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Pre-Season Friendly

Stocksbridge Park Steels 0 - 4 Mansfield Town
Potter 10, Rose 14, Hamilton 56, 68
Attendance: tbc

Date: 18 July 2017


Report: Stocksbridge Park Steels 0-4 Stags

Stags frontman Danny Rose and winger CJ Hamilton each bagged a brace as Mansfield recorded a resounding 4-0 win at Stocksbridge Park Steels.

Steve Evans' men were always in control and could have added to their goal tally had it not been for some impressive stops.

With one eye on tomorrow night's first team match at home to Middlesbrough, the Stags' chief fielded a strong starting XI, many of whom racked up 90 straight minutes for the first time this pre-season.


Mansfield, playing in their white away kit, performed at a high tempo from start to end.

Rose rattled the woodwork in the seventh minute with a stinging ten yard shot following a corner from midfielder Jacob Mellis to begin an encouraging Stags' display.

Less than a minute later, the ex-Bury striker drew a save from home goalkeeper Dave Reay as his low left-footed effort from an accute angle was denied by the Stocksbridge shot-stopper.

And Rose was given an early reward for his endeavours in the tenth minute as Stags broke the deadlock.

Mellis combined with forward Jimmy Spencer, who picked out midfielder Alfie Potter on the right. And from the goal line, his inviting cross was flicked in by Rose, under pressure from a home defender.

Stags should have doubled their advantage just seconds after the restart.

Potter again caused problems on the right, but from his assist, CJ Hamilton skied over from 12 yards.

Rose bagged his second goal in the 14th minute as Stags' iron-grip on the contest tightened.

The quartet who were at the heart of Stags' breakthrough again linked up for the second.

Following neat work from Potter and Mellis outside the box, Spencer slippied it through to Rose.

And after the goalkeeper rushed out to seemingly smother the loose ball, Rose got enough on it to prod it beyond the home custodian and into the net.

Rose almost bagged a hat-trick as early as the 18th minute. But after latching on to goalkeeper Conrad Logan's direct kick, the livewire dragged his shot wide from 20 yards.

Left-back Johnny Hunt mis-placed a pass in the 21st minute to gift a first chance to Stocksbridge. Playing it too short to Mellis, Brodie Litchfield intercepted to advance towards the box only to blast his shot off target.

Hunt then rifled a shot over at the other end two minutes later.

Stags maintained heavy pressure and Reay was tested again on 24, standing tall to stop a Jimmy Spencer attempt.

Potter then slipped a lovely pass to Spencer on the right and after advancing goalwards, his well-hit drive flew narrowly off target.

With 32 on the watch, Potter was too hot to handle on the right and was allowed to cross again, but Rose's header floated over.

Rose was denied a spot kick in the 34th minute when he was bundled to the ground after connecting with Mellis' magnificent midfield pass. But the referee allowed play to continue.

As half-time approached, Stocksbridge's Ryan Caroll launched a ferocious effort on goal from 18 yards, but it whizzed wide.

Spencer then started and almost finished an eye-catching Stags' move. Sending a smart pass to Rose on the right, Spencer received the return ball only to fire it into the hands of Reay.

After the break, Stags picked up from where they left and notched a third in the 56th minute. Logan picked out Spencer in the home half, who slipped a clever ball forward to Rose. And after attempting to round the advancing 'keeper, the ball took a ricochet into Hamilton's path to plant it beyond two goal line defenders and into the net.

Spencer was again the architect for Mansfield's fourth goal on 68. Lofting a cute throughball to Hamilton, the winger did the rest in a central position inside the box.

It was Spencer's final slice of action in an impressive night shift, as he was replaced by trialist forward Jordan Slew on 70 minutes.

Hamilton, sniffing a hat-trick, saw a stinging 20 yard effort deflect out for a corner.

In the 74th minute, Lewis Collins replaced Jack Thomas in midfield.

Slew then produced a save from the home 'keeper at close range as Stags' second half momentum continued.

