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Young Stags slip to first league defeat

1 November 2013

Our youngsters’ 11-match unbeaten run in league action came to a surprising end last night, as they succumbed to a 2-1 loss at Mickleover Sports.

Ollie Roome put us ahead on 10 minutes, but Daniel Dolby struck twice after the re-start to earn the hosts an important three points.

Nevertheless, our youngsters remain top of the H-K-L North Midlands League table, though their lead has been cut to six points by second-placed Blidworth Welfare.

The Stags dictated play early on and went ahead after just 10 minutes, when Roome headed into the top-left corner, following Liam Carver’s long set-piece.

Roome almost doubled our lead shortly afterwards when he latched onto Dan Fletcher’s inviting pull-back, but fired over from the edge of the six-yard box.

Fletcher also came close with a lobbed attempt that went narrowly over, before Carver kept us ahead with a fantastic goal-line clearance prior to half-time.

Mickleover levelled shortly after the re-start when Dolby capitalised on a mistake by Jahquil Kumari-Hill and slotted home at close-range.

The pendulum swung either way as both teams searched for a winner, which we almost achieved as Fletcher had a header brilliantly tipped over on 77 minutes.

However, the hosts snatched maximum points in the closing stages when Dolby converted an inviting right-wing cross by Jack Goodband.

Team: Kumari-Hill, Carver, Hodgett-Young, Hempshall (Asare), Koczalski, Brownlie, Thompson, Fitzpatrick (Thomson), Fletcher, Roome (L.Thomas), Hutchinson.

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