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Reserves preview: Stags vs Rotherham United

10 September 2018

Stags' reserves begin their Central League campaign today (Tuesday) as they face Rotherham United reserves at Basford United Football Club (2pm kick-off), with free entry for Stags' fans.

Mansfield's second string finished top of the Central League North B table last season, and second in the Northern section of the Central League, below eventual winners Port Vale. Stags also stormed to a Central League Cup victory, comfortably beating Wigan 3-0 in the final back in March of this year.

As opposed to the two Northern leagues that were in operation in last season's Central League, there will just be one North League this campaign, made up of eight teams.

The teams in the Central League North are: Doncaster Rovers, Grimsby Town, Mansfield Town, Morecambe, Notts County, Port Vale, Rotherham United, Wigan Athletic.

This means our reserves will play 14 league fixtures throughout the course of the season, along with a minimum of three Central League Cup fixtures.

Tomorrow's opponents, Rotherham, finished fourth in the Central League North table last campaign. The last time Stags' reserves met the Millers was back in April, where a strong Mansfield lineup ran out 5-2 winners at Brooksby Melton College.

The squad for tomorrow's fixture is as follows: Paul Anderson, Kane Baldwin, Harry Bircumshaw, Nyle Blake, Jamie Boyle, Lewis Davies, Tom Fielding, Lewis Gibbens, Iyrwah Gooden, Jordan Graham, Jason Law, Rhys Sarson, Tyrese Sinclair, Alistair Smith, Aiden Walker, Keaton Ward.

Entry to the game is free, and supporters can find tomorrow's fixture at the following address: Basford United Football Club (3G Pitch), Greenwich Avenue, Nottingham, NG6 0LD.

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Match Reports

Reserves report: Stags 1-2 Rotherham United

11 September 2018

Stags’ reserves were in action earlier this afternoon, and despite launching a late comeback through Jordan Graham’s well-placed penalty, fell to a 2-1 loss against Rotherham United reserves at Basford United Football Club.

Mansfield found themselves 2-0 down by the 61st minute thanks to goals from Joshua Kayode and Tyrone Lewthwaite, yet were the stronger side throughout, and could have equalised late on through Tyrese Sinclair.

It was Sinclair’s cross towards Paul Anderson that led to the penalty after the latter was brought down, which Graham converted for the Stags’ only goal of the contest.

The Stags started the match on the front foot as midfielder Keaton Ward fired towards goal from just outside the area, yet could not keep his effort below the crossbar.

Alistair Smith looked to have set Graham through on goal minutes later, yet the forward’s heavy touch gave Millers’ ‘keeper Laurence Bilboe a chance to collect the ball just inside the box.

Despite Stags’ strong start, it was Rotherham that opened the scoring through Kayode. A corner was whipped in towards the front post which was met by the forward and flicked home past a helpless Jake Kean.

Going a goal down did not halt Mansfield’s momentum, however, as Graham saw his effort saved after some tricky footwork on the edge of the Rotherham box.

In the 14th minute, Smith picked up the ball in the heart of midfield, and saw his strike flash just wide of the far post after his 20-yard sprint.

Anderson looked to fire in a spectacular half volley when he saw the ball sit up perfectly to strike, yet his powerful effort went high and wide of the upright.

Smith’s deflected effort was the last action of the first-half, and though it looked as if it was floating in, was scooped off the line by a Rotherham defender.

Mansfield began the second period as they competed in the first, and despite Graham rising highest in the area, his header towards goal was comfortably saved by Bilboe.

It was then the turn of Tom Fielding to spearhead a Mansfield attack, as he somehow wriggled from the grasp of two Rotherham defenders to find himself in a crossing position. Unfortunately, the forward’s delivery did not match the exceptional footwork that initially granted him the opportunity.

Wide-man Jason Law’s cross was met by the head of Anderson in the 58th minute, but the midfielder’s glancing effort flashed wide of the far post.

Stags continued to apply pressure as Ward’s free-kick found the head of Aiden Walker, yet the defender was unable to keep his effort towards goal below the bar.

Against the run of play, Rotherham then doubled their lead. Millers’ forward Lewthwaite picked up the ball 30 yards from goal, and was allowed to turn and fire a stunning strike into the top-right corner.

Substitute Iyrwah Gooden looked to get Mansfield back in the game as he stretched to reach Graham’s cross to the back post, yet the forward was inches away from making a connection.

Stags nearly had their goal when Law’s cross was almost inadvertently turned into his own net by a Rotherham defender. Luckily for the visiting side, the ball floated just wide.

Ward forced goalkeeper Bilboe into a smart save following his curling free-kick, and from the resulting corner, substitute Sinclair fired just wide from 20 yards.

As Stags continued to attack Rotherham, they were awarded a penalty when Anderson was brought down in the area following Sinclair’s pinpoint cross. Up stepped Graham, who confidently converted the spot kick to the bottom right corner.

Mansfield thought they had the equaliser when Sinclair prodded towards goal following pinball in the area, and despite strong claims that the ball had crossed the line, referee Lee Freeman waved play on.

This would be the last action of a contest that the Stags will feel disappointed not to have taken anything from. Up next for our reserves is a trip to Doncaster Rovers for another Central League clash on 18 September.

STAGS’ XI: Kean, A. Walker, L. Davies (Sinclair 76’), Anderson, Gibbens, Smith (Bircumshaw 46’), Blake, Ward, Graham, Fielding (Gooden 63’), Law.

UNUSED SUBS: Boyle, Baldwin.

ROTHERHAM XI: Bilboe, Beeden, Hinds, Onnariase, Southern-Cooper, McGinley, Wiles, Carlton, Grattan, Lewthwaite, Kayode.

SUBS: Farrar, Hutchinson, Johnson, Diouf, Peel-Evans.

REFEREE: Lee Freeman

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