FRIENDLY: SUTTON COLDFIELD 0 - 2 MANSFIELD TOWN
SUTTON COLDFIELD TOWN 0 - 2 MANSFIELD TOWN
Friendly played on 3G/4G pitch
Sat 11 Feb 2012
Matt Rhead 2 mins
First half team:
O'Neill, trialist, Dempster, Craven;
Briscoe, Murray, Worthington, Smith;
Lee Stevenson 77 mins
Second half team:
trialist, Riley, Sutton, Bell;
trialist, Stevenson, Howell, trialist;
Stags beat the freeze at Sutton
chad.co.uk, Tuesday 14 February 2012
MANSFIELD Town beat the big freeze to get some much-needed action in on Saturday when they beat Sutton Coldfield 2-0 in a behind-closed-door friendly on the Royals' artificial 3G Coles Lane pitch.
Manager Paul Cox sent out two different line-ups for each half with one or two unnamed trialists having a run out.
And he will have been delighted to see new striker Matt Rhead curling home a goal after just two minutes from Matt Green's lay-off, Lee Stevenson bundling in the decisive second after a goalkeeping error on 77 minutes.
“The lads worked hard and got something out of it,” he said. “It was good to see Rheady score again. That's three in two behind-closed-doors games and he linked really well with Matt Green for the goal which was a real positive.”
Ritchie Sutton and Lindon Meikle needed treatment for facial injuries but both will be in the squad on Saturday.
“Ritchie needed some strips on a nick on his forehead while Lindon took a bit of a boot to the nose,” added Cox. “Sometimes you pick up more injuries in these kind of games when players take their foot off the pedal a little instead of going at it full-blooded.”
Photos by James Williamson:
Photo of first goal, by Matt Rhead:
Photo of second goal, by Lee Stevenson, capitalising on a defensive mistake:
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