FRIENDLY: MATLOCK 0-1 STAGS
Matlock Town 0 - 1 Mansfield Town
Date: 12 July 2022
Martin Shaw at the Proctor Cars Stadium, Causeway Lane
Mansfield Town won 1-0 at Matlock Town last night in the second pre-season friendly of the 2022/23 season. It was a really good workout in front of a good crowd in a highly competitive game. A goal from the impressive Hiram Boateng gave Mansfield the lead after 26 minutes and proved to be the only goal of the game.
Stags team (3-5-2):
John-Joe O’Toole, Oli Hawkins Stephen McLaughlin;
Lucas Akins (right wing-back), Hiram Boateng, George Maris, Stephen Quinn, Jordan Bowery (left wing-back);
Will Swan, Rhys Oates.
George Lapslie (for Maris, 64)
Ollie Clarke (for Quinn, 64)
James Perch (for McLaughlin, 64)
Jason Law (for Boateng, 71)
James Gale (for Oates, 71)
George Cooper (for Hawkins, 82)
Jack Deakin (for Swan, 82)
Sub not used: Owen Mason
Mansfield were still without Kieran Wallace (out for 4 weeks) and Elliott Hewitt (both with knocks picked up at the training camp in Scotland).
James Perch however returned from the knock he picked up in Scotland.
Kellan Gordon who limped off at Retford was also absent but should be back for Saturday.
First year pro Curtis Davies, who also limped off at Retford with an ankle injury, was also absent.
First year pro Cody Collins was also absent with an ankle injury.
Danny Johnson (available for transfer, didn’t feature due to interest from one club).
Jimmy Knowles (long term injury).
Mansfield announced the signing before the game of goalkeeper Christy Pym, on a season long loan from Peterborough. He was at the game last night, but not involved, and he has recently had Covid. Nigel Clough said he will probably play on Saturday. Pym is a very good keeper and has played against the Stags many times before, most recently for Stevenage at Mansfield in April when Mansfield won 2-0.
There were three changes in the starting XI from the first half team at Retford: Hawkins for Cooper, Maris for Davies, Oates for Gale.
The formation was 3-5-2. A reminder that Nigel Clough said on Saturday: “We’re going to look at one or two things in the next few friendlies and see which one settles. We think we’ve got the players to carry it out (3-5-2). I think we’ve got ideal wing-backs, I think the centre halves we’ve got can adapt to it, I think Oli Hawkins is perfect in the middle of a three, and it gets us two up top which is important as well. We’ll see how it goes.”
Matlock flew out of the traps in highly competitive fashion. They won a free kick 24 yards out after a handball by Hawkins after 2 minutes. The free kick from Alex Byrne was blocked by the wall.
The Stags were sloppy at times in the opening stages. After 6 minutes, Hawkins rescued McLaughlin after a poor pass was intercepted. Then after 9 minutes, Hawkins got McLaughlin out of trouble again after McLaughlin missed the ball.
Nice football from Mansfield after 14 minutes involving Swan and Bowery, and Bowery shot wide from 24 yards.
Fine play from Boateng after 18 minutes as he moved forward from inside his own half and set Swan away into the area. Swan shot wide into the side netting from the right.
There appeared to be a clear foul on O’Toole by Webb-Foster after 19 minutes, the referee put his whistle to his mouth but then allowed play to continue, and Day sent a shot wide of the left post from the edge of the area.
Super play from Akins after 23 minutes showing quick feet to get past 2 defenders into the area and his left footed shot was just wide of the left post.
The Stags took the lead after 26 minutes and it was a terrific goal. Akins slid a sliderule pass for Boateng who got into the area and slid his shot under the keeper.
Another terrific move from Mansfield after 31 minutes, on the right involving Oates and Boateng, Boateng crossed to Bowery whose shot was brilliantly saved at point blank range by keeper James Pollard. It would have been a great goal.
Two minutes later great defending by Ioan Evans for Matlock stopping Oates getting away on a run at goal.
A mistake by Hawkins after 41 minutes allowing Byrne to get through but Flinders did just enough to put the ball behind for a corner. Good keeping from Flinders.
Hawkins headed away the resulting corner. But from a corner following that, loose marking from the Stags as a free header at the far post was knocked back to striker Jake Day who fired against the top of the bar. The Stags then put their bodies on the line blocking two more shots in much better defending.
