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AFC Mansfield 1-1 Hemsworth Miners: Match Report

A second half penalty from Ross Duggan helped grasp a hard-fought point for AFC Mansfield over Hemsworth Miners.

Duggan, whose suspension doesn’t come into play until next Wednesday, took full advantage of a handball in the box and expertly converted from the spot.

Hemsworth had taken the lead prior thanks to a header from Nash Connolly on the 27th minute mark.

The Bulls have remained in 16th place after the result, whilst their opponents dropped into the relegation zone.

Phil Buxton’s side were defending from the off, as Jakub Hebda saw a chance saved comfortably by Adam Revuelta, before Seon Ripley squeezed past the goalkeeper and captain Thomas Cropper, only to see Kacper Rajter who blocked his effort on the line heroically.

AFC Mansfield tried to grow into the game as Lynton Karkach flashed an effort wide of the goal.

But with the away side piling on the pressure, they found their breakthrough with Connolly, as a deep corner evaded a Mansfield head and was nodded home by the Hemsworth man.

Heading into the second half, Mansfield began to get back into the game with Jack Gibb, as the substitute latched onto a through ball but some last-ditch defending denied the goal.

Jason Davis tried a long-range effort for Hemsworth but his strike rose just over the bar, before the Bulls would find their Avenue back into the contest.

A corner forced a handball in the Hemsworth box, with the referee pointing to the spot. Yo stepped Duggan, who netted his fifth in three games calmly from the spot.

Duggan continued to terrorise the Hemsworth defence as he rounded three of them and forced Harrison Davidson-Hale into a save from a tight angle.

But the resurgence of the Bulls was too little too late, as Duggan had an effort smash into the side netting and Jake Batty came close to getting his first goal for the club, before the referee brought the game to a close with the points shared.

AFC Mansfield are next on the road on Tuesday evening, as they make the short journey to local rivals Sherwood Colliery.


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