Ben Hutchinson's early goal was enough for Mansfield Town to condemn struggling Southport to defeat.

Hutchinson fired the Stags in front when he turned home Nick Wright's ball into the box.

Shane Redmond was rarely threatened in the home goal, with Simon Grand heading wide the Sandgrounders' best chance.

Southport midfielder Andy Parry had to block shots from both Louis Briscoe and Jake Speight as the hosts eased to a comfortable victory.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Mansfield Town manager Paul Cox told BBC Radio Nottingham:

"Overall I'm pleased with it. We're starting to look like a team now rather than a bunch of individuals.

"They've been our bogey side over the last couple of years and I thought we played well today.

"We kept our shape, we kept our discipline and more importantly we looked very hungry again."

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (5)

Mansfield

  • 23 Redmond
  • 02 Sutton
  • 04 Dempster
  • 17 Beevers
  • 33 Geohaghan Booked
  • 07 Meikle
  • 11 Briscoe
  • 13 Howell
  • 14 Clements Booked (Murray - 72' Booked )
  • 12 Wright (Speight - 66' )
  • 25 Hutchinson

Substitutes

  • 03 Thompson
  • 21 Murray
  • 08 Speight
  • 10 Green
  • 16 Rhead

Southport

  • 01 McMillan
  • 02 Smith
  • 03 Lever
  • 05 Parry
  • 06 Grand
  • 17 Lynch
  • 07 Whalley Booked
  • 08 Ledsham (Stephenson - 78' )
  • 12 Benjamin (Almond - 65' )
  • 16 Moogan (Chalmers - 88' )
  • 18 Tames

Substitutes

  • 13 Hibbert
  • 23 Willis
  • 15 Chalmers
  • 11 Almond
  • 21 Stephenson
Ref: Ford
Att: 1,918

Match Stats

Shots

15 6

On target

6 1

Corners

4 3

Fouls

16 13

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:50 Full time

Full Time The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.

90:00 +3:58

Foul by Ritchie Sutton on Chris Lever, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Shaun Whalley.

90:00 +3:13

Chris Almond takes a shot.

90:00 +2:29

Unfair challenge on Jake Speight by Andy Parry results in a free kick. Adam Murray takes the free kick.

90:00 +2:03

The ball is sent over by Chris Almond, clearance made by Exodus Geohaghon.

90:00 +1:16

Lee Beevers challenges Darren Stephenson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Shaun Whalley takes the direct free kick.

89:20

Jake Speight produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the net.

88:30

Unfair challenge on Aaron Chalmers by Adam Murray results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Simon Grand.

87:15 Substitution

Substitution Aaron Chalmers on for Alan Moogan.

86:03

The ball is sent over by Jake Speight. Ben Hutchinson takes the outswinging corner, Close range header by Exodus Geohaghon goes over the bar.

85:01

The ball is sent over by Adam Murray.

84:29

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Ben Hutchinson, save by Tony McMillan.

83:16

Direct free kick taken by Tony McMillan.

83:16 Booking

Booking The referee shows Adam Murray a yellow card.

83:12

Adam Murray gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Chris Lever.

81:56

Jake Speight fouled by Chris Lynch, the ref awards a free kick. A cross is delivered by Louis Briscoe, Header from deep inside the penalty area by Ben Hutchinson goes harmlessly over the crossbar.

81:23

Free kick awarded for a foul by Darren Stephenson on John Dempster. Shane Redmond takes the direct free kick.

80:21

Darren Stephenson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Adam Murray. Lee Beevers restarts play with the free kick.

79:36

Jake Speight challenges James Smith unfairly and gives away a free kick. Tony McMillan restarts play with the free kick.

77:26

Alan Moogan takes the free kick.

77:26 Substitution

Substitution (Southport) makes a substitution, with Darren Stephenson coming on for Karl Ledsham.

77:26

Anthony Howell gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Shaun Whalley.

76:13

Outswinging corner taken by Adam Murray from the right by-line.

75:08

The official flags Lindon Meikle offside. Tony McMillan restarts play with the free kick.

74:09

Louis Briscoe takes a shot. Blocked by Andy Parry. Jake Speight takes a shot. Blocked by Andy Parry.

73:24

Shaun Whalley fouled by Anthony Howell, the ref awards a free kick. Alan Moogan takes the free kick.

71:33 Substitution

Substitution Adam Murray on for Chris Clements.

71:22

The ball is swung over by Shaun Whalley, Lee Beevers gets a block in.

70:40

The assistant referee signals for offside against Lee Beevers. Free kick taken by Tony McMillan.

69:49

Lindon Meikle produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the target.

66:42

Unfair challenge on John Dempster by Steven Tames results in a free kick. Shane Redmond takes the direct free kick.

65:08

Ritchie Sutton takes the free kick.

65:08 Substitution

Substitution Jake Speight replaces Nick Wright.

65:08

Foul by Chris Lynch on Anthony Howell, free kick awarded.

