Match Report: Garforth Town (A)

AFC Mansfield made the journey to West Yorkshire and Garforth Town, but left with three points and a clean sheet.


Some outstanding defending and a first half strike from Lynton Karkach did the job for the Bulls, who overcame the challenge of the NCEL Premier Divison's second placed side, sentencing Garforth to their first defeat in ten games.


Lewis Weaver would be the first to flirt with a goal, as he capitalised on a loose ball and found himself through on goal, but his half-volley bobbled wide of the target.


Garforth responded immediately to the early scare, as James Burgess first forced a fine stop from Adam Revelata, before Jed Zanos bended a free-kick over the bar.


The Bulls once again tested the waters, as a well-worked corner routine found Liam Marsden in the box, but his tame header was smothered by Toby Wells.


Mansfield's growing pressure was eventually rewarded however, as the Bulls took the lead. Weaver had initally created a chance for himself, joined by George Scott, before the loose ball was played to Karkach, who was composed in firing past Wells from distance.


Heading into the second half, it was one-way traffic but the Bulls were defending valiantly, with Dan Coupland coming agonisingly close from a free-kick, before Kian Sketcley heroically performed a goal line clearance to deny Helmo Silva.


But despite the relentless pressure from Garforth, the Miners failed to capitalise and Buxton's side left West Yorkshire with three points and a clean sheet.


AFC Mansfield: Revuelta; Marsden, Sketchley,Mays, D'Laryea, Cropper, Gibb (Hobson, 71), Scott, Pipes, Weaver (Appiah, 85), Karkach


Unused substitutions: Rajter, Mcenna