Our reserves are in action on Tuesday 01 October, when they host Scunthorpe United at One Call Stadium for a Central League Cup clash (2pm kick-off).
The Stags kicked off their Central League Cup campaign in early September, facing a strong West Brom side in a behind-closed-doors game at Palm Training Ground.
Mansfield found themselves 4-0 down in the match, but fought back to 4-3 in the season’s dramatic opener for the reserves.
A hat-trick from Wales international Hal Robson-Kanu helped the Baggies towards a comfortable lead, but strikes from Andy Cook, Omari Sterling-James and Tyrese Sinclair pushed the Stags to the brink of what would have been an exceptional comeback.
Speaking after the game, academy manager Richard Cooper said: “We know that we have talented players and we can open up other teams. The one thing that we have to look at is the manner of the goals they scored.
“They had some high-level players out there but it’s about nullifying the weaknesses that we showed.
“There were loads of things that we could learn from the game but it’s all positive really.
“We could have got something out of the game but West Brom could also argue that they had some good chances themselves.
“The one thing I will say to our boys is full credit must go to them for keeping going. We actually nearly got back into a football match that we thought at times had ran away from us.
“The lads kept going and that’s a real positive about the group and where they’re at. Their attitude is always good. It would have been easy to put their heads down and let the game pass them by but it was a really good performance in terms of attitude and I can’t fault them for that.”
Following the loss against West Brom, the Stags find themselves at the foot of the Group 3 table, however, the encounter against the Baggies is the only game to have been played so far from the teams in the group.
The Stags will look to put points on the board in Group 3 when they welcome Scunthorpe United to One Call Stadium for the first home clash of the season for the reserves.
Speaking about Tuesday's reserve match, following Saturday's slender loss to Plymouth Argyle, first team manager John Dempster said: “We’ll field a strong team against Scunthorpe. Some [first team] players need vital game time.
“Some of our under-21s and a couple of our under-18s will be involved.”
Last year, Mansfield narrowly missed out on progression to the competition’s knockout stages, finishing second in their group with three wins and one loss from their four matches.
The Stags will be hoping to replicate their 2017/18 Central League Cup form, after winning the competition by way of a 3-0 victory over Wigan Athletic in the Northern area final.
The winner of each group in this year’s competition, along with the runner-up with the best record, will progress to the area’s quarter-finals.
The teams in Stags’ group – Group 3 – for this term’s instalment of the tournament are West Brom, Scunthorpe United, Peterborough United and Port Vale.
Entry to Tuesday’s match against Scunthorpe reserves at One Call Stadium is free, with supporters to be housed in the lower tier of the Ian Greaves Stand.
Kiosk 3, located in the Ian Greaves Stand lower tier, will be open, with hot and cold food and drink available for supporters to purchase.