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5th February 2004 23:16

Mansfield Reserves 4 - 0 Crewe Reserves
Report by DP Stag

Mansfield entertained Crewe at Field Mill in a reserve team friendly on Wednesday afternoon. Considering the wet weather, the Stags got off to a flying start after a Tom Curle cross from the left met with trialist Richard Pacquette's head and the effort flew in off the crossbar after just five minutes. Fifteen minutes later and it was Lee Williamson's chance to grab a slice of the action. After some good play from Andy White the ball fell lose and Williamson was on hand to drive the ball home with the aid of a deflection off a Crewe defender. Then on the stroke of half time Craig Disley added to the score after some neat play from Paquette down the left the ball found its way to Disley who ran at the visitors defence taking on three players before the slotting the ball home into far corner of the net sending Stags into half time three goals up.

After a disappointing start to the second half by both teams, it was the chance of the youngsters to get a slice of the action with Hankey and Elliott replacing Paquette and White just short of the hour mark. With fifteen minutes left it was time for the fourth and final goal, Woods (I think) crossing from the right, Hankey managed to get on the end of the cross before being bundled into the post by a Crewe defender. The referee pointed to the spot and Colin Larkin stepped up to fire home the Stags fourth goal. All in all a very good performance by the team and very much a deserved win.
Stags beat a good Crewe Alexandra side 4-0 this afternoon at Field Mill. The proceedings were set on the way when in the first five minutes on trial Richard Pacquette rose above the Crewe defence to nod home a well placed header. Joined on the score sheet later by midfielders Craig Disley and Lee Williamson, this was a good display form the young Stags. Pacquette, on trial from second division outfit QPR, came close for a second time later in the game but couldn't quite get the finishing touch. However his power, speed and skill shone through and could just be enough to convince Stags boss Keith Curle that he may be a useful short term loan prospect.

Stags chief Scout Mark Hall said: "He is a powerful player that shown some similarity to Iyseden Christie, he is confident in the box, quick and has good distribution. He shown that he is happy to bring his team mates into the game to give them the opportunity of adding to the scoresheet for the good of the team”

Stagsnet has learned that the score was actually 4-0, with Colin Larkin scoring a penalty. The line-up was: White (J),
Woods(?), Artell, Clarke, Vaughan, Curle, Disley, Williamson, Larkin, White (A), Pacquette.
Pacquette said after the game: "I felt I did all right in the reserve game and scoring the early goal helped take off some of the pressure to impress and built up my confidence."


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