AFC Mansfield

Monday, May 06, 2013


AFC Mansfield had to settle for winning two out of the three cup finals they were in.
With a very small squad of players they were running on empty and carrying several knocks and after 18 minutes were reduced to 10 men.
A second bookable offence by Jammy Meehan could not be argued with and it made things very difficult for The Bulls.
However after going down to 10 AFC appeared to play better and get top side of their opponents and went in 0-0 at half time.
The same could be said of the second half but Clifton were awarded a penalty and all looked lost.
Keeper Dale Sheppard had other outcomes in his mind and made a world class save getting a full hand on a clean strike just under the bar to his right.
This seemed to spur on The Bulls and injured striker Carl Haslam was thrown into the fray to try and snatch a win.
He very nearly did that after breaking down the left and forcing the keeper to push the ball onto the post from a tight angle.
It wasn't to be a little later after leading striker Dean Rick was shown a red card for kicking the ball away after being pushed out of play by a Clifton player.
Once reduced to 9 men it was all too much to ask for a tired team and during injury time Clifton grabbed the cup with a late goal.
It was a good game for the neutral with a noisy Clifton following and plenty of banter in the crowd but you had to feel sorry for the AFC side that gave their all for the cause and very nearly pulled it off.
The Bulls should be proud of the efforts put in by all and will strive for bigger and better things in the future.