AFC Mansfield 0-5 Grimsby Borough: Match Report

AFC Mansfield had an afternoon forget as they were heavily defeated by the league leaders, Grimsby Borough.


The Bulls, who are beginning to plan for next season, were looking to bounce back from Tuesday night's defeat to Knaresborough Town after a four game unbeaten run prior.


AFC Mansfield: Revuelta; McKenna (Jaine, 45), Cropper (C), D'Laryea, Sketchley, Rajter, Mays (Hobson, 61), Batty, Gibb, Karkach (Pipes, 14), Dodsworth


Subs not used: Buxton


Phil Buxton's side got off to a positive start as Lynton Karkach spun his man and struck from a difficult angle, but he couldn't convert. Karkach's afternoon wouldn't last much longer too, as the attacker was forced off with an injury.


Adam Revuelta was called into action in response, but a reactive stop denied a volleyed effort from Adam Drury.


But as Tom Sawyer bended one effort wide, he gave the Borough the lead minutes later. A lovely threaded through ball from Jack Debnam found the midfield, who calmly slid the ball past Revuelta.


Grimsby would quickly double their lead, as right-back Tom Jamieson surged forward and cut the ball back to Lewis Bemrose, who tapped home from four yards out.


And Grimsby were rampant, as they quickly grabbed their third to put a harder dampener on the first half. Bemrose once again with a similar finish, as Caine Winfarrah fired the ball to the back post where the forward could slide the ball home.


Heading into the second half, Grimsby continued their dominant display, as Jamieson saw an effort flash wide before Debnam was rolled in behind, racing forward and arrowing the ball past Revuelta.


The Bulls weren't chanceless themselves, as a cross towards the front post was nodded goalwards by Jake Batty, but it evaded Liam Highton's goal.


The away side were clear however, and grabbed their fifth to cap off an excellent performance through substitute Dan Trott to seal a crucial three points for the league leaders.


AFC Mansfield are next in action on Saturday, as we make the trip to Winterton Rangers for a 15:00 kick-off.