Macaulay Langstaff

Makes sense.

Promotion to League Two is far more important than playing for England C.

An injury to their top scorer in what's effectively a meaningless match could damage Notts County immensely.
The game v Scunthorpe is going to have a bumper attendance.
Part of the Jimmy Sirrel Stand [the full length of the pitch - usually only used by away fans] is being opened as a Family Fan Zone. Should be a good game
15,000+ expected already for the match v Scunthorpe on 25th March.
apparently that doesnt include Scunthorpe fans - who travel in numbers.
Notts could break their own National League record of 16,511

I’d like to see Scunthorpe beat them and get Wrexham back into the football league.
Theres a lot more to do before and if that happens.
Wrexham, for most of this season have been second in the table and Notts have only been beaten twice all season in the league.
Wrexham have a game in hand, but experience and history in this league doesnt guarantee that means three points or indeed none
Nothing can be taken for granted.

Wrexham`s Paul Mullin(*) has an ongoing knee injury which Wrexham are hoping will last without treatment till the end of the season. Mullin takes the majority of Wrexhams penalties and is top scorer. Notts, on the other hand, have scored from all over the park. There was a period where Langastaff wasnt scoring for Notts, but this didnt effect their place at the top of the lerague. I back Notts to win the game Saturday.

(*) Parkinson said Mullin has been struggling with a knee problem which will dealt with in the summer but wanted his prolific frontman to feature in the huge showdown on Bromley's artificial playing surface and says his star striker is not facing a spell on the sidelines.
"He jarred his knee a little bit in the second half and we brought him off," said Parkinson.
"He is okay. Mulls has had an ongoing problem with his knee which if we train on a 4G pitch back at Wrexham, he doesn't train.
"We don't let him go on it because he has got a problem which needs rectifying in the summer.

It’s incredible that notts county are going to probably have to do it through the play offs, imagine getting over 100 points (I believe they can) and getting beat in the play offs!
They're 32 points ahead of Boreham Wood who are in the last play off spot. Imagine they play a team in the play off final that they beat by over 30 points, maybe 40 by the time the season is over. Hardly seems fair
Match Reports

Notts 4-0 Scunthorpe​

Total dominance at the Lane


A display of total dominance, watched by a crowd of 16,086, was rewarded with a 4-0 victory over Scunthorpe United.
Adam Chicksen and an own goal sent us into the break ahead before Macaulay Langstaff equalled Tom Keetley's record of 39 goals in a single season with two goals after the break.

Luke Williams welcomed number-one goalkeeper Sam Slocombe back from injury – a timely boost with his stand-in, Tiernan Brooks, on international duty with Republic of Ireland’s Under 21s.

Kyle Cameron, Geraldo Bajrami and Connell Rawlinson were his last line of defence, with Adam Chicksen and Aaron Nemane on the flanks.
A midfield quartet of John Bostock, Jim O’Brien, Matt Palmer and Ruben Rodrigues played behind lone striker Macaulay Langstaff.

On the bench, Richard Brindley returned from injury and took his place alongside Archie Mair, Frank Vincent, Sam Austin and young defender Lucien Mahovo.

We should have been ahead with less than a minute on the clock when we worked the first of many first-half openings down the right, Nemane squaring the ball for Bostock 10 yards out. Unmarked, he looked set to fire us into the lead but miscued his shot straight into a defender.

It only took seven minutes for our early dominance to count, though, and while Nemane was involved again, it was Rodrigues who deserved the plaudits as the Portuguese brilliantly let the ball run for Nemane before supplying a teasing low cross which was turned home by Chicksen from close range.
And, three minutes later, it was two when Langstaff made a rare foray into a wide position to receive the ball before turning inside the area and seeing his cross-shot deflect into the net off Ben Richards-Everton.

The first half couldn’t have been going any better – that was until Jacob Butterfield clattered Slocombe after the referee had blown for offside on 13 minutes. The keeper tried to play on but soon had to make way for Mair.

The substitution came shortly after Chicksen had brilliantly controlled Nemane’s cross before sending the ball over the bar with a right-footed volley.
And Nemane was involved yet again on the half-hour mark, producing a sublime dummy to race towards goal inside the area. His deflected shot was held by Billson.

The half ended with Rodrigues sending a dipping 25-yard shot narrowly over and Langstaff also clearing the crossbar with an effort of his own.
And, after the break, our top scorer missed a golden opportunity to get on the scoresheet when he headed Rodrigues’ perfect cross wide from eight yards out.

It was threatening to be a frustrating day for the forward, whose fierce shot was brilliantly tipped on to the bar by Billson shortly after the hour mark.
But he was never to be denied as, 10 minutes later, substitute Austin provided a delicious delivery for him to head the ball home in front of a packed-out Kop.

And, three minutes later, he equalled Keetley’s record with by rounding off a sensational team move with a sweeping finish from Palmer’s clever cut-back.

Langstaff was now on the hunt for his first Meadow Lane hat-trick and probably should have had it on 82 minutes when Palmer supplied him again, only for the forward to scuff his finish wide of the far post.

Two left-footed chances followed – the first being saved by Billson and the second flashing just over as his 40th goal of the season continued to evade him.

And, in the end, Langstaff had to settle for just the two on a memorable afternoon at the Lane.

STARTING XI: Slocombe (Mair 17'); Cameron, Bajrami, Rawlinson; Chicksen (Austin 63'), Nemane (Vincent 63'); Bostock, Palmer, O'Brien, Rodrigues; Langstaff
UNUSED SUBS: Brindley, Mahovo
ATTENDANCE: 16,086 (1,750)


Amazing game.
1st team keeper Sam Slocombe was clattered and injured - to be replaced ob 15 minutes by on-loan keeper Archie Mair.
Aged 22, on-loan from Norwich City. He only joined Notts at the back end of January. Quite a day and quite a cool composed performance for the young keeper`s home debut in the league.
Amazing crowd for the 5th tier of English football - 16,086.
That`s the second highest in the National League this season.
The top was 16,511 Notts v Yeovil in November 2022.
Notts have now scored 101 goals so far, with the same goal difference as Wrexham = +65.

Notts are at away at Altrincham on Tuesday
Notts beat Wrexham at home before Christmas.
It may look to be in Wrexham`s favour, but they have slipped up before - and as Boro fans know - we dont count us out of the auto-promo spot unitll its all over.

Notts Top Scorers:
It was fitting that Langstaff scored the 100th League Goal of the season today at Meadow Lane.
Its worth noting that 63 goals have been scored through the rest of the team, which is amazing.

The Kop enjoyed it:

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Are Notts County getting bigger crowds in the National League than they got in the top flight league in 1991/2 (equivalent to Premier league)?

Get ML if Akpom leaves.
Are Notts County getting bigger crowds in the National League than they got in the top flight league in 1991/2 (equivalent to Premier league)?

Get ML if Akpom leaves.
As an average - no.
But, since being relegated to the National League they have consistently achieved above their disasterous seasons in League one.
Their average this season [so far] is around 7500.