Stags go 2-0 up early on, but can't hold on to pick up points.
Our youth team endured a game to forget as they relinquished an early two-goal cushion and succumbed to a bitterly disappointing 4-2 defeat against local rivals Burton Albion in the Football League Youth Alliance (North/East Division) yesterday.
The Stags flew out the traps in their first game of the season played at Carlton Town’s Stoke Lane ground and went 1-0 up when muscular right-back Rory Thomson sent the ‘keeper the wrong way with an early penalty.
Mercurial midfielder Joe Fitzpatrick soon made it 2-0, but that’s as good as it got for our youngsters, as Burton roared back and scored two goals within the space of 10 minutes or so, to level things up by the half-time interval.
The Brewers then dominated the second and scored twice more to register a 4-2 victory and pick up all three points.
As a result of the disappointing defeat, we drop a place to eighth position in the league table – four points above Scunthorpe United, who have a game in-hand.