Before the game it looked like a Scarborough Athletic reunion with Rudy Funk and Paul Foot the respective managers and players Ryan Williams, Matt Plummer, Jason White, Gary Bradshaw, Jimmy Ghaichem and Bryan Hughes for AFC Mansfield. Sam O’Malley captain of Barton was also an ex Seadog and I am sure there were a few more I haven’t identified at the game.
AFC Mansfield welcomed back top goal scorer Ollie Fearon to the starting line-up and included new sighing Joe Austin from Clipstone FC.
In his 100th game in charge Rudy Funk made it 6 games unbeaten in the league as his AFC Mansfield side climbed to 8th in the league. Although 10 seconds into the game you would have thought otherwise. Because that’s how long it took Barton to go in front, yes, 10 seconds.
Straight from the kick-off the ball was launched into the visitor’s box, Joe Austin won the header but it was blocked by James Nicholls. The ball then dropped to Matty Plummer who had the ball took off his toe by Nicholls before the Barton striker fired past Jason White.
On a very sticky pitch The Bulls knew they were in for a battle and in the 1st half Barton closed everything down quickly and were physical with it. That’s not to say dirty, but designed to knock AFC off their stride. With Danny Patterson taking the captain’s armband it would be an interesting game.