PREVIEWS: FA YOUTH CUP RD4: STAGS V STOKE
The Stags take on Stoke City at the One Call Stadium at 7pm on Monday night (entrance just £4) in round 4 of the FA Youth Cup. The winners will be away to Manchester City in round 5.
The Stags have only once reached round 5, in 1984/85, with a team that included Craig McKernon, Les Robinson and Ian Stringfellow. The Stags last reached round 4 in 1999/2000 with a team that included Liam Lawrence, Lee Williamson et al.
The team has so far beaten Boston, Northampton and Tranmere this season to reach round 4, and needs your support tonight.
If you can't make it to Field Mill, join me for full match commentary on StagsPlayer from 6.50pm.
Stags take on Stoke in FA Youth Cup on Monday
mansfieldtown.net, 18th January 2015
Kick-Off: 7.00pm. £4 entry. Winners away at Manchester City.
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It’s the biggest night of our youth team’s campaign on Monday as they take on Premier League academy side Stoke City in the fourth round of the FA Youth Cup.
The Stags will go into the game as underdogs, but can draw confidence from their exploits in previous rounds when they’ve always defied all the odds to pull through.
Our youngsters are also in good form as well, having won every match since the turn of the year without conceding a goal. On Thursday, they made it five wins out of six games in the Football League Youth Alliance with a 2-0 victory over Notts County - a result which moves them up four places.
Monday’s game against Stoke City is absolutely huge as a trip to Manchester City awaits the winners in the last 16.
Our lads need all your support and are urging you to come down to One Call Stadium for a match which is arguably the biggest of their careers.
Kick-Off is at 7.00pm and admission is £4 per person. Turnstiles will be open from about 6.00pm, whilst refreshment kiosks, serving hot and cold food, drinks and other light refreshments will also be open.
Anyone unable to make the match will be able to listen to exclusive full-match commentary on Stags Player from 6.50pm.
We’ll have more build up, including interviews with youth team players, in the coming days.
Koczalski: We want your support
mansfieldtown.net, 18th January 2015
Youth team vice-captain urges fans to turn out in good numbers for Monday’s FA Youth Cup tie with Stoke City.
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Young defender Jack Koczalski is hoping supporters will turn out in good numbers for Monday night’s massive FA Youth Cup fourth round tie against Stoke City at One Call Stadium (7.00pm).
The Stags go into the game against a grade one Premier League academy outfit as huge underdogs, but will draw confidence from their exploits in previous rounds when they’ve defied the odds to pull through.
Our youngsters were just moments from elimination against Boston United in Round One, but Ollie Roome popped up in the dying seconds of extra-time to force and equaliser and penalties, where Sam Wilson emerged as the hero.
After Dan Fletcher’s 25-minute hat-trick blew away Northampton Town in the next round, history was repeated in Round Three as Roome again netted a last-gasp equaliser, this time in the 93rd minute of a tie against Tranmere Rovers, before Wilson saved two more spot-kicks to push our youngsters into the last 32.
The meeting with Stoke City will undoubtedly be the biggest game of our young players’ future thus far and Koczalski believes a big crowd can play a massive part in helping to drive them on in this ‘David versus Goliath’ cup tie.
“Psychologically, I think it’s quite a positive thing to be playing at home,” said the 18-year-old. “If we win this game, we’re going to be playing Manchester City away and that’s a big incentive for us.
“They (Stoke) have got to come here and beat us rather than us adapting to beat them. They’ll know that we haven’t lost here in the FA Youth Cup this season.
“Everyone in the dressing room is ‘buzzing’ and we’re so happy to have got to this stage. We’re the underdogs, so there is no pressure on us at all. Everyone is bouncing in training and it’s of a really good standard at the moment and we’re really up for this game.
“After losing in the first round against Preston, we’ve made a big statement this year,” added Koczalski. “We’ve got to this stage and I think we’ve deserved it.”
He continued: “Hopefully, there will be a big crowd. In the previous rounds we’ve had a good crowd, but because we’ve reached this stage and we’re playing Premier League opponents, we’d like to get a lot of fans here.”
Monday’s game gets underway at 7.00pm. Admission is £4 per person and turnstiles will be open from 6.00pm. Car parking is FREE for all supporters, whilst the Sandy Pate Sports Bar is open throughout the day.
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