Gary Roberts scored twice as Mansfield boosted their play-off bid with a comprehensive victory over Ebbsfleet.

Top scorer Matt Green opened the scoring when he collected Ross Dyer's headed pass to drill home from inside the box.

Roberts doubled the lead before half-time with a 30-yard rocket from Ben Hutchinson's ball.

Town's Ross Dyer hit the post late on before Roberts pounced on a rebound in injury time to seal the win.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Ebbsfleet manager Liam Daish told BBC Radio Kent:

"Obviously I'm disappointed because we lost the game but that can happen against a side who are full-time, with better resources and better everything infrastructure wise.

"For the two goals in the first half we defended poorly and didn't play the conditions.

"We weren't on the move, were a little bit static and they had good players who were strong.

"I was pleased with the way the lads reacted in the second half but we gave ourselves too big a mountain to climb."

Mansfield Town manager Paul Cox told BBC Radio Nottingham:

"It might be one of those scenarios where we ban the play-off word because at the minute the lads look as though they're enjoying their football.

"Gary Roberts is just a good footballer, simple as that.

"You can just see he shouldn't really be playing at this level because his ability for a 24-year-old is immense."

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (5)

Ebbsfleet United

  • 01 Edwards
  • 06 Lorraine
  • 22 Mambo Booked
  • 02 Stone
  • 07 West (Azeez - 68' )
  • 11 Phipp
  • 14 Howe
  • 24 Barrett (Shakes - 58' )
  • 09 Willock
  • 15 Marum
  • 26 Pinney

Substitutes

  • 12 McNeil
  • 16 Smith
  • 18 Azeez
  • 20 Stadrinou
  • 10 Shakes

Mansfield

  • 01 Marriott
  • 06 Riley Booked
  • 16 O'Neill
  • 17 Sutton Booked
  • 31 Dempster
  • 11 Murray
  • 35 Roberts
  • 10 Green (Briscoe - 55' )
  • 15 Dyer
  • 19 Smith (Meikle - 78' )
  • 28 Hutchinson Booked (Howell - 83' )

Substitutes

  • 23 Redmond
  • 02 Edwards
  • 21 Howell
  • 07 Briscoe
  • 24 Meikle
Ref: Amey
Att: 1,085

Match Stats

Shots

8 12

On target

5 7

Corners

8 2

Fouls

13 16

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:53 Full time

Full Time The final whistle goes and the game is over.

90:00 +3:29 Goal scored

Goal! - Gary Roberts - Ebbsfleet 0 - 3 Mansfield A goal is scored by Gary Roberts from inside the six-yard box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Ebbsfleet United 0-3 Mansfield.

90:00 +3:25

Shot by Gary Roberts. Save by Preston Edwards.

90:00 +2:24 Booking

Booking Ritchie Sutton is shown a yellow card for time wasting.

90:00 +0:10

Louis Briscoe produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the bar.

88:58

Shot by Ross Dyer from inside the box hits the post.

87:59

The assistant referee flags for offside against Lindon Meikle. Preston Edwards restarts play with the free kick.

87:15

The referee blows for offside. Alan Marriott takes the indirect free kick.

86:39

Corner taken by Nathaniel Pinney from the right by-line, Ross Dyer manages to make a clearance.

85:51

Lanre Azeez is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Alan Marriott.

83:50

Corner taken short by Nathaniel Pinney.

82:50 Substitution

Substitution Ben Hutchinson goes off and Anthony Howell comes on.

82:39

Effort on goal by Liam Enver-Marum from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the target.

80:37

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Calum Willock by John Dempster. Tom Phipp restarts play with the free kick.

80:24

Ross Dyer produces a header from inside the area that goes over the crossbar.

79:07

Foul by Ben Hutchinson on Yado Mambo, free kick awarded. Preston Edwards restarts play with the free kick.

77:50 Substitution

Substitution Lindon Meikle is brought on as a substitute for Adam Smith.

76:32

Inswinging corner taken by Nathaniel Pinney, clearance by Ben Hutchinson.

75:26

Lanre Azeez takes a outswinging corner.

75:14

Drilled right-footed shot by Liam Enver-Marum. Martin Riley gets a block in.

74:39

Nathaniel Pinney challenges Ritchie Sutton unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Alan Marriott.

73:33

Corner taken right-footed by Tom Phipp from the left by-line, save made by Alan Marriott.

73:10

Martin Riley challenges Calum Willock unfairly and gives away a free kick. Tom Phipp takes the direct free kick.

71:10

Right-footed shot by Liam Enver-Marum went wide left of the net.

70:55

Free kick awarded for a foul by Lanre Azeez on Alan Marriott. Alan Marriott restarts play with the free kick.

67:53 Substitution

Substitution Lanre Azeez is brought on as a substitute for Michael West.

67:23

Drilled right-footed shot by Liam Enver-Marum. Save by Alan Marriott.

66:25

Corner from right by-line taken by Tom Phipp.

