Toolstation Northern Counties East – Premier Division
Saturday 15th April 2017
At The Forest Town Arena, Mansfield
Clipstone FC (0) 0
A.F.C. Mansfield (2) 5
Buxton, Fearon, Wall, Allott, williams
Doncaster, Burbanks, Paling R, Webster, Taylor, Rogers (C) (Ashton 58), Bircumshaw, Williams, Walker (Curzon 63), Hawley (Blaney 80), Gregory. Subs not used: Thomas & Francis.
Bragging rights firmly belong to AFC Mansfield as they convincingly beat local rivals Clipstone FC 5-0 at Forest Town Arena on Saturday. Goals from Phil Buxton and Ollie Fearon in the 1st half set The Bulls on their way and further goals from Ellis Wall, Grant Allott and Danny Williams completed the emphatic scoreline.
The game started with a fast pace and both sides had half chances in the opening 5 minutes. Clipstone saw a lot of their opportunities end prematurely for offside, striker Luke Walker had the best chance as he rounded the keeper and before he could put the ball into the empty net the ref had blown for offside.
Another chance fell to Burbanks. The distance free kick was put in by Paling and the ball kindly fell to the Clipstone wing-back as he watched his half volley caught by the Mansfield keeper.
Gradually The Bulls began to get on top. Ollie Fearon curled an inviting pass into the path of former Clipstone midfielder Ellis Wall, his low drive was well saved by Garry Doncaster in the Clipstone goal. Unfortunately, the ball was parried towards Phil Buxton and he calmly slotted home from just inside the box.
2 minutes later and Matty Plummer saw his shot dip just over the bar from 20 yards. AFC continued to press and a Jimmy Ghaichem cross found Fearon but his touch deserted him and the ball rolled out for a goal kick.
Another dangerous ball into the box, this time a Danny Naylor free kick flew across the face of goal begging for a touch which surely would’ve given the Bulls a second of the game.
Clipstone were trying to combat the strong wind blowing in their faces by playing the ball out from the back. They
again came unstuck on 41 minutes when Jordan Annable dispossessed Ben Rogers and fed Fearon. The striker looked up and seeing Doncaster on the edge of his box lifted the ball over him and into the net from 25 yards.
Half time 2-0.
If Clipstone were going to get back into the game they needed an early goal. Ryan Hawley had an effort saved by Dale Sheppard in the opening minute of the 2nd half.
An early goal did come, but at the wrong end for the visitors. A short back pass on 50 minutes was blocked by Fearon and in the confusion a half clearance from Keir Webster was fired home by Ellis Wall to make it 3-0.
Both Fearon and Plummer had chances blocked on 52 minutes and Doncaster was lucky to stay on the pitch 3 minutes later when he kicked Fearon on the floor off the ball inside the 6-yard box.
Tim Gregory had a chance to reduce the arrears on 62 minutes but hit his shot straight at Sheppard.
Doncaster then turned Wall’s effort around the post and got down well to Plummer’s header from the resulting corner.
The Bulls made it 4-0 on 72 minutes, another corner met by Fearon and when the ball looped up Grant Allott powerfully headed past Doncaster, despite the keeper getting a hand to it.
Fearon fired wide of the target on 75 minutes before it all came crashing down for Doncaster. Looking to take a routine through ball on 79 minutes the keeper seemed to have the ball in his hands before spilling it into the path of Danny Williams who had a simple finish from 6 yards.
Full time 5-0