The second local derby of the campaign proved victorious for the Bulls as they ran out 3-1 winners against Clipstone F.C. courtesy of back-to-back hat tricks from Ollie Fearon.
The outset of the game proved to be a cagey affair as both sides battled for the lion’s share of possession. As expected in a derby, neither side managed any real chances that they would later come to rue. It was inevitably AFC Mansfield’s talisman, Ollie Fearon, who opened the scoring on an overcast afternoon. After Connor Smythe was adjudged to have been fouled inside the 18-yard box, Ollie dispatched the resulting penalty confidently – low to the goalkeeper’s bottom left hand corner. This was the only major event of the first half, with both outfits pushing for any kind of opportunity.
The Bulls began to pull away early into the second half. Fearon netted another in superb fashion; beating a defender and coolly sending the ball home in the 50th minute. It was also, coincidentally, his 50th goal for the club and it could not have come in much better fashion.
On 53 minutes Ollie had earned his second hat trick in consecutive games. Jason White’s lofted free-kick fell onto the head of Matty Wilson, which then landed at the feet of the ever-present Ollie Fearon to tap in.
The final 20 minutes marked a nervy finale following Clipstone’s consolation goal in the 70th minute. Oliver Ashton capitalised on some sloppy defending – a good strike in the penalty area reduced the deficit to only two.
AFC Mansfield’s lead could have (and probably should have) been cut to just one after Jason White conceded a penalty. However, he made amends with little over 10 minutes left to play, ultimately condemning Clipstone to a 3-1 loss at home.