YOUTH TEAM THRASH CHESTERFIELD
Chesterfield Youth 2-4 Mansfield Youth
Sat Sep 25
STAGS youth team won 4-2 against local rivals Chesterfield at Saltergate on Saturday morning, writes John Street.
With regular youth keeper Michael Langford called up for the first team bench after Jason White was hospitalised by a foot injection, manager Paul Holland had to draft in 16-year-old Clipstone Welfare reserve goalie Jordan Riley. And he ended up on the winning side in a game which Mansfield controlled throughout.
Stags took an early lead through a deflected Ryan Parks shot before Holmes swapped passes with Lloyd to cross for Heron to head home the second.
Despite the Spireites pulling one back before the break, Mansfield continued to make chances with Sleath, Arnold and Lloyd all going close.
They finally made it 3-1 in the second half through Nathan Arnold.
Again the home side pulled one back to stay in touch before a fourth goal 15 minutes from time sealed victory as Arnold crossed for Heron to head a second.
MANSFIELD Town ran the rule over three more imports on trial as their reserves were pipped 4-3 in a hard-fought friendly match against Doncaster Rovers reserves at Cantley last Wednesday.
Stags, who included two Austrian U21 internationals - a left back and a central midfielder - and an Australian central midfielder - went about their business with gusto.
And they took the lead when a Tom Curle shot rebounded off the bar for Danny Heron to head into an empty net.
Stags had several other early attempst, including shots from Joe O'Neill and Curle, but couldn't bring the goal their domination deserved.
However, Doncaster hit back when Stags were punished for failing to clear a right wing cross and then the home side went ahead when keeper Jason White allowed a long range shot to creep under him.
A third Rovers goal stirred Stags back into action and O'Neill pulled one back to make it 3-2 at the break.
Stags continued to play some fluent football, with Curle and Callum Lloyd causing problems down the flanks, and they were level when Lloyd put Nathan Arnold through on goal and he was upended for a penalty.
Dean Hankey, back from his Swedish experience, stepped up to slot home and make it 3-3 with three minutes to play.
However, Doncaster stole the game at the death when a long ball was not tidied up properly.
Stags will not be retaining interest in any of the of the trialists.
YOUTH TEAM GOALIE HOPE
Evennig Post, 01 October 2004
Mansfield Town youth visit Doncaster for a Football Alliance Youth Cup clash tomorrow.
Manager Paul Holland is hoping goalkeeper Michael Langford will be available for selection.
Holland found himself without a keeper for his side's trip to Chesterfield last Saturday.
With regular youth stopper Langford called up for the first team after Jason White was hospitalised by a foot infection, Holland drafted in 16-year-old Clipstone Welfare reserve keeper Jordan Riley.
And Riley was on the winning side as Stags ran out 4-2 winners.
Danny Heron (two), Ryan Parks and Nathan Arnold were the Stags' scorers.
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