In a fine Toolstation NCEL Premier Division game at the Forest Town Stadium, and with second-placed Handsworth Parramore falling victim to the weather, AFC Mansfield extended their advantage at the top of the table to 14 points after their 2-0 win over improving Bridlington Town yesterday-and Bulls Assistant Manager Mark Ward admitted that he was pleased to get the three points after a tricky afternoon, writes Colin Muncie.
A second-minute Philip Buxton goal set the home side on their way, watched by a 90-strong crowd, and Connor Smythe clinched the points just before the hour mark.
Mark told the Bootiful Game “We had a great start to the game with the early goal which I thought was a great move. However Brid were really good today and caused us problems for twenty five to thirty minutes of the first half .We were a little all over the place and couldn’t get out ,but once we got to grips with how they played we became very solid and looked to hurt them on the break”.
Mark was impressed by the visitors, but felt his side didn’t really come under threat. “Brid had a lot of the ball and played some really good stuff without really hurting us” he said “and I feel like we had the more clear cut chances when catching them on the break. Curtis has definitely got them moving in a good direction and I feel they could become a force to be reckoned with”.
“We scored two really good goals today -but it was our work rate, shape, resilience and togetherness that won us the game”.
AFC Mansfield’s 32-goal striker Ollie Fearon was happy to be part of the win. He told us “An outstanding performance yet again-probably our best of the season. Fair play to Bridlington who played good football and battled, making it very difficult, but our quality showed in our goals”.
“We move on to the next game where we go and get another three points”.