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Stags' stars gaining experience on loan

21 February 2018

Read the latest on Stags' three first-team players and nine young professionals who are currently out on loan...

George Taft (Cambridge United)

Centre-back George Taft didn't feature for the Stags' League Two counterparts Cambridge United at home to Grimsby Town on Saturday. Taft, however, started in Tuesday's victory over promotion-chasing Notts County and helped his managerless side keep a clean sheet. The 24-year old has now played in ten out of eleven matches since moving south for his loan move, playing the full 90 minutes in nine of them.

Jack Thomas (Tamworth)

As was the case on the young midfielder's debut last Tuesday, Jack Thomas was substituted in the second half in Saturday's 2-2 draw at home to AFC Telford, in what was his second game for the club.

Calum Butcher (Billericay Town)

Midfielder Calum Butcher came on as a half-time substitute in Monday evening's Alan Turvey Trophy match against Corinthian Casuals, helping his side progress to the final of the competition with a 3-1 win. The Essex club lost by the same scoreline on Saturday against Leiston FC in the Isthmian League Premier Division – with Butcher starting the game – however his side remains top of the table with seven games in hand over second-placed Margate.

Sam Wilson (Corby Town)

Young goalkeeper Sam Wilson, who is on a season-long loan with Corby Town, helped his side keep a clean sheet in a 2-0 win at home to Loughborough Dynamo on Saturday. Wilson was also an unused substitute in a 5-0 win for Stags' reserves at home to Grimsby Town on Tuesday, with Bobby Olejnik starting between the sticks.

Teddy Bloor (Frickley Athletic)

After being in the side which lost 3-2 to Peterborough Sports and brought an end to Frickley's eight-game winning run, right-back Teddy Bloor was moved to the bench for his side's 4-4 draw at home to Kidsgrove Athletic on Saturday. Bloor did come on as a half-time substitute with his side 3-2 down at the break. The 18-year old then started Tuesday's 2-1 home defeat to promotion-chasing Alvechurch, however he was taken off with just over 20 minutes to play.

Kieran Harrison (Belper Town)

Centre-half Kieran Harrison helped his side to a hard-fought 1-1 draw at home to promotion-chasing Bedworth United on Saturday. Harrison completed another 90 minutes for his loan club in their first game for two weeks, following the postponement of the trip to Romulus.

Louis Danquah (Carlton Town)

Having been loaned out to Carlton after spending the first part of the season on loan at Gresley, left-back Louis Danquah has had to wait for his opportunity to play for his new club following the postponement of games against his former side and then Dunkirk.

The former Nottingham Forest youngster finally made his debut for the club on Saturday away to Leek Town, however with his side 2-0 down after 23 minutes, he was substituted on the half-hour mark as manager Wayne Scott reshuffled his back line. Carlton have enjoyed a good run of late – scoring 17 goals in a four-match winning run – and they scored another three goals on Saturday, however the Nottingham-based side fell to a 4-3 defeat courtesy of a Leek winner in the final minute of stoppage time.

Tyler Blake (Frickley Athletic)

Striker Tyler Blake started for Frickley in Saturday's 4-4 draw at home to Kidsgrove Athletic, however he didn't get on the scoresheet and he was substituted off just shy of the hour mark. Blake was substituted in the 67th minute in Tuesday's home game to Alvechurch, as they fell to a 2-1 defeat against the second-placed side.

Alistair Smith (Loughborough Dynamo)

Midfielder Alistair Smith started in Loughborough Dynamo's 2-0 defeat away to Corby Town, and completed another 90 minutes for his loan side. Smith also came on in the 80th minute for Stags' reserves as a strong Mansfield side defeated Grimsby Town 5-0 on Tuesday.

Jordan Graham (Hednesford Town)

Striker Jordan Graham has had an excellent run of form of late, with four goals and two assists in his last four games for Hednesford Town, starting each game. He didn't get on the scoresheet on Saturday for the Pitmen's 2-2 draw away to Stalybridge Celtic, however he did complete another 90 minutes. Graham also played the final ten minutes in a 5-0 win for Stags' reserve at home to Grimsby Town on Tuesday.

Jason Law (Hednesford Town)

After playing the full 90 minutes in last Tuesday's 4-1 quarter-final cup victory at home to Burton Albion, Jason Law was an unused substitute in the Pitmen's 2-2 draw away to Stalybridge Celtic. Law did, however, get on the pitch for ten minutes as a strong Mansfield reserve side thrashed Grimsby Town 5-0 on Tuesday.

Zayn Hakeem (Granthan Town)

Zayn Hakeem's promotion-chasing Grantham Town weren't in action again due to weather conditions, with Tuesday's game away to Whitby Town called off, following last week's postponement of the Gingerbreads' trip to Lancaster City.


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