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AFC Mansfield 4 - 0 Easington United
Kinsley Boys 0 – 6 AFC Mansfield
AFC have had a busy last 7 days but the visitors were in no mood to be charitable surging forward from the word go. Brad Straw saw his effort saved by Dale Sheppard after just 2 minutes and it was no surprise when they took the lead on 6 minutes. Dave Bullock was given time and space to fire a low drive from the edge of the box past the outstretched Dale Sheppard.
Dean Rick brought the scores level on 13 minutes latching onto a through ball from Craig Cantrell the striker fired a low drive across Alex Vasper and into the far corner of the net.
‘The Bulls’ went in front on 18 minutes, a mix up between Vasper and a defender saw the ball half cleared to Danny Naylor 30 yards out. The midfielder looked up and guided the ball into the empty net to make it 2-1.
The visitors were continuing to take the game to the home side but it wasn’t until the 34 minute that they pulled level. Brad Straw sent clear by Scott Curley placed his shot under Sheppard from 10 yards.
One final twist in an entertaining half when ‘The Bull’s’ snatched the lead once more. Another great ball from Cantrell to find Mark Carter on the far post for a simple tap in.
Once again Sherwood Colliery pegged back the league leaders five minutes into the re-start. Brendan Williams the scorer at the back post after some woeful marking from AFC.
Craig Cantrell set up the winning goal on 64 minutes, sending Mark Carter clear and the midfielder doubled his tally with a superb finish from the edge of the box over the head of the advancing Vasper.
Both teams had further half chances but there was to be no further additions to the score sheet and AFC Mansfield retain top spot albeit in unconvincing style.
‘The Bulls’ now have the clash of the season next week when they travel to 2nd placed Westella Hanson for what promises to be a fiery encounter.
AFC Mansfield: Sheppard, Tighe (Wilson 70), McLane, Draper (c), McGurk, Naylor, Cantrell, Buxton, Rick (Brewin 79), White, Carter. Subs not used: Meehan, Fletcher & Rodger.
Sherwood Colliery: Vasper, Whitmore R, Proctor (Short 70), Nash (c), Jordan, Curley, Straw (Whitmore J 62), Leeds, Bullock, Curtis, Williams. Sub not used: Homer.
Referee: Mr Martin Watts
Assistants: Mr Phil Holmes & Mr Kyle Holland
Man of the Match: Craig Cantrell
Lee Easom set the ball rolling on 8 minutes, turning neatly in the box to fire past Glenn McPherson from 15 yards. 2 minutes later Easom turned provider, breaking down the left flank and delivering a perfect cross to the head of Callum Green. McPherson did well to parry the header but Joe Naylor was on hand to finish from 3 yards.
‘The Bulls’ continued to knock on the door and Phil Buxton and Danny McLane both went close. Danny Naylor was in superb form controlling everything from midfield.
Lee Easom then saw his effort superbly saved by McPherson on 25 minutes.
A rash two footed challenge on Danny McLane from Callum Tebbett had earned the youngster the first of two yellow cards on 15 minutes. The second late challenge on the same player came 15 minutes later and saw the home side reduced to 10 men with 15 minutes of the first half still to play.
AFC made it 3-0 on 35 minutes when Danny Tighe found Mark Carter with a sublime 40 yard ball. Carter controlled the ball with one touch, sent his marker the wrong way and fired past McPherson from 12 yards.
Danny Naylor’s cross on 55 minutes was not dealt with by the Thoresby defence with the ball eventually falling to Carter. The midfielder took his time and fired past the wrong footed keeper from 10 yards to make it 4-0.
A combination of good keeping, the post and wayward shooting kept the score down, but Thoresby could do nothing about Dean Rick’s powerful run into the box on 84 minutes. Just as he was about to shoot James Gunn clipped his legs from behind and the referee immediately pointed to the spot. Worse was to come for Gunn as he was judged to be the last man and received a red card.
Rick sent the keeper the wrong way to make it 5-0 from the penalty spot and a minute later hits the post with McPherson beaten.
Callum Green thought he had scored on 88 minutes only to see his volley superbly tipped over by the overworked McPherson.
Rick saw another shot turned around the post before Green completed the scoring with a low drive from the edge of the box.
AFC Mansfield take a break from league action for the next two weeks. Next Saturday they compete in the Notts Senior Cup for the first time against Hucknal Rolls Leisure and a week later travel to Northampton Sileby Rangers in the first round of the FA Vase.
