VAUXHALL Motors players and staff have pledged their support for the campaign to save Mansfield Primary School from the axe.

Sixteen youngsters symbolically held hands with the squad as they walked on to the Rivacre Park turf.

And after each being given a Vaux-hall scarf, the youngsters repaid their support by cheering Motors on to a crucial 1-0 win over Lancaster City.

The club also carried a message of support for Mansfield inside the matchday programme and delivered another over the PA system before kick-off as well as handing out blue ribbons inside the ground as part of the school's Tie A Ribbon campaign.

Campaigner Sarah Duncan said: 'It was an absolutely brilliant day and also a great result for the team. The children loved it and were overjoyed when they were given a scarf each.

'They've all been waving them round at school shouting for Vauxhall

and I know some want to go again to the next home game.

'I'd like to say a big thank you to club secretary Carole Paisey and everyone connected with the club. The players were great with the kids and really


Carole Paisey said: 'It's made my day to hear that they were waving their scarves at school and it's a really big help when people come down to support us.

'The main thing is that the children all had an enjoyable day and next season we'll look to try and help them again by holding a raffle or getting a couple of players to go and visit them.'

Last week we revealed that Mansfield, along with Gorsthills Primary, had moved a step closer to the axe after education chiefs agreed that both schools would go forward for public consultation meetings.

Once a date is set for the meetings they will be held at the schools, giving the public a chance to look at the proposals in more detail as well as the opportunity to have their say.