Shadow Scholarship | Mansfield Town 1-5 Barnsley FC

Jake Vigrass scored a goal either side of half time as the Barnsley FC Shadow Scholars romped to an impressive away win at Mansfield Town.

Leading 3-1 at half time, the Reds withstood early pressure in the second half before scoring twice more to seal another three points in the National Football Youth League.

Mason Butcher, who captained the team with Dom Claxton rested on the bench ahead of another NFYL All-Star fixture tomorrow, bended wide as the visitors started strongly in Nottinghamshire.

Lewis French pulled off a fantastic save from point-blank range following a Stags set piece on 15 minutes.

That stop proved to be even more important just two minutes later as Vigrass latched onto a Butcher through ball before coolly chipping the ‘keeper for the opening goal of the match.

It was 2-0 just four minutes later thanks to the tireless work of Regan Millard, who beat two men to reach the byline before his pullback was inadvertently deflected into the back of the net by a defender.

The Reds could’ve extended their lead further shortly afterwards too but Essa N’Dow was denied by a strong save.

Millard got the goal his first half performance deserved five minutes before the break, nodding into the back of the net from a floated Sam Awty cross.

The hosts pulled a goal back just before the break, their number 10 finding the bottom corner from a free kick on the edge of the box.

HT: 1-3

Vigrass was inches away from giving Barnsley the perfect start to the second half after just 50 seconds but his shot bounced off the top of the crossbar.

In what was a much more even start to the second period, Mansfield began to put pressure on the Reds’ defence without creating much in terms of openings.

Some fine interplay from Fabian Tykfer and Callum Spragg created another chance at the other end but N’Dow could only fire into the side netting.

With just over half an hour remaining, Mark Tinker looked to his bench and brought on Harry Mayo in place of Spragg.

Mansfield continued to have more of the play but the Reds’ defence remained resolute, continually holding off an aerial onslaught.

Vigrass notched his second goal of the game with 15 minutes remaining, slotting his left-footed shot into the bottom corner after being played in behind by strike partner N’Dow.

The Reds saved their best for last however as Sam Awty finished off a fantastic team move of one-touch football with a powerful shot into the corner to make it 5-1 in the closing stages.

Barnsley XI: Lewis French, Sam Awty, Brandon Murillo, Sam Cook, Mason Butcher, Callum Spragg, Regan Millard, Fabian Tykfer, Will Heath, Essa N’Dow, Jake Vigrass.

Substitutions: Harry Mayo, Dom Claxton, Jack Tinker.