Young Mansield Town side win Basford United friendly

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A young Mansfield Town side recorded an impressive 2-1 victory at Evo-Stik Division One (South) outfit Basford United at a rain-soaked Greenwich Avenue on Tuesday night.

The Stags fell behind midway through the first half when Fabian Smith sent Sam Wilson the wrong way with a spot-kick – just a couple of minutes after Mansfield’s custodian had saved a penalty from another Basford player.

Dan Fletcher soon levelled things up – showing good footwork inside the area before emphatically firing home, following Drew Gibson’s through ball.

Both teams shared the chances after the re-start as the North Nottinghamshire heavens opened, but the Stags’ hard-work and desire paid off two minutes from time when big defender Kane Baldwin was on-hand to convert from a rebound after Anthony Dwyer had been denied by the keeper.

Stags will next send a side to Shirebrook Town tomorrow night, again likely to be mostly youth teamers.