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Youth Preview: Notts County vs Stags

3 May 2018

Mansfield Town under-18s will end their championship-winning EFL Youth Alliance season with a local derby against Notts County at The New Manor Ground on Saturday (kick-off 11:00 am).

Stags wrapped up the title against Bradford City last week and have since won 4-0 at home to Grimsby Town, and an Aiden Walker equaliser earned them a 1-1 draw against Rotherham United last time out.

The league win is Stags' third in succession and they will be presented with the North East Division trophy at full-time on Saturday.

Mansfield have won 10 and drawn two of their last 12 games, and sit 15 points clear of third-placed Notts County. They have also scored the most and conceded fewer than any other team, and have the largest goal difference in the division.

An excellent campaign has seen first-year players step into the under-18s set-up and perform to a high standard, with second-years making the leap into reserve team football, and some training with the first team.

Notts County have fought back to end the season strongly, with five wins and two draws from their last eight games, including a 5-0 away win against Oldham Athletic in their last outing.

The run has taken them to second in the table, but having played two games more than Rotherham. They exited the EFL Youth Alliance Cup at the group stage without winning a match and lost 3-1 to Chesterfield in the first round of the FA Youth Cup.

The last time the teams met was back in August, with Stags running out 2-1 winners.

For fans wishing to attend the final game of the season the address is: Ilkeston Town Football Club, The New Manor Ground, Awsworth Road, Ilkeston, DE7 8JF.

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