Mansfield Colts U11 beat Ripley U11 6-2

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Mansfield Colts inflicted Ripley Rangers U11’s with their heaviest defeat of the season following a 6-2 win.

Ripley started well and took the lead after ten minutes when Joe Frogson chased a high through ball and lifted it over the advancing keeper who went on to foul Frogson.

The referee played an advantage, but when the shot drifted wide he awarded the free-kick which Morgan Boyle curled into the net.

The resulting injury to Frogson meant he would play no further part in the game.

Their lead would only last three minutes as Ripley were caught out by a high through-ball which was poked home by Mansfield.

It was 2-1 when Ripley failed to clear a loose ball and it was scrambled in.

Then, with the referee poised to blow for half time, another long ball held up in the wind before a quick cross was finished well by Colts.

The second half continued on a similar theme with Ripley going 4-1 down when a goalmouth scramble crept in off a Ripley defender.

Ripley were conceding far too easily against a side they had previously matched in the cup.

Ripley continued to push forward only to be caught out on the break again when a long ball seemed to be knocked from keeper Tommy Austin’s hands into the net.

Ripley did get some reward when Todd Wells controlled a cross with his head and then drove his shot home to make it 5 – 2.

Despite continued Ripley pressure Mansfield were still creating chances, forcing Austin to save well and twice hitting the post.

Wells, Croshaw and Quinn came went close for Ripley and the Mansfield keeper made an excellent double save before Mansfield managed one more break to score in the last minute of play and make it 6 – 2.