Monday, 23 July 2012

Hucknall Town 0 v Mansfield Town 3 - PSF

Monday 23rd July 2012, at Watnall Road
Pre Season Friendly
Hucknall Town (0) 0
Mansfield Town (1) 3
Anthony Howell 45, Ryan McGorrigan 46, 90
Admission £5, Programme 50p, Attendance 385
Team sheet courtesy of the Lord Mayor of Carlton
Left click team sheet image to enlarge.
Hucknall's line up is 100% correct and the whole squad got a game at some point.
But it's not very accurate as regards the Stags side though.

Hucknall Town:
As per team sheet (above), all subs used
Mansfield Town:
Shane Redmond, John Thompson-Captain (Andy Todd 64 mins), Pablo Mills (Training with the Stags at present), John Dempster (Jobe Shaw 81 mins), Ritchie Sutton (Jake Green, Matt's brother, 64 mins) Louis Briscoe, Godfrey Poku, Gary Roberts (Scott Rogers 73 mins), Nick Wright, Anthony Howell (Ryan McGorrigan - AKA A. Trialist - 46 mins), Ben Hutchinson (Adam Somes 69 mins)
Hmm, trialists without shirt numbers ... 'Who are Ya!?'

Not the simple and straight forward, one sided win for the Stags, that the scoreline might suggest.
I heard a suggestion, that Mansfield made hard work of beating their Evo-Stik Northern Premier League, Division One (South) hosts.
But I think, to be fair to Hucknall, it was more a case of the Watnall Road side making the visitors work hard for the result, which, if truth be told, was given a slightly flattering look when the Stags scored their third goal with the last kick of the game.
The visitors elected to attack the Watnall Road end of the ground from the kick off, to spare their goalkeeper for the night, Shane Redmond, having to play the first 45 minutes with the low evening sun shining in his eyes.
Inside the first five minutes, the switch of ends nearly paid dividends, when Ben Hutchinson drilled a low hard shot at the Hucknall goal from distance, which Jason Fisher lost in the bright light and inadvertently saved with his kness. AKA, it hit him and the Hucknall keeper didn't really know much about it, but he kept the ball out anyway.
It was a lively start by the visitors as Fisher saved from Louis Briscoe and Anthony Howell headed over.

By now, Hucknall had now weighed up how, what was a fairly strong so called Mansfield Town XI side, were going to play and began to move the ball around and make some in roads themselves.
It became evident that they weren't just going to sit back and let their Blue Square Bet Premier opponents, walk all over them.
Rob Austin found Karl Slack with a cross, but the Hucknall striker fired over from 20 yards out.
With the first half seemingly destined to end goalless, Louis Briscoe picked out Anthony Howell with a defence splitting pass and he lifted the ball over Jason Fisher to give the Stags a single goal lead at the break.
At half time, a trialist entered the fray in place of Anthony Howell.
Nobody seemed to know who he was but by the end of the second half they did.
Ryan McGorrigan take a bow.
The second half was only a minute old when the débutant, cleverly set himself up on the edge of the box and smacked home a sublime volley.
A goal either side of the break had given the Stags a two goal cushion, but Brett Marshall's teams seldom cave in and Hucknall Town are no exception and they weren't about to let Mansfield take the ascendancy and rack up a big score tonight.
Jason Fisher had to get across to palm away an effort from Ben Hutchinson, but for the most part the Stags were now being limited to having speculative long range shots at the Hucknall goal, that weren't really troubling Fisher too much.
Mansfield's third goal didn't come until the last kick of the game.
In the dying seconds, Nick Wright knocked the ball into the Hucknall area from out on the wing, it found Adam Somes in the six yard box, but he unselfishly let Ryan McGorrigan take the honours ... and the former Newcastle Academy player scored from close range.
I've seen Somes do this kind of thing with the Under 19's before, where, despite being their top scorer last season, he'd demonstrated he's a team player by letting other people who are better placed than he is take the glory. A real team player, who'll do well at Mansfield.
Hucknall Town provided the Stags with stiff opposition tonight. Tomorrow, Brett Marshall takes his side to the Northolme for another tough test, against Gainsborough Trinity.
Good to meet up with south Nottinghamshire's celebrity couple tonight, Malc and Kev of the On The Road 2012-13 blog, who are sponsoring the Hucknall Town manager this season ... it's always a pleasure to bump into them.
I hadn't spotted them for most of the first half, because they were obscured by a Twiggy's stunt double ... or similar.
Next up: Tuesday 24th July 2012 - I'll be at either: Staveley Miners Welfare v Carlton Town, or Gainsborough Trinity v Hucknall Town.