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Papa John’s Trophy (English Football League Trophy)
Mansfield Town 6 - 3 Newcastle United U21
Johnson 16, 53, pen 70, O'Toole 45+2, Sinclair pen 78, Caine 90+2. Stephenson 5, White 23, Ndiweni 90
Attendance: 805 (44 from Newcastle)

Date: 9 October 2021

Martin Shaw at the One Call Stadium, Field Mill

Mansfield Town bowed out of this season’s Papa John’s Trophy with a remarkable 6-3 victory over Newcastle United U21 at the One Call Stadium last night.

It was excellent entertainment for the supporters and there were plenty of positives as the Stags head into a crucial run of league games.
Danny Johnson scored a hat-trick, including a superb turn and shot from the edge of the box, he also got an assist and hit the inside of the post. He limped off after completing his hat-trick but was fine after the game and is not injured.
Alongside him up front was young James Gale, on his debut, who was immensely impressive, demonstrating a wonderful first touch and is definitely one to watch. Indeed I wouldn’t be surprised if he forces his way into the league side later this season much as Jason Law and Tyrese Sinclair did last season. I asked Nigel Clough about him after the game and the manager said that what we saw in the game and his performances in training are the reason why he has been on the bench in the league several times recently.
Will Forrester made his long awaited first start in a Stags shirt and although he started poorly and could have done much better for the visitors’ second goal, he grew into the game. With Farrend Rawson alongside him putting in another good performance, having returned to the side after missing out at Sunderland with his partner about to give birth to their baby, the Stags suddenly have plenty of options at centre half giving the manager the right sort of headache, wondering who to leave out rather than who he can put in that position.

The Stags fell behind twice in the first half with good goals from the Newcastle U21 side, though the defending should have been better. But the Stags equalised twice as Johnson volleyed in a great cross from Gale, and John-Joe O’Toole, playing in midfield rather than central defence, side-footed home from Johnson’s lay-off.

The Stags ran riot in the second half scoring four times and missing a whole host of other glorious chances. Johnson curled in a beauty from the edge of the box, on the turn. Then he converted a penalty after he was brought down by the keeper, just seconds after he hit the inside of the post, with the ball running along the goalline and hitting the other post! Tyrese Sinclair then converted another penalty, after he had also been brought down by the keeper. After Newcastle had pulled back a goal on the stroke of 90 minutes, the Stags added a sixth in stoppage time as Sinclair’s shot was parried by the keeper and young striker Nathan Caine turned home the rebound for his first professional goal.

It was enjoyable to watch.

So, the Stags pick up £10,000 for the victory but don’t go through to the second round.

A few statistics from the game:

The crowd of 805 was 5 more than the lowest attendance at Field Mill in the club’s history, which was 800 set against Crewe in this competition two years ago, and also against Torquay in the league in 1939. The Stags fans were all housed in the West Stand lower tier, while there were 40 (forty) scouts in the upper tier.

9 goals was the most goals in a Stags game since losing 5-4 at Fleetwood in November 2013. Amazingly earlier the same month, there was also 9 goals in a game as the Stags won 8-1 at St Albans in the FA Cup.

Some other stats on the EFL Trophy (now Papa John’s Trophy, previously Checkatrade Trophy, Freight Rover Trophy etc) courtesy of Paul Taylor:
The Stags have never before scored 6 goals in a match in the EFL Trophy.
A three-goal margin of victory equals the club’s biggest win in this competition.
Danny Johnson is the first Stag to score a hat trick in this competition.



Mansfield Town vs Newcastle United U21. Papa John's Trophy Northern Group H.
7:45pm, Tuesday 9th November 2021.
One Call Stadium
Attendance 805.

