Our youngsters began their pre-season campaign in emphatic style tonight as they cruised to a 7-1 victory over Southwell City.
Debutant frontman Travarn Damar-Thomson bagged four goals, including a first half hat-trick, whilst Jack Hawkins netted a brace. Joe Flint was our other scorer.
Our team led after just eight minutes as Damar-Thomson slotted home from close-range, following some fine work by strike-partner Flint.
The Stags dominated throughout and created numerous chances, three of which they took during a sensational six-minute spell prior to half-time.
On 37 minutes, Damar-Thomson doubled our advantage with an intelligent finish from a tight angle, having weaved his way past two players in the area.
Moments later, Hawkins’ exquisite nutmeg and sublime pass put Flint in the clear, who made no mistake with a cool and composed finish.
With Southwell craving the half-time whistle, the impressive Damar-Thomson completed his hat-trick in stunning style, hitting a ferocious 20-yard drive into the top corner.
Mansfield continued to attack with menace after the re-start and Matt Jones and Jordan Jones both went close, whilst Hawkins also hit the post.
Southwell pulled a goal back on the hour-mark, but The Stags finished with a fantastic flourish as they struck on three further occasions late on.
Hawkins, who produced a tireless performance, made it 5-1 after being released by Damar-Thomson, before the same duo combined again for our sixth.
On the cusp of stoppage-time, Jason Gregory’s long ball put Damar-Thomson clean through, whose nonchalant chipped finish added gloss to a superb win.
Players Used: Waldram, Marsden, Birch, Gregory, Hodgett-Young, M.Jones, Spencer, J.Thomas, Flint, Hawkins, Damar-Thomson, Lamb, Simpson, Coupe, J.Jones.