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Notts County picked up another point in a dour stalemate against Morecambe in Saturday's League Two encounter at Meadow Lane.
Neither side was particularly impressive, with crosses from Matt Tootle and Enzio Boldewijn the most that the Magpies could conjure up in the first half.
At the other end, the Shrimps saw defender Steven Old head over the bar at the back post after connecting with a Richie Bennett cross.
The second half was little better, although Boldewijn did test Morecambe goalkeeper Mark Halstead after being played in by David Vaughan and Mitch Rose had a go on the rebound.
Aaron Collins did force Ryan Schofield into a good save at the other end but in the end it was a dour 0-0 honours even.
Pride of Nottingham vlogger ARLukomski was at the San Sirrel for the game - here is his account of the day's events.
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Notts County have been diabolical all season (save for like five or six games) but Saturday really took the biscuit as the League Two trip to Cheltenham Town ended in a humiliating 4-1 defeat.
The hosts' opener at the Jonny Rocks Stadium came just before the half hour mark when good work on the right from Ben Tozer and Kevin Dawson culminated in Charlie Raglan crossing for Will Boyle to head home.
Cheltenham then doubled their lead on 36 minutes when Billy Waters broke into the area, was taken down by Craig Mackail-Smith, and Luke Varney drilled the resulting penalty low to goalkeeper Ryan Schofield's right.
Worse was to come as Waters added a third after the break, and although Kane Hemmings did get one back from the penalty spot, Tyrone Barnett added a fourth shortly before full time to kill Notts off.
ARLukomski was at the game, once again suffering beyond how a normal football supporter should suffer - here's his account of the day.
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ARLukomski
Notts County delivered yet another poor result as they drew 0-0 with Port Vale on Saturday, which keeps the Magpies five points adrift of safety.
The game was dour and unispiring, with the 22nd-placed Valiants putting in a stronger performance than the beleaguered hosts at Meadow Lane.
Vale pressed their game on the hosts early on in the game and dominated proceedings, with Tom Pope seeing a close-range header ruled out for offside and Tom Conlon hit the crossbar from 25 yards.
In the end, the spoils were shared, just one point in the kind of fixture that Notts should be winning if they honestly want to survive relegation.
Pride of Nottingham vlogger ARLukomski was at Meadow Lane to endure yet another deflating weekend, here is an account of his afternoon.
 
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ARLukomski
Notts have met Port Vale 104 times in their history.
Notts: 47
Draw: 21
Vale: 36
Notts currently have a three-game unbeaten run against Port Vale and have only lost 3 of their last 11 against The Valliants.
Stats
Notts will be looking to get back to winning ways following two successive defeats against Newport and Tranmere.
Port Vale have only won two league games since they played Notts at Vale Park in the reverse fixture (November 3rd, 2018).
Vale are the lowest scorers in the league (28) and have only scored once in their last six games.
Seasons in each division
Division One (or Prem): 0
Division Two (or Champ): 41
Division Three (or League 1): 45
Division Four (or League 2): 19
Head to head stats and where they rank
Goals scored: Notts – 34 (21st), Port Vale – 28 (24th)
Goals conceded: Notts – 66 (1st), Port Vale – 42 (joint 13th Swindon and Carlisle)
Top Scorer: Notts – Jon Stead & Kane Hemmings (8), Port Vale – Tom Pope (8)
Most Apperances: Notts – Ross Fitzsimons (28), Port Vale – Scott Brown (34)
Team News
Notts’ only injury concern before the game, is towards Elliott Hewitt who will be assessed after picking up a knee injury.
Manny Oyeleke made his return from injury for Vale last week, but fellow central-midfielder Luke Joyce may miss the game.
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Chris
Former Notts County defender Thierry Audel has completed his UEFA B License in football coaching.
The French born player currently plays for Welling United in the National League South whilst under tutorship of Chris Fairclough, who played for Notts County during the 1998/99 season.
He continues to work towards further establishing his new business venture Audelsports.
It started in Leicester and has progressed and now extended to Nottingham.  He told PON exclusively; "I have been my own client during all those years of Football and I also had the chance to learn from high standard professionals.
“I decided that it was time to share, but with my own philosophy.”
