Bulls boss Matt Chatfield happy with his teams 2-1 win over a well-oiled Sheffield side Handsworth despite Chatfield himself missing the game due to self isolation.
Matt Chatfield was "gutted" to miss the NCEL away trip to Olivers Mount but was "happy" with his teams overall performance going into the national lockdown on a high with the AFC boss quoting. "Yes it’s always great to get a win, I’m gutted I wasn’t there because I’ve heard and seen a lot of good work that’s been going off at Handsworth and I would have loved to see the 4G etc, but I had to self isolate.
It’s also good to get a win after the defeat in the Vase. So yes it was good to go into the lockdown after the victory.
Ross Duggan scored twice in the game with his first goal of the night making it level around the 20 minute mark after a superb run from the striker capped off with a seemingly effortless shot inside the penalty area to ensure the Bulls went into the break level. Duggan is currently top of the NCEL goal chart with 15 goals in all competitions.
Chatfield was also happy with the versatility of his team in recent games with goals coming from the likes of Jordan Annable, Josh Wilde and Morgan James showing the variety of goals coming from his squad with the boss saying, "That's something we noticed last season, the majority of the goals came from Ross and although we know he is capable of doing this season on season we needed to score more goals from other areas of the pitch if we were going to challenge at the top end this season, and with the personnel we have brought in along with the lads we have already got, we are starting to see goals come from numerous areas, the key is to keep goals coming in.
AFC Mansfield enter the 2nd week of the national lockdown in high spirits.
Boss Chatfield was asked how his team were keeping motived during the differcult period.
"Not what we wanted but I think it’s what we needed as the R rate was rising and we have seen within AFC how COVID can quickly spread through the group so I think it’s a welcomed break to try stop the virus spreading. We have set up a fitness programme for all the lads and we will be doing zoom meetings to keep in contact with everyone". Matt urged everyone to continue supporting their local team.
"We hope to be back once the lockdown is over and all I can say to all fans all over is to go to your local club and help these local clubs in the time of need, especially with elite football not allowing fans in it’s the perfect time to come down and watch some live football".