Luke Jones was the man of the moment once more yesterday as his 7th goal of the season proved the decisive factor for the Stags 11th straight victory, this time seeing off Tamworth at The Lamb ground.
It was yet another scrappy game which could have pivoted either way, Tamworth threw everything at Stags in their quest for safety but Paul Cox's side stood firm in keeping up the pace with Kidderminster.
At the other end Liam Mitchell kept out his former club on countless occasions as Mansfield knocked on the door so hard, they came away with bruised and blooded knuckles. Jones, outstanding at the heart of the Stags back four, proved his menace at the other end too, driving home debutant Greg Taylor's deep free kick on 61 minutes in front of over 1,100 Stags fans, who out numbered the home fans 3 to 1.
Jones vital goal keeps Stags in a frustrating second as Kidderminster came from behind to beat Braintree with the fortune of an Iron own goal, they remain top but have the agony of watching on as Stags have three games in hand, the first coming on Thursday night when Cox's men goto Wrexham who now trail Stags by eight points in third - having played the same amount of games as us and of course us still to play twice.
Louis Briscoe came from the bench last night to keep Stags on course for the title, netting the only goal of a frustrating game against relegation threatened Nuneaton Town.
Briscoe's 67th minute minute free kick earned Stags' tenth straight win, equaling an all time club record set in 1915/16 and moving them within a point of Kidderminster who stumbled at home to Woking.
It looked like it wasn't going to be as Stags spurned numerous first half efforts including three off target headers from Junior Daniel, a Luke Jones thumper crashing against the bar and Matt Green striking the post - the Striker also saw a 63rd minute spot kick saved after substitute Matt Rhead was felled following a Chapman corner.
A solid defensive display from Luke Jones helped Stags move to top of the Blue Square Premier last night as they triumphed over promotion rivals Forest Green Rovers by two goals to one at the New Lawn.
An own goal from Rovers' Eddie Oshodi following Lindon Meikle's 29th minute effort opened the scoring before Lee Stevenson doubled Stags' lead two minutes into the second half following an interchange with Matt Green.
James Norwood set up a tense finish as he netted five minutes from full time to make it 2-1, however determined as ever, Stags hung on and claimed top spot in the blue square premier, remaing their tonight (Saturday) after Wrexham's goalless draw with Luton - this sets up a classic encounter midweek when Stags travel to Wrexham.
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Substitute Matt Rhead helped the Stags onto a new post-war club record for consecutive victories last night as both he and the impressive Adam Chapman stuck to move Stags up to second place in the league by beating rivals Grimsby 2-0 at the One Call Stadium.
The big front man thundered in his 5th goal of the season on 64 minutes to send the crowd wild as he nodded home James Jennings corner, a goal which Stags thoroughly deserved in a tense but entertaining encounter.
The 64th minute bullet header sparked a refreshed confidence into the players after a first half which in truth could have gone either way, the belief spread to the stands too as the on watch Stags supporters raised the noise levels and silenced The Marrieners early taunts of the 4-1 hammering at Blundell Park earlier in the season.
The most impressive goal came seven minutes from full time and gave Stags complete control over their rivals who now seem to be slipping away from the title race, Adam Chapman curled home a left footed effort from 25 yards from Matt Green's pass at the first time of asking, a goal which wouldn't look out of place in the premier league.
The full time whistle set a post-war club record for consecutive defeats and kept Mansfield in buoyant news despite the news Wrexham had come from behind at Lincoln to win 2-1 and remain top of the table. The result last night effectively means a five horse race for the title and one automatic promotion place becomes a three horse race between Wrexham, Stags and Kidderminster - Stags gave games in hand over both of their rivals plus Wrexham to play home and away.
Stags moved to joint top of the division yesterday with a convincing 4-1 win over Stockport County at the One Call Stadium, a match in which Adam Chapman became the first player to net a hat-trick on his home debut since Keith Cassells during the 1984/85 campaign.
The Oxford loanee delighted Stags fans with a fine performance and netted the opening goal after 13 minutes, stabbing into the empty net after Matt Green was denied by an excellent one handed save from Stockport's Richard O'Donnell.
Seven minutes later Chapman doubled the lead from 18 yards following a deep James Jennings free kick before Matt Green added the third goal of the afternoon eleven minutes into the second half.
Stockport substitute Paul Marshall netted a sublime goal on 69 minutes from the edge of the area to give the hatters some hope, however the impressive Chapman completed his hat-trick eight minutes later curling home from the edge of the area following Lindon Meikle's assist.
The victory puts Stags joint top but in third place on goal difference ahead of crunch game with Grimsby, Forest Green, Wrexham and Macclesfield over the next two weeks.
Luke Jones 6th goal of the season proved the difference last night as Mansfield claimed their sixth win from as many games at Woking in a drag affair over shadowed by the most match dressing room window smashing incident.
A woking supporter smashed the Stags dressing room window moments after the full time whistle, a incident which saw keeper Alan Marriott suffer a small cut to the head and several staff, including Paul Cox, spat at.
The incident somewhat over shadows another Stags win as they keep the pressure on Wrexham and Kidderminster in the hunt for the title.
Louis Briscoe opened the scoring on 34 minutes which was awarded after huge deliberation before Bradley Bubb levelled from the spot on 67 minutes after Junior Daniel was judged to upend the Cards front man.
Ten minutes later Luke Jones' dominant header from James Jennings' corner put Stags back in the driving seat and ultimately, sealed the points.
Matt Green struck the only goal of the match for the second game running yesterday as Stags moved a step closer to the title by extending bottom club AFC Telford's winless run to 22 games.
Stags thundered the cross bar thrice in the first half but went in goaless despite the visitors rareley troubling Alan Marriott.
Five minutes into the second half Matt Green closed down defender Karlton Watson to open the scoring, clipping an acute shot over the advancing keeper.
Watson's afternoon would get worse with 15 to go as he was dismissed for fouling Adam Murray - Despite the numerical advantage Stags failed to add a second.
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