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Another weekend, another crushing disappointment in the long line of crushing disappointments.
Notts County, already woefully trundling along in this season's League Two campaign, were tasked with going to big rivals Mansfield Town in the hope of getting some points.
They did perform well enough in the first half, to be fair, but bad defending proved the Magpies' downfall as Mal Benning lofted the ball to the far post from the left and CJ Hamilton turned home.
The goalscorer then rattled the Notts crossbar early after the restart as the Stags began the second half on the front foot.
Eventually, Hamilton doubled the lead on 63 minutes, making a mockery of the visitors' defence - including a Cruyff turn in their box - to fire home low from 10 yards after Mellis had fed him from the right.
Here is ARLukomski's take on the match in his latest vlog video:
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Sigh...
Pretty much everything that could have gone wrong for Notts County in the first half of this season has gone wrong.
You can add defeat in the Nottinghamshire derby to that as Mansfield Town ran out 2-0 winners against the Magpies at Field Mill in Neal Ardley's League Two debut for his new side.
In all fairness, the stats do favour the Stags (58% possession, 17 shots, 7 on target) but aside from possession (42%), Notts didn't seem to have done too badly themselves on that front (10 shots, 5 on target, 4 corners).
But once again it's that old chestnut of poor defending that saw Mansfield get themselves on the scoresheet and claim three points and bragging rights (once again).
The first half was a fairly exciting affair, with both sides trading blows, but it was the hosts who drew first blood on 37 minutes as Mal Benning lofted the ball to the far post from the left and CJ Hamilton turned home.
The goalscorer then rattled the Notts crossbar early after the restart as the Stags began the second half on the front foot.
Eventually, Hamilton doubled the lead on 63 minutes, making a mockery of the visitors' defence - including a Cruyff turn in their box - to fire home low from 10 yards after Mellis had fed him from the right.
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ARLukomski
Notts County have met Mansfield Town 52 times over the years in the Nottinghamshire derby.
Notts: 18
Draw: 15
Mansfield: 19
Notts haven’t won a Nottinghamshire derby in 13 years (Notts and Mansfield didn’t play each other in the league for 7 years between 2008 and 2015) and have lost on their last four visits to Field Mill for a league game.
Since the derby resumed from 2015-16 onwards, Mansfield are unbeaten against winning 4 times and drawing twice with an aggregate score of 14-3.
Stats
Mansfield are on a 12-game unbeaten run in League Two and have only lost once this season (a 2-1 home loss to Exeter). In that run, they have won 5 and drew 7.
Notts are winless in their last eight league games but with Neal Ardley now in charge, they hope the ex-Dons boss will steady the ship. In the eight-game winless run, Notts have drawn 4 and lost 4, scoring 6 and conceding 15.
Seasons in each division
First Division (or Prem): 0
Second Division (or Champ): 1
Third Division (or League 1): 42
Fourth Division (or League 2): 32
Non-League: 5
History
Mansfield were elected to the football league in 1931.
Mansfield have the oldest professional football ground, currently in the football league.
March 1st is known as “Amber day” by Mansfield fans in reference to the day John Radford bought Field Mill from despised owner Keith Haslam.
The Stags were the first club to complete an entire season unbeaten at home in the 1950-51 season.
Team News
Jon Stead looks set to return to the starting line-up for Notts whilst fellow striker Kane Hemmings has trained this week.
Enzio Boldewijn and Lewis Alessandra will be out for a while with injuries picked up in November.
Matt Tootle is doubtful, and Ben Hall will be out long term after rolling his ankle earlier this week.
Alex MacDonald and Krystian Pearce may miss the game whilst CJ Hamilton played 45 minutes on Tuesday in the 1-0 Checkatrade Trophy loss to Bury.
David Mirfin has resumed training in the past few weeks.
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Hello and welcome to "PONcast Extra: Derby Day as Notts County head to Mansfield Town", brought to you as always by Chris and Sam.
An addendum to our canon podcasts, this focuses solely on the biggest game of the season, the Nottinghamshire derby, featuring the mighty Pies and also that other team in the county.
So first, we talk about the general aspects of the game as a pre-match preview.
We also reflect on the opposition and how the Derby day might unfold.
In addition, we ask how Notts should line themselves up and which players could stand out.
We also speak about how the Mansfield game is Neal Ardley's first real game in charge following the test run at Sunderland.
All this and more only in the PONcast Extra: Derby Day Match Preview!
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Notts County duo Matt Tootle and Ben Hall have been ruled out through injury, manager Neal Ardley has confirmed.
Neither defender took part in the Magpies' EFL Trophy game against Sunderland, which finished as a 2-0 win to the Black Cats.
Both players suffered their injuries last week, with Hall requiring a scan but Tootle being spared that, added Ardley.
