Bottesford Town vs AFC Mansfield: Match Preview

AFC Mansfield will look to bounce back from Saturday's defeat by picking up three points on the road, as the Bulls make the trip to Bottesford Town.


Previous meeting

It was a frustrating result for Mansfield last time out, as Phil Buxton's side saw their two goal deficit blemished as Bottesford restored themselves to a point and a 2-2 draw.


Two goals in the space of eight minutes on the brink of half-time for Mansfield saw the Bulls go into the second half well in control thanks to goals from Lynton Karkach and Luke Walker. However, Bottesford came out fighting, and a goal from Clayton Bryant before a last-minute equaliser from Mason Ellender saw the Poachers earn a point.


Opposition insider

Name: Bottesford Town Football Club


Manager: Jimmy McNeil


Founded: 1974


Nickname: The Poachers


Stadium: Birch Park, Scunthorpe, DN17 2TQ


Ticketing and admission

Adults: £5


Concessions: £3


Form guide

The Bulls will look to show the same form of finishing they recently did in a emphatic victory over Handsworth, but back-to-back defeats to Barton Town and Thackley sees Mansfield desperate to avoid a third consecutive defeat.


Recent league draws with Sherwood Colliery and Emley showed Mansfield unfortunate not to pick up three points, but the progress is continuing in putting together a good run of form, especially with recent additions such as Klarke Greenham, who has three goals in his last two matches.


With four defeats in their last seven, the Poachers will be looking to bounce back from a defeat the hands of Penistone Church after a goal from Kieran Ryan sentenced Bottesford to the end of a potential third successive victory.


Bottesford will look to begin a run of form to propel them towards the play-off places, with recent victories over Albion Sports, Athersley Recreation and Garforth Town showing what they're capable of.