Kettering were relegated from Blue Square Bet Premier after a 3-0 home defeat by Mansfield.

The Stags took the lead in the 14th minute when Lindon Meikle rose highest to head home Gary Roberts' cross.

Matt Green, who had earlier hit the woodwork, then fired home from Anthony Howell's assist.

Matt Rhead headed home Luke O'Neill's cross and the Poppies' misery was compounded when Ashley Westwood received a second yellow at the death.

VIEW FROM THE CHANGING ROOM

Kettering Town caretaker manager Ashley Westwood tells BBC Radio Northampton:

"We could've had a bit more luck [in the season] but we can't dwell on that. You've got to get your own house in order and we haven't done that.

"Relegation is bitterly disappointing. I've given it my all and it wasn't meant to be. It's not good on a CV, having a relegation, and we'll do our best to bounce back.

"In the time I've been here, we've been competitive and not got hammered in any game. You can take credit from that, but in the end, it wasn't good enough.

"The red card was embarrassing."

Mansfield Town manager Paul Cox told BBC Radio Nottingham:

"I don't think we were at our best in terms of the fluidity of our play but on a horrible, bobbly pitch we got the job done and that's all we came to do.

"I am just chuffed with the lads because there were a few tired legs out there and a bit of fatigue.

"I said at half time we had to be a bit more ruthless in front of goal and had to up the tempo. We also had to be patient and we knew we wouldn't have it all our own way but the lads worked extremely hard."

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90:00 +3:31 Full time

Full Time The referee signals the end of the game.

90:00 +2:08

Free kick awarded for a foul by Ben Hutchinson on Marcus Kelly. Direct free kick taken by David Bridges.

90:00 +1:37

Free kick taken by Luke O'Neill.

90:00 +1:37 Dismissal

Dismissal Ashley Westwood receives a red card.

90:00 +1:13

Foul by Ashley Westwood on Ben Hutchinson, free kick awarded.

90:00 +0:02

John Van Engel crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing.

90:00 +0:02 Booking

Booking The referee shows Ritchie Sutton a yellow card.

89:40

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on James Gray by Ritchie Sutton.

89:23

The referee blows for offside against Matt Rhead. Ashley Westwood takes the indirect free kick.

88:56

Ben Hutchinson takes a shot. David Bridges gets a block in.

87:52

Corner taken right-footed by Ben Joyce from the right by-line, James Gray takes a shot. Blocked by Martin Riley.

86:50

Strike on goal comes in from James Gray from the free kick.

86:50 Booking

Booking The referee shows Ashley Westwood a yellow card for dissent.

86:04

Luke O'Neill challenges John Van Engel unfairly and gives away a free kick.

85:06

Assist on the goal came from Luke O'Neill.

85:06 Goal scored

Goal! - Matt Rhead - Kettering 0 - 3 Mansfield Matt Rhead grabs a headed goal from inside the penalty box. Kettering 0-3 Mansfield.

84:22

Luke O'Neill has a volleyed shot. Blocked by Patrick Noubissie. Outswinging corner taken by Luke O'Neill,

82:57

The ball is delivered by Matt Rhead, Ashley Westwood gets a block in. Corner taken right-footed by Luke O'Neill.

82:19

John Van Engel challenges Jonathan Worthington unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Luke O'Neill.

78:10

Lindon Meikle delivers the ball, David Bridges makes a clearance. Corner taken right-footed by Luke O'Neill, clearance by Nathan Ralph.

77:18 Substitution

Substitution Jonathan Worthington on for Gary Roberts.

75:54 Substitution

Substitution John Van Engel comes on in place of Charlie Wyke.

74:15 Substitution

Substitution Ben Hutchinson comes on in place of Matthew Green.

74:15

Shot from just outside the box by Ross Dyer misses to the right of the goal.

71:39

Ashley Westwood gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Matt Rhead. Free kick taken by Luke O'Neill.

70:08

Foul by James Gray on Luke O'Neill, free kick awarded. Luke O'Neill crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing, save made by Kelvin Jack.

70:06 Booking

Booking The referee shows James Gray a yellow card.

69:05

A cross is delivered by Matthew Green.

68:20

Gary Roberts produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the goal.

66:56

Ross Dyer gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nathan Ralph. Kelvin Jack takes the direct free kick.

66:28

Ben Joyce takes a shot. Alan Marriott makes a save.

65:55

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Ben Joyce from the right by-line, clearance by Ritchie Sutton.

65:00

Martin Riley challenges Patrick Noubissie unfairly and gives away a free kick. Strike comes in from Marcus Kelly from the free kick, save made by Alan Marriott.

64:26

James Gray fouled by Gary Roberts, the ref awards a free kick. James Gray takes the direct free kick.

63:59

Matthew Green is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Ashley Westwood takes the free kick.

62:13

Assist on the goal came from Anthony Howell.

62:13 Goal scored

Goal! - Matthew Green - Kettering 0 - 2 Mansfield Matthew Green fires in a goal from inside the area low into the middle of the goal. Kettering 0-2 Mansfield.

59:55 Substitution

Substitution (Mansfield) makes a substitution, with Matt Rhead coming on for Louis Briscoe.

59:27

Lindon Meikle takes a shot from 12 yards. Save by Kelvin Jack.

58:35

Exodus Geohaghon challenges Charlie Wyke unfairly and gives away a free kick. Marcus Kelly takes the free kick.

