It was exactly the high-calibre encounter everyone had anticipated when AFC Mansfield scored twice in the last three minutes to book their place in the Toolstation NCEL League Cup Final with a 4-2 win at Bridlington Town last night-and after the game, Seasiders Manager Curtis Woodhouse felt that there was precious little between the sides on the night, writes Colin Muncie.
Jake Day’s 26th-minute penalty gave the home side the advantage at the interval in front of a super crowd of 164 at the Neil Hudgell Solicitors Stadium last night ;but fit-again Nic Guest levelled for the visitors just three minutes into the second half, and Connor Smythe put the Bulls ahead six minutes later (54 mins). Day levelled for Bridlington as the game entered the final fifteen minutes, but with extra time looming , Ollie Fearon (87) and Lynton Karkach (90) struck to book AFC Mansfield a trip to Bramall Lane on May 21st.
Curtis, who now looks forward to the Final of the East Riding Senior Cup against Hull City on May 15th, had challenged his players to step up before the game –and he wasn’t disappointed by their commitment .He told the Bootiful Game “We came up short last night but not in the effort department. The lads gave everything they had, and in the first half we were the better team- no doubt.”
“In the second half Mansfield came out and caused us plenty of problems in a game that could have gone either way” Curtis admitted, adding “They just had more quality than us in vital areas”
“Good luck to AFC Mansfield in the Final”.