AFC Mansfield

Sunday, February 17, 2013


This was a game AFC Mansfield were expected to win but the tactics by Thoresby in the first half were out of order.
They had decided to try and rough up the AFC forwards on every occasion and some of the challenges bordered on ABH.
However AFC rose above this and soon took the lead through Danny Naylor with a superbly took goal.
They soon made it 2-0 with a Matt Draper header that would have probably swung in from a Carl Haslam corner.Dean Rick seemed to be the centre of attention for the Thoresby defence but struck to make it 3-0 keeping up his fantastic goalscoring record.That was the score as the game went into the half time break.
Thoresby came out in the second half and began to play football instead of rugby and were rewarded by a great strike to make the score 3-1.AFC then realised they had to up the game and soon hit back to make it 4-1 with a Mark Carter header at the far post again from a Carl Haslam corner.
The mercurial striker then set up Gary Armstrong to slot home the fifth goal to keep AFC Mansfield at the top of the table.
Chris Timmons returned form Shirebrook and put in a fine display at the heart of the Mansfield defence.
Also new signing Robinson put in some good work on the wing after being brought on midway through the second half to make his debut after his transfer from Glapwell.
Striker Dean Rick had to make way and left the field with some shocking injuries after being stamped on,studded and lunged at form the back.
We all like to see a firm challenge but on this occasion there were some very callous and cowardly tactics on display and the striker did very well not to respond.