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Reserves: Mansfield 2-1 Notts

17 January 2017

Notts County were beaten 2-1 by Mansfield Town in the Central League Cup at Rainworth Miners Welfare.

Dan Leivers was in charge of a youthful Notts team and saw his side fall behind inside four minutes to an experienced Stags line-up as Danny Rose latched on to a loose ball inside the area and fired past Curtis Hall.

The lead was doubled on nine minutes when Kevan Hurst curled a 25-yard free-kick into the top corner.

To their credit, the young Magpies battled valiantly and made it much more of an even contest after a shaky start, creating opportunities as Montel Gibson blasted over from 18 yards before Jack McMillan saw a low effort palmed around the post by Scott Shearer.

Pat Hoban, who came on as a substitute during the 0-0 draw during the first-team fixture on Saturday, forced a smart save from Hall with a snapshot as the Stags went into the break with a two-goal advantage.

Hurst came close to adding a second when his fierce shot from 30 yards whistled narrowly over the crossbar before Hoban headed over from close range.

Sam Osborne pulled a goal back for Notts, tapping in from a free-kick to halve the deficit and give Leivers' team hope of producing a comeback.

But the Magpies ran out of time, leaving them with a win and a defeat from their opening two Central League Cup fixtures.

Notts: Curtis Hall, Luther Wildin, Declan Dunn, Dominic Brown-Hill, Jordon Richards, Peter Dearle (Nathan Cobain 46'), Sam Osborne, Alex Howes, Montel Gibson (Remaye Campbell 80'), Jack McMillan, Tamar Clayton-Naute.

Notts' 2016-17 Central League Cup campaign (group stage)

Tuesday 10 January: Notts 2-1 Shrewsbury

Tuesday 17 January: Mansfield Town 2-1 Notts

Tuesday 24 January: Chesterfield v Notts, 2pm, Venue TBC

Tuesday 31 January: Notts County v Nottingham Forest, 12pm, Meadow Lane

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