Some histrionics from keeper Green saw him booked but his actions put White off and he skied his spot kick over the bar. More ridiculous behaviour from the keeper and others sparked a little melee but the referee decided to book Ollie Fearon for getting involved and letting the instigators off scot free and his explanation after the game of the incident was weak.
A scything tackle on Lynton Karkach on 88 minutes brought the AFC goal. A great delivery from Ryan Williams was met by a Chris Timons glancing header and left Green rooted to the spot.
Moxam then missed a sitter in front of goal but somehow managed to fire 5 yards wide of the target with just the keeper to beat.
Handsworth were now employing some of the dark arts of football to keep The Bulls at bay but unfortunately the referee allowed them a certain artistic licence in their marking techniques. More drama before the end when Fearon got a powerful header in which cannoned of the crossbar with Green well beaten.
The proverbial game of two halves but with Handsworth averaging over 3 goals a game AFC did well to restrict them in the 2nd half and with a little more luck could have gotten something out of the game. But you cannot give a good side like Handsworth the sort of room they enjoyed in the 1st half. Lessons to be learnt let’s hope we learn them by next Monday for the return game.
Handsworth Parramore: Green, Ludlam, Smythe, Claisse, Harcourt, Griffiths , Rippon, Fletcher, Froggatt, Moxam, Buttle (Eades 89). Subs not used: Tootle, Ward, Starosta & Sneath
AFC Mansfield: White, Plummer, Dudley, Allott (Cheeseman 45), Timons, D’Laryea (Karkach 65), Williams, Patterson (C), Fearon, Cullingworth (Bradshaw 65), Ghaichem. Subs not used: Naylor & Paling.
Referee: Mr Christian Silcock
Assistants: Mr Jamie O’Connor & Mr David Maran
MoM: AFC Mansfield – Danny Patterson, Handsworth Parramore: Danny Buttle