AFC Mansfield progressed to the next round of the FA Carlsberg Vase with a close odd goal in five win against local rivals Teversal in a hugely entertaining derby at the Forest Town Arena on Saturday.
A 76th minute own goal by Teversal skipper Jordan Schofield eventually booked AFC a trip to Holbrook Sports in the next round on 4th October.
Without central defender Ashley Kitchen due to work commitments, Darren Bettison slotted into the heart of defence and produced a man of the match performance for the home side working tirelessly for 90 minutes.
Dean Rick had the first chance of the game on just three minutes, firing narrowly wide from a Joe Naylor lay-off, while Jason Dawson had Teversal’s first chance, shooting over the bar from the edge of the box on 12 minutes.
Rick went close again on 15 minutes with a looping header from a Phil Buxton cross.
The game was an evenly contested encounter at this stage with the middle of the park being the hot spot, Teversal youngster Brad Cox working tirelessly to keep the Naylor brothers at bay.
Jimmy Adcock flashed a cross across the home box with only a touch needed to convert but no touch came.
The Bulls drew first blood on the half-hour mark when Carl Haslam pounced on a defensive error on the halfway line and raced downfield before squaring to Rick for a simple finish inside the six yard box. Protests from the visitors’ bench for offside were waved away.
Haslam should have doubled the lead five minutes later as he turned neatly on the edge of the box, but fired wide of the right hand post.
Teversal were back on level terms a minute later, Adcock sending Jason Dawson clear with the striker drilling a low drive past Gavin Saxby from 15 yards.
As the half came to a close Joe Naylor had his header easily saved by Simon Dye in the Teversal goal, but more work was needed from the home keeper Gavin Saxby, who got down low to turn Kye Pilmore’s effort around the post.
The visitors started the brighter and went in front five minutes into the restart, Jimmy Adcock pounced on some indecision at the back to slip the ball under the advancing Saxby.
The lead was short-lived and, after some sustained pressure on the visitors’ goal, the ball fell to the feet of Carl Haslam, who cut inside and curled a superb effort into the far right corner.
Dave Cockerill, on as a sub, entered the field to rapturous applause from the Teversal supporters and could have put his side in front on 65 minutes. He turned neatly at the near post but drove his effort wide of the far post.
A moment of controversy on 72 minutes saw Dean Rick race to the by-line before crossing for the onrushing Haslam to head past Dye only to be bemused when the assistant raised a flag for offside.
Two minutes later Haslam went down under a clumsy challenge but the teferee waved away appeals for a spot kick.
The Bulls eventually got their reward for the increased pressure on 76 minutes. Rick made another good run down the right, and this time his low cross was unfortunately turned past his own keeper by Teversal captain Jordan Schofield to put the home side through to the next round.
Saxby got down well to Mark Robinson’s drive on 82 minutes but the damage was done.
AFC MANSFIELD: Saxby, Buxton, Wilson (Tighe 57), Ludlow, Timons (c), Bettison, Naylor D, Naylor J, Rick, Haslam, Kimberley (Fearon 80). Subs not used: Pereira, Plumbe & Bacon.
TEVERSAL: Dye, Hauton, Vincent, Schofield, Staniforth (Fisher 73), Cox, Harris (Robinson 65), Dickinson, Dawson, Pilmore (Cockerill 57), Adcock. Subs not used: Bunce & Tobin.
REFEREE: James Shipley of Notts.
AFC MANSFIELD MAN OF THE MATCH: Darren Bettison. TEVERSAL: Brad Cox.