Hull City Reserves went down to their second defeat of the season when they were beaten 3-1 by Mansfield Town at the One Call Stadium on Wednesday night.
Stephen Clemence made two changes to the side that lost 2-0 to Scunthorpe United eight days earlier. Ben Clappison replaced Max Clark in the centre of defence and Aaron Mclean
came in for James Armstrong.
Lee Stevenson fired wide for the Stags in the opening minute before Conor Townsend replied for the Tigers but his free kick was deflected off the Mansfield defensive wall into the arms of keeper Liam Mitchell.
The hosts took the lead in the ninth minute when Ross Dyer rose to meet Adam Murray’s free kick and sent his free header past Joe Cracknell.
City were almost level within a couple of minutes when Paul McElroy cut in from the left and his right footed cross smacked against the crossbar.
Matt Rhead headed over from a Lindon Meikle cross for the Stags before the Tigers created their best move of the opening period. Matty Dixon, Sam Topliss, Calaum Jahraldo-Martin and Danny Chambers were all involved before Mclean fired just over the bar from the edge of the box.
McElroy’s low left foot shot was easily saved by Mitchell before Meikle won the ball in his own half and advanced into the City box only to fire a right foot shot over the bar.
The Stags doubled their lead in the 39th minute when Dyer’s shot took a slight deflection off a City defender which meant that Cracknell could only turn the ball into the path of Meikle who tapped in from close range.
City tried to reduce the arrears before the break when Dixon’s corner fell for Jahraldo-Martin. His first effort pole-axed Mclean and his second was saved by Mitchell low to his right.
Half Time: Mansfield Town Reserves 2 Hull City Reserves 0
The Tigers made a change during the interval with Armstrong replacing Topliss as they opted to go with just three at the back.
The opening quarter hour of the second period was fairly quiet until Stevenson shot high over the bar from Meikle’s cross.
City pulled a goal back in the 61st minute when Dixon and Armstrong combined down the right and as the latter advanced into the box the ball broke for Mclean to fire a right foot shot into the bottom corner.
The Tigers went in search of an equaliser but were unable to find one and the Stags secured the win in the final minute when Rhead released Stevenson to beat Cracknell with a left foot shot into the bottom corner.
Mansfield Town: Liam Mitchell, Liam Marsden, Louis Briscoe, John McCombe, Ryan Tafazolli, Lindon Meikle, Adam Murray, Matt Rhead, Ross Dyer, Lee Stevenson, Colin Daniel.
Subs Not Used: Godfrey Poku, Joe Flint, Jack Thomas, Jack Hawkins, Jason Gregory, Ben Birch.
Hull City: Joe Cracknell, Sam Topliss (James Armstrong 46), Conor Townsend, Matty Dixon, Ben Clappison, Will Aimson, Calaum Jahraldo-Martin (Jack Barlow 81), Aaron McLean, Danny Chambers (Scott Canham 68), Dougie Wilson, Paul McElroy.
Subs Not Used: Rory Watson, Jake Simpson, Max Clark.