Thierry also said, "I have big plans for Audelsports. It is growing very fast. I dedicate time to my Personal Training activity in Nottingham and Leicester and will keep extending to try and satisfy all the needs.
“Fitness is very important for many reasons. Self-confidence, Stress, Mood, Weight, Energy but MOST importantly... Your Health.
Notts County has been very available in sorting me out a classroom to help me complete my UEFA B License Presentation."
When asked about the current season for the magpies, he replied “I keep checking Notts County Fc results wishing them the very best.
“I always had a great relationship with the club. As I am training people in Beeston, Nottingham from time to time. I like to stop by to say Hi. Actually, I brought my son to the home game against Cambridge United a few weeks ago.”
Notts County currently sits rock bottom of the League Two table, 5 points adrift from safety and 2 points behind Macclesfield Town.
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ARLukomski
Notts have met Tranmere 34 times.
Notts: 18
Draw: 8
Tranmere: 18
The last time Notts won at Tranmere was in the 2010-11 season when Notts ended a run of 9 straight defeats and lifted themselves out of the relegation zone.
Stats
Tranmere’s home record this season stands at: PLD 16, W9, D4, L3.
Notts have only played once away from home since deadline day, a 2-1 win at Forest Green Rovers. That was only their second away win all season, the other coming at Macclesfield.
Seasons in each division
Division One (or Prem): 0
Division Two (or Champ): 11
Division Three (or League 1): 58
Division Four (or League 2): 18
Non-League: 3
Head-to-head stats and where they rank
Goals scored: Notts – 34 (joint 20th with Macclesfield), Tranmere – 47 (9th)
Goals conceded: Notts – 65 (1st), Tranmere – 41 (joint 12th with Oldham, Swindon, Port Vale and Carlisle)
Top Scorer: Notts – Jon Stead and Kane Hemmings (8), Tranmere – James Norwood (20)
Most Apperances: Notts – Ross Fitzsimons (28), Tranmere – Scott Davies (33)
Team News
Tranmere will be without centre-backs Sid Nelson and Steve McNulty. Nelson is recovering from a broken nose and McNulty is suffering with an achilles injury.
Notts boss Neal Ardley has said some players are nursing small issues after playing their second game in three days against Newport on Tuesday.
Mellon and Ardley may be looking to make changes to their starting line-ups, with this being both teams’ 3rd game in seven days.
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It just wasn't to last, was it?
Notts County's good recent run of form, which culminated in the superb 1-0 win over Mansfield, had us to the point we could come out of the League Two relegation zone with victory over Newport.
Instead, revert to type. A 4-1 home defeat to a side 15th in the standings and we're still bottom.
Fraser Franks opened the scoring before a Jamille Matt brace put the Exiles 3-1 ahead at the break despite Kane Hemmings's early equaliser.
And in true Magpie style, any hopes of possibly launching a comeback, snuffed out as Padraig Amond scored directly after the restart in the second half.
Pride of Nottingham vlogger ARLukomski was at Meadow Lane to experience his hopes crushed like everyone else in the home stands - here's his account of the evening.
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Simon Clark
I’m a huge fan of the work Jorge Grant did when he was on loan with us, and by all counts, he’s a genuinely nice bloke, which is great to hear.
In 2016-17, when we were in trouble following the John Sheridan fiasco, he missed only 2 minutes of the last 15 games and was instrumental in pulling us away from trouble.
In 2017-18, he played 21 full games (plus an 88 minute game) and came off the bench 5 times, scoring 14 times and making 5 assists as we took our place at the top of the league and had one foot in League One. Although I think Jon Stead’s role in this is vastly under-rated. He’s one of the most intelligent footballers at this level, and some of the runs he made took defenders out of the way to create space for Grant to run into.
And this is where the huge January love in doesn’t fit with me. And, as far as Forest fans are concerned, they punished us by sending Grant to Mansfield.
But is that right? Let’s look at what he’s done when put under real pressure and you need to roll your sleeves up and fight.
The final 19 games of that season produced just one goal and one assist as we slipped out of the reckoning and hung on for a play off place. At the time needed big players to step up, he was one of the many who didn’t, starting just 12 of those games as his inconsistent form took its toll.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not singling him out or blaming him for what happened, but is he the man for the crisis we were in at the end of January?