The Stags had started the game sloppily but soon realised they needed to be much better against a highly competitive Matlock side. It was a good first half.
Half time 0-1
No changes for the Stags at half time.
Superb play from Boateng after 53 minutes holding off 3 Matlock players.
A great move after 55 minutes, Quinn pushed forward down the left and put in a great pass for Oates whose first time shot was superbly saved by keeper Pollard. His second superb save of the game.
After 59 minutes, a Matlock corner and Ryan Qualter header high over the bar.
Matlock made a change in goal bringing on Sam Ogden and he was called into action after 59 minutes saving a low shot from Swan after Swan had been set away by Maris. Good save. Decent effort from Swan.
Mansfield made their first changes after 64 minutes bringing on George Lapslie for Maris in right midfield, Ollie Clarke for Quinn in left midfield, and James Perch for McLaughlin on the left of the 3 man central defence.
Oates made a fine run after 65 minutes and shot towards the roof of the net but keeper Ogden saved it above his head.
A great move from the Stags after 67 minutes, as Boateng played a beautiful ball to Bowery who headed back to Swan who had a free shot but dragged his shot wide of the right post. He should have got it on target.
Mansfield made more changes after 71 minutes as Jason Law replaced Boateng in central midfield, and James Gale replaced Oates up front.
Classic Ollie Clarke after 76 minutes, winning the ball and surging forward but instead of shooting when he had the chance, he laid it off to Gale (Martin to check video to see what happened to Gale shot).
A sloppy mistake by Hawkins after 78 minutes allowed Matlock sub Reon Potts a free shot at goal but Flinders rescued Hawkins with a brilliant save.
Superb play by Oates after 82 minutes, he got into the area and pulled the ball back from the byline, but the cross was blocked and ricocheted off Oates for a goal kick.
Mansfield made their final changes after 82 minutes as George Cooper replaced Hawkins in central defence, and Jack Deakin replaced Swan up front.
A lovely turn by Gale after 85 minutes, and he was brought down. The resulting free kick from Law was delightfully chipped into a good area but the keeper was able to claim it.
Clarke won the ball after 87 minutes, then Bowery played the ball back to Clarke and he fired over the bar from 22 yards.
After 89 minutes, Gale put in a fine low hard cross across the edge of the six yard box, Bowery recycled the ball into the middle and Gale turned it just wide.
So a 1-0 win for Mansfield. A rare win at Matlock it has to be said! It was a really good workout and a highly competitive game. Hiram Boateng again caught the eye. Lucas Akins played very well. And Scott Flinders, who had nothing to do at Retford, made a couple of really good saves. One or two sloppy mistakes at the back which need to be ironed out before the season starts.
The next game is on Saturday at the One Call Stadium against Rotherham. The club is advising fans to buy the tickets online as only the main ticket office will be open on Saturday. Again we will not have live coverage on iFollow Stags but the full match replay will be available on iFollow Stags the following day.
Ref: Jamie O’Connor
Matlock: Pollard (Ogden 56’), DeGirolamo (Lenighan 46’), Chippendale (Potts 65’), Evans (Qualter 89’), Qualter (Byrne 79’), Lees, Byrne (Daly 65’), Wiles (Higgins 65’), Day, Webb-Foster (Opoku 46’), Uchegbulam. Sub not used: Bell.
Report: Matlock 0-1 Stags
mansfieldtown.net, Tuesday 12th July 2022
Mansfield Town battled to a second pre-season victory in three days after a hard-fought 1-0 win away at Matlock Town this evening.
The trip to The Proctor Cars Stadium proved to be a good test for the Stags and a chance to see more of new signings Hiram Boateng, Scott Flinders and Will Swan. The trio impressed on the night with the former netting his first goal in Mansfield colours.
Inside the opening minute the hosts started on the front foot.
Mansfield were forced to deal with a Matlock free-kick within the first minute when Oliver Hawkins handled the ball 25 yards from his goal. The Gladiators’ number seven Alex Byrne cannoned the subsequent hit straight into the resolute amber and blue wall.
Three minutes later, a loose pass from Stephen McLaughlin was intercepted by Jake Day who brought the ball down outside Mansfield’s penalty area, but he couldn’t round the recovering Hawkins.
A good passage of play from the Stags in the 14th minute saw Will Swan and Jordan Bowery link-up well down the left-hand side. The move resulted in Bowery’s low driven shot with his right foot drifting wide of the home side’s goal.
