Saturday, 19 July 2008

Saturday 19th July 2008

Hucknall Town v Mansfield Town -- pre-season friendly

We're back on the road - although to be fair we were only in the car 10 minutes - the Watnall Road Ground is only 1/2 mile down the road from where we live.

Anyway, after what seems just like a 5 minute break, football is upon us one again, and our first choice of game was a local derby between Blue Square North side Hucknall Town and Blue Square Premier Mansfield Town.

You never know what to expect with pre-season games, and with both teams undergoing major personnel changes this proved to be no exception. Mansfield's squad was made up of 1st team, youth team and trialists, while Hucknall played what could be argued to be their strongest available line-up, with a couple of trialists on the bench.

The game was played in the right spirit, and to say it was both teams first proper pre-season game, some of the football was not bad at all..... indeed the only goal of the game was a cracker - a neat one-two between Michael Blackwood and Rob Duffy ending with Blackwood slotting past Hucknall keeper Lindley.

Report from Mansfield website

Both teams should take heart from their performances.

Even though Mansfield ended up playing no fewer than 10 trialists, Matt Somner, Jason Lee, Gary Silk and Paul Hurst all have vast experience and will be decent additions to the squad.

Hucknall played really well as a team, and with a few more games under their belt they seem set for a comfortable season in the BSN.

Looks like a trip to Eastwood on Monday -- the Badgers are entertaining Tamworth.....

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