Tuesday 16 October 2012
Central League reserve fixture
Mansfield Town 7 (Hutchinson 8, 22, Wright 13, 76, 86, Clements 38, Jones 57)
Bradford City 0
Kick Off: 7.00pm
at the One Call Stadium
Ritchie Jones completing ninety minutes for the first time this season was the main highlight to come from the Bantams' trip to Mansfield Town this Tuesday after a young City reserve side was heavily beaten by a rampant home team.
Two goals from Stags attacker Ben Hutchinson, plus efforts from Nick Wright and Chris Clements, gave the hosts a commanding four goal advantage at the interval.
Central defender Luke Jones netted Mansfield's fifth early into the second half before Wright completed his hat-trick with a late double.
Following an ankle problem at the beginning of the campaign, Jones' run-out at the One Call Stadium was only his second of the season after the midfielder started in City's Johnstone's Paint Trophy win at Hartlepool United last week.
Besides Jones, Adam Baker and Carl McHugh were the only other first team squad members on show for Bradford in front of the watching duo of Phil Parkinson and Steve Parkin.
It was the more experienced hosts who started the Central League fixture the quicker, however, with Jones twice heading narrowly wide in quick succession from early Mansfield set-pieces.
At the other end, Connor Erangey tried to pick out the waiting Nathan Curtis with a low centre across the six yard box but Jones was on hand to complete some defensive duties this time as he cleared the danger.
Mansfield took the lead of the match after only eight minutes when Nick Wright knocked a Lee Stevenson far post corner back into the path of Ben Hutchinson, who sent a looping header over Stuart Morrison from around ten yards out.
Wright and Hutchinson then combined in reverse order five minutes later to double the hosts' lead.
Mansfield's opening goalscorer played Wright in behind City's defence with a well-timed pass and the Stags attacker coolly slotted past last-man Morrison.
With the hosts still largely on top in the game, Morrison was then called upon to make a fine double stop.
The young keeper's first save was required to prevent a rising angled effort across goal by Stevenson from finding the top corner.
The rebound still fell kindly into the path of Hutchinson inside the six yard box, but City's shot-stopper produced a smart reaction save low to his left to keep out the striker's prod for goal.
Hutchinson wouldn't be denied his second for long, however, as he managed to bring up Mansfield's treble just past the twenty-minute mark.
A Stevenson corner popped up into Hutchinson's path just by the penalty spot and the striker rifled the loose ball into the far corner past a helpless Morrison with a driven half-volley.
Clearly sensing a first half hat-trick, the dangerous Hutchinson then found himself at the heart of another threatening Stags attack just before halfway point of the first period.
Hutchinson was played into space and behind the Bantams back-line but with only Morrison to beat, the young 'keeper was on hand to smother the forward's effort with a commendable block.
Seemingly at the forefront of every Mansfield movement forward in the first half, Hutchinson engineered himself another scoring chance when he drove at the City defence from outside the area minutes later.
Upon reaching the edge of City's area, Hutchinson fired for goal with a low angled drive but his effort rolled narrowly wide of the far post.
Less than ten minutes before the interval, Morrison was required to make another impressive save on the night to deny a Stags attacker when showed superb reflexes to get down to a low Stevenson volley from the edge of the area to tip it around the post.
Moments later, however, there was nothing the Bantams shot-stopper could do to prevent Mansfield registering a fourth when Louis Briscoe and Chris Clements combined from a short corner to give the latter the opportunity to curl home a brilliant effort from wide into the top corner.
Erangey tried to reduce City's deficit in the final minutes of the opening period but Shane Redmond got down well to his low drive from just inside the area to prevent the effort from sneaking in at his near post.
There was still time in the half for Stevenson to play Briscoe into space by City's near post but Morrison was out quickly to reduce the angle and keep out the midfielder's effort from near the byline with his legs.
Less than ten minutes into the second period, City made their first change of the evening when Andrew Boote replaced fellow apprentice Nathan Curtis.
The first meaningful effort of the second period came the way of Mansfield when Morrison was forced to tip over a powerful header from Stevenson following a Clements corner.
The danger wasn't quite over for City, however, as the Stags did eventually register their fifth of the night from the resulting set-piece.
Clements was the man to again delivery the corner into the area but this time Morrison was powerless to prevent Jones from sending a thumping header flying into the top corner.
The hosts threatened again from another Clements set-piece just before the hour mark but this time Andy Owens' flicked header flew narrowly wide of Morrison's far post following a free-kick into the area.
Sixty-five minutes were on the clock when City made their second change of the evening as Callum Hepworth replaced Tom Bott.
Seconds later, Hutchinson fired narrowly wide of the far post with a low drive after a half-cleared free-kick had fallen into his path on the edge of City's area.
Substitute Hepworth was involved in the action with around fifteen minutes of the game remaining when he forced a decent save out of Mansfield 'keeper Redmond thanks to a low drive from just outside the area.
City went even closer minutes later after Baker picked up a flighted Erangey cross at the far end of the penalty box before curling a teasing effort against the bar from around twelve yards out.
Despite City showing better signs of attacking intent in the game, Mansfield were the next team to trouble the scorers as they chalked up their sixth of the match.
Wright raced onto a clipped ball over the top to stride clear of City's defensive lines before beating Morrison with a fierce first-time drive into the far bottom corner from within the area.
Although the game was now seemingly well beyond them, City's young side continued to go in search of goals with Hepworth clipping a cross-come-shot just past Redmond's far post before Baker fired a yard or so wide with an angled drive.
Minutes later, Erangey then fired a looping half-volley just over the bar following a cross into the box from City's third substitute of the night Sam Wright.
Four minutes before the end of normal time, however, Mansfield netted their seventh of the fixture when Wright collected a low cross into the area from Briscoe before turning past a couple of City defenders and firing low into the far corner.
|MANSFIELD TOWN||BRADFORD CITY|
|23. Shane Redmond||1. Stuart Morrison|
|2. Jake Green||2. Robert Hiza|
|3. Andy Owens||3. Forrayah Bass|
|4. Luke Jones||4. Scott Brown|
|5. Jobe Shaw||5. Carl McHugh|
|6. Chris Clements||6. Jamie Arundel|
|7. Louis Briscoe||7. Tom Bott|
|8. Lee Stevenson||8. Ritchie Jones|
|9. Nick Wright||10. Nathan Curtis|
|10. Ben Hutchinson||11. Connor Erangey|
|22. Soloman Taiwo||17. Adam Baker|
|12. Scott Rogers for 22 (59)||12. Sam Wright for 2 (74)|
|15. Joel Holland||13. Elliott Barker|
|24. Joe Flint for 8 (74)||14. Callum Hepworth for 7 (65)|
|25. Kurtis Turner||15. Andrew Boote for 10 (54)|
|14. Nuha Jabbi for 6 (74)|