Ryan Sweeney’s goal in the 24th minute secured the Stags with a vital three points. Mansfield Town are now only one point away from ensuring their mathematical safety in League Two.
In the first 20 seconds of the match, Nigel Clough’s men could have been 1-0 up. Jamie Reid was fouled in the box but the referee waved away the appeals as the match continued.
Aidan Stone had to make a fantastic stop in the 11th minute to deny Stevenage going in front. Joe Martin headed the ball towards goal and forced Mansfield Town’s goalkeeper into making a vital intervention.
Ryan Sweeney was able to fire the Stags in front in the 24th minute. The defender picked up the ball in the box and fired the ball in the back of the net beyond Jamie Cumming.
Three minutes later, Tyrese Sinclair had a chance to double Mansfield’s lead. The youngster fired the ball at goal after Jordan Bowery’s lay-off, but Cumming was able to deny Stags’ number 27.
Sinclair pulled out all the tricks in the book as he was fouled time after time before having the final chance of the half saved by Stevenage’s shot-stopper.
Half-Time: Stevenage 0-1 Mansfield Town
A fantastic move from Stevenage at the start of the second-half saw Jack Aitchison shoot just over the bar and set the tone for the second period.
Luke Norris was the next to have a chance for the Boro as the forward forced Stone to react quickly and deny him from scoring.
Elliott List raced into the Mansfield’s area as Stevenage continued their hunt for an equaliser, but Stone was able to come off his line and beat the forward to the ball.
A deflection on Jason Law’s shot took the venom out of his strike as Cumming was able to collect it with ease. From that point on, the Stags managed the final moments of the game well as they held onto their 1-0 lead and took the three points back to Nottinghamshire.
Full-Time: Stevenage 0-1 Mansfield Town
Man of the Match: Ryan Sweeney
Mansfield Town’s centre-back has been in and out of Nigel Clough’s squad and Stags’ number five was able to secure his fourth goal of the season.
With four games to go, the strike from the Irishman secured a vital three points in Mansfield’s hunt to reach the 50-point mark.