EFL U18 Youth Alliance
at Kirklington Road, Rainworth MW FC
Mansfield Town (2) 2
Nyle Blake 26, Jason Law 44
Burton Albion (0) 1
Joe Sbarra 48
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Wilson, Bloor, Baldwin, Ward, Ratcliffe (C), Harrison, Wilder, Healey, Hakeem, Law, Blake (Reittie 82)
Unused subs - Sundby, Dumbleton, Walker, Smith
Hawkins, Cooke (Hart 83), Hutchinson, Hallahan, Cotterill, Dowd, Saville, Harrison (Savage 65), Sbarra, Matthews (Steer 73)
Unused subs - Ollie Fairbrother, Ethan Vale
In the event, they claimed all three ponts against a spirited Brewers side, who obviously hadn't just come to make up the numbers.
Having started on the front foot, with Zayn Hakeem, Nyle Blake and Teddy Bloor taking the game to their visitors from all directions, while utilising the height of Cameron Healey to good effect inside the Albion goalmouth.
Joe Sbarra provided Burton with their first attack, when he cut in field from out on the right flank, but his shot was easily dealt with by Sam Wilson.
Mansfield had one hand on the championship trophy, when Kane Baldwin's long distance delivery found Jason Law with his back to goal and as the visitors defence tried to crowd Law and Hakeem out of the game, between them they managed to knock the ball sideways into the path of Nyle Blake, who crashed it past Hawkins to put the Stags ahead.
Bloor's left wing corner towards the Stags skipper, Morgan Ratcliffe, was headed back towards him by Jayden Cotterill and when the Stags number two crashed the ball across the six yard box, it deflected wide off of Danny Cooke's right hand, but the referee waved away the appeals for a penalty, ruling that Cooke had been unable to get out of the way and any contact was purely unintentional.
With half time fast approaching, Jason Law spotted a gap in the Albion defence, put on a burst of pace to shimmy through it and confidently side footed the ball beyond the reach of Hawkins.
Keaton Ward carried the ball forward thirty yards, avoiding two attempted tackles, before laying the ball off the Law, who quickly played it to Wilder on the right flank, before taking the return pass and showing some neat touches to get beyond Reece Hutchinson and crossing to Ward who had continued his run, but when the industrious midfielder shot from just inside the Burton area, Cotterill blocked his effort.
Harrison swerved a free kick from outside the area over the Burton defensive wall, but Hawkins had it covered and plucked the ball out of the air.
Burton were still a threat going forward and Wilson did well to keep out a well struck low shot by Charlie Dowd.
Dowd once again, showed good attacking intentions when he combined with Hallahan, but Wilson had read the situation well and claimed the ball.
What a fantastic achievement for all involved.
FT: Stags U18 2 v Burton Albion U18 0
Anyway... there's no need to go on and on and on and on, we are the champions my friends, and we'll keep on fighting 'til the end.