The visitors went in search of an equalizer and it duly came on 14 minutes. Previously Lynton Karkach looked dangerous on a couple of occasions. But this time picking up a Glyn Cotton pass he wriggled past two defenders and advanced into the box. Keeper Danny Rushling tried to close the angle but Karkach drilled the ball past him and into the far corner to bring the teams level.
2 minutes into the restart and AFC Mansfield went further behind a poor back pass from Annable was pounced on by Gregg who squared the ball to Hopewell who had the simplest of finishes to complete his hat-trick.
The Bulls made three changes on 55 minutes in an effort to get back into the game and 5 minutes later Gary Bradshaw hit an effort straight at Rushling from 20 yards.