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AFC Mansfield vs Sherwood Colliery: Match Preview

The Bulls will look to end the year with a derby day victory in front of a booster crowd, as AFC Mansfield welcome Sherwood Colliery to the Forest Town Arena.

Previous meeting

It's been a while since Sherwood last visited the Forest Town Arena, with the two yet to face one another this season.

The latest clash between the two came in early September of 2020, in a covid-stricken season, and it would be a joyous derby day triumph for the Bulls. A pinpoint goal from Ross Duggan would give Mansfield an early lead, before an own goal from Jack Harrison cancelled out the advantage on the brink of half-time.

But heading into the second half the winner would be claimed, as Luke Walker netted to gift the Bulls a deserved FA Cup victory in front of a crowd of 300 people.

Opposition insider

Name: Sherwood Colliery FC

Manager: Wayne Savage

Founded: 2008

Nickname: The Wood

Stadium: Debdale Park, Mansfield Woodhouse, NG19 7NS

Ticketing and admission

Adults: £6.00

Concessions: £5.00

Under-16's: Free with a paying adult

Form guide

The Bulls come into this one in high spirits, after a last-ditch winner over Athersley Recreation and a positive performance against Penistone Church, despite the game being abandoned on 81 minutes following a floodlight failure at the Memorial Stadium.

Sherwood are looking dangerous themselves in fourth position, after action-packed victories over Hemsworth Miners Welfare and Knaresborough Town. However, with two wins in their previous six, the Wood will be looking to avoid falling off the promotion push and into a slump.

Bucko's thoughts

Phil Buxton: "As you can see we were very depleted at Penistone, having some injuries in the squad. We'll be training Tuesday then the lads get a week off, but there will be a few runs to do and to send in to me. Fitness will still be there, I think some of them need a rest which is important as well, and then we go again on Tuesday.

"Every game is a big game for me, but this one is probably a little bit more. I know a lot of people at Sherwood and I know the manager really, really well so it probably means a little bit more if I'm honest."


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