AFC Mansfield

Monday, October 22, 2012

AFC Mansfield 4 – 0 Easington United Match Report

Saturday 20th October 2012
The Windsor Food Services
Central Midlands League
Black Dragon Premier Division
AFC Mansfield 4 – 0 Easington United
A brace from Dean Rick and goals from Danny Tighe and Phil Buxton secured another win for high flying AFC.

With Carl Haslam, Ricky Chambers and Steve McGurk missing manager Micky Taylor introduced two new signings in Mitchell Slawson and Nathan Booth-Cantrill.

Once again the visitors had come with a defensive plan in mind, playing with just one striker and packing the midfield.  AFC were going to have to be patient and this was true as Easington held them at bay in the first half.

It was 20 minutes before either side recorded a decent effort on goal, Rick turning neatly in the box before curling his effort over the bar. 

Rick went close again on 31 minutes, latching on to a Mark Carter through ball he drove his shot across the face of the goal but wide of the far post.

Slawson had the best chance of the half when his low drive was turned around the post by Charlie Holden in the Easington goal.

Rick was getting some close attention from Easington captain Andy Graham and the skipper found his way into the book on 36 minutes for another late tackle.  In fact Graham could consider himself lucky to be still on the pitch at half time as he clattered Rick a couple more times before the break.

So it was half a job done for Easington at half time, this however was not going to last.  Two minutes into the second half and AFC Mansfield were in front. 
Slawson advanced down the right before cutting inside and laying the ball off for Rick to fire the ball home off the underside of the bar.

Easington had a rare chance on goal on the hour mark from a corner Luke Taylor heading wide on the far post.

Matt Draper rattled the crossbar on 71 minutes from a Danny Tighe corner, the ball half cleared and eventually fell to Tighe 25 yards out.  The full back let loose a superb drive that nestled into the far corner of the net to double ‘The Bulls’ lead.

Phil Buxton made it 3-0 on 78 minutes, driving home from the edge of the box after Graham had eventually been dismissed for another fouls on Rick.

Rick got his second minutes from the end, getting on the end of a great move down the right involving Joe Meehan and Nathan Booth-Cantrill.

Another clean sheet for Dale Sheppard making it nine in ten outings for the keeper and keeping AFC Mansfield top of the league.

AFC Mansfield: Sheppard, Tighe, McLane, Draper, Pride, Buxton, Meehan, Armstrong (Naylor 61), Rick, Slawson (Booth-Cantrill 65), Carter (Staniforth 75).  Subs not used: Cox & Short.

Easington United: Holden, Wilson, Barnett, Hart (McLaughlin S 70), Taylor, Graham (c), Fitzgerald, Cousins, Foster (Hope 75), McLaughlin T, Hunt.

Referee: Mr K Silcock
Assistants: Mr A Seward & Mr N Allsop.

Man of the Match: Liam Pride.

Attendance: 115