Shadow Scholarship | Barnsley 4-1 Mansfield Town

Two goals from Jack Bennett helped the Barnsley FC Shadow Scholarship U19’s seal back-to-back wins for the first time this season.

Following on from last week’s cup win over Northampton Town, Bennett’s brace was added to by a Jake Vigrass penalty and an own goal as the Reds picked up their second NFYL Midlands/North Premier Division victory of the campaign.

Barnsley nearly went in front just seconds after kick off as Dom Claxton met a driven corner however the captain’s effort was cleared off the line.

Vigrass won the ball back deep inside Mansfield territory before firing over the bar, with Callum Walmsley pulling off an important block at the other end to deny a Stags striker.

A quick-fire Bennett double saw the Reds take control of a game that had been dominating.

First, he fired a left-footed shot into the top right at the second attempt before drilling a low shot into the bottom corner four minutes later.

Barnsley were presented with a golden chance to make it 3-0 five minutes later as the referee awarded a penalty for pulling in the box.

For the second successive week, Vigrass stepped up and made no mistake from the penalty spot, finding the bottom corner.

The visitors capitalised on a defensive lapse before finishing well past Lewis French to pull a goal back on the brink of half time.

HT: 3-1

Substitution Rhys Wilson raced down the right wing early in the second half and nearly created a chance for Harry Mayo however the cross was just too high.

Vigrass nearly netted a second moments later as his deflected effort was tipped over the crossbar by the Mansfield ‘keeper.

The visitors threatened getting back into the game 10 minutes later but luckily their shot rebounded off the top of the crossbar.

Mansfield saw another big chance go amiss five minutes later as the number nine blazed his shot wide after being put inside the defence.

More good running from Wilson nearly created another chance, this time for Bennett, before Vigrass curled over the bar.

Wilson’s tireless work paid off with a fourth goal late on as his cross was inadvertently headed into the net by a defender to seal the game.

Aidan Hargreaves saw his lob fall wide of the post in the dying moments but the Reds held on to make it two wins on the trot in all competitions.

Barnsley XI: Lewis French, Callum Walmsley, Brandon Fearn, Dom Claxton, Sam Cook, Jimmy Pursell, Mason Butcher, Jack Tinker, Jake Vigrass, Harry Mayo, Jack Bennett.

Substitutes: Brad Greenfield, Aidan Hargreaves, Harry Lawton, Regan Millard, Rhys Wilson.