Another disappointing for the amber and blues as the slump continues. Aaron Martin’s goal early on in the second-half secured Harrogate’s first Football League double and the valuable three points at the EnviroVent Stadium.
Ollie Clarke had the first chance of the first-half. The skipper latched onto James Belshaw’s clearance and looked to fire his shot beyond the goalkeeper, but the Harrogate shot-stopper did well to deny the midfielder.
Mansfield continues to try and carve out an attack with Harry Charsley’s curler going wide of the Harrogate goal.
Two chances within a minute saw Clarke force a great save from Belshaw as his free-kick was goal-bound and Ferrand Rawson headed wide after Jason Law’s delivery from the corner.
Aidan Stone was forced to make a fantastic fingertip save after Josh March’s curling effort in the 36th minute which was the hosts’ best chance of the half.
Half-Time: Harrogate Town 0-0 Mansfield Town
The second half started perfectly for the hosts as 16 seconds into the half they were in front. The ball fell perfectly for Aaron Martin as he struck the ball beyond Stone and into the back of the net.
Lloyd Kerry was able to find some space outside the box and fired his shot towards goal, but it was a routine stop for the Mansfield goalkeeper in the end.
Stephen Quinn fired a volley towards Belshaw’s goal with his effort wide of the mark with the game ending in defeat for the Stags, their third consecutive loss.
Full-Time: Harrogate Town 1-0 Mansfield Town
Man of the Match: Ollie Clarke
The skipper was probably the best player from a bad bunch that showed no enthusiasm and lacked effort after going 1-0 down so early on in the second-half.
He was the most fouled player on the pitch as he tried to drive his side forward but was not able to do so as they lacked creativity and did not create a huge deal to deserve anything from the fixture.