Bulls all set for biggest game in their history

The Bulls snatch a late winner against Stratford in the first qualifying round.
The Bulls snatch a late winner against Stratford in the first qualifying round.

AFC Mansfield are looking forward to the biggest game in their short history this Saturday when Evo-Stik NPL Division One South Stamford visit in the FA Cup third qualifying round.

To reach this stage, the Bulls, formed only in 2012, have already won 4-0 at Shepshed, 2-0 at home to South Normanton, 2-1 at home against Stratford Town and 1-0 at Coalville Town.

The Daniels arrive four unbeaten, sitting 17th in their division, but AFC chairman Andy Saunders said: “We are playing against a team a division higher than us, but we’ve been to watch them twice and still feel it’s a very winnable game.

“Don’t forget the last two teams we have knocked out have been in divisions that are two above us. I don’t think Stamford will be looking forward to coming here and playing us down at Forest Town.

“In some ways it will be just another game so we won’t be doing anything special at the Arena. But it is definitely the biggest game the ground has ever staged and the biggest game of our short history.

“Some clubs have been going 100 years and never got this far.

“So there is a buzz and an anticipation down here and the players are looking forward to it.”

He added: “Win or lose it will have been an absolutely fantastic experience for players, directors, managers and everybody associated with the club.

“If we were to get through we’d hope for an away game against a big team so we could that we could cash in on or another home game like this against a club we might be able to get a result against on paper.

“Lady Luck was very kind to use with this one as it was probably, on paper, the best draw we could have got when you consider we might have been drawn away at Stockport or FC United.”

AFC Mansfield sent their thanks to Staveley MW this week after the Derbyshire club agreed to postponed their scheduled midweek clash three days before AFC’s big cup tie. This was backed up and ratified by the NCEL management committee.

Admission for Saturday’s game (3pm) is £5 adult, £4 concession and £1 children.