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15th July 2015 23:38

Pre-Season Friendly
Tamworth 1 - 1 Mansfield Town
Dyer 3. Nathan Thomas 55.
Attendance: 546 (174 from Mansfield)

Date: 11 July 2015

Martin Shaw at The Lamb

Mansfield Town drew 1-1 at Tamworth of the Conference North in their second first team pre-season friendly this afternoon. Mansfield trailed as early as the 3rd minute when a poor clearance from keeper Scott Shearer gifted a goal to former Stags striker Ross Dyer. Matt Green was making his first appearance of pre-season and induced a handball outside the box from the Tamworth keeper in a 1-on-1 situation, but the referee decided not to award a free-kick and not send the keeper off. Mansfield drew level on 57 minutes with a super strike from Nathan Thomas. The goal came during a good spell for Mansfield as the team started to gel a bit better, before mass substitutions brought that to a halt. The Stags had chances to win it late on as an entirely new team in the last 25 minutes started to get on top, with Adi Yussuf going close several times and really catching the eye.

Full report in the Match Centre


FRIENDLY: : Tamworth 1 Mansfield Town 1
chad.co.uk, by John Lomas, Saturday 11 July 2015

A superb finish by Nathan Thomas earned Mansfield Town a 1-1 draw in their away friendly at Conference North Tamworth this afternoon.

An early mistake by new keeper Scott Shearer saw former Stags striker Ross Dyer put Tamworth into a 1-0 half-time at The Lamb.


However, the visitors settled into the game well after an uncomfortable first 15 minutes on a bobbly surface and should have been level by the break.

They had to wait until the 55th minute before Thomas lofted the ball under the far angle from the edge of the box.

After that the game died a little on a warm afternoon as the subs rolled on, though the lively Adi Yussuf three times forced saves from the home sub home keeper near the end.

Mansfield did lose new signing Krystian Pearce with injury on 54 minutes which will be of great concern to boss Adam Murray.

Stags began the game with a strong line-up in a 4-4-1-1 formation.

But a howler by Shearer gifted Tamworth a third minute lead.

He made a mess of his attempted clearance and scuffed it straight to Newton who quickly squared it past the helpless keeper to leave ex-Stag Dyer an open net from six yards which he was never going to miss.

On 11 minutes Davies volleyed over from a headed clearance by Pearce after a home raid down the left.

Stags finally began to find their feet after 15 minutes and an inswinging Chapman free kick from the left had keeper Belshaw in trouble, happy to turn it away for a corner.

Stags spurned a chance on 25 minutes as Benning lashed a first time shot wide from Lambe’s pass after the home side had given the ball away in their own box.

On 36 minutes Lambe was just too high from 20 yards as he swung a boot at a Green knock-down.

Stags continued to press and three minutes later a poor kick out by keeper Belshaw offered a chance to Nathan Thomas, but he was unable to get a clean strike due to Green’s challenge.

Three minutes from the break Nathan Thomas put Matt Green away down the centre, Belshaw racing out to intervene and appearing to handle outside his box. But the referee ignored Mansfield’s pleas and played on.

Stags made two changes up front at the break with Matt Green and Jack Thomas replaced by Beardsley and Westcarr.

Stags began the second half on the front foot with Chapman scuffing a half-chance, then from the first of two corners, a home defender made a superb block to deny Collins from close range.

But the visitors suffered a 54th minute blow as new signing Pearce limped off, replaced by Tafazolli.

However, Stags were all smiles a minute later as a pearler from Nathan Thomas levelled the game.

With the ball at his feet on the right hand corner of the box, the winger looked up and floated a perfect finish under the far angle.

As both sides made numerous chances, the half became scrappy and disjointed, though the home side went close with an inswinging corner on 71 minutes that passed just wide of the far post with no one able to touch home.

With so many Stags youngsters on the field, the home side began to enjoy much more possession, Tomassen narrowly wide with a first time effort on 77 minutes.

