AFC Mansfield hit the goal trail to beat Yorkshire Amateurs

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Those that braved the slightly wet conditions were treated to an excellent display of attacking football from both sides as AFC Mansfield beat Yorkshire Amateur 4-2 away.

Inside the first five minutes The Bulls survived two gilt edged great chances from the home side.

Perry Marriott, clearing one effort off the line from Harrison Blakey, and Jason White saving at close range from Dan Sherriffe.

Eventually The Bulls settled down and took the game to the hosts.

Craig Mitchell was quickest to a loose ball after sustained pressure on the home goal. His low drive found the far corner of the net on 11 minutes to open the scoring.

It didn’t take long for AFC to double their lead, again pressure on the home defence in a move involving Marriott, Ryan Williams and eventually turned past his own keeper by Danny Freeman while attempting to clear.

The Bulls continued to press and a Williams cross was cleared by Tom Rose before Phil Buxton had a low drive again blocked on 25 minutes.

A neat passing move on 40 minutes from the home side was thwarted by White as he dived at the feet of Sherriffe.

On 42 minutes Marriott and Williams linked up down the right flank and Buxton got on the end of Williams cross but his effort was turned around the post by Mark Bowers in the Amateurs goal.

Blakey pulled one back on the stroke of half time, firing a low drive past Whites outstretched hand.

AFC Mansfield restored the two goal cushion just two minutes into the restart.

A long Joe Cheeseman punt upfield was not dealt with and a mix up between Bowers and Freeman saw Dean Rick glide past them both before firing home from 12 yards.

White had to deal with a well struck 25 yard free kick on 67 minutes, getting his body behind it to collect comfortably.

The visitors seemed to have it in the bag, Dean Rick headed inches wide from a Declan Brewin cross on 84 minutes.

Buxton was clearly blocked by Sherriffe on 85 minutes but the referee played on. Buxton took exception to this and earned himself 2 yellow cards in the space of 10 seconds for comments made to the man in the middle.

Amateurs pulled one back on 87 minutes, a simple finish for Joel Hughes after being given space in the box.

Craig Mitchell however sealed the win for 10 men AFC Mansfield, good work from Brewin and Williams feeding Mitchell on the edge of the box the striker found the back of the net with a low drive from the edge of the box.

AFC Mansfield: White, Marriott, Dudley, Allott, Cheeseman, Naylor, Buxton, Rick (Wilson 87), Mitchell, Ghaichem (Brewin 75). Subs not used: Spencer & Sowter.

Referee: Mr Jamie Waters (West Yorkshire).

Assistants: Mr Dwayne Chappell (West Yorkshire) & Mr Callum Gough (South Yorkshire).

Attendance: 50.

Man of the Match: Craig Mitchell.