THOMPSON GETS 90 MINS AS RESERVES DRAW WITH NOTTS
Stags draw in friendly with County
mansfieldtown.net, Tue 27 Mar 2012
Youth strikers Adam Somes and Danny Bisungu found the net as a mix of youth and first team players drew 2-2 with Notts County in a friendly at Field Mill this afternoon.
Stags twice came from behind to level the match, played under glorious sunshine, with Somes firing first following a Danny Andrew corner, and Bisungu getting on the scoresheet later in the contest after he followed up on a Lee Stevenson shot.
Said manager Paul Cox: "It was an excellent work out for the lads. We had a lot of lads [playing] who haven't played a lot of football of late and we also had a few youth players involved. It was a game which we needed."
STAGS: Redmond, Todd, Craven, Thompson, Andrew, Smith, Worthington, Stevenson (Rogers), Holland (Shaw), Somes (Bisungu), Hutchinson
John Thompson back to boost Stags' play-off push
Nottingham Post, Wednesday, March 28, 2012
JOHN Thompson is ready to give Mansfield Town a huge boost in their bid to return to the Football League.
Thompson, 30, was the Stags' biggest signing last summer, but has endured a nightmare first season at Field Mill.
He suffered terrible facial injuries in a pre-season friendly against Ilkeston FC so did not make his debut for Town until November and he was then sidelined with a neck and arm problem so he has only started five league games during the entire campaign.
He was given the all-clear to return to training in January and spent a week at Lilleshall during his rehabilitation and he is now nearing fitness once again .
He played in a behind-closed-doors friendly against former club Notts County at Field Mill yesterday which ended 2-2 and boss Paul Cox is delighted.
Mansfield are in third place in Blue Square Bet Premier with six games left and Cox said: "It will give everyone a massive lift.
"We've been doing really well anyway and we've put ourselves in a good position in the league, but to have John back will make us even stronger for the end of the season.
"He's had a nightmare with injuries this season and I really feel for him, but we hope it's behind him now.
"It is the best boost we could have. It's like signing a new player and he has so much ability and experience. It's great."
Adam Smith, who has been sidelined with a back injury, also played against the Magpies.
Cox added: "It will great to have him back too. He was in his best form since I've been here before he got injured. I'm sure he can quickly get back to his best."
Cox delighted with Stags' behind-closed-doors Notts friendly work-out
chad.co.uk, Thursday 29 March 2012
PAUL Cox was delighted with the work-out given to his fringe players in Stags' 2-2 home behind-closed-doors friendly with a strong Notts County side at Field Mill on Tuesday.
Some youth team players also got a run-out and youngsters Danny Bisungu and Adam Somes both found the net as Mansfield twice came from behind.
“It was a great 90 minutes for all the lads as it was a really competitive game,” said manager Cox.
“We have to keep fitness levels up as I am sure all the squad will be needed between now and the end of the season. It was also a chance to integrate some of the youth team players as we need kids coming through.”
Lee Stevenson had to come off with a slight lower back problem but should be fit enough if needed for this weekend's squad.
John Thompson, who has missed most of the season with injuries sustained in pre-season at Ilkeston, came through the full game looking sharp and Cox intends to have a chat with him to see how he feels about a possible step back up to the first team squad.
Winger Adam Smith also excelled and did his chances for the weekend no harm at all
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