AFC Mansfield progressed into the last 16 of the Intermediate Cup with a comfortable win against a very young Eastwood Town Reserve side. The game never looked in doubt but the young ‘Badgers’ deserve credit for continuing to play some attractive passing football despite the obvious difference in class.
AFC went in front after just 2 minutes. Dean Rick made a surging run down he left flank before pulling the ball back to Mark Carter who drilled the ball into the right hand corner to open the scoring.
It then took the home side another 30 minutes to double their lead. Sandwiched between the two goals was an audacious looped 30 yard effort from Witton which Ed Eley, who was making his debut for AFC, did well to tip over the bar.
Rick was provider again, setting up Carter for his second on 36 minutes, leaving McKenna with no chance from 10 yards.
Top scorer Dean Rick made it three on the stroke of half time as AFC eased into a comfortable lead.
The second half was a run of the mill 45 minutes, AFC had further chances to extend their lead but a combination of good saves from McKenna and some wayward shooting kept the score down. Eastwood did play their part and as a group of young players they didn’t let the club down and showed some real promise going forward.
Mark Carter scored the fourth and final goal of the game just after the hour mark with a flicked header from an Armstrong corner that nestled in the far corner beyond Mckenna’s reach.
A comfortable win in the end and it’s back to league action next week with a trip to Clay Cross Town, kick off 2pm.
AFC Mansfield: Eley, Armstrong, McLane, Draper (c), Pride (Short 45), Naylor, Meehan (Staniforth 60), Chambers (Slawson 60), Rick, Buxton, Carter. Subs not used: Sheppard & Roy.
Eastwood Town Reserves: McKenna, Loydall, Hunt, Ellis, Rowley, Lane (Lightly 65), Witton, Hall, Robinson, Marriott, Graham. Sub not used: Farmer.
Man of the Match: Mark Carter
Referee: Mr Paul Cottam
Assistants: Mr Mike McGill & Mr Adam Coupe.