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Dev. Squad Defeat Stoke

31 October 2013

Notts County development squad claimed another scalp by beating Premier League outfit Stoke City 1-0 at their training ground on Wednesday.

The goal was scored by from the spot by midfielder Malcolm Melvin but Notts could have had more in a brilliant performance.

The squad were without the likes Curtis Thompson, Jordon Holt and Greg Tempest after their first team excursions on Tuesday, so it gave four of the youth team a chance to shine. 

Tyler Guy, Brad McGowan, Kieran Geldenhuys and Elliot Hodge were all given the nod, whilst two more of the scholars - Glodie Bange and Alex Kenlock - were introduced in the final stages. 

It also gave striker Enoch Showunmi a chance to gain some game time after injury and he played the first 20 minutes.

Despite the Potters fielded an under 21 team that including the likes of American international Maurice Edu and Scotland Under-21 international Jamie Ness, it was Notts that could have gone in front.

The Magpies more than held their own in the first half with Romello Nangle going closest with a curling effort, whilst Fabian Spiess saved twice before the break.

County attacked with pace and purpose in the second half, as Ronan Murray and Kyle Dixon went close ahead of the breakthrough. 

Great work-rate by Malachi Lavelle-Moore meant Romello Nangle was able to work his way into the box, before finding Malcolm Melvin who was upended.

The former Aston Villa midfielder dusted himself down and confidently slotted home from 12 yards.

Notts held on in the final stages and will go into the Wolves cup tie later this month full of confidence with another fine victory.

STARTING XI: Spiess, Guy, McGown, Bennett, Geldenhuys, Dixon, Melvin, Nangle, Hodge, Waite, Showunmi.

SUBS FROM: Lavelle-Moore, Golding, Kenlock, Bange, Murray.

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