Thoresby CW: McPherson, Gunn, Dyson (Gillespie 67), Rich (Walker 67), Garnham, Brown, Tebbett, Scothern, Brentnall, Buchanan (c), Selby (Severn 68). Subs not used: Wragg & Thorndyke
AFC Mansfield: Sheppard, Tighe (McCann 60), McLane (Draper 45), Meehan, Draper, Timons (c), Naylor D, Buxton (Rick 60), Naylor J, Easom, Green, Carter. Subs not used: Wilson & Fletcher.
Referee: Mr Liam Jones
Assistants: Mr Dave Hamilton & Mr Andy Richardson
Man of the Match: Danny Naylor
Friday 27th September 2013
|The crowd begins to grow before the start of the game|
‘The Bulls’ produced a dominant display to completely rout Glapwell on Friday night. First half goals from Dean Rick, Danny Tighe, Danny McLane and Phil Buxton put the game beyond doubt. This was followed up by a hat-trick from Lee Easom, a brace from Mark Carter and a final goal by Callum Green.
The first 10 minutes set the scene for the rest of the game, Rick had his effort blocked on 5 minutes. Then Tighe saw his drive deflected for a corner and then twice Rick got to the line to deliver crosses that Joe Naylor headed wide on the first attempt and was denied by a fine save from Ryan Hopkins on the second.
It was no surprise then that AFC took the lead on 16 minutes, Dean Rick racing onto a Joe Naylor through ball to round the keeper before firing home.
The second goal came by way of a harsh decision from the referee. A defender had hoisted the ball high in the air back towards the keeper who caught it. The referee decided it was a pass back and gave the home side a free-kick. Somehow Danny Tighe found the far corner with a superb low driven effort through a crowd of players.
|Danny McLane is congratulated after his wonder strike|
Joe Naylor went close again as his effort was turned around the post by Tim Grundy. Glapwell failed to clear their lines and the ball fell to Danny McLane a full 30 yards from goal. McLane looked up and hit an unstoppable, bullet of a shot that hit the top corner leaving the keeper stranded on 29 minutes.
The fourth goal came on 41 minutes with more good work down the right flank from Rick. He eventually pulled the ball back to Phil Buxton 15 yards out to hit it first time and it flew into the roof of the net.
Rick made way for Lee Easom at half-time and the striker made an immediate impact, the half was less than 5 minutes old when Buxton provided a simple finish from Easom to make it 5-0.
‘The Bulls’ were now rampant and Mark Carter added a sixth goal on 65 minutes with the simplest of tap ins.
Easom doubled his tally on 70 minutes, picking the ball up on the left flank he turned his marker inside out before firing a low drive from the edge of the box into the far corner past the diving Hopkins.
Three minutes later Danny McLane raced down the left flank and delivered a superb ball into the box which Easom fired confidently past Hopkins for his hat-trick and the home sides eighth.
Easom turned provider on 84 minutes, a great run down the right which took him past two defenders and then an unselfish square ball to Callum Green to fire home from 5 yards.
Naylor had the chance to cap his man of the match display when he raced clear and tried to lob Hopkins from the edge of the box, the keeper stayed on his feet and in the end it was a comfortable save.
The scoring was complete in the last minute when after indecision between Hopkin and a defender left Carter with another easy finish to make it 10-0.
A truly magnificent performance by ‘The Bulls’ as they turn their attention to next week and an away trip to Thoresby Colliery Welfare.
AFC Mansfield: Sheppard, Tighe, McLane, Draper (Meehan 80), Timons (c), Naylor D, Buxton, Naylor J, Rick (Easom 45), White R (Green 50), Carter. Subs not used: Wilson & White A.
Glapwell: Hopkins, Pykett, Grundy, Holland, Ruse, Wharton, Barratt, Murcott (c) (Marshall 60), Gouveia, Seward, Weaver (Lunn 80). Sub not used: Robley.
Referee: Mr David Webb
Assistants: Mr Matt Jackson & Mr Ian Parker.
|Second half Hat-Trick hero|
Saturday 21st September 2013
‘The Bulls’ once again overcame higher league opposition to put themselves into the draw for the 1st Round of the FA Carlsberg Vase. Grimsby Borough, who are mid table in the Northern Counties East Division One were no match for the free scoring Mansfield side.
Another brace from Dean Rick and goals from Danny Tighe, Rockie White and Joe Naylor sealed the game for AFC Mansfield despite George Newby pulling a goal back for the home side.
It was AFC Mansfield keeper Dale Sheppard who was in action first saving to his right from a Louis Grant shot.
‘The Bulls’ got off to the perfect start on 7 minutes when Danny Tighe curled a 25 yard free-kick around the wall the keeper got his hands to the ball but the power of the kick was too much and the ball carried on into the net to open the scoring.
