The Bulls got off to a solid start in their first friendly. Against tough opposition in Hyde Utd, AFC Mansfield competed well and fully deserved a 1-1 draw.
Results aren't that important in pre-season friendlies but with Grant Allott, Jon D'Laryea, Gary Bradshaw and Matty Plummer all missing the performance showed the depth of the squad for the coming season.
Ollie Fearon got the equaliser on 30 minutes after Hyde had taken the lead on 22 minutes. Craig Mitchell had the ball in the back of the net after 25 minutes but it was ruled out due to an offside decision.