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21 July 2017 Venue Vic Couzens Stadium Attendance

Kick off 19:30 (UK)

Stamford AFC
3 - 0
Mansfield Town
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Match preview: Stamford AFC v Stags

20 July 2017

Mansfield Town travel to Evo-Stik Northern Premier League side AFC Stamford on Friday evening in what will be their fourth pre-season friendly in the space of six days (7.30pm kick-off).

The Daniels have made a flurry of summer signings and six new faces were named in the starting line-up for their opening pre-season fixture against Kings Lynn. 

In Stags' team news, manager Steve Evans today said: "A few senior lads will be at Stamford and at this stage it is an important match for them.

"The large majority of the squad will train tomorrow morning and get focused on more minutes against Forest."

Stags are now in the thick of pre-season and every first team player has been utilised thus far. 

The new-look Stags' first match was during the pre-season tour of Malta in which Steve Evans' men triumphed 5-0 over a Malta Players' Association XI thanks to goals from striker Danny Rose, midfielders Will Atkinson and Paul Digby and a brace from frontman Lee Angol. 

Back on home soil, Stags were defeated 3-2 by a strong Sheffield Wednesday side at One Call Stadium, with defenders George Taft and Rhys Bennett getting on the scoresheet against the Owls. However, goals from Jordan Rhodes, Tom Lees and Lucas Joao sealed the victory for the visitors. 

Boss Steve Evans then gave nine members of his first team squad 90 minutes for the first time as they won 4-0 against Evo-Stik side Stocksbridge Park Steels. Braces from striker Danny Rose and winger CJ Hamilton clinched the victory for the Stags in South Yorkshire. 

Just 24 hours later, a completely different Stags' XI took on Premier League hopefuls Middlesbrough, in a match which finished in an entertaining 2-2 draw. 

Stags raced into a 2-0 lead thanks to an own goal by Jonny Howson and a cool finish by striker Lee Angol, but Boro hit back through Dael Fry and Mikael Soisalo. 

Stamford have only played two pre-season fixtures so far, recording a defeat and a draw. 

They lost 3-0 to Kings Lynn in a Lincolnshire Cup tie, before drawing 1-1 with Boston United on Tuesday night.

This will be a 'pay-on-the-day' fixture for Stags' fans. 

Admission can be gained by paying an entry fee at the turnstiles at The Zeeco Stadium. 

Prices are as follows: 

Adults: £6
Concessions: £4
12-16 year olds: £1

Hot and cold drinks, as well as usual football ground food such as burgers, hot dogs and chips will be available inside The Zeeco Stadium.

We'll be publishing goal flashes on our official twitter feed tomorrow night, preceded by team news.

To access our twitter feed, head to .

A report of the match will be published on after tomorrow's game.

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Match Reports

Young Stags slip to defeat against Stamford

21 July 2017

A youthful Stags' side were defeated 3-1 by Stamford AFC in a hard-fought pre-season friendly this evening.

A superb Jack Jeys' free-kick gave the home side the lead early on before striker Tyler Blake levelled the game with an excellent finish. However, two further goals from John King and Danny Draper saw a young Stags – mostly made up of last season's under 18s – beaten in Lincolnshire.

Manager Steve Evans was in attendance, observing from the sidelines with assistant Paul Raynor, as the young Stags' side contained only goalkeeper Bobby Olejnik and midfielders Jack Thomas and Lewis Collins from the first team squad. Trialist Jordan Slew also completed the whole game as he looked to impress the watching Stags' gaffer.

The young Stags made the brighter start of the two teams as Blake's fine run down the left resulted in him squaring the ball to Slew who was left unmarked in the box, but the trialist saw his low shot saved by the legs of Daniels' keeper Dan Haystead,

Two minutes later, midfielder Lewis Collins, who was becoming the architect of Stags' good forward play, saw his long range effort saved by Haystead after he had done well to turn his man just outside the box.

Slew was also heavily involved in the opening stages as he played in strike partner Blake who had the ball taken from him at the last second by Stamford defender Sam Preston.

Stags continued to push for the opening goal and Slew went close again as he latched onto a long ball before seeing his controlled half-volley palmed into the air by Haystead, who was able to gather the ball at the second attempt.

Despite being second best for much of the opening exchanges, the hosts took the lead on ten minutes as Jeys curled in a fine free-kick from 25-yards off the post, leaving Olejnik with little chance.

Jeys went close to doubling the lead midway through the half as he saw his delicate chip sail over the crossbar after being put in on goal.

But three minutes later, Stags were level as Blake shrugged off his marker to fire Collins' long ball into the far corner on the half volley.

Having pulled level, Stags were grateful to Olejnik for keeping the game all square as he superbly tipped Danny Draper's free-kick wide of the post on the half-hour mark.

However, Olejnik could do nothing about the hosts' next effort on goal as winger King cut in from the right and fired an excellent left-footed effort over the 'keeper to put the Daniels ahead once more.

Stags responded immediately to going behind as captain-for-the-night Jack Thomas shot wide on the half-volley after collecting the ball on the edge of the box. Then centre-back Brad Peace-MacDonald was inches away from converting winger Adriel George's left-wing free-kick.

With the half coming to a close, the excellent Olejnik was on hand once again as he brilliantly tipped away Stamford substitute Delroy Gordon's stinging shot from the edge of the box.

The hosts made six changes at the break whilst Stags came out with the same 11 as they looked for a way back into the game.

One of the Daniels' subs Elliot Putman nearly increased the hosts' lead as he dragged the ball wide of the far post following a quick free-kick from Draper.

Stags responded well and winger Zayn Hakeem picked out Slew down the right with the trialist denied once again by Haystead's legs.

This was Hakeem's last action of the game as he was replaced by Nyle Blake whilst Collins was taken off with Cam Healey on in his place.

Having gone close earlier, Slew was the provider soon after as good play down the right-hand side saw his low cross controlled well by Tyler Blake, who saw his resulting shot go straight at the Daniels' 'keeper.

Up the other end, Olejnik dived in bravely at Stamford's Jordan Smith's feet after the forward looked to capitalise on Sam Hollis' clever knock down inside the box.

Smith then got the better of Stags' 'keeper moments later as he beat the former Exeter City stopper to the ball, before taking the ball around him and firing into the side netting from a tight angle.

The hosts were enjoying plenty of the ball and could have added to their lead on 75 minutes as Gordon glanced Draper's in-swinging free kick wide before the former went close as he toe poked Putman's low cross wide of the post.

They did eventually get the third goal as Smith's run down the left saw him square to Draper who curled into the far corner.

Olejnik then made a fine double save to prevent a fourth goal as he palmed Smith's cross shot away before getting up to save Gordon's effort.

Stags' 'keeper was being kept busy as the game entered the final ten minutes as he tipped Draper's free kick over the bar.

This was the last of the action as the young Stags' side controlled the final few minutes, without creating a real chance.

Tonight's game was a worthwhile run-out for the young Stags, who impressed in large spells against a senior outfit.

STAMFORD: Haystead, George, Challinor (Putman 46'), Briers (Armstrong 46'), Preston (Duffy 46'), Hill (Marshall 46'), Jeys (Gordon 29'), Draper, McMenemy (Morgan 46;), Hollis, King (Smith 46').


STAGS: Olejnik, Baldwin, Wilder, Thomas, McDonald, Harrison, Adrial George (Law 65'), Collins (Healey 58'), T. Blake (Smith 71'), Slew, Hakeem (N. Blake 54')

SUBS NOT USED: Wilson, Law, Smith, Bloor


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