Thursday, 1 December 2011

Mansfield Town U19 2 v Notts Schools U18 2 - Friendly

Thursday 1st December 2011
at the Lido Ground, Clipstone Miners Welfare FC
Mansfield Town U19 (0) 2
Matt Harris 47, 80 pen
Nottinghamshire Schools U18 (1) 2
Admission £2, No programme issued,
Attendance 78 (quick and probably inaccurate headcount)
Another Thursday night friendly work out for the Stags Under 19's, following on from their home victory over Fleetwood Town yesterday afternoon.
The Notts side gave Mansfield's lads a good run for their money and went in one goal ahead at the break, after Scott Rogers was lobbed from the edge of the box on 32 minutes having been exposed to the danger the Schools side presented, by a temporally absent defence.
Scott's growing in stature fast this season and it's good to hear him commanding and encouraging his defence well throughout matches ... though I'm not sure what he would've wanted to say to them after that lapse.
Former Stags youth team keeper Olly Medley at full
stretch as the ball narrowly clears his cross bar

Matt Harris put the game level right at the beginning of the second half but the Stags were behind again a minute later as their opponents attacked straight from the restart.
Matt Harris completes his brace with an 80th minute penalty

Olly Medley, the ex Mansfield Town keeper, playing in the Notts School side's goal tonight had been 'enjoying' some banter with the Stags followers behind his goal and was definitely giving as good as he was got.
He was visibly gutted when a clumsy challenge from one of his defence gave away a penalty right in front of his 'fan club' and his misery was compounded when Matt Harris drilled the ball home and passed a little comment of his own towards his former team mate.
Olly played really well, but he was a bit quieter after the penalty.
I'm having to miss a lot of the Mansfield Town U19's league games this season, because of their midweek 2pm kick off times, but I'm enjoying the Thursday night extras a lot ... keep them coming.