earlier it was another mistake by Shelvey which gifted Orsi the opening goal after 44 minutes.

George Lapslie pulled a goal back after 66 minutes thanks to yet another goalkeeping mistake as Harrogate keeper Joe Cracknell parried his shot from 18 yards but the ball looped up behind him and into the net. But the home side sealed the win after 69 minutes when Orsi completed his hat-trick turning into the net from close range. The Stags were unlucky as both Bowery and James Clarke hit the woodwork, Bowery with a header in the first half, and James Clarke with a cracking volley in the second half. But overall, Harrogate were much the better side deserving their victory and Mansfield gave the ball away too often in dangerous positions gifting possession to the home side.

After the game, Stags boss Nigel Clough was again unhappy with the officials, for the fourth game running, and rightly so. He told iFollow Stags: “How the lad is not given a red card for deliberate handball right in front of the goal. The message came back the referee said the ball wasn't going in the net, which when you look at it back is quite staggering really.” Clough himself was booked later. When I asked him the last time he was booked, he could not remember. He told me he was booked for laughing at the poor decision. The Stags will be hoping the luck from refereeing decisions turns very soon.

This was the opening game in the competition. The Stags will also play Sheffield Wednesday and Newcastle United U21.

The Stags made nine changes from the side that lost at Swindon. Rawson and Lapslie started from the side that started at Swindon. George Shelvey made his Stags debut in goal. Ethan Hill, grandson of Paul Matthews who played in the Stags’ 1974-75 Division 4 winning side, also made his debut. He played in front of the back four. It was a proud moment for young right back James Clarke who was selected as captain. Keaton Ward, who has generally played in midfield in the few appearances he’s made for the club, started in central defence. Ryan Burke made his second start, at left back, having started against Preston in the Carabao cup.

Clough explained about the make-up of his team after the game: “We used tonight as an opportunity for youngsters to get their debuts, with the likes of Ethan Hill getting his first start. It was an absolutely invaluable experience for them. We’re short of central defenders at the moment, so he (Keaton Ward) played back there with Faz Rawson. Ideally we wouldn't want Faz to play either but the rules state you've got to have four experienced players in there or four who played last Saturday. So that was Faz, Jordan (Bowery), Harry Charsley and Laps made up the quota. Lapslie has been a bit stop-start, even through pre-season. He’s going to have to get a run somewhere which is why we played him tonight, and I thought it was the sharpest he’s looked so far this season. There was a big difference in the age tonight. They (Harrogate) had senior players, albeit squad players. Our fringe players tend to be younger players who we're trying to bring through. So it was a big difference, men against boys sometimes.”

Harrogate made seven changes from their side that drew with Exeter on Saturday. However they had very few youngsters and the players they brought in were experienced.

The Stags play Harrogate again on Saturday, this time in the League at the One Call Stadium. Get down to the game if you can. But if you can’t, the game will be available to watch with a match pass on iFollow Stags (because Saturday games on international weekends are available to view on iFollow, whereas normal Saturday games are not).



Mansfield Town kick off EFL Trophy campaign with defeat at Harrogate Town
chad.co.uk, Tuesday 31st August 2021

Stags kicked off their EFL Trophy campaign with a disappointing 3-1 defeat at Harrogate.

Danilo Orsi, who scored 19 times for Maidenhead in the National League last season, impressed with a fine hat-trick.

George Lapslie pulled one back at 2-1 to give the visitors a sniff before Orsi completed his terrific treble.

Jordan Bowery squandered a great chance to level 1-1 when he smashed his penalty against the bar.


And the two sides will do battle again on Saturday in league action.

The hosts started brightly at the EnviroVent Stadium.

Stags’ shot-stopper George Shelvey did well to keep out Simon Power’s early effort.

And the home team went close to an opener when Aaron Martin fired into the side netting.

Nigel Clough’s charges were agonisingly denied after soaking up the early pressure.

Bowery was left frustrated after his header cannoned back off the woodwork.

Down the other end, Mansfield were indebted to the furniture themselves as dangerous Power fired against the post.

Shelvey pulled off another great stop just before the break when he kept out George Thomson’s low strike.

But the visitor’s keeper was beaten moments later.

Orsi got his first of the night as he found the back of the net after Alex Pattison was kept out by Shelvey.

Harrogate went close to doubling their tally after the break as Power’s curling effort flew wide.

And Bowery’s deflected effort found the side netting as the Stags pushed for an equaliser.

The visitors were gifted a way back into the game as Tyrese Sinclair’s effort was handled after George Lapslie hit the bar.

But Bowery failed to take advantage as his spot kick hit the bar.

And the hosts countered brilliantly with Orsi grabbing his second as he converted Power’s pin-point cross.

James Clarke was denied by the post before Jason Law’s effort was kept out by Joe Cracknell.

But the Stags pulled one back in the 66th minute as Lapslie’s powerful strike went it.

The hosts regained their two-goal cushion just three minutes later.

Orsi completed a fine treble as he pounced to tap home from close range after Shelvey parried Martin’s header.

Harrogate: Cracknell, Fallowfield, Smith, Thomson (Muldoon, 78), Martin, Orsi, Sheron, Pattison, Kerry, Hall (Burrell, 64), Power.

Unused subs: Oxley, Page, Falkingham, Armstrong, McArdle.

Mansfield: Shelvey, J. Clarke, Rawson (Oates, 54), Warde, Burke, Hill, Charsley, Law, Lapslie (Caine, 68), Bowery, Sinclair (Cooper, 77).

Unused subs: Bishop, Gordon, O.Clarke, Johnson.

Referee: Andy Haines

Attendance: 825 (135)



A Danilo Orsi hat-trick ensured our Papa John's Trophy Group H campaign started with a win on an eventful night at The EnviroVent Stadium.

