NCEL Division One
SHIREBROOK TOWN 2 AFC MANSFIELD 3
Whilst the wife took a trip to Shirebrook to see her brother, Shirebrook Town FC hosted AFC Mansfield. On arrival the Shirebrook people were confident of the game going ahead but there were concerns from the AFC camp. The referee was happy with the pitch saying it was a bit hard but no harder than a pre season pitch and to be fair the pitch looked in good condition, but the referee is always in a damn if you are right or damn if you are wrong situation.
As I entered the ground it was a mass of who's who from local clubs to local referee's, so a lot of chat before kick off about each clubs etc. I don't usually stand at Shirebrook, I usually head for the far side of the ground and sit in the stand, but I spotted Neil McLaughlin from Belper who I'd not seen for some time, so stood with him for the first 25 minutes and then noticed in front of me, the famous Macken couple Lee Stewart & Katie Wallace so stood with them for the rest of the game.
Me and Lee Stewart(photo taken by Katie Wallace)
The game itself was very entertaining and it was the Bulls that took the lead after just 11 minutes, when TOMMY HANNINGAN hit a low drive home. Shirebrook pushed forward and after 35 minutes were awarded a penalty. Up stepped Kieran Watson and AFC's Keeper dived to his right and parried the ball out, Watson then got the rebound and shot and the keeper was equal to it again and the chance was gone.
On 36 minutes, the referee waved the 2 Assistant Referees over to him and the Senior Assistant took over in the middle whilst the referee took up the line. On 41 minutes, the honme crowd raised their voices as they took the lead through LIAM MORRIS, but right on half time, AFC drew back level when Declan Brewin knocked the ball back for CRAIG MITCHELL to hammer home.
The Second Half kicked off and the original referee had been replaced on the line by a 4th official Jamie O Connor who had gone along to watch the game. The Second Half seemed to fly and towards the end, a few tackles seemed to be going in a bit meaty, but the referee kept a lid on things so it didn't spill over. As the game looked to be heading for a draw, Shirebrook gave a free kick away in the 87th minute, about 30 yards out. Up stepped GLYN COTTON who placed a superb curling free kick in to the top corner of the net. A goal well worthy of the admission fee itself to give AFC Mansfield the three points.
AFC Mansfield on Saturday at are home to play their BIGGEST game in their history when they host Tadcaster Albion in the last 16 of the FA Vase with a 3pm kick off, so all local support would be welcome at Forest Town.
SHIREBROOK TOWN FC WEBSITE/TWITTER
AFC MANSFIELD WEBSITE/TWITTERS
With the 5 goals scored , this takes the BLOGS Charity "SUPPORT DOGS" that aid people with disabilities to £357.00p
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