On 78, Mellis cracked the crossbar with a 30-yard sizzler, before Rose made the home 'keeper dive to make a low save.

In a rare Stockbridge attack, Logan committed as he tried to clear on the edge of his box, but Brodie Litchfield couldn't take advantage as his floater sailed wide.

In the closing stages, Collins hit a long-ranger for Reay to save, and the goalie had to be alert to tip behind another goalbound drive from Rose.

Slew then missed at the backpost from Rose's daisy-cutting ball from the right in the last minute before the referee sounded the final whistle in South Yorkshire.

STOCKSBRIDGE: D. Reay, Laight, Salmons, Hinchliffe, M. Reay, Stirrup, Ruthvew, Carroll, Litchfield, Hobson, State

STAGS: Logan, Bennett, Hunt, Mirfin, Pearce, Thomas (Collins 74), Potter, Mellis, Hamilton, Rose, Spencer (Slew 70)


Rose and Hamilton at the double at Stags melt Steels in friendly
chad.co.uk, Tuesday 18 July 2017

Mansfield Town swept aside Evo-Stik NPL Division One South Stocksbridge Park Steels 4-0 with two goals apiece for Danny Rose and CJ Hamilton at Bracken Moor in tonight’s pre-season friendly

As promised, manager Steve Evans played a strong side with many achieving their first 90 minutes of the pre-season with those who didn’t play set to figure in the friendly at home to Middlesbrough tomorrow night (7.30).

Rose was a livewire all night and came so close to a hat-trick as Stags dominated from start to finish and could have scored more were it not for home keeper Dave Reay and the woodwork.

At the other end Mansfield keeper Conrad Logan did not have a save to make.

Read more at: http://www.hucknalldispatch.co.uk/sport/football/rose-and-hamilton-at-the-double-at-stags-melt-steels-in-friendly-1-8657084

It took Rose only seven minutes to fire against a post before he quickly forced Reay into a near post save a minute later.

But on 10 minutes Rose was celebrating his opener as he beat a defender to Alfie Potter’s cross to nod home.

Hamilton fired a great chance over on 11 minutes, but on 14 minutes Rose beat the keeper to Jimmy Spencer’s through ball and edged it past him into the net.

Rose fired another opening wide on 18 minutes before Brodie Litchfield failed to capitalise on Hunt’s poor pass on 21 minutes as he fired the home side’s first opportunity wide.

Spencer was also looking lively for the visitors and he forced another Reay save and then sent another effort well wide from Alfie Potter’s pass.

Stags maintained heavy pressure and Reay was tested again on 24, standing tall to stop a Jimmy Spencer attempt.

Rose was a constant menace and, after heading another Potter cross over, he had a penalty shout turned down as he was bundled over in the box.

Stocksbridge’s Ryan Caroll was wide from 18 yards before a high tempo first half ended with Spencer swapping passes with Rose only to shoot straight at Reay.

The home side were straight onto the back foot after the interval as the visitors maintained their tempo - and it didn’t take long for goal number three.

The impressive Spencer sent Rose in on goal on 56 minutes and, as he tried to round the keeper, the ball spun away towards Hamilton who tucked it home between the defenders on the line.

It was 4-0 on 68 minutes. This time Spencer’s cutting pass sent Hamilton through to drill coolly under Reay.

Trialist Jordan Slew came on for the last 20 minutes and twice came close while Jacob Mellis rattled the bar from 30 yards and Reay saved efforts from Collins and Rose.

The nearest Stocksbridge came was near the end as, with Logan out his goal on the edge of his box, Litchfield failed to lob into the unguarded net.

STOCKSBRIDGE: D. Reay, Laight, Salmons, Hinchliffe, M. Reay, Stirrup, Ruthvew, Carroll, Litchfield, Hobson, State.

STAGS: Logan, Bennett, Hunt, Mirfin, Pearce, Thomas (Collins 74), Potter, Mellis, Hamilton, Rose, Spencer (Slew 70).



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