Lapse in concentration costs AFC Mansfield two points

AFC Mansfield V Louth at Forest Town Stadium. AFC Mansfield in Red & Black kit. NMAC 11-4-15 AFC, Disallowed goal from Mansfield
AFC Mansfield V Louth at Forest Town Stadium. AFC Mansfield in Red & Black kit. NMAC 11-4-15 AFC, Disallowed goal from Mansfield

A lapse in concentration 10 minutes from the end cost The Bulls a home win at The Forest Town Arena on Saturday.

Substitute Dan Kilmore fired past Jason White to give ‘The White Wolves’ Louth Town a share of the points.

AFC Mansfield were leading 2-1 with goals from Grant Allott and Joe Naylor after going behind to an early goal from Jack Wightwick.

The opening goal came on eight minutes when Callum Hyland flicked on a long ball and Wightwick outpaced The Bulls central defenders to fire past Jason White from 12 yards.

Captain Grant Allott had the perfect opportunity to bring the scores level on 12 minutes, but hoisted the ball over the bar from just 10 yards.

Craig Mitchell wasted chances on the half hour mark and 35 minutes as AFC Mansfield continued to press for an equaliser.

Jason White was in action just before the break when Jordan Smith found himself in acres of space and looked well offside. The wide player’s effort was well saved by White with no flag coming.

The second half began with the home side again pushing for a leveller. But things didn’t change until Declan Brewin was bought on for Mark Ward on the hour. After just 2two minutes of being on the pitch Brewin headed home Jimmy Ghaichem’s cross only to be denied by the assistants flag.

The Bulls finally got their reward on 64 minutes when Captain Grant Allott headed home Ghaichem’s corner.

Joe Naylor should have put AFC Mansfield in front on 66 minutes when Mark Dudley’s low cross found him just three yards out. Somehow the midfielder managed to slice his effort wide of the target.

At the other end Allott had to head off the line and then White made a point blank save from Luke Rayner-Mistry as the visitors reminded AFC that they were still a threat.

A superb jinking run from Ghaichem took him past four defenders and to the line where his low driven cross found Joe Naylor and this time he did not miss and The Bulls were in front.

Another cross from Ghaichem found the head of Brewin, but the ball flew wide of the left hand post on 77 minutes.

The sucker punch came on 81 minutes when a lapse of concentration let in Dan Kilmore and the substitute fired a low drive past White to bring the sides level.

Declan Brewin thought he had won the game on 84 minutes, receiving the ball from Danny Naylor his fierce drive beat Drury in the Louth goal but cannoned off the post.

AFC Mansfield: White, Wilson, Dudley, Allott (c), Lamplough, Naylor D, Ward (Brewin 60), Buxton, Naylor J, Mitchell, Ghaichem. Subs not used: Wood, Rick & Ludlow

Louth Town: Drury, Lowe, Lill (Rawlings 65), Stevens, Martin (c), Hyland, Smith (Kilmore 72), Andrews, Coulson, Wightwick, Rayner-Mistry. Subs not used: McSpadden, Armstrong & Aldrich.

Referee: Mr Matthew Tyers (South Yorkshire).

Assistants: Mr Mehdi Najefi (South Yorkshire) and Mr Jack Fewster (South Yorkshire).

Attendance: 72.

Man of the Match: Danny Naylor.