Another fantastic display from the Stags sees them win their third league match in a row as the amber and blues beat Salford City 2-1 at the One Call Stadium.
Mansfield started the game on the front foot like they have done in recent times as captain Ollie Clarke brought the ball forward in the second minute. The midfielder got to the byline and looked to square the ball to one of his teammates but unfortunately, no one was able to get on the end of the pass and it was cleared away.
Three minutes later, the Stags could have had a breakthrough. They regained possession and looked to hit the Ammies on the counter. George Lapslie had a lot of time and space to maybe have a shot but the midfielder rolled the ball to Jordan Bowery with his effort blocked.
Salford had their first chance of the Brandon Thomas-Asante. The wideman was able to get some space and released a shot at goal but it was a comfortable save for Marek Stech.
Mansfield opened the scoring in the 15th minute through George Lapslie. The Stags’ no.32 got the ball outside the box and his precise effort snuck past Vaclav Hladky and into the net.
The lead could have been doubled not long after. Harry Charsley got the ball from James Perch and the midfielder took aim but Hladky was outstretched and saved the ball from going into his goal.
Bowery made it two for the Stags after his goal. Charsley assisted the frontman as he made it six goals in four matches which shows he is simply electric at the moment.
James Wilson could have halved the deficit after the Stags defence made a mistake. Ryan Sweeney failed to clear and the forward broke free and made his way into the box but his shot was straight at Stech.
The last chance of the half came after gained possession. The Stags broke with Lapslie playing a pass into Bowery’s path and the forward tried to play a ball into the box but it was cleared away from danger.
Half-Time: Mansfield Town 2-0 Salford City
The first effort of the came from Tom Elliott. The striker turned and hit the ball with his effort over the bar and nowhere near the goal.
Ibou Touray had a chance to score an absolute screamer. The defender let fly from outside the area and his shot would have been a fantastic goal but went over.
Hladky made a fantastic save on the hour mark. A corner for Mansfield saw Ferrand Rawson rise the highest and force the Salford City goalkeeper to make a fantastic save.
Mal Benning had a chance of his own with 20 minutes to go. The defender had a chance to shoot as the Stags looked to secure a third goal but his shot was scuffed and wide of the target.
A free-kick for Salford saw Ashley Hunter shoot from it. The forward ‘s effort was on-target and forced Stech into making a save down to his right.
Di’Shon Bernard gave the away side a lifeline in the 92nd minute but it was too little with a short time to go as the Stags went on to secure their third successive victory in League Two.
Full-Time: Mansfield Town 2-1 Salford City
Man of the Match: Ollie Clarke
The captain played an integral part in the Stags performance. Tackles were flying left and right, key passes were made and he would bring the team forward as Nigel Clough has moved the pair of Charsley and Clarke forward as George Maris stays back in a more defensive midfield role. As the Stags continue to perform as the top standard and the midfielder leading by example the amber and blues show no signs of slowing down anytime soon.