Central League (Reserves)
at Kirklington Road (Rainworth Miners Welfare FC)
Mansfield Town (1) 3
Johnny Hunt 39
George Taft 72
Lee Angol 82
York City (0) 1
James Gray 50
Olejnik (GK), Digby, Diamond, Taft, Hunt, Thomas, Butcher, Atkinson, Spencer, Angol, Sterling-James
Subs: Wilson, Gibbens, T Blake, N Blake, Ward.
Simpson (GK), Law, Muggleton, Wharton, Rogerson, Rowe, Thompson, Smith, Gray (Berry 80), Morgan-Smith (Haswell 80), McNaughton
Subs: Kemp, Wilton, Lawrence
It was the home side who pressed forward and threatened to open the scoring for large swathes of the first half, with Zander Diamond, Jack Thomas and Will Atkinson all going close, while the visitors keeper Luke Simpson did well to thwart Jimmy Spencer with an excellent save.
Digby then played the ball to Johnny Hunt, out on the left, who muscled his way towards the visitors area through the left channel, before unleashing an unstoppable twenty five yard shot into the roof of Simpson's net, to break the deadlock after 39 minutes.
Spencer had two opportunities to increase the Stags lead before the break, but the wind was playing a big part in proceedings, causing havoc with the ball and making things difficult for both teams.
Lee Angol caught the eye, but not for the right reasons, as he seemed to spend a lot of time going to ground and looking for free kicks rather than staying upright and trying to impress his first team manager who was watching on, with his ability and eye for goal... though he obviously had a change of heart late in the game.
HT: Stags 1 v Minstermen 0
Muggleton picked out Amari Morgan-Smith with an angled free kick, whose well placed header forced a save from Olejnik. And as the visitors began to grow in stature, Flynn McNaughton was unlucky to see his header drop narrowly wide of the upright.
York made a double substitution with ten minutes remaining as they looked to regroup and fight their way back into the game a second time, but Angol had other ideas and after having had a fairly ineffective game, saved face with a great solo goal, as he powered into the visitors area, just to the right of the D and crashed the ball into the back of the net from twelve yards out.
Omari Sterling-James put in a great shift for the home side, showing some good touches out on the left flank, that deserved more end product in the final third, but ultimately Mansfield's stiffs had just enough extra quality about them to see off their lively York City counterparts.
FT: Mansfield Town 3 v York City 1
The Stags had five players who are progressing from the Under 18 ranks at the club on the bench, but none of them got a chance to come on and shine at any time during the ninety minutes.
It's character building for them all I suppose, if nothing else, even though I personally would like to see these lads involved in Central League games more often.
Footnote. Added at 8.15PM
Tonight we travelled to the NCEL Division 1 game between Selby Town and Brigg Town, but at 7.10PM, just after we'd arrived, the referee postponed the game... flipping 'eck!