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Emley AFC 1-1 AFC Mansfield: Match Report

The Bulls were left frustrated following a late equaliser from Emley AFC, as the points were shared in West Yorkshire.

Phil Buxton's side had originally taken the lead through captain Thomas Cropper, but an 87th minute finish from Charlie Smith granted the Pewits a point.

AFC Mansfield: 1. Revuelta; 2. Gibb, 3. Sketchley, 4. Slone, 5. Marsden, 6. Cropper (C), 7. Mays, 8. Batty, 9. Karkach, 10. Walker, 11. Dodsworth

Substitutions: 12. Weaver, 14. Pipes, 15. McKenna, 16. Rajter, 17. D'Laryea

Mansfield looked the more likely to break the deadlock from early on, but former Farsley Celtic goalkeeper Sam Kelly was on form for Emley, making strong stops to keep out Liam Mays, Alfie Dodsworth and a long-ranged Tom Slone effort early on.

Emley were eager themselves, but Adam Revuelta was replicating his opposite's form, making outstanding saves to deny Alex Metcalfe and Joe Kenny from close-range.

Heading into the second half, Revuelta carried on his good form, making himself big to parry James Ngoe's race through on goal.

But with Revuelta keeping Emley at bay, it made sense for the Bulls to be clinical themselves. Dodsworth intercepted a pass in the middle of the park and spun his man, before playing a pinpoint ball through to captain Cropper, who stormed through on goal before rifling past a stranded Kelly.

The Pewits began to mount the pressure to avoid another defeat, as Kenny bended an audacious effort narrowly wide of Revuelta's goal.

Substitute Lewis Weaver would have chances to double the Bulls advantage, first spinning his man and lashing a ball goalwards which Kelly would smother, before gaining possession from close-range and firing wide of the target with ten minutes to go.

The Bulls would be made to rue their missed chances however, as Emley nabbed the equaliser with three minutes to go. A free-kick from Tom Claisse caused a goalmouth scramble deep in the Mansfield box, and with the wind playing its part, Smith took advantage and poked the ball past Revuelta.

With Smith's late equaliser, the spoils were shared in Yorkshire, but the Bulls have a brief break before their next outing, with an away trip to Handsworth on the 22nd up next.

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