Ea­gles re­serves close

Mansfield Courier - - FRONT PAGE - By MATT STORER

THE mighty Mans­field Re­serves headed off to play the top of the lad­der Be­nalla Saints on Satur­day in fi­nals type weather football.

The boys had not lost in two months but were keen to see where they sat in the peck­ing or­der.

Be­nalla were the bet­ter struc­tured team for the first half show­ing a will­ing­ness to work hard both ways and work hard for each other.

The Ea­gles went into half­time and re-struc­tured with Mitch Glee­son and Rohan Swan go­ing into the mid­dle, Guy Tay­lor go­ing back to their best for­ward and Benny Vo­gel- zang get­ting up the ground at times to give the Be­nalla lads some­thing to think about.

Dale Ayres bobbed up with three goals, Sean ‘Puff’ Pur­cell kicked two and all of a sud­den mid­way through the last quar­ter Mans­field were within a cou­ple of kicks.

Jamie Carns played a great game on a wing and is a de­light to watch, r un­ning and bounc­ing t he ball through the mid­dle of the ground burst­ing through holes that don’t seem to be there.

The end mar­gin was 13 points which shows the team that with five play­ers still play­ing in the se­niors, they are el­i­gi­ble to come back first week of the fi­nals - the dream is still alive and Septem­ber suc­cess is not out of reach.

Thanks to ev­ery­one who puts in each week. Go Ea­gles.

PHOTO: Paul Martin

FULL EF­FORT: Ben Martin shows a will­ing­ness to put in the hard yards to win the ball.

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