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29th May 2007 15:07

Evening Post, 29 May 2007

Mansfield have applied for the club's reserves to join the Pontin's Holidays League.

But its success now hangs in the balance following West Brom's defeat in the Championship play-offs yesterday.

If Tony Mowbray's side had beaten Derby at Wembley in the Division One play-off final, the Baggies' second string would have entered the Premier Reserves League.

They would have vacated their slot in the Pontin's Holiday League (Central), which Mansfield would then have filled.

"We have been told the Pontins League can only accept so many clubs," said assistant boss Paul Holland.

"If West Brom had gone up, then that would have created a space for us but we are still hopeful.

"We can't see what the difficulty is in having one more team, even though it will make the numbers uneven."

Mansfield's reserves have not played competitive matches since then manager Keith Curle withdrew them in 2003.

They have played only friendlies, but the present management team are anxious to change that.

Holland added: "The chairman is behind it and I think the young players are as well. It would be a tremendous boost to get the reserves in a league again.

"We have seen the benefits in the past with Bap (Alex-John Baptiste) and Bucko (Jake Buxton) who have progressed through to our first team."

Reserve teams currently in the Pontin's Holiday League (Central) include Nottingham Forest, Sheffield Wednesday, Stoke City and Leeds United.


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