Pre Season Friendly
CLIPSTONE FC 2 MANSFIELD TOWN XI 1
Admission £4 in total for me and my mum
After my sons 10th Birthday party at a local farm in Shirebrook, it had to be a local game to pull in and I had my eye on Clipstone FC when this friendly had been made. Always a pleasure to go to this club as everyone greets you with respect from Chairman Brett Marshall to Mr Clipstone Barry Clarke to their supporters.
Mansfield Town Under 21's and U19's are to play their matches at Clipstone FC's ground this coming season so of course a pre season game had been arranged.
The game kicked off and The Young Stags looked lively and had the first couple of chances on a pitch that looked good enough to play bowls on it and bossed the first 10 minutes of the game, but in Chris Millington's first home match since his appointment as the new Cobra;s manager, they began to settle in to the match and began to play with some fluency.
After 21 minutes, a long free kick by the Clipstone keeper was guided to the left winger who floated in his cross to be met by the head of BLAKE OWEN who put the homesters in front. Clipstone could have increased their lead but good defending and keeping by the Young Stags kept the score in tact.
At the half time break, Mansfield put out a second string of younger players and they were more effective and more positive in going forwards and threatening, but the Clipstone defence stood tall whilst attacking on the quick break.
After 69 minutes, a defensive error proved costly for the young stags and ADAM WISDOM ran on to place the ball past the oncoming keeper to double the Cobra;s lead to 2-0.
Mansfield Town to their credit didn't lie down and went straight back on the attack gaining a corner on the right hand side, which was swung in on 71 minute and OLI BROOME pounced first to fire the loose ball home at the near post to set up a tense finish.
A good game played in the correct spirit by both teams with some good flowing passing moves between them.
So after watching 3 matches, I have seen 17 goals and the charity pot now stands at £26.25 towards the Support Dogs Charity.
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Here are the photos from the match
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