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Youth Preview: Bradford City vs Stags

23 April 2018

Mansfield Town under-18s can secure the EFL Youth Alliance North East Division title with a win over Bradford City at Rawdon Meadows tomorrow (kick-off 12.00pm).

A dramatic second-half comeback against local rivals Chesterfield at St. George’s Park Graves Sheffield on Saturday means two wins from the remaining four games will secure back-to-back league titles for the Stags.

After conceding in the first-half against Chesterfield, a Nyle Blake equaliser with five minutes to go drew Stags level, and Rhys Sarson's spectacular overhead kick in injury time sealed the win.

Mansfield are 11 points clear of second-placed Notts County with two games in hand and Rotherham United, who are third, are the only team who can mathematically derail Stags' charge to the title.

However, if Stags win their game tomorrow, they will secure the EFL Youth Alliance North East title. A draw would mean Rotherham can only match their points tally by winning their remaining four games.

Bradford are tenth in the league with seven wins from their 21 games. They've won one of their last seven and last time out managed a 1-1 draw at home to York City who are two places below them.

When the teams met at Rainworth Miners Welfare in November, Riley O'Sullivan's penalty gave Stags a 1-0 win. A repeat on Tuesday will see Mansfield put one hand on the trophy which can be secured this Saturday.

For fans wishing to attend the game, there is free parking around Rawdon Meadows Playing Fields and the address is: Rawdon Meadows Playing Fields, Apperley Bridge, Harrogate Road, Bradford, BD10 0NN.


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