The game started with a fast pace and both sides had half chances in the opening 5 minutes. But gradually The Bulls began to get on top. It was no surprise when they opened the scoring on 18 minutes. Ollie Fearon curled an inviting pass into the path of Ellis Wall, the midfielder’s low drive was well saved by Garry Doncaster in the Clipstone goal. Unfortunately, the ball bounced towards Phil Buxton and he calmly slotted the ball home from just inside the box.
2 minutes later and Matty Plummer saw his shot dip just over the bar from 20 yards. AFC continued to press and a Jimmy Ghaichem cross found Fearon but his touch deserted him and the ball rolled out for a goal kick.
Clipstone were trying to combat the strong wind blowing in their faces by playing the ball out from the back. This came unstuck on 41 minutes when Jordan Annable disposed Ben Rogers and fed Fearon. The striker looked up and seeing Doncaster on the edge of his box lifted the ball over him and into the net from 25 yards.
Tim Gregory had a chance to reduce the arrears on 62 minutes but hit his shot straight at Sheppard.
In the final 10 minutes AFC put in cross after cross but there was to be no further score and AFC Mansfield ran out comfortable winners.