Rudy Funk was “over the moon” after his AFC Mansfield side battled to a hard-fought victory over Pickering Town in their first ever game in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League East Division.
Goals from Lynton Karkach and Nick Guest on either side of half-time gave the Bulls a crucial 2-0 lead in an end-to-end spectacle which could have very easily seen a different result, before a late penalty from Ryan Blott set up a nervy finish at the Forest Town Arena.
In his post-match interview, the Bulls boss said he was “absolutely delighted” with the three points.
“In the short history of AFC Mansfield we yet again made another little bit of history and we got our first three points in the Evo-Stik League, so there’s a big smile on everybody’s faces.”
The game certainly should have been over on the 70 minute mark, though, as Bradley Wells somehow directed the ball wide from a yard out when it was probably harder to miss.