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.
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