AFC Mansfield responded and Jimmy Ghaichem’s run and shot was deflected for a corner on 23 minutes. But the game never really took off and it limped to half time without either side threatening a goal.
Ghaichem had given his team a vital 45 minutes but was clearly beginning to struggle and was replaced by Danny Naylor. The change paid dividends almost immediately. Jason White took a free kick in his own half on 47 minutes and lifted into the Holwell box. Chris Timons won the header and the ball looped to the back post where debutant Nicholson volleyed home from 6 yards.
AFC Mansfield doubled their lead 5 minutes later, Bradshaw challenged in midfield the ball falling to Naylor who quickly gave it back to Bradshaw. The striker looked up and from 25 yards hit an unstoppable drive that flew into the top right hand corner of the net with keeper Jamie Witham a mere spectator.
Bradshaw tried again on 71 minutes a carbon copy of his goal but this time the effort was well wide of the target.