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Youth preview: Stags v Harrogate

7 September 2023

Mansfield Town under-19s host Harrogate Town at RH Academy on Saturday in the Youth Alliance Cup (11am kick-off).

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

Last Saturday, the Stags’ youngsters drew 1-1 at home to a strong Sheffield United under-18s side.

Professional development phase lead coach Steve Chettle was pleased with his side's performance.

“We were really pleased but we were also a little bit disappointed that we didn’t go and win the game,” said Steve.

“Obviously facing Sheffield United is a challenge for us but we coped fantastically to be fair.

“They came here and thought they were going to dominate possession of the ball and be more physical than we were, but we coped really well.”

The young Stags will now shift their focus towards this Saturday’s cup match against Harrogate and Steve said: “It has really been a warm week. We had to train a bit earlier, and not train too much in the afternoon because of the heat but it’s going well.

“Coming off the back of a couple of god results, we look forward to the Harrogate challenge on Saturday.

“We have already played them twice this season, we have won one [in a pre-season friendly] and they have won one, so it’s going to be another challenge for us.”

When asked what can be expected from a robust Harrogate outfit, Steve said: “We know the coaching staff really well and we know how they play. We’ve watched them twice this week on two different games.

“They are a physical outfit and they run really hard. We have played them twice and watched them so I don’t think we are in for any surprises on how they play.

“We are working on patterns of play and what we want to get better at but we are also trying to exploit where we can hurt Harrogate with our really good play.”

Steve concluded by providing an injury update, saying: “We have no new injury concerns. Bailey Hamilton and Oliver Monington are still injured and they will be out now for three to four weeks respectively.

“Louis Bonser should be back. He missed last week with a sore knee, but he should be back,” added Steve.

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