AFC Mansfield

Wednesday, February 27, 2013


Well,well,well.Where do you start with this Floodlit cup semi-final game away at Westella.
The game had been postponed three times already and eventually went ahead at the fourth attempt.
After a long treck up to Hull for a midweek game the AFC Mansfield side started very promisingly and controlled the game early on.
However with the game not being in anyway dirty the referee found a reason to book 5 AFC players and the game remained goalless at half time.
It was inevitable he was going to reach for the red card on an AFC player and during the second half sent off Matt Draper for apparently protesting one of the bookings leaving The Bulls down to 10 men.
The game still didn't produce a goal and a little later the referee sent off Danny Naylor for a second bookable offence leaving AFC with just nine players on the field.
This seemed to spur the away side and Joe Naylor nearly sealed it hitting the post late on and they were in no way going to give up on this one and the game ran out 0-0 and went into extra time.
In extra time AFC stood firm until just before the break when Westella took the lead from a corner to make it 1-0 at the break.
Then the floodlights struck again with only one minute gone of the second period and threw the game into darkness and the game was abandoned.
Little is known of the rules on this one as 90 minutes had been completed with the score 0-0.In extra time there was very little in it and even at 1-0 down AFC looked like hitting back and had plenty of time to do so.
It must be said that with everything against them in this one the whole AFC Mansfield side can be very proud of their performance and never say die attitude.
The league will have to decide if the game was at a satisfactory conclusion as the lights were timed to go off at the College for 10pm and extra time and penalties were never going to be completed no matter what the score.
Pick the bones out of that one !