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Match Report: Grimsby Town U18s 2-3 Mansfield Town U18s

Neil Woods’ side suffer FA Youth Cup first round defeat at Blundell Park

30 October 2018

Grimsby Town U18s suffered FA Youth Cup first round defeat as they lost 3-2 to Mansfield Town at Blundell Park.

The Mariners were 2-0 up at half-time thanks to goals from Kyle Richardson and Tom Jamieson, but the visitors came from behind with three second-half goals to progress to the second round of the competition.

Town started with Ollie Battersby in goal, and a back four of Tom Jamieson, Mattie Pollock, Emil Powles, and Ollie Saunders in front of him.

The Mariners had a five-man midfield, consisting of Joe Starbuck, Jock Curran, Kyle Richardson (Brandon McPherson 87), Conley Poynter (Cameron Painter 57), and captain Brandon Buckley (Luis Adlard 90) – with Rumarn Burrell as the lone striker.

Town almost opened the scoring after eight minutes, but winger Conley Poynter’s across-goal strike was blocked off the line by a Mansfield defender.

Neil Woods’ side broke the deadlock on 23 minutes as midfielder Kyle Richardson smashed home a penalty to beat goalkeeper Jamie Boyle, after a Mansfield defender had fouled the midfielder following a Town corner.

And it took the Mariners just six minutes to double their lead as right-back Tom Jamieson drove down the wing, surged into the box, and put his across-goal strike into the bottom-left corner.

Woods’ side came close again on 38 minutes as striker Rumarn Burrell found space in the box to turn and have a go, but Boyle parried his powerful volley out for a corner.

Half-time: Grimsby Town U18s 2-0 Mansfield Town U18s

The Mariners came out with intent and put pressure on the visitors as they looked to press home their advantage.

And Pollock came close to making it 3-0 on 50 minutes, but Boyle did well to get down and keep out his glancing header.

But it was the Stags who got the first goal of the second half as winger Tyrese Sinclair beat Battersby with a low-driven free-kick from the edge of the area on 54 minutes to make it 2-1.

And the visitors came close to making it level 10 minutes later, but Battersby made a great save to keep out a long-range effort from a Stags forward.

And the Stags made it level on 84 minutes as Rhys Sarson found space to turn in the area and drill it into the bottom-right corner to make it 2-2.

And the visitors completed the comeback two minutes later as Riley O’Sullivan tapped it in from close-range to make it 3-2 to Mansfield.

Full-time: Grimsby Town U18s 2-3 Mansfield Town U18s

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