Thursday 30th July 2015at Langwith Road, Shirebrook
Shirebrook Town (3) 4
Blake Owen 10, Richard Mintoft 35,
OG? 43, Jamie Smith 89
Mansfield Town XI (0) 0
Ta very much to Chris Millington
If that's penance, then I must be repenting for having been really naughty in a previous life.
Although the Stags fielded a youthful line up and it was quite literally a case of men v boys all over the Langwith Road pitch tonight, that shouldn't detract from the result gained by and the performance put in by Shirebrook, particularly in the first half when they built up a thoroughly deserved three goal cushion before the break.
Welcome to the real world of men's football!
The highly rated young Mansfield custodian Sam Wilson, who hereby wins the award for pulling the scariest face seen at a football match in Shirebrook all night, showed again why so many local talent spotters are turning out to run the rule over him, with a string of decent stops, but he could only do so much as Mansfield withstood a lot of pressure from the NCEL Division 1 hosts.
Richard Mintoft added a second on 35 minutes when he shot across the face of the goal from a very tight angle out on the right byline.
And just before half time a Shirebrook player (???) at the far end of the pitch from me, unleashed a shot from just outside the box, that took enough of a deflection en route to crossing the line to be deemed an own goal. Nobody has stepped forward to claim the 'assist' so I guess we'll never know, eh!?
Shirebrook already had the game won anyway and the side Mansfield finished the half with seemed to be content with containing their opponents while leaving one man up front.
Jamie Smith added a fourth goal in the final minute that had a few comedy elements attached to it, with the Mansfield defence all stood ball watching as it rebounded off the post and trickled back towards the field of play, Jamie Smith dashed forward and got to it first before sweeping the ball into the exposed Stags net.
FT: Shirebrook Town 4 v Mansfield Town XI 0
The Stags first team have a behind closed door friendly against West Bromwich Albion to look forward to next, while a mixture of experienced players and academy lads head for Heanor Town next Tuesday night. Shirebrook Town on the other hand, have a home friendly against Worksop Town on Saturday.