A brace from both Nathan Dillon and Sam Harris was enough for Mansfield Town Football in the Community’s Post 16 Education Squad to secure victory this afternoon, beating Nottingham Forest [Community Trust] B, 4-2 at the Forest Sports Zone.
The Stags returned to action after a long-lay off last week and were beaten heavily by Aston Villa C in the CEFA Cup, but set about putting things right in the league with a composed display against hosts Forest.
Playing just their third Central Four fixture of the season, the Stags started brightly and took the lead in the 15th minute as Heverin played through Dillon, the lively front man grabbed his first goal of the game with a neat lob over the keeper.
A second goal followed just three minutes later as Sam Harris latched onto a long ball, beating the covering defender to fire beyond the keeper from a tight angle.
Mansfield had a number of chances to add a third before the break and played some good football, however with a minute to go before the break, allowed the hosts back into the game – failing to clear their lines allowing the hosts to pounce and tuck beyond Wright in the Stags goal.
After the break it was a similar story, chances came and went for the Stags but it was Forest who were on the scoresheet next, levelling the game just before the hour following a defensive mix-up.
However, Mansfield refused to crumble and eventually restored their advantage on 64 minutes, Heverin played a crisp pass through the home defence for Dillon to chase and convert to the right of the area.
Four minutes later Hevrin laid claim to a fourth assist, flicking the ball down the line – Harris this time the one to react, keeping his composure to dink the onrushing keeper to stretch the Stags lead.
Both Harris and Dillon had chances to seal a hat-trick whilst Giles also turned a corner narrowly wide as Mansfield went in search of a fifth goal, Nottingham Forest though squandered the biggest opportunity to set-up a tight finish, missing a penalty late on.
Stags: Wright ©, Giles, Edwards, Twinn, Stoppard (Aston 50), Lunn (Bingham 75), Heverin, Rogers, Harris, Dillon, Brown.