Youthful Stags lose final friendly at Hednesford

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A Mansfield Town side featuring U21 players and trialists went down 1-0 in the club’s final pre-season friendly at Hednesford Town tonight.

Former Birmingham City youngster Tristian Dunkley grabbed the game’s only goal 12 minutes from time.

Stags boss Adam Murray elected to play it safe with just five days to go to the big kick-off at Newport County and decided not to send any first team players to Keys Park.

Eventually a crowd of 234 watched the Pitmen win a game they dominated.

Young centre half Corbin Shires captained a side that included first team coach Karl Hawley, topping up his fitness, along with Louis Danquah, Cain Smith, Jason Law and Zayn Hakeem, who are all part of this season’s first team squad.