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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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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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Notts County's transfer deadline day additions continued into the night as Michael Doyle joined from Coventry City on a permanent deal.
The 37-year-old midfielder has made over 700 appearances during his career and won promotion to League One with the Sky Blues last season.
Doyle's arrival follows that of teenage striker Virgil Gomis from Nottingham Forest.
The 19-year-old has been in fine scoring form for the Reds' Under 23s team this season and has also spent time on loan at National League outfit Braintree, scoring once in his five appearances during his month there.
Earlier in the day, Notts brought in Middlesbrough defender Sam Stubbs on loan, while Branislav Pindroch and Kristian Dennis both left Meadow Lane.
Stubbs, the 20-year-old son of former Bolton, Everton and Celtic defender Alan, joined Boro from Wigan on a two-and-half-year deal in July 2018 but is yet to make a first-team appearance for the Teessiders.
Dennis joined Notts for an undisclosed fee in the summer, after scoring 21 goals for relegated Chesterfield last season, but has scored just six in 29 games this season for the Magpies.
He has now been shipped out on loan to Grimsby Town for the rest of the season, with Craig Mackail-Smith having arrived on loan from Wycombe Wanderers.
As for Pindroch, he has played just five times for the club since joining in the summer of 2017 and has failed to make the number one shirt his own at Meadow Lane.
The first Slovakian to play for Notts has now been released from his contract amid an "exciting" opportunity elsewhere.
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Notts County have brought in Middlesbrough defender Sam Stubbs on loan, while Branislav Pindroch and Kristian Dennis have both left Meadow Lane.
Stubbs, the 20-year-old son of former Bolton, Everton and Celtic defender Alan, joined Boro from Wigan on a two-and-half-year deal in July 2018 but is yet to make a first-team appearance for the Teessiders.
Dennis joined Notts for an undisclosed fee in the summer, after scoring 21 goals for relegated Chesterfield last season, but has scored just six in 29 games this season for the Magpies.
He has now been shipped out on loan to Grimsby Town for the rest of the season, with Craig Mackail-Smith having arrived on loan from Wycombe Wanderers.
As for Pindroch, he has played just five times for the club since joining in the summer of 2017 and has failed to make the number one shirt his own at Meadow Lane.
The first Slovakian to play for Notts has now been released from his contract amid an "exciting" opportunity elsewhere.
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Notts County have signed Wycombe Wanderers striker Craig Mackail-Smith on a loan deal until the end of the season.
The 34-year-old former Scotland international has scored 185 goals in a five-club career, which has included three spells with Peterborough United.
He has made 25 appearances this season and scored three goals, but has only started 13 league games.
Mackail-Smith will immediately go into the squad to face Lincoln City at Meadow Lane this weekend.
“Craig has built a very good reputation in the game,” said Neal Ardley.
“In this window we wanted to add players who know how to excel at this level, along with a couple of exciting young prospects. We wanted that mix of experience and quality.
“He makes me feel tired just watching him play. He doesn’t stop running – he’s still got that yard of pace he’s always had and he’s got a lot of know-how and experience.
“Adding Craig on top of Mitch Rose is great and we’re hopeful of possibly adding another couple in the next day or so.”
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Since the establishment of the Pride of Nottingham online shop, Notts County fans have been able to get their hands on some exclusive prints.
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Neal Ardley has issued a rallying call to his Notts County players, urging them not to feel sorry for themselves and to show character in an attempt to survive relegation from League Two.
The Magpies are in dire straits at present, sitting seven points adrift of safety at the bottom of the Football League and with fans having genuine concerns about a drop into the non-league abyss.
Ardley, County's third boss this season, insists he understands how the fans are feeling due to the fact the club is on the precipice, but stressed that the squad must try to banish it from their minds.
“They’ve got to put their shoulders back and not feel sorry for themselves,” he told the Nottingham Post. “We’ve got 17 games left and we’ve got to do it.  We can’t let the negativity affect us.
“It’s tough and I understand how the fans feel. I am busting my proverbials to try and change it. I will keep doing that.
“You can crumble and go ‘oh this is tough’ and say 'I am low on confidence', but no I don’t want that. We’ve got to show some character.”
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Hello and welcome to PONcast Extra: Is Time Running out for Notts County?
In this special edition of Pride of Nottingham's podcast, we talk about the club's relegation battle.