Home boss Andy Morrell decided to join the action to big cheers from the Tamworth fans with 12 minutes to go.

Young keeper Wilson had two bites of the cherry to hold onto a vicious home free kick.

Seconds later at the other end Yussuf had a shot saved, the sub home keeper repeating the feat with his legs soon after.

In the dying minutes Yussuf forced another save by the keeper’s legs and headed over from a Fitzpatrick corner as the visitors finished the game strongly.

TAMWORTH: Belshaw, Burns, Warlow, Thomassen, Preston, Paul Green, Durrell, Clarke, Newton, Dyer, Davies.

STAGS: Shearer (Wilson 68), Hunt (Marsden 68), Collins (Shires 68), Pearce (Tafazolli 54), Benning (Connor Green 68), Chapman (Rose 63), Clements (Fitzpatrick 63), J. Thomas (Westcarr HT), Lambe (Rose 63), M. Green (Beardsley HT), N. Thomas (Yussuf 63).

REFEREE: Mr M. D’Aguilar.

ATTENDANCE: 564 (174 away).


Good show by Lambs against Stags


11 July 2015

Lambs boss Andy Morrell selected his first team of the 2015-16 season in a good pre-season workout against Legaue 2 opposition as both sides fielded 2 complete sides during the match.

THE LAMBS started our pre-season schedule of matches with a 1-1 draw against League Two outfit, Mansfield Town...

It took just three minutes for us to take the lead when Ross Dyer found the net from close range against his former club after good work from fellow summer capture, Danny Newton.

Tamworth got off the to best possible start when new boys Danny Newton and Ross Dyer linked up for the latter to net after just 3 minutes with the visiting keeper stranded and Dyer with the simplest of finishes in front of the 174 travelling Stags supporters.

Andy Morrell’s men made a bright start to proceedings but The Stags started to get a foot-hold in the game as the first half went on.

Morrell made 6 changes at the break and joined the fray for the final 10 minutes or so alongside a couple of his U21 squad in a second half peppered by numerous changes to the opposition side.
But there was no let up in the speed of application of the two sides and while James Belshaw had virtually little to do in the first 45 minutes, second half keeper Raaj Gill had to be on top form to deny Adi Yussuf on three separate occasions when the visiting striker got into the box.
Gill had been unable to do anything about the visitors though when Nathan Thomas lifted the ball from the right of the box into the far
top left corner on 55.

This continued into the start of the second period and they duly levelled matters on 55 minutes through Nathan Thomas.

With a raft of changes to both teams, it meant there was little flow to the game, although it was Tamworth who looked the more likely side late on with Steve Tomassen and Leon Mettam going close.

At the other end, substitute ‘keeper, Raaj Gill, did well to deny the visitors late on as the scoreline finished level at 1-1 in front of a crowd of 546.

After the game, Andy Morrell said 'It was a good work out and I'm pleased with how the lads have performed. Going straight into it against a League club has given us a foundation to build on.

We gave a couple of the U21 squad a run out at left back and centre half and that's the benefit of having a 'second team' - something we haven't had at the club for a while.
I'm still looking for a couple more additions to give strength in depth but am happy to wait to see who becomes available as pre-season goes on. We'll be fielding a similar side on Tuesday at Hinckley (at Heather St. Johns) and give everyone more minutes.'

Tamworth Team:
First half: Belshaw, Burns, Warlow, Tomassen, Preston, Green, Durrell, Clarke, Newton, Dyer, Davies

Second half: Gill, Burns, Warlow (14 on 66), Tomassen (Morrell 80), Preston (18 on 68), 15, 16, 17, Newton (19 on 68), Mettam, 20
Mansfield Town Team:
Shearer, Hunt, Green, Collins, Thomas, Chapman, Clements, Benning, Pearce, Lambie
All players replaced during the second half details to follow if and when available.

Attendance: 546

Referee: Mr. M. D'Aguilar



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