Mansfield Town recorded a resounding 4-0 victory over non-league Stocksbridge Park Steels, as a brace in each half for Danny Rose and CJ Hamilton saw a very strong Stags side get some vital minutes in the tank as pre-season continued.
Despite a fixture against Championship Middlesbrough being just 24 hours away, the Stags sheer strength in depth was highlighted as Steve Evans named an entire starting XI full of senior players which, on paper, would be a very tough test in League Two.
The Starting XI included a run out for Jack Thomas, who may fear his future at Mansfield Town is bleak – a perfect opportunity for him to stake a claim in Evans’ plans.
The Stags started well with Danny Rose rattling the post from an early corner on seven minutes, making no mistake three minutes later as he headed beyond the home keeper.
Having been backed by Evans to lead the line this season in numerous interviews, Rose was keen to add more goals to his collection, getting both his and Mansfield’s second of the night on fourteen minutes, Jimmy Spencer this time with the assist.
After the break Mansfield, and Rose, went in search of goal number three – the offside flag denied rose a treble on 50 minutes before six minutes later, a hungry Rose latched onto a through ball from strike partner Spencer only to be denied by a challenge from the home defence – CJ Hamilton was first to the loose ball to make it 3-0.
Mansfield added a fourth on 67 minutes with CJ Hamilton getting his second of the night from Jimmy Spencer’s through ball.
Trailist front man Jordan Slew got 30 minutes, replacing Spencer and came close to adding a fifth, drawing a save from the home keeper, who also kept out Jacob Mellis and Johnny Hunt – Mellis also struck the woodwork as Stags pushed to the end in search of a fifth goal but in the end, Stags settled for a 4-0 victory.
Line-Up Conrad Logan, Rhys Bennett, Johnny Hunt, David Mirfin, Krystan Pearce, Jack Thomas (Lewis Collins 73), Alfie Potter, Jacob Mellis, CJ Hamilton, Danny Rose, Jimmy Spencer (Jordan Slew [Trailist] 69)
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