Stags youngsters miss out on Orient to clinch title

Mansfield Town manager Adam Murray 
Picture by Dan Westwell
Mansfield Town manager Adam Murray Picture by Dan Westwell
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None of Mansfield Town’s high-flying youth team players will be blooded at Leyton Orient on Saturday as they stay behind to try to clinch the Football League Youth Alliance title at Grimsby Town (11am).

Boss Adam Murray said: “They are obviously in a great position and if the youth team win the league it’s success for Mansfield Town as well, so we have to look at the bigger picture and what’s best for everybody.

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“So the lads will play for the youth team on Saturday and then we will have a look how things are for the week after.

“We wanted to get some of them in the first team before the end of the season, but the guys want the title and to keep their best players down there. I think they will win it on Saturday.

“For us to go into the PPP and do this in our first season is actually unthinkable. What people won’t see is the recruitment for it was last minute. It wasn’t as if we planned it.

“Scott (Rickards) and Demps (John Dempster) and the boys down there were literally non-stop to get the boys in and to put the group together they have, credit to them and they deserve all the success.”

Murray added: “We have four young pros that have been offered deals and they have been excellent.

“There is one I can’t mention at the minute as that’s from another club who we’ve taken. This is a three-four-five year project and it is exciting.

“It must be one of the biggest steps forward in terms of a season the club has made in a long while.

“I went to watch the U16s the other night and you don’t want to speak too early, but there will be a couple of them in and around our first team very quickly. There are some very good players in there.

“I know some have been involved in trials for the new batch of scholars and there are some very good players coming in.”

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