The visitors doubled their advantage less than two minutes later, again keeper Brad Beattie failed to hold onto a shot from Dean Rick and the striker was quick to pounce on the loose ball to finish from 3 yards.
Grimsby looked visibly shell-shocked when Rick powered home a shot from just inside the box to make it 3-0 after just 17 minutes.
The visitors were bossing the midfield and Joe Naylor was showing his superiority as he ran the game for AFC.
To Grimsby’s credit their heads didn’t drop and they gave themselves a lifeline when George Newby fired home after a pass from Andy Taylor on the half hour mark.
Grant had another effort easily saved by Sheppard 5 minutes later as Grimsby looked for a way back into the game. James McCann and Rockie White both went close before the break but Grimsby held firm to go in 3-1 down at the break.
‘The Bulls’ started the second half looking to increase their lead. Rick lifted the ball over the advancing Beattie from a White pass, unfortunately the ball cleared the bar as well.
White made it 4-1 on 53 minutes, a neat turn and shot which Beattie again could not hold onto as it spun into the back of the net.
Grimsby made 3 substitutions and pushed on desperately trying to get back into the game. But ‘The Bulls’ defence have only conceded 5 goals in 9 games and weren’t about to concede another.
Phil Buxton gave away the ball in the middle of the park and Andy Taylor brought a fine save out of Sheppard on 70 minutes.
AFC Mansfield sealed a superb victory when in the last minute a move involving Rick, White and Joe Naylor was blasted into the roof of the net by Naylor to complete the scoring.
All at AFC Mansfield will be eagerly waiting the draw on Monday before entertaining Glapwell FC on Friday night at The Forest Town Stadium, kick-off 7.45pm.
Grimsby Borough: Beattie, Petronzio, Bensley, Wright, Unsworth (c) (Fuller 52), Wressell, Hall, Magalhaes, Taylor A (Lobandhan 70), Grant, Newby (Dean 70). Sub not used: Taylor J.
AFC Mansfield: Sheppard, Tighe, McLane, Draper, Timons (c), Naylor J, McCann (Naylor D 72), Buxton, Rick, White R, Carter (Ward 71, Easom 80). Subs not used: Capuano & White A.
Referee: Mr Darren Parkinson
Man of the Match: Joe Naylor
Wednesday 18th September 2013
On paper this game, 1st v 3rd looked like it could be a tough battle. But ‘The Bulls’ completely dominated the visitors and ran out comfortable winners with a brace each for Dean Rick and James McCann and a trademark free-kick from Danny Tighe.
The home side were on it from the word go forcing Phoenix back into their own half with a quick passing game that left the visitors chasing shadows. The inevitable breakthrough came after 7 minutes. Danny Tighe played the ball down the line to James McCann who sent a through ball to Dean Rick. The striker evaded his marker and went round the keeper before firing home from a tight angle.
McCann was instrumental in the second goal, racing into the box he was upended by Aarron Cross for a penalty. Rick stepped up and drove the ball past Matt Herschell-Smith to double the lead.
McCann went close on 24 minutes, his header rattling the bar from a Joe Naylor cross. On the half hour mark he had his reward, lashing the ball home from the a tight angle after a through ball from Naylor.
Danny Tighe made it 4-0 on 55 minutes after McCann had been fouled on the edge of the box. Tighe’s free kick curled around the wall and nestled in the far corner of the net.
‘The Bulls’ continued to push forward but couldn’t add any further goals. Brad Wilson, Captain of the newly formed U19 side came on for the final 10 minutes to make his 1st team debut and never put a foot wrong.
AFC Mansfield now turn their attention to The FA Carlsberg Vase on Saturday when they travel to The Bradley Football Development Centre to take on Grimsby Borough in the 2nd Qualifying Round.
AFC Mansfield: Sheppard, Tighe (Capuano 72), McLane, Draper, Timons (c), Naylor J (Ward 71), Buxton, Rick, White R (Wilson 80), Carter. Subs not used: Staniforth & White A.
Phoenix: Herschell-Smith, O’Brien, Garlick C, Cross (Spence 75), Plant, Vinter (Davis 75), Gallacher, Lund, McConnell, Lawton, Hadfield. Subs not used: Garlick A, Green & Cuckson.
Man of the Match: James McCann
Referee: Mr Tim Walker
Assistants: Mr Martin Beard & Mr John Stevens
Saturday 14th September 2013
Askern FC should be renamed Alamo FC after this defensive performance. Time after time the home side thwarted ‘The Bulls’ advances and probably deserved a point for a gutsy display.