"I think Matt is fine and it’s just a case of him not feeling the pain and doing the rehab to get back," the new Notts boss told the Nottingham Post.
“We had a little bit of an upset with Ben who rolled his ankle in a game last week on my first day.
“He is another one who is having a scan, so we are just going through one of those spells at the moment.”
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Neal Ardley has commented on the history that Notts County have in "getting through managers left, right and centre" as he gets his tenure under way.
The former AFC Wimbledon manager is the third permanent manager to take a place in the Magpies dugout this season.
Kevin Nolan got the season under way, before being sacked in place of Harry Kewell, who was then in turn dismissed to eventually make room for Ardley.
Indeed, the 46-year-old is the club’s 24th manager in 20 years on Wednesday, but he says it doesn't bother him.
“When you talk about Notts getting through managers left right and centre, you have to believe in yourself,” he told the Nottingham Post.
“You have to say I can do this and not give them reason to want to get rid of me. So that doesn’t bother me.”
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Hello and welcome to Episode 49 of the Pride of Nottingham PONcast, brought to you as always by Chris and Sam.
In this week's episode we talk about Notts County's recent game against Carlisle United at Meadow Lane, with the Magpies once again relinquishing a lead to draw 1-1 - a result which does little good to the ailing club.
We also discuss Enzio Boldewijn's three-month injury layoff and how it will affect the team.
Also, we share our thoughts on the appointment of Neal Ardley as County's new manager and Jamie Turley's contract.
In addition we preview the upcoming league game against Mansfield Town - the big derby, an occasion which is not to be missed.
All this and more only in Episode 49 of the Pride of Nottingham PONcast!
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ARLukomski
Another matchday, another disappointing result as Notts County let a one-goal lead slip en route to a 1-1 draw with Carlisle United.
In Steve Chettle's last game in interim charge, the Magpies were once again poor, but held out in the first half to remain level with the travelling Cumbrians.
Notts went on to take the lead just after the hour mark, however, as Noor Husin's effort was cleared off the line before Elliott Hewitt reacted to stab home.
But is it much of a surprise that things then didn't pan out? Not really, given the continuing narrative of this season.
With just six minutes of standard time, Carlisle loanee Jerry Yates headed home to salvage a point for the visitors.
ARLukomski, a teenage Notts fan who's had to put up with enough more football-related grief to last a thousand lifetimes by supporting the Magpies, speaks about the game in his latest vlog.
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Notts County have announced that teenage forward Kion Etete has signed professional terms at Meadow Lane.
The 17-year-old, who celebrated his birthday today, made his senior debut against Newcastle United’s Under 21s in October’s EFL Trophy game.
Etete has since come off the bench in away games at Port Vale, Barnsley and Morecambe and is now looking forward to playing under new boss Neal Ardley.
“Being around the first team has been a great experience for me and now I’m just going to be doing all I can to show the new manager what I can do,” Etete told the official website.
“Under 23s matches will give me the chance to prove myself against older players from a higher level and I can still play for the Under 18s, which will keep me up to speed.
“It feels quite surreal as this is just the start of my day. I’ve got my first driving lesson and a Premier League Cup fixture against Southampton coming up later!”
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ARLukomski
Notts have met Carlisle 34 times in their history.
Notts wins: 18
Draws: 4
Carlisle wins: 12
Notts are unbeaten in their last three against Carlisle, winning two and drawing one.
This fixture rarely ends in a draw with only one game between the two sides in the last 15 meetings, ending in a draw.
Stats
Notts are winless in their last seven league games but they put in a better performance last time out, away at Morecambe.
This will be Steve Chettle’s last game in caretaker charge before Neal Ardley takes full charge on Wednesday.
Carlisle have fared a lot better away from home this season. They have lost six of their ten home games but have won five of their nine away games. Their last away game ended in a 4-0 win at Swindon.
Seasons in each division
First Division (or Prem): 1
Second Division (or Champ): 15
Third Division (or League 1): 41
Fourth Division (or League 2): 25
Non-League: 1
History
Carlisle have reached the final of the Football League Trophy more times than any other club (6).
They were elected to the Football League in 1928.
In 1972, The Cumbrians beat Roma in the Anglo-Italian Cup. The Italian side would go on to win the tournament that year.
They were top of the first division three games into the 1974-75 season.
Team news
Jon Stead and Kane Hemmings will return to the Notts squad after not being risked at the weekend against Morecambe.
Enzio Boldewijn requires a knee scan to assess an injury he picked up on Saturday.
Ben Hall is still recovering and is continuing taking up non-contact drills in training.
Kelvin Etuhu returned from a hamstring injury at the weekend in Carlisle’s loss against Forest Green, coming on as 64th minute substitute.
Defender Tom Parkes was not risked in Saturday’s game, also coming back from a hamstring injury.
