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Weekend Review

12th February 2018

Let's start off with an apology to AFC Mansfield for pre-emptively calling their win against Penistone Church and totally jinxing it....

 

Mansfield Town were beaten in the league for the first time since December by Swindon. A 1-0 loss means their opponents leapfrog them in the table leaving The Stags sixth in League 2.

Three points off the automatic spots and a three point cushion to eighth.

They have an immediate chance to right their wrongs though as tomorrow night they host mid-table Newport County.

 

Another blank in front of goal for Nottingham Forest meant another defeat in the Championship. The Reds went down 2-0 at home to struggling Hull.

Jon Toral missed a penalty on eight minutes before scoring moments later and Harry Wilson got the second before half time.

Forest have not scored in seven of their previous eight games. The only goals they’ve scored since Christmas were against runaway leaders Wolves in 2-0 win.

 

Derby County extended their unbeaten run to 12 but picked up another draw, this time against Norwich. Matej Vydra added to his already league leading tally, before Rams keeper Scott Carson saved a penalty.

The Canaries were then awarded another spot kick in the second half which James Maddison converted to take a share of the points at Pride Park.

 

A last minute goal from Alex Nicholls gave The Football League’s bottom side Barnet a 1-0 win over Notts County whose poor form continues with their third defeat in four.

 

NON-LEAGUE

As I alluded to at the top of the piece AFC Mansfield could not pick up their 13th straight win after I had put the mockers on them by calling it on Friday.

The club though were not so arrogantly confident, pointing out to me that the Penistone side they drew 0-0 with had an impressive unbeaten run of their own, stretching all the way back to October (14 games). The Bulls remain 17 points clear at the top of the NCEL Premier Division.

Derby Day almost through up a surprise at the Worksop Van Hire Stadium but Rainworth Miners Welfare did just enough to beat rivals Clipstone 2-1.

Matthew Sykes opened the scoring for The Wrens on four minutes; Thomas Sharpe levelled it up in the 89th minute. As it looked to be heading for a draw Luke Walker netted, breaking Clipstone hearts, leaving them still with the solitary point this campaign.

 

In Division One Ollerton Town lost 2-0 to leaders Knaresborough in what was only one of five games to be played.

Shirebrook Town and FC Bolsover’s matches were both called off.

 

It brings a quick end to the piece as Teversal and Selston were also unable to play in the East Midlands Counties. Tevie stay top by four points.

 

Quick turnaround is just what The Stags need, Forest need a goal, Clipstone continue to fight and AFC Mansfield can start another winning run that I can jinx in 12 games time.


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