Swan was involved again four minutes later when he was slipped through on the right flank. The new loanee entered the box and smacked a viscous shot into the side netting.
Mansfield were growing into the game as the two sides entered the 24th minute in Derbyshire. Swan dribbled through the middle of the pitch, looking to create a chance for his side. The 21-year-old was dispossessed soon after, however the loose ball fell to Lucas Akins. The versatile performer passed two Matlock defenders and unleashed a left footed effort that sailed just wide of the left post.
The deadlock was broken in the 26th minute when Hiram Boateng received the ball on the right of the opposition’s box thanks to a delightful ball from Akins. The former MK Dons midfielder slid his low effort past Pollard to confidently put Mansfield ahead.
The Stags nearly added a second in the 31st however Jordan Bowery’s powerful effort was saved superbly by Pollard from point-blank range.
As half-time approached Matlock carved out two good opportunities.
Firstly, in the 41st Alex Byrne found himself one-on-one with Stags’ goalkeeper, Scott Flinders, but couldn’t take the ball round him after the experienced shot-stopper guided him away from goal. The second chance came a minute later when Matlock’s striker Jake Day got on the end of the following corner to volley his strike off the bar and over.
The opening minutes of the second half saw Mansfield conjure several attacks, none of which led to anything substantial. The closest the Stags came to extending their advantage was an effort from new boy Swan in the 55th minute finding the hands of Pollard.
The Mansfield born 21-year-old received the ball again in the 58th minute, occupying a familiar role on the right side and striking an effort low at Ogden.
In the 67th minute, Bowery peeled off the Matlock right back Lenighan and headed the play across the area. An awkward bounce led to Matlock captain Qualter allowing the ball to find its way to Swan, who brought the ball down excellently but sliced his effort wide.
Flinders was called upon in the 77th minute when Reon Potts broke in behind the Mansfield back line. But the effort from Matlock’s number 19 wasn’t enough to beat the experienced Flinders as he parried the ball to safety.
With five minutes left of normal time, Matlock Town had the ball in the net but Uchegblaum was offside in the build-up. The goal didn’t stand and Mansfield held on to their lead.
The 89th minute brought Mansfield’s last chance to add to their one goal advantage, as James Gale’s effort skimmed past the post down to the goalkeeper’s right.
Mansfield held on to their narrow lead and the final whistle was welcomed by both sets of teams who had battled relentlessly for 90 minutes in very humid conditions.
STAGS XI: Flinders, Akins, O’Toole, Hawkins (Cooper 82’), McLaughlin (Perch 65’), Bowery, Boateng (Law 71’), Maris (Clarke 65’), Quinn (Lapslie 65’), Swan (Deakin 82’), Oates (Gale 71’)
UNUSED SUB: Mason
MATLOCK XI: Pollard (Ogden 46’), DeGirolamo (Lenighan 46’), Chippendale (Potts 65’), Evans (Qualter 89’), Qualter (Byrne 79’), Lees, Byrne (Daly 65’), Wiles (Higgins 65’), Day, Webb-Foster (Opoku 46’), Uchegbulam
UNUSED SUB: Bell
REFEREE: Jamie O’Connor
Boateng strikes as Mansfield Town win at Matlock Town
Summer signing Hiram Boateng's first goal in Mansfield Town colours proved enough to see Stags home to a 1-0 friendly win at Northern Premier League neighbours Matlock Town tonight.
Home keeper Jim Pollard was the busier of the two keepers in another good work-out for Nigel Clough's men though Jake Day hit the bar for the home side who also had their moments.
The win followed up Stags' 6-0 success at Retford Town on Friday.
Both sides went close in the opening 20 minutes, Swan firing into the home sidenetting and Day curling inches wide soon after.
Akins also shot just wide from 20 yards before Stags were ahead on 27 minutes.
Akins picked out a fine pass to give Boateng sight of goal and he confidently slid home his first goal for the club.
Bowery then forced Matlock keeper Pollard into a good save with a close range effort on 31 minutes.
Three minutes from the break Day almost levelled but saw his half-volley hit the crossbar.
Oates and Swan forced saves from Pollard after the break and home sub keeper Ogden also had work to do as Stags rang the changes to give more players minutes.
Potts might have squared the score on 75 minutes but fired straight at Flinders.