Carlisle skipper Danny Grainger missed The Cumbrians game on Saturday and may miss Tuesday’s clash with Notts, with a calf injury.
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Caretaker manager Steve Chettle has admitted that Notts County's players were "gutted" after being pegged back late on against Morecambe.
The Magpies took the lead early in the second half when a cross from the right was nodded beyond Mark Halstead's reach by Kristian Dennis on 52 minutes.
However, a late scramble in the box culminated in Kevin Ellison turning the ball home after a goalmouth scramble following a corner and a final result of 1-1.
“The lads are gutted and I told them that I was disappointed for them,” Chettle told the Nottingham Post. “Being that way after only getting a point is good.
“Being disappointed when you know you can do better is not acceptable and we said that after the Cheltenham game. It is a step in the right direction, but it’s still only a point.
“Cheltenham winning means we are still playing catch-up so we need to win game after game. But a point is a small step and I will take small steps until we get to the big step at the end.”
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Not great, but much better. Notts County put in a much improved performance against Morecambe at the Globe Arena today, but they relinquished a one-goal lead late on for a 1-1 final score.
The first half was pretty dour and with little to write home about, save for a good Kristian Dennis one-on-one chance which Mark Halstead skilfully kept out.
In the second period, Morecambe stepped up and Ajay Leitch-Smith threatened, while Liam Mandeville having an effort tipped behind inside the first five minutes.
Notts went on to take the lead, however, a cross from the right being nodded beyond Halstead's reach by Kristian Dennis on 52 minutes.
Nathan Thomas almost doubled County's lead when he saw a fierce drive parried to safety by the opposition goalkeeper, while Morecambe stepped up in a bid to salvage something from the game.
And salvage something they did, when a scramble in the box culminated in Kevin Ellison turning the ball home after a goalmouth scramble following a corner.
Five minutes of injury time were played out, during which Jamie Turley was called out by the opposition players for an alleged handball, but nothing was given as the spoils ended up being shared.
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ARLukomski
Notts have met Morecambe 12 times in their history.
Notts wins: 4
Draws: 3
Morecambe wins: 5
Before doing the double over Morecambe last season, Notts had a terrible record against The Shrimps, winning only two of the first ten meetings between the pair.
Last seasons 4-1 win at the Globe Arena was Notts’ first win there.
Four of the last seven meetings between the two have ended up finishing 4-1. (2009-10: Notts 4-1 Morecambe, 2015-16: Morecambe 4-1 Notts, 2016-17: Morecambe 4-1 Notts, 2017-18: Morecambe 1-4 Notts).
Stats
Morecambe have won their last two games in the league but suffered a 1-0 defeat to non-league Halifax in the FA Cup on Tuesday.
Notts are winless in their last six in the league and have failed to score in their past three games in all competitions.
Seasons in each division
First Division (or Prem): 0
Second Division (or Champ): 0
Third Division (or League 1): 0
Fourth Division (or League 2): 11
Non-league: 81
History
Jim Bentley is currently the longest serving manager in the Football League.
Morecambe have had 3 managers in the last 24 years compared to Notts’ 27.
They won their only FA Trophy in 1974 and are 5-time winners of the now defunct Lancashire Combination.
Team News
The Shrimps are without Andrew Fleming, Zak Mills, Barry Roche, James Sinclair, Florent Cuvelier and Lamin Jagne. Jordan Cranston will face a late fitness check. 
Jon Stead and Kane Hemmings have returned from injury, whilst Ben Hall is back in training but only taking part in non-contact drills. Lewis Alessandra is out for Notts with a knee injury.
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Notts County have appointed former AFC Wimbledon boss Neal Ardley as their new manager.
The 46-year-old becomes the Magpies' third manager of the season, following the sackings of Kevin Nolan in August and Harry Kewell earlier this month.
Ardley saved the Dons from relegation to the National League on the final day of the 2012-13 season before taking them into League One via the playoffs three years later.
"Having enjoyed very productive discussions with Neal and following close consultation with the board and key staff, I am very confident we have selected the right man to deliver our short and long-term targets," Hardy told the official website.
"Our biggest priority is preserving our proud status as the world's oldest Football League club and in Neal we have someone who knows what it takes to survive.
"Neither he nor I are under any illusions it's going to be easy but we are both confident of achieving this very important aim.
"Beyond that, Neal has demonstrated an ability to win promotion from League Two and sustain a club at a higher level. I hope, in time, he will be able to deliver the same for us."
Ardley, who left Wimbledon earlier this month and will be assisted by Neil Cox, added: "I would like to say a huge thank you to the chairman for giving me the opportunity to manage such a magnificent club.
"There are few clubs who could have tempted me into such a quick return to management following what was obviously an emotional departure from Wimbledon, a club I love dearly.
"But the chance to manage Notts County is one I couldn't let pass and I will come back from my break fully refreshed and determined to drive us up the table."
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