I’m sure he’ll do very well in a good League Two side, and his start at Mansfield has confirmed that. In a team which has a lot of the ball and a lot of pressure, with other attacking players to occupy defenders, he’s one of the best to take advantage of the space his teammates create.
But is he any better than a good League Two player in a good League Two side?

He’s 24 years old now, the days of having potential are slipping away. He’s not been part of a Forest matchday squad for 2 seasons and doesn’t seem close to it, while other young players are starting at that level and higher.
He was given a chance in League One in the summer, and I thought Luton would be a good fit for him. An attacking side, plenty to occupy defences, and a manger who wants teams to play expansive football.
And he did well initially, starting 12 of the first 15 League games of this season, as Luton made a solid start to life after promotion, finding themselves in 9th place at that point.
Luton played 11 more league games before he returned to Forest.
Of those 11 games, he wasn’t in the squad for 2 of them and an unused substitute for 5 of them. He came off the bench in 2 games, playing a total of 11 minutes and started the other two, coming off after just over an hour in each of them.
At the end of that run, Luton were second.

His start at Mansfield has confirmed my thoughts. His first 6 games brought 4 goals and 2 assists, missing only 3 minutes of football. But, in game seven at Meadow Lane when everyone needed to roll up their sleeves and battle for the cause, he flitted in and out, making some good runs and passes around the half way line but very little where it hurts the opposition.
A lot of the credit for that is down to the way Notts played, of course, but with a reputation comes more attention and tighter marking. The really good players deal with that.
When we’ve signed winners like Jim O’Brien and Michael Doyle, and the huge change in Enzio Boldewijn (who’d have thought he’d put an opposing player into the third row of the crowd?!), is there really room in our squad for a luxury?
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Saturday's early League Two kickoff saw Notts County host Mansfield Town at Meadow Lane and claim their first league win over the Stags in 13 years in a 1-0 win.
Neal Ardley's side began brightly before taking the lead in the 19th minute when Rob Milsom's cross was touched into the path of Mackail-Smith by Virgil Gomis, and the on-loan Wycombe man volleyed home from 20 yards.
Notts continued to push forward as Jon Stead went close with a header which went just wide, while Enzio Boldeiwjn had a pop but it was straight at Mansfield goalkeeper Jordan Smith.
Although David Flitcroft's side stepped up a gear in the second half, with Nicky Ajose and CJ Hamilton both trying their luck to no avail, the visitors never really threatened Magpies loanee stopper Ryan Schofield, with not one shot on target registered.
Indeed, Notts had a great chance to kill the game off late on when Kane Hemmings just failed to connect with a Mitch Rose cross, but unlike last season, this time Notts held film and claimed all three points to initially move to one point of safety - now two - with one game in hand on the two sides above them.
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Saturday's early League Two kickoff saw Notts County host Mansfield Town at Meadow Lane and claim their first league win over the Stags in 13 years in a 1-0 win.
Neal Ardley's side began brightly before taking the lead in the 19th minute when Rob Milsom's cross was touched into the path of Mackail-Smith by Virgil Gomis, and the on-loan Wycombe man volleyed home from 20 yards.
Notts continued to push forward as Jon Stead went close with a header which went just wide, while Enzio Boldeiwjn had a pop but it was straight at Mansfield goalkeeper Jordan Smith.
Although David Flitcroft's side stepped up a gear in the second half, with Nicky Ajose and CJ Hamilton both trying their luck to no avail, the visitors never really threatened Magpies loanee stopper Ryan Schofield, with not one shot on target registered.
Indeed, Notts had a great chance to kill the game off late on when Kane Hemmings just failed to connect with a Mitch Rose cross, but unlike last season, this time Notts held film and claimed all three points to initially move to one point of safety - now two - with one game in hand on the two sides above them.
Pride of Nottingham vlogger ARLukomski was at the San Sirrel to watch the Magpies pull off a superb result and chronicled his day in this here video:
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Well folks, the outlook is looking a lot better now - seven points from the last three games, all against top sides in League Two, and the cherry on top - local bragging rights over Mansfield Town and a first league win over them in 13 years!
