AFC Mansfield

Wednesday, May 15, 2013


AFC Mansfield certainly ended the season on a high as they stunned their hosts Westella with 4-1 victory.
On the long journey to Hull it was feared it would be one game too many for the weary Bulls.
Leading striker Dean Rick had to play centre half because of injuries and with no-one on the bench it looked an uphill task.
Westella are known to be a very strong side at home and were still looking to grab third place in the league as the night started.
The AFC players certainly showed their class as they went about the job and took the game to their hosts.
They played some lovely football, letting the ball do the work and soon took the lead through Gary Armstrong after some good build up play.
Westella did hit back to make it 1-1 with a free kick that was well struck but took a deflection off Mark Carter to beat stranded goalkeeper Dale Shepherd.
The Bulls soon hit back though and Phil Buxton scored to put therm in a 2-1 lead at half time.
After the break Westella tried their hardest to get something out of the game but sheer determination by the AFC side made sure this did not happen.
The game became more stretched as the night wore on and AFC went into a 3-1 lead when mercurial striker Carl Haslam did one of the rarest of things, scored a headed goal which broke the Westella resistance.
Late in the game full back Danny Mclane wrapped up the victory as he ventured forward and slammed the ball home to make the final score 4-1.
This scoreline should not be taken lightly and was one of the best performances of the season very much against all the odds.
The Bulls can be very proud of their achievements this season and this victory personifies their credentials as candidates for promotion.