Danny Tighe had the first chance of the game a 30 yard drive that was turned around the post by Anthony Sykes in the Askern goal. Sykes was in action again 5 minutes later when he parried a Callum Green header from Mark Carter’s cross.
James McCann saw his shot go over the bar by inches on 22 minutes after good approach work from Liam Black. Mark Robinson did well down the left flank finding Phil Buxton with a square ball but again his effort went inches wide of the post.
On 40 minutes Robinson and Danny McLane linked up on the left to provide Green with another chance but again it failed to find the target.
Seven minutes into the restart and Connor Corrigan having Askern’s first real chance, a testing low drive that had Dale Sheppard getting down well to his right to save.
McLane saw his effort deflected for a corner of the leg of Luke Farrar on the hour mark. On 72 minutes Green initial effort was blocked and Danny Naylor followed up from the edge of the box with a shot that looked goal bound until Lyam Armitage somehow managed to clear off the line.
‘The Bulls’ were camped out in the Askern half, but chance after chance was either blocked or missed the target.
On 77 minutes the home side nearly produced a sucker punch as they broke quickly when the ball was played across the edge of the box Black tried to block but only succeeded in sending the ball spinning towards the goal. Sheppard had to be at his best to make a flying one handed save to keep the scores level.
On 80 minutes Green was upended in the Askern box and a penalty was given. Danny McLane stepped up but put the kick over the bar. At that point the feeling was that it wasn’t going to be AFC’s day.
Tighe bought a save out of Sykes as Askern hung on desperately, anywhere would do for the home side when clearing their lines and eventually they got their rewards as the referee blew for the end of the game. The cheers that came at the final whistle were reminiscent of a cup final win.
AFC Mansfield now move onto Saturday and a tougher test against early leaders Harworth Colliery. ‘The Bulls’ will welcome back Dean Rick, Joe Meehan,Joe Naylor and will have Danny Naylor for 90 minutes rather than 35.
ASKERN: Sykes, Davison (Webster 84), Farrar (Green N 84), Armitage, Fairhurst (c), Devine, Rennie, Corrigan, Attard, Henry, Parnell (Bennett). Sub not used: McGough.
AFC MANSFIELD: Sheppard, Tighe, McLane, Draper, Timons (c), Buxton, McCann (Capuano 76), Carter, Black, Green C, Robinson (Naylor D 57). Subs not used: Alexander, Wilson & Brewin.
Man of the Match: Liam Black
Referee: Mr James Forder
Assistants: Mr Jim Sharp & Mr S Deere
Saturday 10th August 2013 Kick-Off 3.00pm
AFC Mansfield 3 - 2 Carlton Town
A Dean Rick brace and a fine goal from Danny Naylor were enough to defeat Evo-Stik Carlton Town who replied with an own goal from Joe Meehan and a well struck free-kick from Alex Troke.
All the goals came in the first half and only 20 minutes were played in the second before Carlton withdrew from the field.
Without adding fuel to the fire fouls were committed by both sides and there are two sides to every story.
But it is over now and neither side came out of this encounter with much credit.
Tuesday 6th August 2013 Kick-Off 7.45pm
AFC Mansfield 3 - 3 Sheffield FC
'The Bulls' gave their visitors a fright on Tuesday night, Sheffield FC are 3 leagues above AFC in the National League System but it was difficult to separate them on this showing.
The story could have been so different, the visitors looked like tearing the home side apart in the opening 10 minutes. It was no surprise when Vill Powell turned neatly on the edge of the box and fired a low drive past Dale Sheppard after 12 minutes. 2 minutes earlier Sheffield had shown their intentions, rattling the home bar with Sheppard beaten.
'The Bulls' began to fight back and on 18 minutes Sheffield managed to clear the ball off the line twice as the home side began to get into their stride.
AFC were back on level terms on 26 minutes, Dean Rick and Callum Green linking up well with Green providing the cross for Rick to finish from close range.
The roles were reversed on 38 minutes, this time Green hitting the bar from Rick's cross.
The home side deservedly went in front on 43 minutes. A superb 30 yard ball from Danny Naylor finding the chest of Mark Carter who took it in his stride and hit a low drive past Poulter to put the Mansfield side in front.
The Sheffield defence were found wanting again at the start of the second half and when the ball rattled the bar Callum Green was quickest to react to head home from 6 yards.
Referee Wayne Gray made amends to Sheffield when he gave a spot kick in the second half to make up for the cast iron one he missed in the first. Powell showing all his experience in the box on 77 minutes and could probably teach Tom Daley a few things. Woolley could only hit the bar and the two goal lead held.