63:41

Shaun Whalley restarts play with the free kick.

63:41 Substitution

Substitution Chris Almond is brought on as a substitute for Russell Benjamin.

63:41

Chris Clements challenges Shaun Whalley unfairly and gives away a free kick.

63:03

Centre by Ritchie Sutton.

60:43

Chris Clements concedes a free kick for a foul on Karl Ledsham. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Alan Moogan.

57:09

Unfair challenge on Lee Beevers by Russell Benjamin results in a free kick. Lee Beevers restarts play with the free kick.

56:43

Russell Benjamin delivers the ball, Shane Redmond makes a save.

54:18

Louis Briscoe crosses the ball.

52:12

Alan Moogan takes the free kick. Simon Grand has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide right of the goal.

52:12 Booking

Booking Chris Clements is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.

52:05

Chris Clements concedes a free kick for a foul on Shaun Whalley.

51:23

Steven Tames produces a cross. Corner taken right-footed by Shaun Whalley from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Nick Wright.

50:34

Andy Parry challenges Ben Hutchinson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Chris Clements takes the direct free kick. Anthony Howell takes a shot. Save by Tony McMillan.

49:59

Ritchie Sutton produces a cross, save by Tony McMillan.

48:57

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Shaun Whalley from the left by-line, Anthony Howell makes a clearance.

47:51

The ball is sent over by Chris Clements. Nick Wright is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Tony McMillan takes the indirect free kick.

45:37

Chris Lynch concedes a free kick for a foul on Ben Hutchinson. Chris Clements restarts play with the free kick.

45:01

The referee gets the second half underway.

45:00 +2:09 Half time

Half Time The players leave the pitch at half time.

43:39

Nick Wright sends in a cross.

41:14

Nick Wright handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Tony McMillan.

40:33

Lee Beevers fouled by Andy Parry, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Shane Redmond.

38:34

Chris Lynch fouled by Ben Hutchinson, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by James Smith.

38:23

A cross is delivered by Karl Ledsham, save by Shane Redmond.

35:58

Handball decision goes against Chris Clements. Indirect free kick taken by Chris Lever.

34:56

The ball is swung over by Louis Briscoe, Lee Beevers produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the net.

33:44

Nick Wright takes a shot. Save by Tony McMillan.

32:57

John Dempster gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Russell Benjamin. Alan Moogan takes the direct free kick.

31:33

Headed effort on goal by Nick Wright from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the target.

30:20

Ben Hutchinson has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide right of the goal. Corner taken by Chris Clements from the right by-line, Chris Lynch makes a clearance.

29:48

The ball is sent over by Louis Briscoe, clearance made by Simon Grand.

28:42

Steven Tames challenges Exodus Geohaghon unfairly and gives away a free kick. Chris Clements restarts play with the free kick.

28:08

Nick Wright is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Chris Lynch takes the indirect free kick.

26:30

Russell Benjamin fouled by Louis Briscoe, the ref awards a free kick. Shaun Whalley takes the free kick. Header from close range by Steven Tames misses to the right of the goal.

26:00

Nick Wright is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Tony McMillan.

22:53

Long range shot by Ben Hutchinson goes wide left of the goal.

22:10

The offside flag is raised against Steven Tames. Indirect free kick taken by Shane Redmond.

20:21

Shaun Whalley fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick.

20:21 Booking

Booking The referee cautions Exodus Geohaghon for unsporting behaviour.

20:00

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Shaun Whalley by Exodus Geohaghon.

18:36

Unfair challenge on Shaun Whalley by Exodus Geohaghon results in a free kick. Alan Moogan takes the direct free kick.

17:53

Unfair challenge on Ben Hutchinson by Alan Moogan results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Chris Clements.

16:55

Nick Wright produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the target.

16:02

Chris Lever produces a cross, John Dempster makes a clearance. Corner taken by Karl Ledsham from the right by-line.

15:16

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Anthony Howell by Andy Parry. John Dempster restarts play with the free kick.

11:19 Booking

Booking Caution for Shaun Whalley.

9:38

Steven Tames produces a cross.

9:19

Shaun Whalley takes a shot. John Dempster gets a block in.

8:32

Ben Hutchinson concedes a free kick for a foul on Shaun Whalley. Free kick taken by Tony McMillan.

8:02

The ball is crossed by Louis Briscoe.

7:09

Shaun Whalley is adjudged to have handled the ball. Shane Redmond restarts play with the free kick.

6:46

Centre by Lindon Meikle, save by Tony McMillan.

6:21

Nick Wright takes a shot. Save made by Tony McMillan.

1:34

Assist on the goal came from Nick Wright.

1:34 Goal scored

Goal! - Ben Hutchinson - Mansfield 1 - 0 Southport Ben Hutchinson finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the box low into the middle of the goal. Mansfield 1-0 Southport.

1:30

Nick Wright delivers the ball,

0:00

The match has kicked off.

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