56:48

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Marcus Kelly by Martin Riley. Ashley Westwood takes the direct free kick.

55:17

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gary Roberts by James Gray. Free kick crossed by Luke O'Neill.

54:10

Exodus Geohaghon produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that goes wide left of the target.

52:48

Corner taken by Luke O'Neill played to the near post.

51:12

Matthew Green produces a right-footed shot from close in and strikes the post. Louis Briscoe takes a shot. Kelvin Jack makes a brilliant save. Luke O'Neill takes the inswinging corner, Max York makes a clearance.

50:04

Matthew Green challenges Ashley Westwood unfairly and gives away a free kick. David Bridges takes the free kick.

48:18

Ross Dyer takes a shot. Save made by Kelvin Jack.

46:17

Martin Riley gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on James Gray. Free kick taken by Charlie Wyke.

45:11

Unfair challenge on Charlie Wyke by Ritchie Sutton results in a free kick. Max York crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing. Marcus Kelly takes a shot. Alan Marriott makes a save.

45:03 Substitution

Substitution James Gray is brought on as a substitute for Djoumin Sangare.

45:01

The game restarts for the second half.

45:00 +1:43 Half time

Half Time The match has reached half-time.

45:00 +1:18

Louis Briscoe takes a shot. Save by Kelvin Jack.

45:00 +0:47

The ball is crossed by Gary Roberts, Kelvin Jack makes a save.

44:50

Marcus Kelly takes a shot. Save by Alan Marriott.

43:47

The ball is sent over by Lindon Meikle, Kelvin Jack makes a save.

42:25

The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Ashley Westwood.

39:42

Ben Joyce takes a shot. Save by Alan Marriott. Corner taken by Ben Joyce, Charlie Wyke concedes a free kick for a foul on Martin Riley. Alan Marriott takes the free kick.

39:16

Unfair challenge on David Bridges by Gary Roberts results in a free kick. Kelvin Jack takes the free kick.

37:06

Ben Joyce fouled by Anthony Howell, the ref awards a free kick. Ashley Westwood takes the free kick.

34:32

Lindon Meikle takes a shot. Save by Kelvin Jack. Ross Dyer takes a shot. Save made by Kelvin Jack. Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Luke O'Neill.

33:29

Charlie Wyke is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Luke O'Neill.

32:46

Danny Mills delivers the ball, Martin Riley manages to make a clearance.

32:16

Ross Dyer challenges David Bridges unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Nathan Ralph.

30:52

Louis Briscoe takes a shot. Blocked by Ashley Westwood. Corner taken right-footed by Luke O'Neill from the left by-line, save made by Kelvin Jack.

29:27

Nathan Ralph delivers the ball, Luke O'Neill gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Ben Joyce, Exodus Geohaghon makes a clearance.

28:53

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gary Roberts by Patrick Noubissie. Free kick taken by Luke O'Neill.

26:22

Exodus Geohaghon is ruled offside. Kelvin Jack takes the indirect free kick.

25:25

The ball is sent over by Ross Dyer, David Bridges makes a clearance. Inswinging corner taken by Luke O'Neill from the left by-line, Ashley Westwood makes a clearance.

23:58

Lindon Meikle gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kelvin Jack. Kelvin Jack takes the free kick.

21:33

Matthew Green is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Kelvin Jack restarts play with the free kick.

21:02

Charlie Wyke is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Alan Marriott takes the indirect free kick.

20:48

The referee blows for offside. David Bridges takes the free kick.

19:00

Ross Dyer produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the left of the target.

18:20

Ben Joyce takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post.

17:59

Free kick awarded for a foul by Lindon Meikle on Max York. Free kick crossed by Ashley Westwood, Luke O'Neill makes a clearance.

17:17

Matthew Green is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Kelvin Jack.

16:34

Ben Joyce fouled by Lindon Meikle, the ref awards a free kick. Max York takes the free kick.

15:03

Luke O'Neill crosses the ball, Matthew Green produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the right-hand post.

13:18

Assist on the goal came from Gary Roberts.

13:18 Goal scored

Goal! - Lindon Meikle - Kettering 0 - 1 Mansfield Lindon Meikle finds the back of the net with a headed goal from close range. Kettering 0-1 Mansfield.

12:12

Corner taken by Luke O'Neill from the left by-line, save by Kelvin Jack.

11:39

Matthew Green takes a shot. Save made by Kelvin Jack.

11:19

Louis Briscoe crosses the ball, save by Kelvin Jack.

10:22

The ball is sent over by Lindon Meikle.

10:02

Free kick awarded for a foul by Ross Dyer on Nathan Ralph. Kelvin Jack takes the free kick.

8:42

Ritchie Sutton sends in a cross.

7:57

Lindon Meikle sends in a cross, save by Kelvin Jack.

7:07

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Exodus Geohaghon by Charlie Wyke. Luke O'Neill takes the free kick.

5:40

Effort from just outside the box by Gary Roberts goes over the bar.

2:39

Foul by Matthew Green on Ashley Westwood, free kick awarded. Kelvin Jack takes the direct free kick.

1:54

The ball is swung over by Max York, Anthony Howell fouled by Djoumin Sangare, the ref awards a free kick. Alan Marriott takes the direct free kick.

1:26

Max York sends in a cross, clearance by Exodus Geohaghon.

0:29

Louis Briscoe concedes a free kick for a foul on Danny Mills. Nathan Ralph restarts play with the free kick.

0:00

The game kicks-off.

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