Mansfield extended their unbeaten run to eight with six goals in a pulsating local derby against Alfreton.

Jake Moult headed the opener for the hosts before Anthony Howell smashed Stags level, but Nathan Jarman powered home to put the Reds ahead again.

Headed goals from Martin Riley and Matt Green, and Howell's 20-yard rocket put the Stags 4-2 ahead but Anton Brown bundled in the home side's third.

After the break Exodus Geohaghon and Green secured the result late on.

Moult set the tone for a frantic match when he headed in Nathan Jarman's cross for the hosts before Howell, against his former club, rifled a shot into the roof of the net from close range after Lindon Meikle had his effort blocked.

Jarman then unleashed a powerful shot through Stags keeper Alan Marriott before Riley and Green's quick-fire headed goals, both assisted by Geohaghon, put the visitors ahead.

Howell then unleashed a 20-yard stunner into the top right corner three minutes before the break.

But two minutes into stoppage-time Jarman's low 25-yard free-kick saw Marriott parry into the path of Brown, who bundled the ball home.

In the second half both defences tightened up and the chances dried up but Geohaghon secured a much-deserved goal when he turned Luke O'Neil's corner in off his knee.

And Green outran the defence to lift the ball over Jon Stewart and seal a seventh win in eight league games for the Stags at the end.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Alfreton Town manager Nicky Law told BBC Radio Derby:

"If I'm honest, I don't think it was a 6-3 game.

Nicky Law baffled by 6-3 scoreline

"We showed signs of our early season frailty in the first half - we made a change at the break, we had to do that - but again, every time we went forward we looked like we'd score, and so did they.

"We've conceded some poor goals, some really poor goals. They've not earned them. The long throw was a continual torment for us.

"But give Mansfield credit; they've got a gameplan, and the play it - it's almost like a rugby game - but we didn't deal with it."

Mansfield Town assistant manager Micky Moore told BBC Radio Nottingham:

Moore hails Stags 'great character'

"It must have been great for the fans - after three or four minutes we've hit the post and it's come out and Louis Briscoe's put it wide. Straight from that they've gone up the other end and scored to make it 1-0.

"I mean first half, to be fair to Alfreton, they threw everything at us and credit to them. Every time they got into our box I thought they were going to score.

"But vice-versa, I thought every time we got into their box we were going to score. The pace was frenetic in the first half."

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (4)

Alfreton Town

  • 27 Stewart
  • 02 Law
  • 03 Franklin
  • 04 Streete (Young - 46' Booked )
  • 26 Kempson
  • 07 Brown
  • 08 Moult
  • 09 Clayton (Cunnington - 71' )
  • 11 Arnold
  • 15 Wilson
  • 16 Jarman (Mullan - 71' )

Substitutes

  • 05 Young
  • 12 Franks
  • 17 Deverdics
  • 19 Mullan
  • 28 Cunnington

Mansfield

  • 01 Marriott
  • 06 Riley
  • 16 O'Neill
  • 17 Sutton
  • 26 Geohaghan
  • 11 Murray
  • 21 Howell
  • 07 Briscoe
  • 10 Green
  • 15 Dyer
  • 24 Meikle (Rhead - 70' )

Substitutes

  • 23 Redmond
  • 29 Andrew
  • 35 Roberts
  • 09 Rhead
  • 28 Hutchinson
Ref: Bond
Att: 3,354

Match Stats

Shots

16 12

On target

7 10

Corners

4 7

Fouls

12 11

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:50 Full time

Full Time The final whistle is blown by the referee.

90:00 +3:53

Assist (pass) by Adam Murray (Mansfield) from right channel.

90:00 +3:53 Goal scored

Goal! - Matthew Green - Alfreton 3 - 6 Mansfield Goal by Matthew Green (Mansfield) right-footed (bottom-right of goal) from centre of penalty area (12 yards).Alfreton Town 3-6 Mansfield.

90:00 +3:28

Shot by Louis Briscoe (Mansfield) right-footed from right channel (18 yards), missed right. Goal kick taken long by Jon Stewart (Alfreton Town).

90:00 +2:49

Foul by Darran Kempson (Alfreton Town) on Matt Rhead (Mansfield). Free kick taken right-footed by Louis Briscoe (Mansfield) from left wing, passed.

