A fantastic display from the Stags sees the amber and blues pick up their first home victory of the season with a 4-0 thrashing over Port Vale at the One Call Stadium.
It took Mansfield Town 50 seconds to score in this contest. Harry Charlsey’s initial effort was saved, but captain Ollie Clarke was on hand to slam the ball into the back of the net and to score his first Stags goal.
The Valiants looked to get back into this contest as David Fitzpatrick crossed the ball into the Mansfield box for one of his teammates to connect with it. David Amoo was able to get on the end of the cross, but his tame effort was easily saved by Marek Stech.
In the tenth minute, Alex Hurst made a dazzling run into the penalty area as the 21-year-old looked to put his side back into the contest. He fires at goal and Mal Benning was there in the right position in the right time to stop the ball from crossing the line as the defender stopped the ball in the nick of time.
The Stags could have been 2-0 up in the 18th minute. George Maris’ corner saw Ryan Sweeney connect with the ball and divert it goalwards. Bizarrely, Jamie Reid was in the path of the ball and the forward blocked Sweeney’s effort and saw the ball go wide of the Port Vale goal.
Mansfield would eventually make it two in the 32nd minute. Maris crossed the ball into the box and the Port Vale defence were unable to clear the danger with the ball falling to Jordan Bowery and the forward slotted the ball into the back of the net.
Half-time: Mansfield Town 2-0 Port Vale
Port Vale would go down to ten men very early on in the second period. George Lapslie broke away and looked to hunt for a goal of his own, but Leon Legge took the midfielder out which earned the Vale captain a second yellow card and subsequently he was shown a red.
Cristian Montano attempted to beat Stech from outside the box, but his effort was weak and the Mansfield shot-stopper made an easy save. Not long after, Tom Pope was found at the back-post with the forward having a shot at goal and Stech prevailed once again.
In the 76th minute, Mansfield were awarded a penalty after Harry Charsley was tripped in the penalty area which Bowery dispatched for his second of the game.
Three minutes later, the forward would complete his hat-trick after a superb finish from the left-hand side which saw the ball ping off the post and into the goal.
It could have been 5-0 for the Stags as they were awarded yet another penalty as substitute Tyrese Sinclair was brought down in the penalty area. The youngster took the ball and placed it on the penalty spot, but his shot was wide of Scott Brown’s right-post.
This victory propelled the Stags into 19th-place, level on points with Scunthorpe United and eight points behind tenth-place Exeter City. Port Vale slip down to 17th and are only two points ahead of the Stags and five points above the relegation zone.
Full-time: Mansfield Town 4-0 Port Vale
Man of the Match: Jordan Bowery
The forward displayed fantastic finishing ability as he notched his first Stags hat-trick. It was clear to see that Mansfield’s number nine is beaming with confidence and doesn’t look to be slowing down as he has scored five goals in the last three matches. The amber and blues will now hope that their main goalscoring threat can continue this form and have a fine 2021 and to finally hit double figures in goals scored.