AFC Mansfield did have chances in the first half but a combination of good defending and wayward shooting saw them go in 2 goals down.
As much as the home side showed their attacking talents, the 2nd half showed how good they are at defending. The Bulls piled on the pressure but with mediocre crosses, corners and free-kicks it looked like it was going to be a fruitless 45 minutes. Then out of the mediocrity came one ball of true quality on 65 minutes, unfortunately from my vantage point I couldn’t see who delivered it, but well done that man! It fell into the path of Lynton Karkach who raced into the box. He was immediately surrounded by a host of defenders. He kept his cool and made a short pass to Gary Bradshaw. This is Bradshaw’s territory and despite the horde descending on him he held them off and then rolled the ball back to Danny Naylor who placed the ball in to the net with slide rule accuracy.
We were now in a game and West Bridgeford were using every trick in the book to keep the recently woken AFC at bay. Some legal, some a little grey and some out of order. Usually pushing two players into the advertising hoarding would warrant some sanction, but remember the officials were having an off day.
The Bulls went close on a few more occasions and West Bridgeford had a couple of half chances at the other end. The final real chance came after a foul just outside the box, I say a foul, more like a mugging thankfully the AFC player didn’t have his wallet on him. The wall lined up a good 5 yards away from the ball and Bradshaw curled his effort over the wall but over the bar as well and that was about that.
West Bridgeford will give somebody a difficult game in the next round and perhaps next season our Notts Cup form will change, although I doubt it. The Bulls have the weekend off but return to action on Tuesday night when they make the short journey to Clipstone for a league fixture.
TEAM: White, Annable, Dudley, Allott, Timons, D'Laryea, Naylor (Paling 72), Patterson (C), Karkach, Bradshaw, Ghaichem (Wilson 80).
MoM: Jon D'Laryea