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Kick off 12:00 (UK)

07 January 2023 Venue York St John Sports Park Attendance

Kick off 12:00 (UK)

Harrogate Town
1 - 0
Mansfield Town
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Youth preview: Harrogate v Stags

6 January 2023

Mansfield Town under-19s are back in action this Saturday for a Youth Alliance League fixture against Harrogate Town at York St John Sports Park (12pm kick-off).

Ahead of Saturday’s fixture against the Sulphurites, PDP lead coach Sam Collins spoke to, and said: “The lads returned to training on Tuesday, which doesn’t give us long to prepare for the game against Harrogate but it is what it is and we’ve got to make sure we’re ready. We’re hoping the rest over Christmas and New Year will have done the players good.

“Harrogate have improved a lot and it won’t be an easy game. We’ve got to make sure we’re good when in and out of possession.”

When asked about the chances of players featuring from a younger age group, Sam said: “There's a chance that two or three of the under-16 lads will feature with some of the under-19s being out on work experience loan and Taylor [Anderson] being involved with the first-team in recent weeks.”

Defensive midfielder Charlie Carter and goalkeeper Louie Turner have gone out on work experience loan over the Christmas period, joining Gainsborough Trinity and Long Eaton United, respectively.

“It's brilliant for them to be exposed to men's football and understand the changes there are from the youth side of the game. 

“It’s great for them to get a feel of what it’s like to be in an environment that's more about winning than development.”

Full-back Taylor Anderson (18) has been involved in first-team pre-match warm-ups on a number of occasions over the last month as well as appearing on the bench for Stags’ Sky Bet League Two defeat to Walsall on New Year's Day.

“It’s absolutely brilliant to have an academy player feature in the first-team squad," said Sam.

“As coaches working within the academy, that's what we aim to do, get players ready to be involved with the first-team.

“It’s great for Taylor as well as ourselves and we’re pleased with how he’s done. Overall he's been great.”

As ever, all supporters are welcome to attend the game for FREE at the following venue: York St John Sports Park, Nestle Rowntree Park, Haxby Road, York, YO31 8TA

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Match Reports

Youth report: Harrogate 1-0 Stags

9 January 2023

Mansfield’s under-19s were made to rue missed chances as a first-half strike from winger Ollie Nicholson sealed a 1-0 win for Harrogate Town in the Youth Alliance League on Saturday afternoon.

Cody Collins started at centre-back following his work experience loan with Gainsborough Trinity in a fixture which also saw the return of central-midfielder Curtis Davies following a long spell on the sidelines due to injury.

Right-back Elliot Hartmann and centre-back Cormac Maher also featured in the amber and blue's starting lineup. Both players are part of the club's under-16 setup and made the step up for the Stags' trip to North Yorkshire.

The opening exchanges of this encounter saw few opportunities for either side, with the first half-chance coming on 11 minutes. Harrogate winger Tom Liddle drove down the right-hand side attempting to latch onto the end of a through ball but Stags’ shot-stopper Theo Avery was alert to the danger and came out to clear the ball to safety.

Versatile attacker Ronnie Kokkinos had the opportunity to break the deadlock on 17 minutes but his ferocious effort from the edge of the area was deflected wide for a corner.

The hosts’ right-back Brad Williams came close to grabbing the opening goal on 23 minutes. After driving through Mansfield’s defence, Williams struck a powerful effort towards the bottom corner but Avery got down low and tipped the ball round his right-hand post.

The Sulphurites broke the deadlock on 27 minutes. After the ball was played back to Stags’ ‘keeper Avery, an interception allowed Ollie Nicholson to tap into an empty net to give his side the lead.

The amber and blue went in behind at the break and made two substitutions at the start of the second-half. Left-back Darien Wauchope and Curtis Davies were replaced by forward Louis Bonser and attacking midfielder Jakub Kruszynski.

Kokkinos had a brilliant opportunity to draw his side level seven minutes into the second-half. After receiving the ball in space on the edge of the box, his shot was fired straight at Harrogate’s goalkeeper Harvey Giles.

And just two minutes later, the Stags once again came close to scoring the equaliser when a free-kick was floated into the area by Jakub Kruszynski and a trialist guided his header over the bar from close range.

Stags made their third change of the game on the hour mark as attacker Noah Aynsley-Johnson replaced the trialist.

Substitute Kruszynski continued to create opportunities for his team mates but came close to grabbing a goal for himself on 65 minutes when a free-kick from range had to be saved from Giles in the Harrogate net.

The amber and blue made their final change of the game on 66 minutes as versatile midfielder Lewis Warnaby replaced box-to-box midfielder Finn Flanagan.

The hosts pushed to extend their advantage with 13 minutes remaining as a dangerous low cross from attacker Finn O’Boyle looked to pick out the arriving Nicholson but Stags' defender Maher made a vital interception to turn the ball behind for a corner.

As the Stags continued to work towards getting an equaliser, they received a throw-in just right of the hosts’ penalty area. Cody Collins made his way over to take a long throw which was met in the air by substitute Warnaby who ultimately headed the ball over the bar.

The Stags fought until the final whistle in an attempt to score the equalising goal but it wasn't meant to be for Sam Collins’ young guns. They will look to get back to winning ways on Tuesday afternoon as they take on Salford City in the Youth Alliance Cup at RH Academy (2pm kick-off).

HARROGATE TOWN: Giles, Williams, Birmingham, Wilson, Attree, Taylor, Nicholson (Brodella 86), Tweed, Ilesanmi (Smalley 90), O’Boyle, Liddle

UNUSED SUBS: Mooney, Samuels

MANSFIELD TOWN: Avery, Hartmann, Maher, Collins, Wauchope (Bonser 46), Carter, Flanagan (Warnaby 66), Davies (Kruszynski 46), Kokkinos, Abdullah, Trialist (Aynsley-Johnson 60)


REFEREE: Conor Ledgeway

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