Mansfield Town were beaten 2-0 by Salford City but the defeat was overshadowed by Ferrand Rawson’s horrific collision with Jamie Pardington which left the Stags defender on the ground without any movement.
A miskick from Vaclav Hladky allowed Tyrese Sinclair to gain possession. The youngster moved forward and fired a shot at the goal but the Ammies’ shot-stopper was equal to it.
Not long after that chance, Ashley Hunter gave the hosts the lead. Robbie Gotts fired into the forward as he slotted the ball past Aidan Stone to give his side the lead.
Di’Shon Bernard had a go from outside the box as he received the ball, but his tame effort rolled towards the Stags goal and was easily claimed by Stone.
A bit of brilliance down Mansfield’s left-hand side saw Stephen McLaughlin cross the ball into the box. Jordan Bowery controlled the ball with his chest and looked to pass it onto Jason Law but unfortunately, it was cleared away by the Salford defence.
Stephen Quinn was able to deliver a fantastic ball into Salford’s box which saw George Lapslie connect with the ball. The midfielder was denied by the flying Hladky with Salford’s goalkeeper keeping his side in the lead.
Sinclair had another chance from the outside of the box not long after Lapslie’s attempt. Stags’ number 27 curled his effort agonisingly over as he searched for an equaliser.
The final chance of the half fell to Sinclair as he had a go from the free-kick, but failed to work the goalkeeper as he fired the ball straight at Hladky.
Half-Time: Salford City 1-0 Mansfield Town
Lapslie allowed the ball to run past him with Ian Henderson able to get onto the end of it but the Salford miscued his effort wide of the target.
Sinclair then was on the move and ran into the box as he looked to find space to shoot from but ran out of room as the ball rolled back to Hladky.
Henderson doubled Salford’s lead in the 62nd minute of the game with a fantastic acrobatic volley which beat Stone and gave the hosts a 2-0 advantage.
Richie Towell was sent off in the 68th minute after the midfielder lashed out on Kellan Gordon and with the red mist ascending Salford’s number 17 saw a straight red card.
The hosts had a chance to make it 3-0 with 15 minutes left to play. Hladky’s long kick saw Henderson latch onto the ball with the forward being brought down by Stone. Stags’ shot-stopper did fantastically well to deny Salford’s forward diving to his left to keep the ball out.
With eight minutes to go, Sinclair switched the ball to Gordon which saw the full-back run towards the centre and fire a shot at goal, but his tame effort was easily saved by Hladky.
A couple of minutes later, a horrendous collision between substitute goalkeeper Jamie Pardington and Ferrand Rawson saw the latter stretchered off and given oxygen after the defender was left lying on the ground without any movement.
Full-Time: Salford City 2-0 Mansfield Town
Man of the Match: Stephen Quinn
The midfielder was in the wars this afternoon and looked determined to create chances for his teammates as the Stags trailed.
He looked vocal and was determined to lift spirits after falling a goal behind but Mansfield in the end lacked cutting edge.