The Bulls slotted 4 goals in between goals from visitors Radcliffe Olympic to progress to The 1st Round Proper of the Buildbase FA Vase.

For once AFC Mansfield were billed as favourites for this game, although in the first few minutes the favourite tag looked unwarranted. The first action and goal came after just 2 minutes. Attempting to clear a back pass keeper Myles Wright completely missed the ball just outside his box leaving Ryan Smith an easy finish into an empty net.

Radcliffe’s lead was short lived, following a neat passing move in the opponent’s half Gary Bradshaw sent Ollie Fearon clear. Fearon drew the keeper and then squared the ball to Ryan Williams who confidently fired home from 10 yards.

Ollie Fearon goes close

Wright was again in action on 5 minutes when he fumbled the ball in his box letting in Scott Litchfield who was denied by a Mark Dudley goal-line clearance.

Finally, The Bulls settled and dominated possession, although Litchfield and Smith continued to look dangerous on the break.

Man of the Match Gary Bradshaw went close on 9 minutes, latching on to a superb through ball from Ryan Williams he lifted the ball over the advancing Chris Bennett but also cleared the crossbar by inches. A minute later Fearon saw his low drive turned around the post by Bennett.

1st half action

The Bulls took the lead on 36 minutes after some sustained pressure Radcliffe half cleared the danger but the ball fell to Danny Naylor 20 yards out. The midfielder hit a superb volley that travelled about a yard off the ground and into the back of the net.

Captain Glyn Cotton congratulates Danny Naylor on his goal

Gary Bradshaw made it 3-1 just before the break after he had been upended by Ryan Perkins in the box. The striker sending Bennett the wrong way by drilling the ball to the keepers right from the spot.

The 2nd half started in a much more relaxed mode and it wasn’t until the 65 minute that we saw a chance on goal and this was a rather tame header from Litchfield straight at Wright. Radcliffe were desperately trying to get back into the game but it was the home side that went closest. A neat passing move around the box presented Bradshaw with a chance on the far post but his effort was a yard wide.

Ollie Fearon in an ariel battle

Bradshaw was the instigator for AFC’s 4th goal, his drive from the edge of the box spun off the right-hand post. Williams recovered the ball and sent a peach of a cross to the far post inviting Ollie Fearon to head home, which he duly did making it 11 goals from 12 games for AFC Mansfield’s top goal-scorer.

There was still time for Radcliffe to pull one back and Scott Litchfield did it in style with a thunderous volley from the edge of the box.

But there was to be no comeback for the Nottingham side and it will be AFC Mansfield’s name in the hat for the draw on Monday.

AFC Mansfield: Wright, Plummer (Wilson 76), Dudley, Allott (Timons 70), Madin, Naylor (Annable 73), Williams, Cotton (C), Fearon, Bradshaw, Ghaichem. Subs not used: D’Laryea & White.

Radcliffe Olympic: Bennett, Adams, Yeomans (Morris 80), Motson, Spencer, Durham (Hegarty 72), Perkins (Henry 62), Marley (C), Litchfield, Smith, Moore. Subs not used: Towers & Fowler.

Referee: Mr Colin Bailey

Assistants: Mr John Chambers & Mr Andy Gascoigne

Attendance: 49

MoM: Gary Bradshaw


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