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23 January 2021 Venue Attendance

Kick off 11:00 (UK)

Mansfield Town
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Notts County U18
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Youth preview: Stags vs Notts County

22 January 2021

Mansfield Town under-18s are back in EFL Youth Alliance action on Saturday morning, against local rivals Notts County at the RH Academy.

After the Stags recorded a statement 3-1 win over Burton Albion on Tuesday, their tough start to 2021 continues with the visit of second-placed Notts County.

As is tradition, the two clubs will compete for the Matt Salmon Trophy, to honour the late academy physiotherapist who passed away in 2017.

Salmon spent three-and-a-half years in the Stags’ medical department and previously completed work experience with County.

The two sides' last meeting came back in November 2019, when the Mansfield youngsters sealed the home and away double with a 2-1 win.

Those results saw the Stags first regain, then retain the trophy, and a win or draw on Saturday will see them keep hold of the crown.

Whatever the result, a small, socially distanced presentation will take place following the full-time whistle.

And whoever does take home the trophy will face an almost instant defence of it, as the reverse fixture in Nottingham takes place just ten days later.

One Stag that should be well versed from the off though is Diego Edwards, who previously played for the Magpies.

The first-year scholar will look to continue his fine scoring streak, which has seen him net in four consecutive fixtures, against his former side.

The visitors, though, have also been impressive in front of goal. This month's results consist of a 4-1 win and 4-3 loss against Burton and Scunthorpe United respectively.

County had been in a strong vein of form before that though, winning four consecutive matches in the league.

That sees Saturday's visitors sitting nine points ahead of the Stags, having played two matches more.

A Mansfield win could see them rise as high as fourth, should other results fall in their favour.

Saturday's match has a kick-off time of 11am and will be played behind-closed-doors.

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Match Reports

Report: Stags U18s 0-3 Notts

25 January 2021

Mansfield Town under-18s relinquished hold of the Matt Salmon Trophy to Notts County after a difficult day at The RH Academy.

Two goals within as many minutes late in the first-half saw the visitors into an ultimately unassailable lead that they compounded in the second from the penalty spot.

It was though the Stags who had the better of the early exchanges, with Taylor Anderson a constant threat flooding forward from right-back.

He was involved in the first real goalmouth action when Kyle Tomlin split the opposition defence with a slide-rule pass to find the advancing Anderson.

The full-back looped in a cross, but Diego Edwards couldn’t quite get the purchase on a stooping header, and County keeper Bill Harrison fielded it well.

After a strong Stags opening, the visitors began to grow into proceedings, primarily from set-pieces.

Some heroics from Kian Sketchley turned behind a goal-bound James Snedden header, for which the left-back received a whack from the post for his troubles.

The resulting corner presented County with another opportunity, but Stern Irvine couldn’t direct his far-post header on target.

After a collision with his opposition number earlier on, Jack Deakin tried in vain to run off the knock was replaced just before the half-hour mark by Jonty Bouch.

Stags picked it up following the change, with Bouch the catalyst in raising the tempo and on one occasion getting a shot off on the edge which was blocked.

But then came the County double salvo.

The first resulted from a bouncing ball into the area that Tyreace Palmer pounced on the poke home, and the second, on the stroke of half-time, saw Cameron Smith picked out centrally to volley in.

A two-goal lead at the half flattered the visitors, and the Stags challenge only heightened when Edwards was forced off early in the second.

The forward had been carrying a knock from a first-half collision with Harrison, and could no longer continue.

His misfortune presented the opportunity for his replacement, Oliver Wilson, to make the jump from under-16s football for the first time.
After the switch, the youngsters began to assert themselves again and reacted well to going behind.

In what turned out to be the most presentable chance of the half, Lewis Hill-Smith threaded through an inch-perfect pass to find the run of Anderson inside the area.

Upon receiving the ball, the full-back jinked inside from the byline and flashed a ball across the box, but no one could apply the finish as it whistled past the post.

Shamar Lawson started to become more involved in proceedings, first with a drive through the centre before unleashing to force a smart save from Harrison who turned behind.

And then from the resulting corner Lawson picked up where he left off as his devilish delivery found the head of substitute Bouch, but his header fell wide.

Another Lawson delivery created another chance, but centre back George Cooper could not guide his effort on target.

And then all the pressure popped at the other end ten minutes from time when a mix up in defence led to the referee pointing to the spot.

Up stepped Snedden, who sent Campbell the wrong way and settled the contest.

Following the final whistle, Academy manager Richard Cooper paid tribute to the late Matt Salmon – the former Academy physio - before presenting County captain Palmer with the trophy.

The Stags will have a chance to win it back in just ten days’ time, but before that, they welcome Scunthorpe United to The RH Academy next weekend.

STAGS XI: Campbell, Anderson, Sketchley, Hill-Smith, Cooper, Tomlin, Hill (Hurdis 69'), Lawson, Edwards (Wilson 55'), Deakin (Bouch 28'), Caine

UNUSED SUBS: Mason, Pitts

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