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Youth preview: Hartlepool United vs Stags

27 February 2019

Stags' under-18s travel north to face Hartlepool United under-18s for this Saturday's EFL Youth Alliance League fixture (12pm kick-off).

Just one place separates the two sides in the league table, with Stags currently in sixth position on 26 points, and Hartlepool in fifth place on 28 points. Stags do, however, have a game in hand over the weekend's opponents.

Stags will be looking to bounce back in this weekend's fixture - having lost their last three encounters in the league - despite having taken the lead in all three games. 
 
Their most recent 2-1 defeat against Grimsby Town saw the Stags dominate proceedings for much of the 90 minutes - with James Tague getting on the scoresheet - yet conceded twice late on.
 
Stags have been free-scoring throughout this season and hold the second best offensive record in the league with 35 goals from 16 matches - only Doncaster Rovers have more with 41 goals. Even more remarkably, John Dempster's side have managed to find the net at least once in every single competitive game so far this season - 24 games.
 
With 24 points still up for grabs in the league and Stags only five points off Lincoln City in top-spot, the title-race is still wide open. That said, however, John Dempster and his side will know that a win on Saturday would greatly help their cause if they are to lift the trophy again come the end of the season.
 
Supporters are welcome to attend the fixture, full details of which can be found here: Blackhall Colliery, Welfare Park, 11th Street, Blackhall Colliery, TS27 4LX.

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