Mansfield, who today signed Peterborough United keeper Christy Pym on loan, next take on Championship new boys Rotherham United at home on Saturday.
STAGS: Flinders, Akins, O'Toole, Hawkins (Cooper 82), McLaughlin (Perch 64), Bowery, Boateng (Law 71), Maris (Lapslie 64), Quinn (Clarke 64), Swan (Deakin 82), Oates (Gale 71). SUB NOT USED: Mason.
Matlock Town FC vs Mansfield Town
Date: 12 July 2022
Matlock Town slipped to a narrow defeat on Tuesday evening as they lost 1-0 to League Two outfit Mansfield Town at The Proctor Cars Stadium in a pre-season friendly.
Hiram Boateng scored the only goal of the game midway through the first half. Despite the result, there were plenty of positives to take though from Matlock's performance as they went toe-to-toe against Football League opposition and, on another day, could have ended up with a draw.
The Gladiators started the game strongly and played with a bright tempo which posed early questions of the Stags defence. Centre-half Ioan Evans saw his headed effort from a corner saved by the goalkeeper while Alex Byrne's 22 yard strike was very well blocked following a lovely little run into the centre of play.
After the opening ten minutes, Mansfield soon found their feet and started to impose themselves more on the game. Following a very quick counter attack, a Stags effort was drilled into the side netting from the edge of the penalty area.
The Gladiators came very close to taking the lead after 20 minutes played when Jake Day, brought in as a summer signing from Scarborough Athletic, saw his 18 yard effort curl inches wide of the post. Mansfield responded strongly to that warning and the first half became a very competitive, hard-fought affair considering this was just a friendly game. The Stags really should have taken the lead in the 24th minute when a 15 yard effort was guided wide of the post when the forward really should have been hitting the target after doing the hard work in riding out a couple of strong Matlock challenges.
The Stags soon got their reward though as the visitors took advantage of a weak goal kick from Matlock to break the deadlock and take a 1-0 lead in the 27th minute. Stags summer signing Hiram Boateng was comfortably able to break free of the Gladiators back line after an unconvincing goal kick from Matlock and with just goalkeeper Jim Pollard to beat, Boateng confidently slotted the ball past the keeper and into the back of the net.
An excellent piece of goalkeeping from Pollard prevented Mansfield from doubling their advantage just five minutes afterwards. A Stags effort from just eight yards out looked sure to be hitting the back of the net but the summer signing from Grantham Town made an outstanding one-handed stop to palm the ball away from danger and deny Mansfield going 2-0 up.
A lively and entertaining first half almost concluded with a Gladiators equaliser. A rocket of an effort from 15 yards out from Jake Day inside a crowded penalty area smacked off the cross bar and flew out of play to Mansfield's relief.
The second half had much more of a pre-season friendly feel due to the large amount of substitutions throughout the final 45 minutes. Due to the frequent changes made by both sides, the second half became quite disjointed and did not have the same flow and quality as the first half did.
Clear-cut chances for either side were harder to find after half-time but the Stags did manage to create a couple of good opportunities to extend their lead. In the 52nd minute, Jim Pollard did well to save a stinging Mansfield effort from 12 yards out. Substitute goalkeeper Sam Ogden was then called into early action when he made a smart stop and did well to retain the ball following a 15 yard effort just two minutes after replacing Pollard in goal.
The game looked to be petering out in the final quarter of play but the Gladiators were suddenly presented with a golden opportunity to equalise with 15 minutes to go. Substitute Reon Potts found himself clean through on goal with just the Stags goalkeeper to beat following a lapse in concentration in the Mansfield defence. However, Potts squandered this huge chance and shot straight at the keeper. His anguished reaction immediately afterwards said it all.
Unfortunately, that was Matlock's last chance to salvage something from the game and the referee blew for full-time after barely any stoppage time was played. Next up for the Gladiators is the popular annual pre-season friendly at home against local rivals Chesterfield this coming Saturday. This game will see the inaugural contest for the newly-created Ernie Moss Challenge Cup.
Matlock Town team: Pollard, DeGirolamo, Chippendale, Evans, Qualter ©, Lees, Byrne, Wiles, Day, Webb-Foster, Uchegbulam. Subs: Lenighan, Opoku, Blakeley, Bell, Higgins, Daly, Ogden, Potts.
Referee: Jamie O’Connor (Chesterfield)
GLADIATOR OF THE MATCH: Ryan Qualter
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