Thursday, 24 November 2011

Mansfield Town U19 3 v New College (Nottingham) 2 - Friendly

Thursday 24th November 2011
at Kirklington Road, Rainworth Miners Welfare FC
Mansfield Town U19 (1) 3
Matt Harris, Jordan Jones, Danny Toto King Bisungu
New College (Nottingham) (1) 2
Admission £3, no programme, Attendance 35ish
Raffle winner - Me :-)
24 hours on from their 1-1 draw away to Boston United, the Stags Under 19's faced a Nottinghamshire representative side from the New College in Nottingham at Rainworth Miners Welfare ground on Kirklington Road.
The opposition gave Mansfield a good run out in what was a close fought game, with very little to choose between two well matched sides.
The 7pm kick off meant I only arrived shortly before the game ... lets just say, Ollerton Roundabout is barely adequate in dimensions to deal with an average sized Scalextric layout, let alone provide a focal point for North Notts busy 'rush hour' traffic flow.
It's been a while since I've been to Kirklington Road, I used to come here quite often.
I'll have to make a point of dropping in to see Rainworth MW play in the near future.
You have been warned ;-)
It was good to bump into Rainworth's Commercial Manager Steve Peat tonight, a good friend and old school Stags die-hard who I haven't seen in ages.
Looking around the ground it was apparent that the Wrens are getting the backing of some quite prestigious local sponsors, if you want to add your backing to that list, I'm sure the 'big lad' would only be too pleased to hear from you ...
Not one to miss a trick, Steve did suggest that I could donate my half time raffle prize back to the club (I had the choice between wine and chocolates, I chose the box of Quality Street), but I already had plans for them, so he asked if he could just have all the strawberry centres instead.
When I got home, I presented the 'gift' to my young lady who was laid on the sofa watching 'I'm a C list nearly famous person you've never heard of, get me out of the jungle, but leave Ant n' Dec here' (approximate title), but before I could claim I was indulging her with a romantic gesture, she looked up and said 'Woo hoo! Look who won the raffle!'
Hmpph! Sussed out ... and don't go putting the empty wrappers back in the box ;-)
Matt Harris put Mansfield ahead, but the Notts side weren't going to sit back and be on the end of a good hiding like certain other teams have been lately and they were on level terms before half time.
Jordan Jones, looking impressive for the Stags again, like he had when he turned out for the first team XI in a friendly at Eastwood last week, put the MTFC Academy side back in front, but once again the New College team were soon back in the game with a cracking goal from the edge of the box. I scribbled the goalscorers details down, but foolishly mislaid my scrap of paper with times and names on before I got home.
It took a touch of class to separate the two sides in the end, when Danny Toto King Bisungu, scored with a sublime finish from the edge of the box and then did a couple of cartwheels to celebrate.
Danny was on the books of a small Scottish club called Glasgow Celtic, but his career has taken a turn for the better since he joined Mansfield Town.,,10325~2509674,00.html
A decent enough game, arranged at short notice which explains why there were only a few dozen people present to see it.

Next up - On Saturday I'll be at Gainsborough Trinity v Hinckley United in the FA Trophy 3rd Qualifying Round.