Reserves crash at Vale Park

Last updated : 11 January 2006 By Richard Brown

The reserve outfit, supervised by player-coach Mike Whitlow, was an experimental one aimed at raising the injured and fringe player’s match fitness levels, as well as easing new-signing Lee Crooks and an unnamed trialist into the fray.

Long time, no see - nudge nudge
With Adam Tann, Rob Ullathorne (both injured), Chibuzor Chilaka (loan) and Stacey Long (illness) all returning to action after brief spells on the sidelines, Whitlow was keen to place emphasis upon regain some much-needed match fitness, rather than the outcome of the fixture.

And after Mark DeBolla had netted for the Magpies, the County side went to pot, as reflected by the Notts second-strings gaffer for the day.

Speaking to the club’s official web-site, Whitlow said "It was of course disappointing to lose, we would love to win every game, but today was about getting everyone a run-out really.

"We had a number of players who needed the game. Stacy Long got a half under his belt and Adam Tann got an important game under his belt as well. Rob Ullathorne and Lee Crooks got an hour, and did well.

"We gifted them a few goals which was obviously disappointing. I won't name names but twice we gifted them goals.

"Towards the end we changed it around and brought the kids on, and in 30 minutes everything was changed around and it does disrupt the whole pattern of play, but we needed them out there to develop, but that is what these games are for, to help them develop."

Currently, no news has broken on the identity of the anonymous French trialist, believed to be an attacking midfielder who currently plays his football in Eastern Europe. However, for any news on the player – and, indeed, any of Gudjon’s other potential targets for that matter – be sure to check back to NCM over the course of the week.

Line-up: Marshall, Hannigan, Wilson, Friars, Tann, Crooks, Ullathorne, Chilaka, Long, DeBolla, Trialist.

For an in-depth look at new signing Lee Crooks, click here.