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12th July 2002 21:53

The Stags were held to a 1-1 draw in their first pre-season fixture at Glapwell tonight.

The Stags began without injured trio Dion Scott, Lee Williamson and Bobby Hassell, Les Robinson was also missing from the squad fuelling rumours of his imminent departure. The Stags began with Pilkington in goal, Clarke at right back, Tankard at left back and Moore and Reddington at the centre of the defence. Liam Lawrence and Craig Disley were the Stags central midfield whilst Corden and on trial Kevin Street played on the wings. Shayne Bradley and Andy White were the starting strikers.

The Stags dominated the first half but failed to capitalise on the numerous chances created. Moore headed wide and early Corden free kick whilst White should have scored from a fine Lawrence cross, heading just wide. White again failed to hit the target from a Corden cross but the big striker was causing the Northern Counties East Premier Division sides defence all kinds of trouble. White turned provider just before the half time whistle when releasing Bradley whose curling left foot effort was tipped past the post by the home keeper.

At half time the Stags introduced more trialists, Phil Trainer replaced Corden on the left, Bobby Howe came into midfield whilst Michael Moore replaced Bradley in attack. Danny Bacon also came on for White, Dave Jervis replaced Tankard at left back and Michael Bingham replaced Pilkington in goal. The changes unsettled the Stags for a while and the home side took advantage by taking a shock lead, former Stags youth teamer Freddie Morgan scoring from close range. However, the Stags were soon back on level terms a minute later when Neil Moore's header wasn't held by Glapwell keeper Herring and Stuart Reddington was on hand to side foot home. More substitutions were made with Gary Sampson replacing Disley and Leon Ryan coming on for Lawrence. The Stags again dominated with Danny Bacon giving good movement to the Stags attack. Indeed it was Bacon who came closest to scoring the winner when his left foot shot was well tipped over by Herring.

All in all a decent workout on a sub-standard playing surface - typical for the time of season. Kevin Street impressed in the 1st half whilst Phil Trainer did a good job on the left in the 2nd half.


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