REPORT | Bulls 3-0 Garforth Town


Matt Chatfield's men bounced back from a weekend defeat in style with a convincing win over mid-table Garforth.


A frustrating first half saw Luke Walker, Morgan James and Grant Ryan come agonisingly close to putting the Bulls ahead, whilst Garforth too could have found the net.


But the second half was a different show for the Bulls, as Ryan, Ross Duggan off the bench, and James helped to wrap up a brilliant three points.


The Bulls began the contest with large spells of possession, creating their first real opening when Luke Walker spotted Garforth 'keeper Toby Wells off his line, but sent his lob over the crossbar.


The visitors then had a chance of their own just a minute later with standing-in goalkeeper Fahed Saleh fumbling the ball and allowing Sam Barker a chance to shoot, but the former Syrian international did well to get down low and save the forward's effort before throwing his body over the ball.


Chances kept on coming for AFC, with Grant Ryan misfiring a half-volley after chesting down Luke Walker's cross, before the winger released Morgan James inside the penalty area with a brilliant ball around Sam Leach, but Wells was alert to smartly parry James' one-on-one attempt.


After James was once again denied by Wells, this time from a narrow angle, the visitors were almost ahead via a freak goal, but Tom Slone leaped high to head Jack Lazenby's wicked corner clear of the far top corner.


With half an hour played, the crowd were left bewildered by how the game remained goalless, as James' header back across goal from Brandon Webster's deep cross could only be laced against the post by Luke Walker.


A long break in play was next on the agenda with linesman Paul Buck injured and having to be replaced by a Garforth staff member on the line, before Ryan dragged a James square ball across the wrong side of the far post.


The game continued to create chances in the second half, and Garforth were left scratching their heads after Alex Burton couldn't tuck home on the end of an expert driven pass through the AFC back four.


But first blood was taken by the home side as Grant Ryan netted his second goal in three games, finding the far bottom corner in clinical style after Webster's effort bobbled through a crowd of bodies and fell nicely for the striker just before the hour mark.


The Miners were far from lying down, and the nature of the tie could have been different if Sam Denton and substitute Sean Hunter were able to divert home two clever free-kick deliveries from Lazenby.


On came Bulls top-scorer Ross Duggan in place of Luke Walker, and the striker was agonisingly close to doubling the advantage when his sweet strike crashed off the woodwork on the break.


He didn't have to wait long to find the net, however, as he rifled home into the bottom corner from almost exactly the same spot on the end of a Ryan lay-off.


It then slowly became a matter of how many the Bulls would win by, and the points were wrapped up neatly with the sweetest of efforts, as Man of the Match winner Morgan James beautifully placed the ball in the far top corner after Duggan led a late counter, supplying the midfielder with the key decisive pass.


The victory brought AFC back level on points with Knaresborough in the Toolstation NCEL Premier Division table, as Matt Chatfield's side look on to hosting Bottesford Town on Saturday and hope to avenge a 5-0 hammering from the last time the two sides met.

MATCH DETAILS


Final score | AFC Mansfield 3-0 Garforth Town

Scorers | Ryan (59'), Duggan (73'), James (88')


Bulls XI | Saleh (GK), Slone, Sketchley, Annable, Wilson, Harrison, Walker (Duggan 60'), Buxton (C), Ryan (King 86'), James, Webster (Dear 79')

Unused subs | King, Duggan, McMillan, Dear, Stancliffe (GK)

Yellow cards | N/A


Garforth Town XI | Wells (GK), Beaston (C), Leach (Colley 65'), Lazenby, Low, Denton, Marshall (Hunter 60'), Williams, Burton, Turner, Barker (Martin-Wyat 79')

Unused subs | Silva

Yellow cards | Denton (61'), Lazenby (66')


Man of the Match | Morgan James

Attendance | 40

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