Mansfield Town 6
D Johnson (16', 53', 70' pen)
J O'Toole (45+2')
T Sinclair (78')
N Caine (90+2')

Newcastle United U21 3
D Stephenson (5')
J White (23')
M Ndiweni (90')


Mansfield Newcastle United U21
Possession % Home 51.5 Away 48.5
Total Shots Home 27 Away 7
On Target Home 11 Away 4
Off Target Home 10 Away 1
Corners Home 9 Away 2


Mansfield hit Newcastle U21s for six as United slump to defeat in Papa John's Trophy
The Magpies rounded off their Papa John's Trophy campaign with a defeat at the One Call Stadium

chroniclelive.co.uk, By Matty Hewitt, 9 NOV 2021

Newcastle rounded off their Papa John's Trophy campaign with a defeat at the One Call Stadium but it was a spirited first-half performance from the young Magpies.

Twice Elliot Dickman's side went ahead against League Two opposition in the first half, with goals from Dylan Stephenson and Joe White, but were pegged back by Mansfield.

Danny Johnson and the experienced John-Joe O'Toole put the hosts back on level terms.

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The Stags then showed their nous in the second-half as Danny Johnson scored a quickfire double to put the League Two side ahead with Tyrese Sinclair also scoring from the spot.


Mansfield started the game the brighter of the two and forced a number of early corners which Newcastle were able to scramble clear.

But it was the young Magpies who opened the scoring with their first real attack of the game.

The youngsters worked the ball well to Lucas De Bolle in the middle of the pitch, he drove forward and threaded a brilliant through ball to Dylan Stephenson on the edge of the area.

The Newcastle forward made no mistake as placed the ball into the bottom left-hand corner of George Shelvey's goal from the edge of the area.

However, their lead didn't last long. James Gale fired in a low cross from the left-hand side and Danny Johnson was alert to peel off a Newcastle defender and lash a volley beyond Langley into the roof of the net.

The hosts enjoyed the majority of possession in the open stages of the game but Newcastle held resolute and Dickman's side took the lead against the run of play midway through the first-half.

A moment of brilliance from White saw him nutmeg Keaton Ward and drive into the box from the right-hand flank.

The Newcastle playmaker dropped his shoulder and drove towards the six-yard box before poking the ball through a crowd of bodies and into the bottom left-hand corner.

Nigel Clough's side were once again made to work for their equaliser but their patience eventually paid off when Johnson cut the ball back to O'Toole on the penalty spot who caressed the ball into the bottom corner beyond Langley.

The Stags experience came to the fore in the second half as they pressed for a breakthrough and it came from in the form of former Gateshead striker Johnson, who grabbed his second of the evening, curling an effort into the top left-hand corner from the edge of the box after rolling his marker.

Mansfield didn't have it entirely all their own way with White going close to restoring some parity, rattling the crossbar with a free-kick from just over 20-yards out.

Nonetheless, Clough's side turned the screw and Langley was then adjudged to have fouled Johnson inside the spot and the Stags striker dusted himself down before firing into the bottom left-hand corner.

The young goalkeepers afternoon went from bad to worse as he clipped Sinclair as he marauded into the box. The Mansfield winger scored Mansfield's fifth goal of the evening with Newcastle looking dead and buried.

There was a late consolation strike for Michael Ndiweni after Stephenson showed great pace down the right flank - picking out the substitute in the middle of the box with a tap in beyond Shelvey.

The Stags replied instantly with the final goal of a frantic evening's football as Nathan Caine tapped the ball into an empty net after Langley palmed Sinclair's effort into the path of the Mansfield winger.

Mansfield Town XI : Shelvey, Clarke, Rawson (Cooper 800, O'Toole (Strik 45), Forrester, Law, Ward, Gale, Sinclair, Johnson (Caine 71), Bowery

Subs not used : Stech, Charsley, Maris

Goals: Johnson 16, 52, 70, O'Toole 45+2, Sinclair 78, Caine 90+2

Newcastle U21s XI: Langley, Barrett, Wiget, Brookwell (Carlyon 55), Young, De Bolle, Stephenson, Scott (Crossley 61), White, Ferguson (Ndiweni 73)

Subs not used: Thompson, Thomson, Barclay, Miley

Goals: Stephenson 5, White 23, Ndiweni 90

Attendance: 805 (44 away fans)