The Stags were victorious for the fourth time in the league in a row as the amber and blues beat Oldham Atheltic 3-2. Alfie McCalmont gave the home side the lead but a quick two minute turnaround by Mansfield saw them take a 2-1 lead into half-time. The Nottinghamshire started off brightly as Jamie Reid scored to make it 3-1. Conor McAleny got one goal back for the Latics but it was too little too late as Mansfield got another victory in League Two
Mansfield had two very early chances through Jamie Reid. The forward headed the ball at the Oldham goal after two deliveries from the right-hand side found the striker inside the Latics’ penalty area.
Oldham scored in the sixth minute of the match. Alfie McCalmont saw his tame effort go into the goal as Aidan Stone made a horrible mistake as what looked like a routine save went into the back of his net.
Harry Charsley looked to strike an effort at goal after advantage was played. The midfielder’s shot from 25 yards out was wide of Ian Lawlor’s goal.
A glorious cross from Stephen McLaughlin saw Andy Cook head the ball at goal. The effort was wide of the goal but everyone was expecting the striker to score from there.
Dylan Bahamboula drove into the Mansfield box with the forward’s shot saved by a diving Stone. Afterwards, Ben Garrity gained possession after Stone’s save but he was flagged offside.
Kellan Gordon played a lovely cross into the Oldham box with Jordan Bowery rising highest. The number nine’s effort was over the bar as Mansfield looked to equalise.
Charsley took his chance to level the scoring. Lawlor came out to punch the ball away after George Maris put the ball back into the box. The goalkeeper punched the ball only as far as Mansfield’s number seven who smashed the ball into the back of the net.
Mansfield scored their second in the space of 60 seconds. Maris whipped the ball into the box with Andy Cook flicking the ball onto Bowery. He then flicked the ball into Ryan Sweeney’s path who scored to give the Stags the lead.
Cook had another chance of scoring with his heading effort saved brilliantly by Lawlor to see the effort tipped over by the Oldham shot-stopper.
The Stags had a penalty after Maris ran into Raphaël Diarra and the referee pointed to the spot. Bowery took the spot-kick but his effort clipped the outside of the post and ultimately missed the target.
Half-Time: Oldham Athletic 1-2 Mansfield Town
Cameron Borthwick-Jackson cross saw Ferrand Rawson clip the ball at his own goal but it was just wide of the post luckily for Mansfield.
Mansfield made it 3-1 in the 49th minute. Bowery smashed the ball into the Oldham half with Reid heading the ball into his own path and then slotting the ball past Lawlor.
Gordon played the ball into Cook who chested the ball down and saw George Lapslie release a shot at goal with the midfielder’s shot rattling of the crossbar.
The right-back had a chance to make it 4-1. His deflected effort saw Lawlor dive down to his bottom corner to keep the effort out.
Oldham got a goal back with six minutes of normal time to go. Danny Rowe’s initial effort was blocked by the Stags defence but it luckily fell for Conor McAleny who slotted the ball past Stone.
Bahamboula put in a dangerous cross into Mansfield’s penalty area with Rowe heading the ball goalwards and forcing Stone to make a vital save.
In the dying embers, McLaughlin looked to do it all on his own as the versatile player ran at Oldham’s goal. His shot was blocked and then Reid’s follow-up effort was also blocked
Full-Time Oldham Athletic 2-3 Mansfield Town
Man of the Match: George Maris
The midfielder worked his socks off in this game as his more defensive duties seem to be bringing out a completely new and dangerous player.
He made a few vital tackles to stop Oldham crosses from going in and keeping the forward’s quite with his interceptions near the end which were crucial in Mansfield getting the victory over the Latics.