White’s late save earns Bulls an FA Cup replay

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AFC Mansfield were due to travel to Rushall Olympic last night for an FA Cup Second Qualifying Round replay after a goalless draw at the Forest Town Arena on Saturday.

AFC Mansfield started the better and in the second minute Phil Buxton hit the side netting with a 20 yard free kick.

Craig Mitchell had an effort blocked around the half-hour for the home side and AJ Adelekan then denied the striker with a timely tackle.

Jason White made his first save to deny a cross-come-shot from Andre Landell on 40 minutes.

AFC Mansfield were forced into a change at half time when captain Matt Wilson was replaced by Lynton Karkach with Plummer going to centre half, Smythe slotting in at left back and Cameron Dear moving to the left flank to allow Karkach to take up a right-sided position.

Dear had an early second-half effort easily saved by Jonothan Brown.

Stan Mugisha and Landell began to get more of the ball and caused a few problems for the AFC back line, both firing wide.

Landell and Joe Hull both had efforts blocked and Hull headed straight at White.

Dear headed wide at the other end before a jinking run down the left on the hour mark saw him present the ball to Buxton, whose initial effort was blocked and his follow up was parried by Brown before the ball spun up and back into his arms on the goal-line.

In the last minute Hull’s goalbound header from a corner was tipped away by the diving White.

AFC Mansfield: White, Marsden, Plummer, D’Laryea, Annable, Wilson (C) (Karkach 46), Dear, Buxton, Mitchell, Ghaichem, Smythe. Subs not used: Cullingworth, Wall, Cheeseman, Dixon.

Rushall Olympic: Brown, Duke, Lingard, Scott, Hull (C), Adelekan, McCalla (Murray 61), Dell, Landell, O’Neil-Martin (Whittall 66), Mugisha (Smith 87). Subs not used: Best, Crane, Hancox.

Referee: Mr Elliott Heward (Malton)

Assistants: Mr Gavin Hock (Wakefield) & Mr Ricky Taylor (Dewsbury)