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Match Preview: Athersley Recreation (H)

AFC Mansfield will look to put Saturday's defeat behind them by welcoming the current bottom of the league side Athersley Recreation.

Previous meeting

Last time these two sides met was as recent as August, as a Kian Sketchley brace grasped the Bulls all three points against the Sheffield based side.

It was just the third outing of the season for Mansfield, as Phil Buxton's side continued their unbeaten start to the NCEL Premier Division with a comfortable three points.

There was even more success for the Bulls last season too, as goals from Jordan Annable, Luke Walker, Josh Wilde and a brace from Ross Duggan carried Mansfield to an accomplished 5-0 victory at the Forest Town Arena.

Ticketing and admission

Adults: £6.00

Concessions: £3.00

Under-16s: Free with a paying adult, otherwise £1

Opposition insider

Name: Athersley Recreation FC

Founded: 1979

Nickname: The Penguins/The Rec

Stadium: Sheerien Park, Athersley, S71 3DS (2000, 150 seated)

Manager: Jimmy Whitehead

Form guide

The Bulls have hit a slight blip as of late, with one win in their last seven, but that one win came in a fantastic, well-fought result against a high-flying Garforth Town side.

Last time out it was a tricky time for Buxton's men however, as goals from Eccleshill United's Johnny Irving and a brace from Luke Aldrich sentenced Mansfield to a 3-1 defeat, thanks to a Thomas Cropper consolation goal.

Athersley are struggling themselves, with their last win coming over a month ago. It's been a slight improvement for the Penguins as of recently though, with a close defeat to Penistone Church and a heroic point against Eccleshill.


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