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Youth preview: York City vs Stags

25 October 2017

Mansfield Town under 18s are looking to bounce back as they visit struggling York City at Wiggington Road (Saturday 28 October, 11.00am kick-off).

The Stags' impressive nine-match unbeaten run came to an end at in-form Oldham Athletic last time out, with the home team winning 2-1.

Despite being under pressure in the first half, the Stags were able to get a goal back, but the all important equaliser never materialised.

The next EFL Youth Alliance fixture is a chance for academy manager John Dempster's side to get back on track against 12th placed York City.

Despite losing the last game, the Stags are only six points off top spot with a game-in-hand, but will have to improve their recent league form which has seen them pick up two points from a possible nine.

Goalkeeper Xavier Sundby came through the Oldham game with no recurrence of his hip flexor injury which forced him to be substituted the week before.

John Dempster also revealed that there had been a virus in the camp which affected a few players, notably striker Rhys Sarson, who was subbed after an hour.

Winger Nyle Blake appeared to tweak a muscle during the warm-up against the Latics, but stretched it out and came through the game unscathed. All three players are expected to be in contention for a starting place against York.

The visitors are in poor form with one win from their opening eight league games, which sees the North Yorkshire side second bottom of the EFL Youth Alliance table.

Their last outing was against another Nottinghamshire team, Notts County, during which they succumbed to a 5-0 loss at home in what was their sixth defeat in eight league games.

York's 18 goals conceded is the joint-most in the North-East Division and their seven goals scored is the joint second-lowest.

For fans wishing to attend the game, kick-off is at 11.00am at the following venue:

York City Training Ground
Wiggington Road
YO32 2RB


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