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Youngsters set for cup campaign

23 August 2017

Mansfield Town's under 18s will get their EFL Youth Alliance Cup campaign underway with an away tie against Burton Albion this Saturday (11.00am kick-off).

We have been drawn in a group with the Brewers, Walsall, Wrexham and Shrewsbury Town. 

And our first match of the group will take place at Welbeck College on Saturday and John Dempster's men can expect a tough test waiting for them. 

The Brewers were narrowly defeated 1-0 by a strong Oldham side in their only game of the season so far. 

Our under 18s picked up their second victory of the campaign by defeating local rivals Notts County 2-1 last week. 

Trailing 1-0 at half-time, our youngsters blew the Magpies away in the second half, with defender Lewis Gibbens grabbing a brace to secure a hard-fought victory and sent the Stags level on points with leaders Rotherham United. 

The previous week, Stags again came from behind to secure a thrilling victory. Grimsby Town held the lead at the break after two first half goals, but a brace of penalties from midfielder Keaton Ward and an effort from defender Aiden Walker fired Stags to success. 

This came after an opening day 1-1 draw with Chesterfield, Ward again bagging a penalty to secure a point for the Stags.

As Welbeck College is a Ministry of Defence site, spectators will not be permitted to attend this fixture. 

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