This game was effectively over as a contest at halftime. AFC Mansfield had raced into a 3-0 lead courtesy of goals from 3 defenders. Joe Cheeseman, Matty Plummer and Grant Allott. Allott added a 4th in the 2nd half and ex Bull Declan Brewin scored a consolation goal for Rainworth in the last 2 minutes.
The win saw AFC Mansfield surge into 6th place in the league while their opponents now sit precariously just above the drop zone. In truth, the form guides had pointed to this outcome which gave The Bulls their 7th straight win.
The Bulls were at their visitors from the word go and Ben Townsend did well to deny Ollie Fearon after 9 minutes with a fingertip save forcing the ball over the bar. Matty Plummer then had a header cleared off the line as it looked only a matter of time before AFC Mansfield scored.
Karkach fed Fearon around the hour mark but the usually deadly Fearon fired wide from the edge of the box.
AFC Mansfield: White, Plummer, Annable, Allott, Cheeseman, Milner, Wall, Naylor (Dudley 70), Fearon, Karkach (Paling 72), Ghaichem (C). Subs not used: Timons, Wilson & Sheppard.
Rainworth MW: Townsend, Ludlam, Claxton (Mansell 14), Goodwin, Griffin (Adlington 45), Weatherall, Brewin, Herbert (Parkin 78), Langford, Poole, Sykes. Sub not used: Munson.
Referee: Mr Tim Walker (Belper)
Assistants: Mr Aidan Murphy (Loughborough) & Mr Anthony Quinn (Loughborough)