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Kick off 14:00 (UK)

26 August 2021 Venue Attendance

Kick off 14:00 (UK)

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

25 August 2021

Stags' under-18s continue their EFL Youth Alliance league campaign away at Rotherham United on Thursday, with a 2pm kick-off.

Mansfield will be searching for their first win of the campaign following two draws and one defeat in league and cup so far.

Last time out, the young guns drew 1-1 away at Oldham Athletic in the EFL Youth Alliance Cup, with Diego Edwards on the scoresheet for the Stags.

One draw and one defeat in the league so far sees Mansfield sit seventh in the table ahead of Thursday's encounter with the Millers, who currently lead the pack in the Youth Alliance League.

A perfect start in their two opening games, with six goals scored and none condeded, sees them lead the table ahead of Burton and Scunthorpe on goal difference.

After a 4-0 win over Huddersfield Town on the opening day, Rotherham travelled to Bradford City, winning 2-0.

Thursday's match will get under way at 2pm at the following venue: The Graham Solley Sports Development Centre, Sheffield & Hallam University,  Bawtry Road, Sheffield, S9 1UA.

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Match Reports

Youth report: Rotherham United U18 3-2 Stags U18

29 August 2021

Mansfield Town under-18s were involved in a back-and-forth contest with league leaders Rotherham United on Thursday, with the Stags narrowly losing 3-2.

The game started in an end-to-end fashion with both sides creating chances in the opening ten minutes.

Stags' first real opportunity of the contest came following a good interception from Curtis Davies, who then sprayed a long pass out towards Diego Edwards on the left-hand side. Edwards saw his deflected shot fall into the path of Charlie Carter, who fired at the goalkeeper.

It was the hosts who took the lead on 12 minutes. A long punt forward from the goalkeeper was flicked onto the Rotherham winger, who was able to pull the ball back for a tap-in.

Darien Wauchope and Jakub Kruszynski linked up well before feeding Davies, who saw his long range effort go over the crossbar.

On the stroke of half-time, the Stags found their equaliser. Kruszynski played the ball to Jack Deakin, who skipped past several challenges before firing home from distance.

The visitors would not have to wait long after the break to complete their comeback, with Deakin once again on the scoresheet. Kruszynski drove down the line before crossing towards the Mansfield frontman, who provided a first-time finish into the top corner.

However, the hosts responded five minutes later. A central through ball beat the Stags' back-line and the Millers' striker was able to keep his composure to fire past Owen Mason.

It turned out to be a two minutes of madness for the Stags, who conceded once more shortly after the Rotherham equaliser. The ball was crossed into the area from a Millers' free-kick, and after some pinball in the area, a home attacker was alert to a loose ball and struck home the eventual winner.

A stop-start rhythm to the game ensued for the closing 30 minutes, with the Stags only creating one more clear-cut opportunity before full-time.

McKeal Abdullah broke down the left-hand side before crossing accurately to Davies, who headed wide.

Thursday's match was a thrilling affair which the Stags will have been disappointed to lose after a spirited showing against the league leaders.

STAGS XI: Mason (GK), Hill-Smith, Pitts, Collins, Wauchope, Carter, Bouch (Abdullah 78'), Davies (C), Kruszynski, Deakin, Edwards.

UNUSED SUBS: Turner (GK), Hurdis, Flanagan, Whelan.

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