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Stagettes return to winning ways

2 February 2016

The Stagettes returned to action with a bang on Sunday as they defeated Grimsby Borough 9-2 at Kirklington Road.

January saw a number of postponements for manager Lewis Saxby’s side and the Ladies were raring to go against a Grimsby side who they defeated 9-0 in Lincolnshire earlier in the season.

The Stagettes began the game with a large amount of possession without managing to slice through the resolute Grimsby defensive line. 

Eventually, Mansfield's dominance got its reward.

Midfielder Androulla Kokkinou supplied a deep cross for Abbey Hawkins to fire home at the back post.

Soon after, the Stagettes doubled their advantage when the ever-impressive Kokkinou was able to head in after a goalmouth scramble.

That second goal opened the floodgates as Mansfield went on to score another five goals in an incredible 20-minute spell leading up to half time. 

Jess Machin grabbed the third after a misplaced clearance presented her with a golden opportunity before Abbey Hawkins tapped in for her second and the Stagettes’ fourth. 

Grimsby caught Saxby’s side on the break to grab a consolation through Lydia Clark, but before they could spring a comeback, the Stagettes restored their four-goal cushion.

Kokkinou was again central to good attacking play by the Stagettes as she grabbed a further three goals before the break. A curling effort over the goalkeeper's head being the most memorable. 

The second half was a more equal affair and Grimsby scored their second of the contest, again through the lively Clark.

Striker Jemma Douglas added to her tally of seven goals this season by scoring the Stagettes’ eighth of the afternoon before Grimsby capped off an afternoon to forget by turning the ball into their own net. 

After the game, manager Lewis Saxby said: "The girls know the performance wasn't the best but we got the result. We need to start being more greedy and push for more goals when we get ahead and they've shown that we can do that today.”


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