90:00 +2:29

Attacking throw-in by Louis Briscoe (Mansfield).

90:00 +0:29

Cross by Josh Law (Alfreton Town), save (caught) by Alan Marriott (Mansfield).

90:00 +0:10

Attacking throw-in by Josh Law (Alfreton Town).

88:27

Assist (cross) by Luke O'Neill (Mansfield) from right by-line.

88:27 Goal scored

Goal! - Exodus Geohaghon - Alfreton 3 - 5 Mansfield goal by Exodus Geohaghon (Mansfield) right-footed (low centre of goal) from right side of six-yard box (6 yards).Alfreton Town 3-5 Mansfield.

88:08

Inswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Luke O'Neill (Mansfield) to centre,

87:48

Shot by Matthew Green (Mansfield) right-footed from centre of penalty area (12 yards), blocked by Josh Law (Alfreton Town).

86:35

Attacking throw-in by Connor Franklin (Alfreton Town).

85:45

Foul by Martin Riley (Mansfield) on Jon Stewart (Alfreton Town). Free kick taken right-footed by Jon Stewart (Alfreton Town) from own half, resulting in open play.

85:09

Attacking throw-in by Exodus Geohaghon (Mansfield).

84:29

Attacking throw-in by Connor Franklin (Alfreton Town).

83:33

Defending throw-in by Connor Franklin (Alfreton Town).

82:44

Goal kick taken long by Alan Marriott (Mansfield).

81:32

Foul by Matt Rhead (Mansfield) on Greg Young (Alfreton Town). Free kick taken right-footed by Jon Stewart (Alfreton Town) from own half, resulting in open play.

80:10

Shot by Nathan Arnold (Alfreton Town) left-footed from centre of penalty area (12 yards), save (caught) by Alan Marriott (Mansfield).

78:36

Headed cross/shot by Luke O'Neill (Mansfield) from centre of penalty area (6 yards), save (parried) by Jon Stewart (Alfreton Town).

78:03

Outswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Luke O'Neill (Mansfield) to centre, clearance by Adam Cunnington (Alfreton Town).

76:34

Goal kick taken long by Alan Marriott (Mansfield).

75:12

Foul by Louis Briscoe (Mansfield) on Josh Law (Alfreton Town). Free kick taken right-footed by Josh Law (Alfreton Town) from right channel, shot by Jake Moult (Alfreton Town) right-footed from right channel (20 yards), missed right. Goal kick taken long by Alan Marriott (Mansfield).

73:53

Foul by Anthony Wilson (Alfreton Town) on Exodus Geohaghon (Mansfield). Free kick taken right-footed by Alan Marriott (Mansfield) from own half, resulting in open play.

72:26

Foul by Connor Franklin (Alfreton Town) on Adam Murray (Mansfield). Free kick taken right-footed by Luke O'Neill (Mansfield) from right channel, resulting in open play.

72:05

Attacking throw-in by Exodus Geohaghon (Mansfield).

70:49

Free kick taken right-footed by Jake Moult (Alfreton Town) from left channel, resulting in open play.

70:49 Substitution

Substitution Alfreton Town substitution: Paul Clayton replaced by Adam Cunnington (tactical).

70:49 Substitution

Substitution Alfreton Town substitution: Nathan Jarman replaced by Jamie Mullan (tactical).

69:17 Substitution

Substitution Mansfield substitution: Lindon Meikle replaced by Matt Rhead (tactical).

68:41

Foul by Adam Murray (Mansfield) on Connor Franklin (Alfreton Town).

67:58

Defending throw-in by Connor Franklin (Alfreton Town).

67:27

Defending throw-in by Exodus Geohaghon (Mansfield).

67:15

Cross by Louis Briscoe (Mansfield), save (caught) by Jon Stewart (Alfreton Town).

66:38

Outswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Luke O'Neill (Mansfield) to centre, clearance by Anthony Wilson (Alfreton Town).

66:04

Attacking throw-in by Exodus Geohaghon (Mansfield).

65:34

Attacking throw-in by Exodus Geohaghon (Mansfield).

64:45

Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Luke O'Neill (Mansfield) to near post, clearance by Paul Clayton (Alfreton Town).

64:31

Attacking throw-in by Ritchie Sutton (Mansfield).

