Nottingham Forest George Shelvey made his third appearance for Mansfield Town last night.

And, what a cracker it was!

Shelvey played the full 90 minutes as Mansfield and Newcastle under-21s bowed out of the Papa John’s Trophy with a nine-goal thriller.

Stags secured victory winning 6-3 in a truly pulsating encounter.

For Shelvey, it represented a massive chance for him to get some game time under his belt.

Forest Shelvey
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That hasn’t been forthcoming during his spell in North Nottinghamshire. The Forest man has been second fiddle to Manchester United owned stopper Nathan Bishop.

Last night saw the Forest man make a start though and gave him a chance to prove his worth.

Things didn’t get off to a good start. Dylan Stephenson scored after just five minutes and the game was locked at 2-2 at the interval.

Amid a plethora of goals in the second half, Shelvey showed more composure than he has done for Mansfield thus far.

 

In his defence, it has clearly been hard for the 20-year-old to come in and perform when he’s been on the fringes for so long.

Shelvey signed a new contract with Forest in March of this year and it’ll be interesting to see what the future holds.

Forest youngster Shelvey has it all to do to earn Forest chance

Sadly for the Reds youngster, there are plenty of goalkeepers vying for a shirt at the City Ground.

Brice Samba is the number one stopper, with Ethan Horvath and Jordan Smith also in the first-team picture.

Forest Shelvey
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Nicky Hogarth and Jordan Wright make up the competition from the under-23 outfit for the Reds.

With Shelvey only serving as a backup at Mansfield, perhaps his development is stagnating somewhat.

As a result, the next step for the youngster should be heading somewhere on loan where at least he will play regularly.

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