Two wins from two after second-half comeback


AFC came from behind to overturn a half-time deficit and beat Rainworth Miners Welfare in their second pre-season friendly.


The Bulls trailed Rainworth 1-0 at Kirklington Road at the break, but rediscovered their goal-scoring form in the second half to coast to a 4-1 win after the hosts made several half-time changes.


With Matt Chatfield's side enduring a slow start to the midweek encounter, Aidy Harris opened the scoring with only seven minutes played as Hugo Warhurst could only parry Isaac Fisher's header into Harris' path for a close-range finish.


The higher-placed side eventually grew into the tie, forcing a couple of crucial blocks from their hosts before Wrens 'keeper Warren Squires did well to deny Matt Sykes on the edge of the area.

The Bulls had to remain patient for their seemingly inevitable equaliser, finally drawing level just after the interval when defender Matt Wilson converted a corner kick after Rainworth failed to deal with the danger.


Luke Walker completed the turnaround within minutes, cleverly heading a free-kick beyond Squires before Jack Harrison added a third from six yards out.


Ross Duggan completed the win with his third in two outings, rounding Squires and slotting home late on to seal a pleasing result for AFC.


The Bulls hope to go again on Saturday, permitting there will be an opponent due to a last-minute cancellation of the arranged visit to Shirebrook Town.

MATCH DETAILS


Final score | Rainworth Miners Welfare 1-4 AFC Mansfield

Scorers | Harris - Wilson, Walker, Harrison, Duggan

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