64:02

Header by Anthony Howell (Mansfield) from centre of penalty area (12 yards), save (caught) by Jon Stewart (Alfreton Town).

63:19

Attacking throw-in by Exodus Geohaghon (Mansfield).

62:51

Goal kick taken long by Alan Marriott (Mansfield).

61:50

Attacking throw-in by Exodus Geohaghon (Mansfield).

60:57

Defending throw-in by Connor Franklin (Alfreton Town).

60:20

Matthew Green (Mansfield) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Jon Stewart (Alfreton Town) from own half, resulting in open play.

59:34

Defending throw-in by Josh Law (Alfreton Town).

58:31

Free kick crossed right-footed by Luke O'Neill (Mansfield) from left channel, clearance by Anton Brown (Alfreton Town).

58:31 Booking

Booking Greg Young (Alfreton Town) booked for unsporting behaviour.

58:10

Foul by Greg Young (Alfreton Town) on Anthony Howell (Mansfield).

57:29

Goal kick taken long by Jon Stewart (Alfreton Town).

57:11

Attacking throw-in by Josh Law (Alfreton Town).

54:43

Cross by Josh Law (Alfreton Town), resulting in ball out of play. Goal kick taken long by Alan Marriott (Mansfield).

53:35

Cross by Matthew Green (Mansfield), resulting in ball out of play. Defending throw-in by Josh Law (Alfreton Town).

52:59

Cross by Luke O'Neill (Mansfield), save (caught) by Jon Stewart (Alfreton Town).

52:22

Foul by Darran Kempson (Alfreton Town) on Matthew Green (Mansfield). Free kick taken right-footed by Ritchie Sutton (Mansfield) from left channel, resulting in open play.

51:27

Attacking throw-in by Exodus Geohaghon (Mansfield).

51:13

Attacking throw-in by Connor Franklin (Alfreton Town).

50:26

Attacking throw-in by Connor Franklin (Alfreton Town).

49:10

Foul by Josh Law (Alfreton Town) on Ross Dyer (Mansfield). Free kick taken right-footed by Luke O'Neill (Mansfield) from left wing, resulting in open play. Matthew Green (Mansfield) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Jon Stewart (Alfreton Town) from own half, resulting in open play.

48:59

Defending throw-in by Ritchie Sutton (Mansfield).

48:40

Defending throw-in by Ritchie Sutton (Mansfield).

48:28

Goal kick taken long by Jon Stewart (Alfreton Town).

47:20

Foul by Adam Murray (Mansfield) on Anton Brown (Alfreton Town). Free kick taken left-footed by Greg Young (Alfreton Town) from right channel, resulting in open play. Shot by Anthony Wilson (Alfreton Town) volleyed right-footed from left channel (18 yards), save (caught) by Alan Marriott (Mansfield).

47:04

Ross Dyer (Mansfield) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Jon Stewart (Alfreton Town) from own half, resulting in open play.

45:53

Shot by Paul Clayton (Alfreton Town) right-footed from centre of penalty area (18 yards), missed right. Goal kick taken long by Alan Marriott (Mansfield).

45:01

The second half has started.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Alfreton Town substitution: Theo Streete replaced by Greg Young (injury).

45:00 +7:57 Half time

Half Time The players leave the pitch at half time.

45:00 +7:20

Attacking throw-in by Exodus Geohaghon (Mansfield).

45:00 +4:52

Goal kick taken long by Alan Marriott (Mansfield).

45:00 +2:48

Assist by Jake Moult (Alfreton Town) from left channel.

45:00 +2:48 Goal scored

Goal! - Anton Brown - Alfreton 3 - 4 Mansfield goal by Anton Brown (Alfreton Town) right-footed (bottom-left of goal) from left side of six-yard box (6 yards).Alfreton Town 3-4 Mansfield.

45:00 +1:36

Foul by Exodus Geohaghon (Mansfield) on Anthony Wilson (Alfreton Town). Free kick taken right-footed by Jake Moult (Alfreton Town) from left channel,

45:00 +1:14

Goal kick taken long by Jon Stewart (Alfreton Town).

45:00 +0:37

Attacking throw-in by Exodus Geohaghon (Mansfield).

44:53

Cross by Luke O'Neill (Mansfield), resulting in ball out of play. Goal kick taken long by Jon Stewart (Alfreton Town).

