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Youth preview: Burton Albion vs Stags

20 November 2017

Mansfield Town's under 18s will be looking to extend their impressive winning run against Burton Albion in the EFL Youth Alliance at St. George's Park on Tuesday (2.00 pm kick-off).

The Stags have been in excellent form of late, winning four games in succession without conceding a goal.

The run has seen them climb to third in the EFL Youth Alliance and secure a place in the third round of the FA Youth Cup against Crystal Palace.

A penalty from striker Riley O'Sullivan saw off Bradford City on Saturday which put Mansfield three points behind table-toppers Oldham Athletic with a game in hand.

The Stags' superior goal difference could see them take top spot in the North East Division with a win.

Academy manager John Dempster rotated his team at the weekend, giving game-time to striker Jake Dumbleton and goalkeeper Harrison Davison.

Davison deputised for the injured Xavier Sundby, whose back injury in training kept him sidelined during the Bradford game.

Midfielder Harry Bircumshaw was rested after a taxing mid-week FA Youth Cup win away at Rotherham United, but he could return to the team alongside Jack Cornell in the heart of the Stags' midfield.

Burton have had a solid campaign so far and they sit seventh in the league having won five and lost three.

They are second, behind the Stags, in group five of the EFL Youth Alliance Cup and have progressed to the third round of the FA Youth Cup.

Last time out they lost 3-2 to Notts County but have won three of their last five league games.

The trip to Burton is another in a line of interesting away games for the under 18s, having played at EFL stadiums Blundell Park, Grimsby, and the AESSEAL New York Stadium, Rotherham.

St. George's Park has been home England's 28 national teams since 2012 and is spread over 330 acres, including 13 outdoor pitches, a full size indoor 3G pitch and a range of sports science facilities.

Supporters are not permitted to attend the encounter, however we will be providing goal updates on our twitter feed (@mansfieldtownfc).

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