We also reflect where it all went wrong for Notts, looking at factors like managers and owner Alan Hardy.
In addition, we discuss pressing matters both on and off the field.
We also speak about what The Magpies can actually do to get out of the relegation zone and survive in the Football League
All this and more only in the PONcast Extra: Is Time Running out for Notts County?
 
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Notts have met Yeovil 18 times in their history.
Notts: 6
Draw: 4
Yeovil: 8
Notts have only ever won once at Huish Park and that was in March 2005 (that was the first time Notts had played Yeovil at Huish Park). Since then Notts’ record away at The Glovers has been: Played 7, Won 0, Drew 3, Lost 4.
In those 7 games, Notts have only ever taken the lead in one.
Stats
Notts have won only 1 of their last 16 games and are currently on a 6-game winless run.
Yeovil have won only 2 of their last 19 games and have only won once this season (a 2-0 win over Stevenage). Before that, their last home win was in February 2018.
Yeovil’s record at Huish Park in league games in the past year (since January 18th, 2018) is: Played 23, Won 4, Drew 8, Lost 11.
Seasons in each division
Division One (or Prem): 0
Division Two (or Champ): 1
Division Three (or League One): 9
Division Four (or League Two): 5
Non-League: 97 (Yeovil were promoted to the Football League in 2002-03)
Head to Head stats and where they rank in the league
Goals Scored: Notts – 29 (joint 18th with Grimsby), Yeovil – 28 (joint 20th with Morecambe)
Goals conceded: Notts – 57 (1st), Yeovil – 32 (joint 17th with Bury)
Top Scorer: Notts – Kane Hemmings and Jon Stead (7), Yeovil – Alex Fisher (6)
Most Appearances: Notts – Ross Fitzsimons (27), Yeovil – Sessi D’Almeida (25)
Team News
Enzio Boldewijn has returned ahead of schedule from injury for Notts and may feature in Saturday’s game.
David Vaughan could return to the Notts side whilst Andy Kellett is touch and go.
Centre-back Omar Sowunmi will not be available for Saturday’s game, as he continues to recover from damaged ankle ligaments.
Yeovil will also be without midfielders Alex Pattison and James Bailey.
Matt Worthington will be in contention to start having recently signed from Bournemouth.
PON_News
It's now getting seriously concerning at Meadow Lane as Notts County have now slipped six points from safety after losing 1-0 to Cambridge United on Saturday.
Despite a bumper crowd at the San Sirrel and an opponent in the lower reaches of League Two, the Magpies once again failed to put up a good enough fight, and a record of four wins from 28 games has relegation written all over it.
Notts weren't at the races for much of the first half, although Kristian Dennis came close to opening the scoring with a shot on the turn from Elliott Hewitt's delivery midway through.
However, they fell behind on 41 minutes when Greg Taylor rose to meet George Maris’s corner at the back post and headed across goal beyond the reach of debutant goalkeeper Ryan Schofield.
Neal Ardley's side threatened on the stroke of half time, though, when Jim O’Brien’s long-range effort was tipped around the post by U's stopper David Forde.
The best chance for the hosts came in the second half when Dennis connected with Cedric Evina's delivery but the ball rolled right across the goalline, and that was pretty much it as Colin Calderwood's side held out for the win.
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It's now getting seriously concerning at Meadow Lane as Notts County have now slipped six points from safety after losing 1-0 to Cambridge United on Saturday.
Despite a bumper crowd at the San Sirrel and an opponent in the lower reaches of League Two, the Magpies once again failed to put up a good enough fight, and a record of four wins from 28 games has relegation written all over it.
Notts weren't at the races for much of the first half, although Kristian Dennis came close to opening the scoring with a shot on the turn from Elliott Hewitt's delivery midway through.
However, they fell behind on 41 minutes when Greg Taylor rose to meet George Maris’s corner at the back post and headed across goal beyond the reach of debutant goalkeeper Ryan Schofield.
Neal Ardley's side threatened on the stroke of half time, though, when Jim O’Brien’s long-range effort was tipped around the post by U's stopper David Forde.
The best chance for the hosts came in the second half when Dennis connected with Cedric Evina's delivery but the ball rolled right across the goalline, and that was pretty much it as Colin Calderwood's side held out for the win.
Pride of Nottingham vlogger ARLukomski was at Meadow Lane and documented his pre, mid and post-match thoughts.
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