League Two #35 - CM Vipers v Mansfield
Kick Off: Monday 9th May
Club: CM Vipers.
Manager: The Gaffer.
League: League Two.
Form: W23, D9, L2.
Star Players (by form): AJ (SC), Goofy (GK), evesham (DMC).
Top Scorer: Janis89 - 23.
Top Assists: Jesus - 14.
Top Av R: Goofy - 7.83.
Injured: BobMem, Redknapp69.
Doubts: AJ (93%), Papalzru (92%), Jesus (91%).
Club: Mansfield Town.
Player/Manager: Adam Murray.
League: League Two.
Form: W8, D5, L21.
Star Players: Terry Hawkridge (AMR), Rakish Bingham (SC), Vadaine Oliver (SC).
Top Scorer: Rakish Bingham - 13.
Top Assists: Matty Blair - 6.
Top Av R: Sascha Studer - 7.33.
Injured: Ryan Tafazolli (DC).
Doubts: Reggie Lambe (FC).
Season 3 - League Two - A - Mansfield - 4:0 (pyromyst, Jesus, Redknapp69, Janis89)
Season 3 - Vans Trophy - First Round - H - Mansfield - 5:0 (Jesus, Bevchenko, Fodster, Papalzru x2)
The omens look good for the Vipers as they have already faced relegation threatened Mansfield Town twice this season and put nine goals past them in the process. Given that the team are 2nd off bottom, just two points away from the only relegation spot in League Two, The Gaffer will opt to field a fringe side. He has every faith in his second string team getting a result for the Vipers because he did the very same thing for the Vans Trophy fixture in which the team won 5:0!
Two players will definitely miss out through injury as BobMem joins Redknapp69 on the sidelines. AJ and Jesus are both players who aren't fit enough but expected to be rested anyway while Papalzru will also be left out where he would perhaps have taken up a place on the bench. The line-up will see samsami make his debut for the club as vinjwoods is now first choice on the right side at centre-back and The Gaffer will keep him fit for the tougher games ahead for the Vipers while BobMem is out of action.
Looking at the probable line-up, it's unlikely that we'll actually see Craig Forrest, Kaneman, Robaldo1, ZanSnake and Liam in training ahead of the match so we may well see felixsjo, gazzas1uk, Jesus, batman and Papalzru involved.
Probable Starting XI
Craig Forrest - samsami - merkezekrem - trunky
ZanSnake - pyromyst - Liam
Bench: Goofy, felixsjo, Fodster, gazzas1uk, Mr Green.
I'm ready and raring to go!
Let's just win this league
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left foot, right foot
Here, but crocked, so having a cuddle with Redders
Second string my arse.
I would like to point out that both myself and the good lady Baz have the same average over the last 5 games of 6.6.
*It's a bit crap I know.
Available if needed.
Needs to play
ready for another 7 minutes guv..
Gaffer: Come in
Fodster: gaffer you know I played for Mansfied as a school boy and I'd love to start the game and put a couple past them
Gaffer: No problem, you are in the starting line up!
Gaffer: come in (clears browsing history)
Evesham: gaffer you know i played as mansfield on football manager on the ZX Spectrum and I'd love to watch and reminisce from the bench as gazzas kicks ass.
Gaffer: No problem, kaneman who!
Ready to play alongside Samsami
Gaffer: (getting annoyed by now) Yes?!? Come in!
samsami: Gaffer, what am I going to put on on Friday? You STILL haven't given me a jersey yet!
Trunks, we've been playing shit as we haven't needed to play well haha
Friday come quickly!
*ready to put a brace past Mansfield
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Ill have to check my diary......
The Gaffer was shocked to see that he just about had a team for the visit of Mansfield after totting up the names that'd showed up at training. 18 players had made their presence known but two were injured, meaning that the Vipers only just filled their bench for the game. The bad news though was that he hadn't been able to rest AJ as intended while there was no sign of any right winger or centre midfielder in the squad which meant that two players were forced out of position.
As expected, there were some players being rotated for the game but while Erkifino, trunky, merkezekrem and samsami (handed a debut) came straight in at the back five, there was no sign of Craig Forrest nor felixsjo which meant that ebfatz made a 30th league start of the season.
In midfield, gazzas1uk sits in front of the defence but with the trio of Jesus, Robaldo1 and loyal_royal1 all missing, evesham was asked to start ahead of him and it was the same story on the right wing as Shermaldo, Papalzru and ZanSnake were all AWOL which saw Bevchenko start out of position on the right wing.
The struggle to put a team together was so bad that there were both Fodster and AJ named on the bench!
As samsami was handed the number 20 shirt at long last, merkezekrem was chosen as captain to lead the team out in the hope of recording a third win of the season over Mansfield.
If there were any worries about having two players out of position, it was put straight out of the mind as the Vipers took a lead virtually straight away. It was Bevchenko, out on the right, who gave the Vipers a lead for his 6th goal of the season which equals his goal tally from his first year as a Viper. There were few incidents in the first half overall but another key goal was scored as Janis89 scored with a delightful curved shot, putting the Vipers two goals up by half-time without really breaking a sweat. The game continued in the same vein after the restart as Janis89 did well to turn away from his marker before converting his 25th goal of the season, all in the league. Fresh faces were then put on to the pitch with Fodster and Baz getting a run out but it was pyromyst who was next to be highlighted after being pushed inside the area to win a penalty. That saw Erkifino make the trip from one box to the other and convert from the spot for his first ever Vipers goal. With the Vipers 4:0 up and 8 minutes left on the clock, it should have been easy to see the game out with a clean sheet but Mansfield scored twice in injury time, presumably because Erkifino had remained in the other penalty area.