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20 October 2018 Venue Attendance

Kick off 11:00 (UK)

Grimsby Town
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Mansfield Town
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Youth preview: Grimsby Town vs Stags

18 October 2018

Stags' under-18s are in league action this Saturday when they make the trip to face Grimsby Town under-18s in the EFL Youth Alliance League (11am kick-off).

The two sides met a fortnight ago in the Youth Alliance Cup, with Mansfield coming out on top in a 2-1 win.

Jimmy Knowles and James Tague were the scorers on the day, as their goals helped Stags overturn a first half goal from the visitors, giving Mansfield all three points in Group Four of the competition.

Last time out, Stags were denied by a 90th minute goal from Bradley Fox, as they lost 3-2 against Hartlepool United at the RH Academy.

Right-back Larrell King and forward Rhys Sarson netted for the Stags in the first fixture to take place at the new training facility, which is set to be officially opened soon.

Grimsby’s only defeat of the season so far has been the 2-1 loss against the Stags, and the Mariners remain unbeaten in the league having won two and drawn three of their opening five fixtures.

They currently occupy ninth in the table, but do have games in hand on the teams above them.

Stags meanwhile have 11 points from their opening eight games, and sit fifth in the table.

John Dempster’s side have been clinical in front of goal this campaign, and boast the best offensive record in the league with 18 goals.

Supporters wishing to attend Saturday's match can do so at the following address: The Training Ground, Cheapside, Waltham, Grimsby, DN37 0HT.

Refreshments will be available for spectators in the main building before, during and after the game.

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Match Reports

Youth report: Grimsby Town 1-3 Stags

22 October 2018

Stags’ under-18s showcased an excellent performance in a convincing 3-1 win away to Grimsby Town under-18s at Cheapside Training Ground on Saturday afternoon.

The Youth Alliance League match between the two sides saw the Stags get off to a near perfect start when Riley O’Sullivan found the net just past the five-minute mark.

Jack Cornell and James Tague added to the scoreline with two excellent long-range efforts to give Mansfield a 3-0 lead going into half-time. Grimsby got one back in the second half, but it wasn’t enough to change the outcome of the game, as Stags collected all three points in an all-round impressive display.

John Dempster’s side were once again ruthless in front of goal as following this result, the Stags have now scored three or more goals in a single match on no less than seven occasions already so far this season.

James Tague was back in the Stags’ starting XI following his absence against Hartlepool, with Rhys Sarson the man making way. Noah Stokes was also given his first start of the campaign, replacing Lewis Davis in the Stags’ backline.

Stags got off to a dream start, against a side unbeaten in the league so far this season, when O’Sullivan managed to prod home a Jamie Chisholm knock-down from close range, giving Mansfield an early lead. 

Just five minutes later, Cornell found himself with a sight of goal from 30 yards out. The Stags’ midfielder took his shot early, which seemed to catch the Grimsby ‘keeper slightly off-guard, as the ball sailed through his hands and into the back of the net for 2-0.

Although possession for both sides was fairly even, Mansfield were making the most of theirs, as Tague was about to post his entry for goal of the season so far.

The Stags’ attacking midfielder took the ball under pressure 35 yards out, shifted it from under his feet and just right of centre he whipped a delicious curling effort into the far corner of the net for 3-0.

A couple of half chances fell to the home side before the break, as they looked for the diagonal ball from right to left in a bid to get in behind the Stags’ back-line. The Mansfield defence held firm though, limiting Grimsby to little more than shots from range.

The second half began as did the first, with Stags on-top and creating early chances. Tague was instrumental in the midfield and after some neat build up play with Jimmy Knowles, he saw his effort from the right side of the penalty area flash just inches wide of the far post.

Moments later, Tague and Knowles linked up again. Tague collected the ball on the halfway line, out towards the left-hand touchline, and instinctively whipped a left footed diagonal ball over the top of the Grimsby backline. Knowles collected the ball in his stride, and flashed a vicious volley just wide of the ‘keeper’s near post.

In the 57th minute, right-back Larrell King – scorer of the opening goal in Stags’ last fixture – flew down the right-hand touchline with the ball at his feet and dug-out an excellent cross into the box which Knowles met with a volley, only for a defender to make a much-needed block in front of his own goal.

The next 15 minutes or so saw the home side construct some good attacking moves, with Warren Squires being kept honest in the Stags’ goal, following a close-range header that he managed to tip over his crossbar. 

Grimsby were forced to look to the wide areas, as the Stags’ backline – lead by a sensational captain’s performance from Chisholm – shut the door on anything that came through the middle. Aided by the height and aerial prowess of Jordan Armsden and Stokes, the home side were getting little joy from crosses into the box either. 

O’Sullivan worked tirelessly, tracking back to stop attacks building down the right and then supporting the attack down the left, with a succession of drilled crosses into the opposition box, causing moments of uncertainty in the Grimsby defence.

With ten minutes to play, Grimsby grabbed themselves a consolation. Squires produced a good initial stop, but unfortunately could only palm the ball back into the path of Adlard, who fresh on as a substitute directed the ball into the back of the net.

No clean sheet for the Stags, but a splendid defensive display never the less. Stags utilised some effective game management in the final minutes and saw the game out in a professional manner, as the referee brought an end to proceedings in what was an excellent performance from John Dempster’s boys.

Next up for the Stags is a trip to face Fleetwood Town under-18s, as they return action in Group 4 of the Youth Alliance Cup. With two wins from two so far in the competition, a win on Saturday could well ensure their qualification into the knockout stages.

STAGS’ STARTING XI: Squires, King, Stokes, Cornell, Armsden, Chisholm (c), Knowles (Langton 88’), Saunders, Tague (Sarson 81’), Sinclair, O’Sullivan.

SUBS NOT USED: Marrs, Ingram.

GRIMSBY STARTING XI: Battersby, Jamieson, Saunders, Curran, Pollock, Powles, Painter, Richardson, Burrell, Buckley, McPherson.

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