AFC Mansfield stormed to the top of the CML on Wednesday night with a second comprehensive 9-0 victory in five days, beating local rivals Sherwood Colliery in front of a record crowd of 340.
It must have felt like déjà vu for the AFC faithful with the same scoreline as Saturday with exactly the same scorers, Carl Haslam and Dean Rick with hat-tricks, Mark Carter with a brace and Joe Meehan getting in on the act again to make it nine.
Manager Micky Taylor welcomed back influential midfielder Ricky Chambers into the starting line up after injury and new signing Lee Bowler, plucked from NCEL side Shirebrook Town, on the bench.
AFC made their intentions clear from the start, Dean Rick netting after just two minutes after being given the time to drill his 15 yard effort into the bottom right corner of the net.
Rick doubled his and AFC’s tally on five minutes, stabbing home from four yards after a goalmouth scramble.
It was 3-0 after 16 minutes, Carl Haslam heading home after James Rice had parried a Rick drive.
Mark Carter got in on the act after 23 minutes heading home with acres of space in the Sherwood box.
Haslam got his second slipping the ball past Rice after being sent clear by Danny Naylor.
Carter made it six just before half-time, pouncing on a defensive error and firing home from just inside the box.
Sherwood looked shellshocked as they came in at half-time and it wasn’t going to get any better in the second half, Joe Meehan scoring within a minute of the restart, a rasping drive from the edge of the box leaving Rice stranded.
The goal of the game came on 53 minutes from Carl Haslam.
Racing past a static back line the striker cut in past two more defenders before sliding the ball under the keeper from a very tight angle to complete his hat-trick.
Sherwood to their credit continued to play football but should have been further behind when a Haslam drive was parried by Rice.
The ball fell to Danny Naylor and, six yards out with an open goal, the midfielder, who is now beginning to show his true capabilities, inexplicably fired wide.
Rick linked with Haslam just before the end of the game to finish at the far post and record his second hat-trick in as many matches.
Rick was awarded the man of the match award but Carl Haslam, Ricky Chambers and Danny Naylor were just as good.
Attention now turns to Saturday and the visit of bottom club Bentley Colliery to The Forest Town Stadium.