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Youth team continue unbeaten start to the season

22 August 2016

On Saturday morning, Notts County's youth team came from behind to draw 2-2 with local rivals Burton Albion to retain their unbeaten record in the 2016-17 season.

The Magpies now have 4 points from their first two games, but had to do it the hard way despite leading 1-0 at the break.

In the fledgling league table, the Magpies were third with four points from two games, while the day's opponents were on three points from a single game.

The only change to the Notts team was the loss of Ryan Ebanks, who picked up an injury in last week's game and was replaced by Declan Dunn with George McCartney moving inside to centre-back from full-back.

The heavy rain in the early morning cleared and the game kicked off in fine but breezy conditions.

Notts had the best of the early exchanges and took the lead on 18 minutes when Harry Gibbons found himself in space near the edge of the Burton area and powerfully rifled the ball into the back of net.

Further opportunities for Notts were created but none could be converted, so Notts went to the interval with a narrow lead reflecting the balance of the game.

Half-time: Notts County 1-0 Burton Albion

The second half saw the Brewers work their way much more into the game and after a period of domination they scored twice.

On 70 minutes Burton equalised and seven minutes later Burton completed the turnaround when their second goal put them into a 2-1 lead.

On 83 minutes, to keep Notts in the game, Joe Searson pulled off a great save when he deflected a fierce shot onto the post, and then calmly collected the rebound.

With time running out, 90 minutes were already showing on the clock, Notts were awarded a free kick on the edge of the Burton penalty area.

Despite a five-strong Burton wall, skipper Dominic Brownhill stepped up and hit the perfect free-kick with the ball going into the net off the far post.

Burton had one final visit to trouble the goal at the opposite end of the pitch before the final whistle was blown.

Both teams throughout the game tried hard to get the ball down and played some good football - and it was an absolute pleasure to watch them.

Report by Dave Fells

Full-time: Notts County 2-2 Burton Albion


Joe Searson

James Anstey

Jordon Richards 

George McCartney 

Declan Dunn 

Dominic Brownhill (c) 

Nathan Cobain 

Sam Osborne 

Tamar Clayton-Naute 

Alex Howes 

Harry Gibbons


Edwin Towers - on for Harry Gibbons on 63 minutes 

Curtis Hall 

Louis Robinson - on for Alex Howes on 77 minutes 

Remaye Campbell on for Tamar Clayton-Naute on 69 minutes

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