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Youth preview: Stags v Hartlepool

19 January 2023

Match Previews

Youth preview: Stags v Hartlepool

19 January 2023

Mansfield Town under-19s are back in Youth Alliance League action this Saturday against Hartlepool United at RH Academy (11am kick-off).

The young Stags will head into the game with a positive mindset following strong displays against Salford City and Notts County in recent weeks.

Versatile attacker Ronnie Kokkinos secured a brace in last weekend’s clash with local rivals Notts County. 

Speaking to on Kokkinos’ recent performances and development over the course of this season, PDP lead coach Sam Collins said: “His performance [against Notts County] was really good. He’s a really talented lad. We’ve been working on his end product in recent times and there’s been positive signs of improvement. Ronnie is consistently scoring goals and creating chances [for his teammates]”.

Mansfield will welcome Hartlepool United to RH Academy, whose last result was a 1-0 defeat against Grimsby Town.

Ahead of Saturday’s clash, Sam said: “We have watched them quite a bit so that we’re prepared. It’s another game we want to perform well in.”

Players from younger age groups have featured in the under-19s’ squad throughout this campaign to help with their development and Sam said:”[Under-16s’ right-back] Elliot Hartmann did well towards the back end of last season with us and has been back with us [at points throughout this season and] the last few weeks. 

“Cormac Maher picked up a knock in an under-17s game against Grimsby Town last night and will be assessed ahead of Saturday.”

Forward Daniel Organ has recently signed a two-year scholarship with the club following a successful trial period. Speaking on the 16-year-old, Sam said: “We have been really pleased with Dan during his trial period.

“He works hard and scores goals [which is exactly what you need from a striker]. We are looking forward to working with him over the next couple of years.”

As ever, all supporters are welcome to attend the game for free at the following venue: RH Academy, Woburn Lane, Mansfield, NG19 7RT.

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