44:46

Cross by Nathan Jarman (Alfreton Town), clearance by Exodus Geohaghon (Mansfield).

43:58

Inswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Luke O'Neill (Mansfield) to near post, clearance by Darran Kempson (Alfreton Town).

42:09

Assist (pass) by Matthew Green (Mansfield) from right channel.

42:09 Goal scored

Goal! - Anthony Howell - Alfreton 2 - 4 Mansfield Goal by Anthony Howell (Mansfield) right-footed (top-right of goal) from left channel (20 yards).Alfreton Town 2-4 Mansfield.

41:31

Attacking throw-in by Josh Law (Alfreton Town).

40:41

Foul by Adam Murray (Mansfield) on Anthony Wilson (Alfreton Town). Free kick taken left-footed by Jon Stewart (Alfreton Town) from own half, resulting in open play. Goal kick taken long by Alan Marriott (Mansfield).

40:24

Attacking throw-in by Exodus Geohaghon (Mansfield).

39:33

Foul by Anton Brown (Alfreton Town) on Anthony Howell (Mansfield). Free kick taken right-footed by Alan Marriott (Mansfield) from own half, resulting in open play.

39:06

Shot by Anton Brown (Alfreton Town) left-footed from left channel (20 yards), blocked by Exodus Geohaghon (Mansfield).

38:50

Attacking throw-in by Connor Franklin (Alfreton Town).

37:36

Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Jake Moult (Alfreton Town) to near post, header by Anton Brown (Alfreton Town) from right side of six-yard box (6 yards), missed left. Goal kick taken long by Alan Marriott (Mansfield).

36:50

Cross by Anthony Howell (Mansfield), resulting in ball out of play. Goal kick taken long by Jon Stewart (Alfreton Town).

36:19

Foul by Anton Brown (Alfreton Town) on Lindon Meikle (Mansfield). Free kick taken right-footed by Luke O'Neill (Mansfield) from own half, resulting in open play.

34:08

Cross by Connor Franklin (Alfreton Town), shot by Anthony Wilson (Alfreton Town) right-footed from right side of six-yard box (12 yards), outswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Jake Moult (Alfreton Town) to out of play, resulting in ball out of play. Inswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Jake Moult (Alfreton Town) to centre, resulting in ball out of play. Goal kick taken long by Alan Marriott (Mansfield).

32:33

Assist (header) by Exodus Geohaghon (Mansfield) from centre of penalty area.

32:33 Goal scored

Goal! - Matthew Green - Alfreton 2 - 3 Mansfield headed goal by Matthew Green (Mansfield) (top-right of goal) from right side of six-yard box (6 yards).Alfreton Town 2-3 Mansfield.

31:59

Outswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Luke O'Neill (Mansfield) to centre,

30:22

Assist by Exodus Geohaghon (Mansfield) from right wing.

30:22 Goal scored

Goal! - Martin Riley - Alfreton 2 - 2 Mansfield Headed goal by Martin Riley (Mansfield) (high centre of goal) from left side of six-yard box (6 yards).Alfreton Town 2-2 Mansfield.

30:01

Attacking throw-in by Exodus Geohaghon (Mansfield).

29:20

Matthew Green (Mansfield) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Jon Stewart (Alfreton Town) from own half, resulting in open play.

28:43

Attacking throw-in by Exodus Geohaghon (Mansfield).

28:06

Attacking throw-in by Exodus Geohaghon (Mansfield).

26:10

Cross by Nathan Arnold (Alfreton Town), header by Paul Clayton (Alfreton Town) from centre of penalty area (12 yards), missed right. Goal kick taken long by Alan Marriott (Mansfield).

25:26

Attacking throw-in by Exodus Geohaghon (Mansfield).

24:54

Foul by Nathan Arnold (Alfreton Town) on Lindon Meikle (Mansfield). Free kick taken right-footed by Martin Riley (Mansfield) from left channel, resulting in open play.

22:54

Shot by Matthew Green (Mansfield) right-footed from left channel (20 yards), save (tipped round post) by Jon Stewart (Alfreton Town). Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Luke O'Neill (Mansfield) to centre, resulting in open play.

