GLAPWELL FC 1 AFC MANSFIELD 3
A few weeks ago I visited Glapwell FC when they played host to top of the table Dronfield Town, tonight their opponents were 2nd in the table AFC Mansfield. AFC Mansfield in their first ever season have done very well, reaching three Cup Finals, Winning two of them and facing Clifton All Whites this coming Sunday. They have a squad with many having had tasted success with clubs like Church Warsop, Blidworth Welfare, Kirkby Town and Retford United, so a lot of the players are well known in the local area.
As usual, a nice welcome from the Glapwell Committee on arrival followed by a quick pint in the clubhouse and as usual Mark got me a teamsheet.
The game kicked off but one thing of note was the Referee and his Assistants were all from Lincoln, for two clubs who are approx 6 miles apart, why not 3 offficials a bit closer, as this is the sort of thing that Clubs just arent happy about.
The first 15 minutes of the game was quite even butAFC Mansfield looked the more likely to score and in 19 minutes they did just that when DEAN RICK opened the scoring. Glapwell were then on the back foot and The Bulls could have extended their lead, but all credit to Glapwell who threw bodies in front of the ball and made it difficult for their opponents to break down.
On 39 minutes, AFC went further in front when from a Haslam corner, Rick dummied and JOE NAYLOR smashed home.
The Second Half saw a determined Glapwell and on 51 minutes, they got a reward in a goal by top scorer OLLIE TRIGG.
AFC Mansfield stepped up the pace and Glapwell began to look tired and after 77 minutes, DEAN RICK wrapped up the points for the visitors..on the Final whistle everyone was trying to get the score from the Westella v Dronfield match, but no one knew. Dronfield won 1-0 which keeps them on top by 3 points.
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