Craig Priest’s Mansfield Town blog: Reserve side deserves credit for first team success

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Reflecting on Sunday’s Luton game, I have to say it was a pleasing point. The two goals we conceded were definite errors, both individually and collectively. However, looking past that we fought and played some good stuff – it’s only a matter of time before victory comes our way.

I think a key factor to our form, unbeaten in five and one defeat in nine, has been the reserve team. You look at the key performers in our recent matches, the likes of Beevers, Clements, Hutchinson and Wright are all players to be heavily involved with Andy Todd’s Reserve team, a side unbeaten in four.

The aforementioned four failed to really break into the first team at the start of the season, but were kept fit with outings in the reserves, a competitive game on average once every two weeks.

Naturally this is not on the same overturn as the first team, but it’s still competitive football which brings better preparation than training ground drill after training ground drill.

Beevers, Clements, Hutchinson and Wright have all got their heads down in the reserves and put in the work to be noticed by Paul Cox and his coaching staff.

The former is still splitting hairs for some, but has contributed to a back four that have conceded four from the last six, a mass improvement on conceding eight from the previous six.

Clements has been solid in the centre of the park with Hutchinson and Wright clicking well up front, competitive regular football the key reason for a positive return of goals from Hutchinson.

Let’s hope this continues this week, keeping the likes of Dempster, Geohaghon and Beevers fit as they all serve suspensions, the reserves in action Wednesday evening at the One Call, 7pm kick off against Hartlepool.

Things are looking positive, at last!