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Match Report: Notts fall to (insert number)-th consecutive league defeat against (insert opposition name)

Joe Jones

It really is going from bad to worse at Notts County, as the Magpies fell to a record-equalling ninth consecutive league defeat on Monday against Cambridge United at the Abbey Stadium.

It wasn't a case of a near-miss either - it was a shambolic performance which saw ex-Notts boss Shaun Derry's charges put four goals past his old side for a 4-0 final result.

The opening goal, on 19 minutes, set the tone perfectly for what was to come as Adam Collin fired a clearance into Luke Berry and the ball rebounded into the empty net.

It was very similar to a similar error made by Roy Carroll last season, and the travelling Notts fans, already in low spirits as it was, could not have been faulted for expecting the worst on the day.

Indeed, Uche Ikpeazu made it 2-0 just before the hour, slotting the ball under Collin following ex-Magpie Blair Adams' surging run out of defence (Derry, Adams... there really seems to be a running theme here).

And four minutes later, on 61, it was 3-0 as Berry grabbed his second when he reacted quickest to force the ball in from close range after seeing his initial strike saved by Collin.

On 69 minutes Piero Mingoia added a fourth, benefiting from another defensive error as Harrison Dunk robbed Louis Laing and allowed Mingoia to finish easily beyond Collin.

Could this be the season where Notts finally exit the Football League, after dodging the bullet on numerous occasions since the turn of the century?

Unless we get immediate surgery - and at least, with Alan Hardy coming in, there may be a glimpse of salvation - then the deteriorating entity that is Notts will become a non-league club.

And in case you're wondering about the title - well, it's pretty much copy-and-paste at the moment, isn't it?

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