PONTIN`S LEAGUE CLOSED TO STAGS
PONTIN'S LEAGUE CLOSED TO STAGS
Evening Post, 06 July 2007
Mansfield have failed in their bid to join the Pontin's Holiday Reserve League next season.
The Stags had hoped to enter a second string in the central division to give them competitive matches.
They were set to take the place of West Bromwich Albion, had the Baggies' senior side been promoted to the Premier League.
But West Brom's play-off defeat by Derby at Wembley in May means their reserves will stay put rather than being entitled to play in the Premier Reserves League.
Even so, Mansfield had still hoped the central division could be expanded to make room for them.
But the club have now received confirmation that will not happen.
"It is a shame we will not be able to enter the Pontin's League, but it is something we will keep an eye on for future seasons," said assistant boss Paul Holland.
For the past few seasons, the Stags' reserves have played only a handful of friendly matches.
But Holland is determined to improve things, even if competitive football is still off the agenda.
Reserve team setback for Stags
CHAD website, 06 July 07
By John Lomas
MANSFIELD Town will not be playing reserve team league football next season.
They have had their application to rejoin the Pontins League rejected.
But manager Billy Dearden pledged he would increase the amount of reserve friendlies played this season and hoped to allow the public in to see some at Field Mill.
"With West Brom not going up they said it would leave them with an odd number of teams and there wasn't room for us which was disappointing," said Dearden.
"There's nothing more we can do for this season. But reserve games are important and I will be looking to increase the number we play this season.
"When we go away we often play on clubs' training grounds.
"But it would be nice this year to get more reserve games on at home and allow the public in - hopefully for free - to come and watch them where we can."
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