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Kick off 11:00 (UK)

24 October 2020 Venue Attendance

Kick off 11:00 (UK)

Scunthorpe United U18
3 - 2
Mansfield Town
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Youth preview: Scunthorpe United vs Stags

21 October 2020

Mansfield Town’s U18s are back in action this Saturday (11am) as they travel to Scunthorpe United to continue their EFL Youth Alliance League campaign.

The Stags currently sit sixth in the ten-strong North East Division, whilst the Iron find themselves fourth with two wins from two.

Both teams come into the fixture off the back of defeats in the Youth Alliance Cup, with the Stags looking to bounce back after a 2-0 loss to Burton Albion, while Scunthorpe were beaten 4-1 by Lincoln City.

Mansfield's youngsters' last visit to Scunthorpe was an eventful one, with a Ryan Ingram hat-trick inspiring the Stags to a 4-2 win back in February.

Isaac Fisher opened the scoring for the Stags after his cross found its way into the bottom corner, but United’s Harry Jessop equalised with nine minutes remaining in the first half.

The scores did not stay level for long. A pinpoint pass picked out flying winger Rio Molyneaux who breezed past his marker and laid the ball on a plate for Ingram to restore Mansfield’s lead.

The striker struck again on the stroke of half time, rounding the keeper and slotting into the empty net to make it 3-1.

An end-to-end game saw chances a plenty for both sides, but it was the Stags who landed the next blow.

More good work down the wing from Molyneaux saw him beat his man and pull the ball back for the waiting Ingram to tap in to complete his hat-trick.

Scunthorpe hit back courtesy of a 25-yard piledriver from full-back Harry Baker, but the Stags rode out the closing stages to ensure they emerged victorious.

Saturday's match kicks off at 11am but will take place behind-closed-doors.

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Match Reports

Deakin bags two and under-16s impress again for under-18s

26 October 2020

Academy professional development coach Mike Whitlow felt there were plenty of positives following the under-18s’ narrow 3-2 loss to Scunthorpe United on Saturday.

Mansfield’s youngsters created an abundance of chances in the game, but two goals from first year scholar Jack Deakin weren’t quite enough to earn the Stags a share of the spoils.

But Whitlow was keen to stress the progress his players are making.

“Every single one of them went out there and had a right good go yesterday,” he said.

‘We created numerous chances and Scunthorpe were a big strong team and they [Mansfield] competed very, very well.

“The most pleasing thing was we tried a new formation yesterday that we worked on all week and the lads went out there and went about their roles and responsibilities in a very positive manner, which is really pleasing to see.”

The coach then went on to praise individual performances.

“Young Jonty Bouch played in a holding six role on Saturday and was exceptional.

“From the week before he’d taken on board keeping it simple, getting the ball, breaking things up and that was great.

“And a massive positive was Jack Deakin scoring two goals, it was really pleasing for the big lad up front, he took his chances well.”

The Stags’ squad featured five under-16s players, including right-back Taylor Anderson, and Whitlow believes this bodes well for the future of the academy.

“For us as an academy we’re trying to push these young lads through at the moment and to have five under 16s involved yesterday, four getting on the field and two playing 90 minutes… it’s massive”

“This [the academy] has been set up to get these lads through and if they see a chance to go and play in the Youth Alliance with the under-18s and gain experience a year earlier, their individual development and what they have to compete with [will improve].”

He added: “Taylor Anderson has come in and at the moment he’s not missed a game for the [under] 18s because he’s been exceptional.”

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