20:13 Goal scored

Goal! - Nathan Jarman - Alfreton 2 - 1 Mansfield Goal by Nathan Jarman (Alfreton Town) right-footed (bottom-left of goal) from left side of six-yard box (6 yards).Alfreton Town 2-1 Mansfield.

19:30

Shot by Nathan Arnold (Alfreton Town) left-footed from left channel (20 yards), missed left. Goal kick taken long by Alan Marriott (Mansfield).

18:22

Attacking throw-in by Exodus Geohaghon (Mansfield).

16:02

Assist by Lindon Meikle (Mansfield) from centre of penalty area.

16:02 Goal scored

Goal! - Anthony Howell - Alfreton 1 - 1 Mansfield Goal by Anthony Howell (Mansfield) right-footed (top-left of goal) from left side of six-yard box (6 yards).Alfreton Town 1-1 Mansfield.

15:31

Paul Clayton (Alfreton Town) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Alan Marriott (Mansfield) from own half, resulting in open play.

14:01

Attacking throw-in by Nathan Jarman (Alfreton Town).

13:29

Attacking throw-in by Exodus Geohaghon (Mansfield).

13:02

Defending throw-in by Exodus Geohaghon (Mansfield).

12:36

Attacking throw-in by Nathan Jarman (Alfreton Town).

11:56

Goal kick taken long by Alan Marriott (Mansfield).

11:41

Foul by Matthew Green (Mansfield) on Theo Streete (Alfreton Town). Free kick taken right-footed by Theo Streete (Alfreton Town) from own half, resulting in open play.

11:15

Cross by Nathan Jarman (Alfreton Town), resulting in ball out of play. Goal kick taken long by Alan Marriott (Mansfield).

10:43

Defending throw-in by Connor Franklin (Alfreton Town).

9:42

Foul by Nathan Jarman (Alfreton Town) on Luke O'Neill (Mansfield). Free kick taken right-footed by Alan Marriott (Mansfield) from own half, resulting in open play.

9:05

Foul by Matthew Green (Mansfield) on Theo Streete (Alfreton Town). Free kick taken left-footed by Connor Franklin (Alfreton Town) from own half, resulting in open play.

8:56

Defending throw-in by Exodus Geohaghon (Mansfield).

7:11

Shot by Nathan Jarman (Alfreton Town) right-footed from left side of penalty area (12 yards), blocked by Exodus Geohaghon (Mansfield). Shot by Jake Moult (Alfreton Town) volleyed right-footed from centre of penalty area (18 yards), save (parried) by Alan Marriott (Mansfield). Inswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Jake Moult (Alfreton Town) to centre, header by Anton Brown (Alfreton Town) from centre of penalty area (6 yards), missed right.

5:30

Assist (cross) by Nathan Jarman (Alfreton Town) from left wing.

5:30 Goal scored

Goal! - Jake Moult - Alfreton 1 - 0 Mansfield Headed goal by Jake Moult (Alfreton Town) (top-right of goal) from right side of six-yard box (6 yards).Alfreton Town 1-0 Mansfield.

4:02

Shot by Louis Briscoe (Mansfield) right-footed from right side of penalty area (12 yards), missed right. Goal kick taken long by Jon Stewart (Alfreton Town).

3:45

Shot by Anthony Wilson (Alfreton Town) right-footed from right side of penalty area (12 yards), blocked by Exodus Geohaghon (Mansfield).

3:36

Attacking throw-in by Nathan Jarman (Alfreton Town).

3:11

Foul by Adam Murray (Mansfield) on Jake Moult (Alfreton Town). Free kick taken right-footed by Theo Streete (Alfreton Town) from left channel, passed.

3:10

Goal kick taken long by Jon Stewart (Alfreton Town).

1:45

Foul by Nathan Jarman (Alfreton Town) on Adam Murray (Mansfield). Free kick taken right-footed by Luke O'Neill (Mansfield) from left channel, resulting in open play.

1:20

Attacking throw-in by Luke O'Neill (Mansfield).

0:53

Foul by Jake Moult (Alfreton Town) on Martin Riley (Mansfield). Free kick taken right-footed by Alan Marriott (Mansfield) from own half, resulting in open play.

0:17

Foul by Luke O'Neill (Mansfield) on Paul Clayton (Alfreton Town). Free kick taken right-footed by Theo Streete (Alfreton Town) from own half, resulting in open play.

0:00

The match begins.

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