AFC Mansfield’s Wembley dream ended by Tadcaster Albion

AFC Mansfield’s Wembley dreams were ended on Saturday after they were beaten 3-0 by Tadcaster Albion.

The high-flying Brewers opened the scoring in the 17th minute through a left foot shot by Josh Barrett in front of a bumper crowd of 604.

AFC Mansfield v Tadcaster Albion.     'Declan Brewin.

AFC Mansfield v Tadcaster Albion. 'Declan Brewin.

They then doubled their lead just before half-time with a tap in goal by Josh Greening after good work down the right by Calum Ward.

The goal gave Rudy Funk’s men a mountain to climb as they looked to keep their dream alive.

It got even worse when AFC were reduced to 10 men, a decision which also saw manager Rudy Funk ordered out of the dug out because of his protests

The home side did test Albion a number of times with Tom Morgan called on to make important saves.

George Bissett then made it 3-0 for The Brewers after breaking into the area before clinically finishing with his left foot to end the match as a contest.

Paddy Miller received a red card late on for the visitors, while Nick Thomspon was forced to leave the field with an injury.

It left the NCEL leaders with just nine men after boss Paul Marshall had used up all three substitutes.

But AFC were unable to make their one man advantage count as they were left wondering what could have been.