Denaby Utd – Denaby 1. Mansfield Res. 3 – Mansfield Fortunate

8 November 1937

Sheffield Independent – Monday 08 November 1937

Denaby United 1. Mansfield Res. 3

Mansfield were fortunate to complete the double: over Denaby on Saturday. They deserved their odd goal lead at hall-time, but afterwards had long spells of attacking and the Mansfield men were penned in their own quarters.

The Denaby forwards could not force home their advantage, however, and the influence of Fleetwood was missed. Betts was a lively leader, but his was more or less a lone part. Hinkles, a local left winger. Who had trial with Tottenham, justified his appearance and promises to remedy a long-standing weakness.

Generally it was a scrappy game, with conditions unpleasant. Denaby scored first through Green from a penalty, but after Cooke had equalised, Rudkin put Mansfield ahead. Three minutes from the end Wood scored a third, which came as a shock after the untiring efforts of  the Denaby players throughout most of the latter half.

Brookes played very soundly in the Denaby goal, and Attwell, another local youth on trial at left half. played well enough warrant perseverance. The half-back as a whole was a little improved, although never able to take command of the exchanges.