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Reserves report: York City 0-5 Stags

7 November 2017

Five-star Mansfield Town comprehensively defeated York City 5-0 in Tuesday afternoon's Central League clash at Bootham Crescent.

A first-minute strike from right-back Hayden White and braces from striker Jimmy Spencer and midfielder Calum Butcher ensured Stags breezed past their opponents on a wintery day in Yorkshire.  

The Stags' side – overseen by assistant manager Paul Raynor – was full of first team players who were lacking in competitive minutes.  

Goalkeeper Bobby Olejnik started between the sticks with White, Paul Digby, Rhys Bennett and Johnny Hunt across the back four.  

Will Atkinson and Calum Butcher started in central midfield, with Alfie Potter and Jack Thomas on the flanks. Frontmen Jimmy Spencer and Omari Sterling-James were tasked with leading the Stags' line against a youthful York side.  

Stags started incredibly quickly and were ahead within a minute. Skipper for the day Rhys Bennett played a magnificent cross-field ball with his left foot and found marauding right-back Hayden White. The former Peterborough United man drove into the box before firing past York stopper Simpson and into the bottom corner.   

The game evened out slightly after the first goal with both sides appearing to be equally matched in intensity and physicality. It was a slightly cagey affair with both teams unable to get any momentum or control of the game in the first quarter of an hour.  

The Stags' next effort came from some nice play down the flank from winger Alfie Potter who teed up striker Omari Sterling-James. He hit a decent strike but straight down the middle of the York City goal, which was dealt with comfortably by York 'keeper Simpson.  

Stags started to look more meaningful in possession and striker Jimmy Spencer was at the far post to knock down cross for Alfie Potter who swiveled, made some space for himself, and fired a low effort into the arms of the York 'keeper.  

Encouraging play from the Stags saw another effort from Spencer saved after a Sterling-James knock down on the edge of the box fell nicely for Spencer to drill a low shot across the surface, only for Simpson to save again. 

York's first effort on target came in the 30th minute after midfielder Harry Thompson picked the ball up just inside his own half and released winger Aaron Haswell who beat Rhys Bennett for pace and struck a high effort towards Stags' 'keeper Bobby Olejniks's near postbut Olejnik saved accordingly.  

Stags were starting to dominate and the next opportunity came when Jimmy Spencer won the ball back in the Mansfield half and showed some nice footwork to beat two menopening up space in the centre of the park to run into. Spencer released the ball onto the right wing for Sterling-James to run onto who played a low squared ball across the York City box, only for it to be cleared by the York defence.  

Sterling James then saw a solo effort from just inside the York City box whistle past the wrong side of the York City post after taking a slight deflection from York defender Theo Walton. The resulting corner then saw Potter play a short pass into Spencer on the edge of the box who drilled a shot towards the far post only for the York City defence to block on the line. 

The Stags doubled their lead, after continuous pressure, in the 40th minute. Sterling-James received the ball on the edge of the York City box and held it up well, before he was clipped by defender.

The referee played a good advantage as the ball rolled out to an onrushing White down the left flank. White clipped in an inch-perfect cross onto the lively Spencer's head who finished comfortably with an excellent effort, directed back across goal and beyond the reach of Simpson 

The Stags' first notable effort othe second half came when midfielder Will Atkinson picked up the ball on the edge of the York box and weaved past two York defenders 

His attempted pass to Potter took a deflection and ran nicely into the path of Sterling-James who was through on goal and dinked over the onrushing 'keeper but saw his effort cleared off the line by the tiring York defence  

Stags continued to look lively after the restart and lovely scooped pass from Butcher beat two York defenders to put Alfie Potter through on goal, but the York 'keeper saw the danger early and came out to smother the attack. 

York had a rare opportunity on goal which saw midfielder Tyler Walton hit a fierce effort from the outside of the Stags box which went just wide of the 'keeper's right-hand post.   

Stags had the majority of second half possession but were falling short of the mark with the final ball at times.  

York City then broke away on the counter with Walton picking up the ball in his half and playing in Haswell, only for Bennett to make a superb sliding challenge to deny prevent Haswell from getting a shot away 

The resulting corner saw Stags 'keeper Olejnik collect the ball unchallenged and send his side quickly onto the counter 

He found midfielder Butcher and the former Millwall man played the ball down the line for Sterling-James, who beat his man and squared it to Spencer on the penalty spot and he made no mistake as he side-footed past a helpless Simpson to make it 3-0 in the 73rd minute.  

Stags made it 4-0 in the 80th minute. Sterling-James attempted to beat the York defender and although he was tackled, the tricky frontman pressed him into a mistake.  

A back pass which was too short for York 'keeper Simpson was pounced upon by Calum Butcher and he nipped it round Simpson before rolling it into an empty net. 

After grabbing the fourth, Stags made the scoreline even more comprehensive with three minutes left on the clock.  

Goalkeeper Olejnik bowled the ball out to striker Zayn Hakeem, on as a substitute for midfielder Jack Thomas, and the fleet-footed frontman raced down the right-hand side, beat his man and got a cross in from near the byline.  

The ball fell to the feet of Alfie Potter at the back post and after his effort was blocked, the ball fell to the feet of Butcher who side-footed it across the floor into the far corner, beating the York defenders on the line.   

The referee then blew for full-time to bring to an end a dominant Stags' display at Bootham Crescent.  

YORK XI: Simpson (C), Kemp, Lawrence (Watson 70), Wharton, Rogerson, Sukar, Haswell, Walton, McNaughton, Thompson, Jackson (Harrison 77) 

SUBS NOT USED: Wilton, Berry, Overton 

STAGS' XI: Olejnik, White, Bennett (C), Hunt, Atkinson, Butcher, Thomas (Hakeem 82), Potter, Spencer, Sterling-James 

SUBS NOT USED: Wilson, Healey, Wilder  

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