Late goal seals league double for 10-man Bulls

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AFC Mansfield moved up to seventh in the Northern Counties East League Premier Division after completing the double over mid-table Worksop Town.

But they had to do it the hard way after playing for most of the match with 10 men.

Goals at the end of both halves earned them a 2-0 win at Sandy Lane — their first victory in four matches — and sent Worksop to their second successive league defeat.

The Bulls had top goalscorer Ollie Fearon dismissed after just seven minutes. He retaliated to an off-the-ball push by swinging out and catching Sam Weston on the side of the head.

However, Worksop failed to capitalise on their man advantage, although strong appeals for a penalty nine minutes into the second half might have changed the game.

Instead of getting the spot-kick they wanted with the score at 1-0, Worksop saw striker Kyle Jordan booked for going to ground too easily under a challenge.

The visitors took the lead on 44 minutes when Matty Plummer met a Jamie Yates corner to head past Joe Kennedy.

Worksop started the second half on the front foot and a couple of corners in quick succession were only halted by an infringement in the box.

The home side launched plenty of balls into the area, but defenders Plummer and Joe Cheeseman, and keeper Dale Sheppard stood firm.

With five minutes remaining The Bulls doubled their lead. Captain James Ghaichem jinked past two players before hitting a drive through a group of players and past the unsighted Kennedy.