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REPORT | Bulls 1-3 Notts County

Updated: Jan 22


Image: Dan Westwell

A crowd of 222 saw AFC bow out of the Nottinghamshire Senior Cup at the fourth round stage with defeat to Notts County.


Club skipper Phil Buxton got on the score sheet for the Bulls and could have added a second, but goals from Kieran Cummings and Tyreace Palmer sealed a comfortable win for the Magpies.


With two minutes played, Bulls stopper Hugo Warhurst was called into action and made a quick smart save to keep out Jim O'Brien's curling free-kick.


The visitors were quick out of the block and on the front foot early on, deservedly edging ahead when Kieran Cummings tucked under Warhurst after chasing a long ball down the left channel.


After Tyreace Palmer saw a close-range effort well blocked, Cummings added his second just six minutes after his first, firing home a tight-angled rebound after Warhurst parried his initial one-on-one effort.


Palmer again could have secured his name on the score sheet before the half-hour mark, pouncing on a poor goal kick from Warhurst but still unable to get the better of the in-form 'keeper who produced another expert stop.


The Bulls grew into the tie and had their own opportunities to hurt their National League opponents, and skipper Phil Buxton eventually halved the deficit with the simplest of finishes after Morgan James did superbly to recover what seemed like a lost cause on the goal line before squaring for his fellow midfielder.


In the 15 minutes that remained of the second half, it could have very easily been all square but Buxton saw his low header palmed away by Tiernan Brooks from close range after Jordan Annable whipped in a pinpoint delivery to the back post.


Following what was a promising end to the first period, AFC couldn't quite get firing on all cylinders once again after the break.


Their most meaningful chance was sliced wide by Luke Walker after the ball fell nicely for the midfielder 25 yards out from goal - Tiernan Brooks in the County net enjoyed a rather comfortable second half.


With 20 minutes to spare the victory was all but wrapped up neatly for Notts, as Palmer emphatically fired past Warhurst at his near post after being fed with the perfect through-ball.


Before eventually being placed by Cameron Smith, Cummings actively searched to seal a hat-trick and could have done so when he cut inside from the left channel but could only curl the ball tamely into the arms of Warhurst from the edge of the penalty area.


With Grant Ryan heading a rare AFC corner wide at the near post on 80 minutes, the tie was comfortable in the hands of the National League side who secured their place in the quarter-finals.

MATCH DETAILS


Final score | AFC Mansfield 1-3 Notts County

Scorers | Buxton (33') - Cummings (9', 15'), Palmer (71')


Bulls XI | Warhurst (GK), Annable (McMillan 46'), Slone, McGuire, Wilson, Hough, Webster (Matthews 75'), Buxton (C), Ryan, James (Warner 66'), Walker

Unused subs | Darker, Saleh (GK)

Yellow cards | James (38')


Notts County XI | Brooks (GK), Marshall, O'Brien (C) (Bird 46'), Cummings (Smith 78'), Bucalossi, Palmer, Mulvaney (Sneddon 78'), Oxlade-Chamberlain (Wilde 46'), Bird, Howes, Betts

Unused subs | Simmon

Yellow cards | Betts (40')


Man of the Match | Morgan James

Attendance | 222

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