Saturday's early kickoff saw the Magpies host the Stags at Meadow Lane and Neal Ardley's side began brightly before taking the lead in the 19th minute when Rob Milsom's cross was touched into the path of Mackail-Smith by Virgil Gomis, and the on-loan Wycombe man volleyed home from 20 yards.
Notts continued to push forward as Jon Stead went close with a header which went just wide, while Enzio Boldeiwjn had a pop but it was straight at Mansfield goalkeeper Jordan Smith.
Although David Flitcroft's side stepped up a gear in the second half, with Nicky Ajose and CJ Hamilton both trying their luck to no avail, the visitors never really threatened Magpies loanee stopper Ryan Schofield, with not one shot on target registered.
Indeed, Notts had a great chance to kill the game off late on when Kane Hemmings just failed to connect with a Mitch Rose cross, but unlike last season, this time Notts held film and claimed all three points to to one point within safety ahead of this afternoon’s League Two fixtures.
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Finally, FINALLY Notts County have put in a display worthy of the fans' time and money AND yielded a great result. Could this be another formative step in the Greatest Escape?
The Magpies went to Forest Green Rovers on Saturday for a tricky-seeming League Two fixture and left the New Lawn with all three points courtesy of a 2-1 win.
Notts began brightly against the side managed by their former boss Mark Cooper as Nottingham Forest loanee Virgil Gomis forced FGR keeper Mark Lewis into a save early on.
Enzio Boldewijn put in a superb display as he weighed in with efforts and set up Gomis for an effort which bundled the side netting, though the first half finished all level.
The breakthrough came in the second half when Jim O'Brien made the most of a poorly cleared delivery to send a half-volley into the back of the Rovers net.
Although the hosts drew level through a good Joseph Mills free kick on the edge of the box, Boldewijn delivered a moment of magic  when he picked up a Lewis Alessandra pass and drove into the top corner.
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Following two weeks off and some deft reinforcements in the January transfer window, Notts County put in a much improved performance in Saturday's 1-1 draw with League Two promotion chasers Lincoln City at Meadow Lane.
The Magpies began superbly and were ahead after just two minutes when they won a penalty with their first meaningful attack, Harry Toffolo fouling Jon Stead, who was trying to get on the end of Mitch Rose's cross.
Referee Antony Coggins pointed to the spot and the veteran striker, who had missed a penalty in front of the Kop against Bury during the festive period, made no mistake from the spot this time around.
However, just before the break, Bruno Andrade drew the visitors level with a 20-yard strike that goalkeeper Ryan Schofield could not keep out, and come full time, the scoreline remained as such for a share of the spoils.
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Ahead of Notts County's big League Two derby against Mansfield Town, the Stags have announced that more tickets were allocated for their fans for the game on Saturday 16 February.
Mansfield had sold their initial allocation of 3,954 tickets but were then allocated another 328 tickets which have now also sold out.
The Stags were also issued with the following statement from Notts County Football Club:
“There will be strictly no tickets available to buy on the day. Please do not travel to the match without one.
“Any Mansfield Town supporters found to be in home areas will be ejected from the stadium without refund and will not under any circumstances be relocated to the away supporters’ section.”
With Neal Ardley's side having put in a much improved performance against Lincoln City after some reinforcements were brought in during January, there is more optimism around the fixture from the Black & White Army's point of view.
For Notts tickets, here is the link to the official website article.
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ARLukomski
Following two weeks off and some deft reinforcements in the January transfer window, Notts County put in a much improved performance in Saturday's 1-1 draw with League Two promotion chasers Lincoln City at Meadow Lane.
The Magpies began superbly and were ahead after just two minutes when they won a penalty with their first meaningful attack, Harry Toffolo fouling Jon Stead, who was trying to get on the end of Mitch Rose's cross.
Referee Antony Coggins pointed to the spot and the veteran striker, who had missed a penalty in front of the Kop against Bury during the festive period, made no mistake from the spot this time around.
However, just before the break, Bruno Andrade drew the visitors level with a 20-yard strike that goalkeeper Ryan Schofield could not keep out, and come full time, the scoreline remained as such for a share of the spoils.
Pride of Nottingham vlogger ARLukomski was at Meadow Lane for the game and was pleased with what he saw from the Magpies.
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