The Bulls expected a difficult afternoon at 3rd placed Thackley, but in reality, they comfortably took 3 away points back to Nottinghamshire with a disciplined and professional performance. In doing so, they inflicted Thackley with their biggest defeat of the season and kept their first league clean sheet this term.
A spectacular overhead kick from Gary Bradshaw opened the scoring, Jason White doubled the lead from the spot and Matty Plummer completed the scoring in the 2nd half.
White saved comfortably from a low Joyce drive on 29 minutes. 3 minutes later and AFC Mansfield doubled their lead. Ghaichem wriggled his way into the box and was upended by Jerome White. Jason White came forward and smashed the ball past Covey for his 3rd penalty conversion this season.
Jerome White was shown a straight red card after a very high tackle on Ryan Williams that left the winger needing treatment.
Danny Naylor was booked at the beginning of the 2nd half and then nearly increased AFC’s lead when he just failed to connect to a through ball from Matt Plummer.
Two chances for the home side but Broadbent and Joyce both fired straight at Jason White.
Jon D’Laryea found Ghaichem out on the right, the wingers low cross found Bradshaw whose neat turn and shot was deflected for a corner on 70 minutes. From the corner Bradshaw played a short pass to Plummer who turned past two defenders before curling his shot past Covey for Mansfield’s 3rd goal.