Unfortunately not for long, a great chiped free-kick found Powell who volleyed home in spectacular style.
'The Bulls' had made a conscious effort to give the 4 U19 players in the squad some time on the pitch and the visitors took full advantage of the changes to snatch an equaliser a few minutes from time. Wilde the goalscorer.
AFC Mansfield: Sheppard, McLane, Capuano, Meehan, Black, Naylor, Robinson, Buxton, Rick, Green, Carter. Subs used: McCann, Ainger, Brewin.
Sheffield FC: Poulter, Turner (Hadfield), Al Hakam, Ludlam, Cooksey, Woolley, Gascoigne, Roney (Moxam), Littlejohn (Wilde), Powell, Algar. Subs Not Used: Williams, Trialist.
Referee: Mr Wayne Gray
Man of the Match: Liam Black
Saturday 3rd August 2013 Kick-Off 3pm
AFC Mansfield 6 - 1 Hucknall Town
Wednesday 24th July 2013 Kick-Off 7.45pm
'The Bulls' recorded their first pre-season win at The Jones & Co Stadium and had the added bonus of keeping a clean sheet.
Retford Manager Richard Sennett will be sick of the sight of 'Bulls' gaffer Micky Taylor as their last encounter ended in Taylor's team, Shirebrook Town, securing a semi-final win at the expense of Sennett's Winterton Rangers side.
But enough of the history lesson, both sides made changes from their previous friendlies and offered up a much more competitive game for the spectators. No more watching paint dry, this was a full blooded game.
AFC forced the first corner of the game after just 30 seconds and continued to push forward in the opening minutes. Jody Barford did well to parry Dean Rick's low drive and then Jake Stannard put his body in the way of Callum Green to deny the young striker.
It wasn't long before 'The Bulls' went in front. The home side half cleared a Danny Tighe corner and the loose ball fell to Mark Carter who delivered a superb cross to the far post to find the head of Matt Draper. Draper making his first start of the season guided his looping header past Barford and into the corner of the net.
Dale Sheppard was called into action on 22 minutes to parry Niall Barker's rasping drive before Tighe did well to head away another teasing cross.
Carter and Draper both missed the target with headers from Phil Buxton crosses before Buxton tried his luck on the half hour mark with a low drive that whistled past the right hand post.
Barker had a good chance to bring the home side level on 36 minutes, but blazed his 15 yard effort high and wide.
Reece Thompson rode the challenge of Buxton and turned Draper but again the finish was poor and wide of the mark on 40 minutes.
A superb turn and pass from McCann on 42 minutes found Carter who's audacious looping shot cannoned off the bar and Callum Green's follow up was always rising over the bar.
Retford made three changes at half time but the visitors continued to press. Green sending Rick clear and his curling effort turned around the post by Barford on 55 minutes.
AFC began to make changes and had to weather some pressure from the home side. On came Retford old boy Carl Haslam and quick midfielders Mark Robinson and Mark Staniforth. Also on was Julian Capuano who replaced McCann after an hour's excellent work from the wide man.
Matt Draper called it a day on 75 minutes with Dean Rick reverting to Center Back. Haslam nearly made it a dream return when he made a trademark run down the left flank weaving past three defenders before setting up Staniforth who's effort was covered by Barford.
Scott Bibby had the chance to bring the scores level on 80 minutes but his effort was easily held by Sheppard.
With just 2 minutes remaining Robinson picked the ball up just inside the Retford half cut inside and then rolled the ball to Danny Naylor. The midfielder looked up took a couple of steps forward an unleashed a 25 yard curling shot that had Barford flying through the air but the ball nestled sweetly into the top corner to seal the win for AFC Mansfield.
Thompson thought he had pulled one back at the death with a mazy run that took him past three defenders but his crisp drive was turned around the post by an alert Sheppard in the visitors goal.
AFC Mansfield entertain Pinxton FC on Saturday, 3pm kick-off at The Forest Stadium.
Retford United: Barford, Stannard (Sanderson 45), Snodin (Hassett 60), Walkden, Lucas, Johnson, Fisher (Aspinall 45), Thompson, Medcalf (Bibby 62), Holmes, Barker (Owens 45).
AFC Mansfield: Sheppard, McLane, Tighe, Draper (C) (Staniforth 75), Meehan, Buxton, McCann (Capuano 62), Naylor, Rick, Green (Haslam 60), Carter (Robinson 60). Sub not used: Ashley White.
Man of the Match: Joe Meehan
Referee: Mr Declan Bourne
Assistants: Mr Ed Cook & Mr Mark Tinsley