Third from the bottom Notts were at Highfields against third from the top Stags on Saturday morning.
Mazhi Simmons, Morgan Mellors, Owen Betts, Tyreece Kennedy-Williams
Charlie Wilde, Oscar Ramirez, Corey Bucalossi
Kieran Cummings, Tyreace Palmer, Leo Marshall
Emelio Stavros, Max Culverwell, Syme Mulvany, Cameron Smith, James Sneddon
So once again, no sign of current top scorer Kion Etete about who the rumours persist that he has joined Tottenham Hotspurs in a lucrative deal for both himself and the club.
Notts lined up with a very young side with only three second year scholars in the side. Six players were first year scholars and two were promoted from the under 16s. All five players on the bench were also under 16s. The young ‘Pies were up against a much bigger and stronger Stags XI.
Notts did well in the early stages playing some nice passing football on the ground and took the lead on 26 minutes when, after some good work from Leo Marshall down the left, Tyreace Palmer curled in a fine effort just under the bar and just inside the far post to put the ‘Pies 1-0 ahead.
The lead lasted less than ten minutes as one of the Mansfield midfield players hit a quality volley into the top corner from the edge of the area to make it 1-1.
Half Time: 1-1
Soon after the restart Oscar Ramirez hit a good long range shot but unfortunately it was straight at the Stags’ ‘keeper.
On 60 minutes Stags were reduced to ten men after an ‘off the ball’ incident.
With 20 minutes left Stags were awarded what looked to be a soft penalty but Notts’ ‘keeper Brooks pulled off a good save diving to his right to keep the score at 1-1.
On 74 minutes Corey Bucalossi has a good effort blocked on the line.
Five minutes from the end Tieran Brooks pulls off another fine save pushing the ball around the post to thwart the Stags.
Full Time: 1-1
A good result for the young pies up against a much bigger and stronger Stags side, but they thoroughly deserved their point.
Just as an aside, seeing the Notts youth team struggling this year near the foot of the table, conversations have been just as much about the players who have NOT been turning out for the Notts County Under 18s as those who have. Four players who (for whatever reasons) have been playing elsewhere this season instead of at Notts County U18s – it would have been a very different season and anyone questioning why the youth team is not producing players need look no further than the list below of four players who COULD have been playing this season for our under 18s side:
Jack Bearne – Currently playing for Liverpool U18
Dongda He – Currently playing for Wolves U18
Kole Lambert – Currently playing for Norwich U18s
Kion Etete – Recently scored twice for Spurs U18s v West Ham and is rumoured to have joined them.
It would have been a very different season.