FCV gain more valuable experience against Mansfield Town
FCV Academy fell to a 6-2 friendly defeat against Mansfield Town Under-21s but gained crucial experience against the English Football League side.
With the Stags fielding a strong line-up, including numerous players with first-team experience, it was an excellent challenge for the Reds and one in which they gave a really good account of themselves.
As expected, Mansfield had the bulk of the possession but found it tough to create many clear-cut chances early on.
Any chances they did get were ones that FCV will believe they could have done better at preventing. Having said that, Mansfield had some good players on the pitch and played at a good tempo which stretched the Reds.
After making the breakthrough on 32 minutes, the hosts punished some sloppy depending over the next quarter of an hour to score three further goals.
FCV had chances too but it wasn’t until the 80th minute that they got reward for their endeavours. An excellent diagonal pass from centre-back Lewis Saunders released Khalid Rahim on the right and, after he cut inside his defender, he unselfishly found Brandon Taverner, who finished with aplomb.
A second goal came minutes before the end of the game after a defence-splitting pass from Ilja Fjodorovs found Khalid Rahim, who was one on one with the goalkeeper, and before coolly slotting home to end the game 6-2.
Overall, it was good test for the FCV Academy. They can take heart from the fact that they played against a professional club, scored two goals and have been invited back to play again.