Orsi put Town ahead a minute before the break and grabbed a second in the 53rd minute, just seconds after Jordan Bowery had fired a penalty against the bar, with Simon Power carrying the ball up the other end to set up his teammate.

The visitors did get on the score sheet through George Lapslie, but Orsi's third ended any hopes of an away comeback and helped Town to a fourth win from five to start the season.

Simon Weaver made seven changes from Saturday's draw with Exeter with Joe Cracknell and Will Smith making their first appearances of the season, while there was a debut for Nathan Sheron at left back.

With the announcement of Jack Diamond's return prior to kick-off, the EnviroVent Stadium was in great voice, but it was Simon Power who first got the crowd off their seats, collecting a cross field pass from George Thomson before beating his marker for pace and forcing a save from George Shelvey.

The visitors then showed what they can do as a dangerous Jason Law cross from the left was headed onto the foot of the post by Jordan Bowery.

Lloyd Kerry was next to have a chance after beating Ferrand Rawson, but couldn't find the target with a rused effort, with Alex Pattison sending a spectacular effort over not long after.

Power was next to hit the woodwork as he bent the ball onto the outside of the frame of the goal after Aaron Martin's lay off.

Just as it looked like it would be a goalless half, Orsi claimed his first goal for the club, following in Pattison's shot that was spilled by Shelvey and firing into the empty net.

Seven minutes into the second half the contest burst into life as George Lapslie became the latest player to hit the woodwork, with Tyrese Sinclair's follow up striking the arm of Pattison, resulting in Referee Andy Haines pointing to the spot.

Jordan Bowery stepped up, but again rattled the crossbar, and Town took full advantage as Power sprinted up the other end of the pitch and crossed to Orsi, who claimed his second of the evening by beating Shelvey from close range.

The visitors struck the post for a fourth time just before the hour mark as James Clarke's volley clipped the inside of the goalframe and bounced across the line, with Cracknell doing well to keep out the follow up.

Mansfield eventually got their name on the score sheet in the 66th minute when Lapslie took aim from the edge of the box, with Cracknell keeping out the initial strike only to see the ball bounce over the line in the aftermath.

Town's two goal lead was restored four minutes later though with Orsi claiming his hat-trick!

Mansfield had struggled to deal with both Fallowfeld and Power's deliveries, with Martin's header palmed into the path of a grateful Orsi to tuck away his third.

After Town's third, Weaver took the opportunity to change things up, introducing Josh Falkingham and Jack Muldoon, who's fresh legs and experience helped see out the game and open our Papa John's campaign with a win.

Town: Cracknell, Fallowfield, Smith, Thomson (Muldoon 78), Martin, Orsi, Sheron, Pattison (Falkingham 77), Kerry, Hall (Burrell 64), Power

Subs not used: Page, McArdle, Armstrong

Goals: Orsi 44, 53, 70

Booked: Power, Sheron, Pattison, Thomson, Kerry

Mansfield: Shelvey, Rawson (Oates 54), Charsley, Bowery, Burke, Sinclair (Cooper 78), Ward, J Clarke, Law, Hill, Lapslie (Caine 69)

Subs not used: Bishop, Gordon, O Clarke, Johnson

Goals: Lapslie 66

Booked: Burke

Referee: A Haines

Attendance: 825 (135 away)


Harrogate Town 3 Mansfield Town 1: Danilo Orsi hat-trick rounds off a good day for Sulphurites
harrogateadvertiser.co.uk, By Rhys Howell, Tuesday 31st August 2021

Danilo Orsi capped an excellent day for Harrogate Town, hitting a hat-trick in the Sulphurites' 3-1 EFL Trophy success over Mansfield Town.

The North Yorkshire club confirmed that they had recaptured Sunderland winger Jack Diamond shortly before Tuesday evening's match got underway, beating off competition from a host of other interested parties to land the highly-rated 21-year-old on loan for a second time.

Orsi, a summer signing from Maidenhead United of the National League, then demonstrated his goal-scoring prowess with a trio of clinical finishes to extend his new side's unbeaten start to the campaign into a fifth match.

The 25-year-old opened his Harrogate account just before the interval when Stags goalkeeper George Shelvey failed to hold Alex Pattison's strike from the edge of the box and he pounced on the loose ball, spun and fired home.


Jordan Bowery spurned a golden chance to level matters seven minutes into the second period, smashing a penalty against the cross-bar, and Mansfield were made to pay less than 60 seconds later.

Harrogate broke from a corner, Lloyd Kerry's pass setting Simon Power clear down the left, from where the Irishman crossed for Orsi to make it 2-0.

George Lapslie did get the visitors back in the contest on 66 minutes, netting with a powerful effort which Joe Cracknell found too hot too handle, though the hosts' two-goal lead was restored within a couple of minutes.

And it was that man Orsi who did the damage once again, tapping in from almost on the goal line after strike partner Aaron Martin's header was parried by Shelvey.

Meanwhile, Town have confirmed that fans' favourite Diamond, who scored in the club's National League play-off final victory over Notts County back in August 2020, has been handed the number 21 shirt and will remain at Wetherby Road until the end of the season.

Harrogate Town: Cracknell; Fallowfield, Smith, Hall (Burrell 64), Sheron; Thomson (Muldoon 78), Pattison (Falkingham 77), Kerry, Power; Orsi, Martin. Unused substitutes: Oxley, Page, McArdle, Armstrong.

Mansfield Town: Shelvey, Clarke, Rawson (Oates 54), Ward, Burke; Charsley, Hill, Lapslie (Caine 68), Law; Bowery, Sinclair (Cooper 77). Unused substitutes: Bishop, Gordon, Clarke, Johnson.

Referee: A Haines (Tyne & Wear).