65:33

Adam Murray fouled by Tom Phipp, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Luke O'Neill.

64:44

Shot from 12 yards by Louis Briscoe. Save made by Preston Edwards.

62:55

Louis Briscoe gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Joe Howe. Michael West restarts play with the free kick.

60:35

Unfair challenge on Martin Riley by Calum Willock results in a free kick. Alan Marriott restarts play with the free kick.

57:20

Free kick taken by Tom Phipp.

57:20 Substitution

Substitution (Ebbsfleet United) makes a substitution, with Ricky Shakes coming on for Neil Barrett.

57:20 Booking

Booking Ben Hutchinson is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

57:08

Tom Phipp fouled by Ben Hutchinson, the ref awards a free kick.

55:50

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Luke O'Neill, Calum Willock manages to make a clearance.

54:15 Substitution

Substitution Louis Briscoe joins the action as a substitute, replacing Matthew Green.

52:37

Michael West has an effort direct from the free kick, save by Alan Marriott.

52:37 Booking

Booking Martin Riley is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

52:14

Martin Riley concedes a free kick for a foul on Nathaniel Pinney.

51:13

Michael West fouled by Adam Murray, the ref awards a free kick. Neil Barrett takes the free kick.

50:02

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Tom Phipp by Matthew Green. Free kick crossed right-footed by Michael West, clearance made by Ritchie Sutton.

48:45

The referee blows for offside against Matthew Green. Free kick taken by Tom Phipp.

48:06

Calum Willock challenges Ritchie Sutton unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Martin Riley.

45:01

The match restarts for the second half.

45:00 +3:05 Half time

Half Time The players leave the pitch at half time.

45:00 +1:09

Free kick awarded for a foul by Matthew Green on Paul Lorraine. Preston Edwards takes the direct free kick.

45:00 +0:34

Shot by Calum Willock went wide of the right-hand upright.

44:02

Luke O'Neill has a direct shot on goal from the free kick.

44:02 Booking

Booking Yado Mambo is given a yellow card.

43:52

Gary Roberts fouled by Yado Mambo, the ref awards a free kick.

42:00

Luke O'Neill challenges Michael West unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed by Michael West, clearance made by Adam Murray.

40:08

Foul by Gary Roberts on Liam Enver-Marum, free kick awarded. Preston Edwards restarts play with the free kick.

37:12

Ben Hutchinson provided the assist for the goal.

37:12 Goal scored

Goal! - Gary Roberts - Ebbsfleet 0 - 2 Mansfield Gary Roberts scores a goal from a long way out to the bottom left corner of the goal. Ebbsfleet United 0-2 Mansfield.

36:57

Tom Phipp produces a drilled right-footed shot from 25 yards. Alan Marriott makes a save.

34:49

Free kick awarded for a foul by Luke O'Neill on Nathaniel Pinney. Neil Barrett takes the free kick.

34:08

Gary Roberts takes a shot from 25 yards. Save by Preston Edwards.

33:11

Adam Murray challenges Calum Willock unfairly and gives away a free kick. Paul Lorraine takes the direct free kick.

32:10

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Gary Roberts played to the near post, clearance by Tom Phipp.

32:00

Ben Hutchinson has a drilled shot. Save by Preston Edwards.

31:34

Corner taken by Michael West played to the near post, Luke O'Neill makes a clearance.

29:25

Ben Hutchinson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Paul Lorraine. Direct free kick taken by Preston Edwards.

27:46

Neil Barrett gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Adam Murray. Luke O'Neill restarts play with the free kick.

27:26

Liam Enver-Marum takes a shot. Save made by Alan Marriott.

21:17

Ross Dyer provided the assist for the goal.

21:17 Goal scored

Goal! - Matthew Green - Ebbsfleet 0 - 1 Mansfield Matthew Green finds the net with a goal from inside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Ebbsfleet United 0-1 Mansfield.

20:51

Paul Lorraine concedes a free kick for a foul on Adam Murray. Alan Marriott takes the free kick.

20:00

Martin Riley concedes a free kick for a foul on Calum Willock. Free kick crossed by Michael West, John Dempster makes a clearance.

19:03

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Martin Riley by Calum Willock. Free kick taken by Alan Marriott.

17:12

Corner from the left by-line taken by Michael West, free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Martin Riley by Yado Mambo. Alan Marriott takes the free kick.

9:59

Ben Hutchinson fouled by Yado Mambo, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Ben Hutchinson.

6:42

Ross Dyer is caught offside. Preston Edwards restarts play with the free kick.

5:06

Free kick awarded for a foul by Martin Riley on Calum Willock. Michael West takes the free kick.

4:14

Michael West concedes a free kick for a foul on Adam Murray. Direct free kick taken by Gary Roberts.

2:05

Foul by Liam Enver-Marum on John Dempster, free kick awarded. Alan Marriott takes the direct free kick.

0:27

Shot from outside the box by Ben Hutchinson misses to the left of the goal.

0:00

The match begins.

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