Mansfield moved to within three points off the play-off places as they came from a goal down to earn an away victory at Southport.

The home side took an early lead when a fine ball from Russell Benjamin found Shaun Whalley, who applied the finish.

Mansfield levelled when Adam Murray capitalised on confusion in the home defence to slot home from close range.

Lee Stevenson then coolly swept Matt Green's pass into the bottom corner from 20 yards to snatch the points.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Mansfield Town manager Paul Cox told BBC Radio Nottingham:

"I've had the reaction that we wanted from the boys.

"We've come away to two really tough places - Stockport and Southport - we've worked extremely hard and come away with six points.

"Especially today, I think today was a big result. This place is hard enough to get a result at the best of times.

"With the uncertainty of the weather, the lads have been immense."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (4)

Southport

  • 01 McMillan
  • 02 Smith
  • 04 Akrigg
  • 06 Grand
  • 23 Willis (Bakare - 46' )
  • 05 Parry
  • 07 Whalley
  • 08 Ledsham
  • 12 Benjamin
  • 16 Moogan (Chalmers - 79' )
  • 18 Tames Booked (Joyce - 73' )

Substitutes

  • 13 Hibbert
  • 17 Lynch
  • 15 Chalmers
  • 20 Joyce
  • 19 Bakare

Mansfield

  • 01 Marriott
  • 02 Sutton
  • 04 Dempster
  • 05 Jones
  • 17 Beevers
  • 13 Howell
  • 21 Murray
  • 26 Stevenson
  • 31 Daniel Booked (Briscoe - 89' )
  • 07 Meikle
  • 10 Green

Substitutes

  • 03 Thompson
  • 14 Clements
  • 11 Briscoe
  • 12 Wright
  • 16 Rhead
Ref: Kavanagh
Att: 804

Match Stats

Shots

5 13

On target

3 5

Corners

3 7

Fouls

9 11

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:03 Full time

Full Time The final whistle is blown by the referee.

90:00 +2:14

Louis Briscoe takes a shot. Foul by Louis Briscoe on Michael Bakare, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Tony McMillan.

90:00 +1:15

Foul by Russell Benjamin on Lee Stevenson, free kick awarded. Adam Murray takes the indirect free kick.

90:00 +1:00

Lindon Meikle crosses the ball, save by Tony McMillan.

89:48

Matt Green is caught offside. Tony McMillan restarts play with the free kick.

89:08

Russell Benjamin sends in a cross, Alan Marriott makes a save.

88:22 Substitution

Substitution (Mansfield) makes a substitution, with Louis Briscoe coming on for Colin Daniel.

88:22

The ball is sent over by James Smith.

87:57

Steve Akrigg crosses the ball, John Dempster makes a clearance.

85:36

Colin Daniel crosses the ball. Adam Murray decides to take the corner short. The ball is delivered by Colin Daniel, clearance made by Andy Parry.

84:41

The ball is crossed by Russell Benjamin, Steve Akrigg produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.

82:37

The ball is crossed by Russell Benjamin. The referee blows for offside against Karl Ledsham. Direct free kick taken by Alan Marriott.

81:55

Lee Beevers gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Shaun Whalley. Direct free kick taken by Aaron Chalmers.

81:44

Centre by Colin Daniel, clearance made by Steve Akrigg.

80:54

Unfair challenge on Lindon Meikle by Simon Grand results in a free kick. Adam Murray restarts play with the free kick.

80:01

Free kick awarded for a foul by Matt Green on Steve Akrigg. James Smith takes the direct free kick.

79:06

Corner taken left-footed by Karl Ledsham, Charlie Joyce takes a shot. Clearance made by Lee Beevers.

78:52

The offside flag is raised against Matt Green. Direct free kick taken by Simon Grand.

78:01 Substitution

Substitution Aaron Chalmers replaces Alan Moogan.

78:01

Karl Ledsham gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Lee Beevers. Lee Beevers takes the free kick.

77:20

The ball is swung over by Lindon Meikle, Andy Parry manages to make a clearance.

76:38

Alan Moogan gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Lindon Meikle. Free kick taken by Adam Murray.

75:30

Lee Stevenson challenges Steve Akrigg unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Alan Moogan.

74:34

Shaun Whalley crosses the ball.

73:53

Corner taken short by Adam Murray, James Smith manages to make a clearance.

73:02

Unfair challenge on Matt Green by Steve Akrigg results in a free kick. Adam Murray restarts play with the free kick.

72:08 Substitution

Substitution Charlie Joyce is brought on as a substitute for Steven Tames.

71:25

Free kick taken by Alan Marriott.

71:25 Booking

Booking Steven Tames is booked.

71:09

Steven Tames concedes a free kick for a foul on Lee Beevers.

69:46

The ball is crossed by Michael Bakare, Alan Marriott makes a save.

68:56

Unfair challenge on Matt Green by Steve Akrigg results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by John Dempster.

67:54

The ball is sent over by Lindon Meikle, save by Tony McMillan.

65:56

Ritchie Sutton has an effort at goal from outside the area which goes wide right of the goal.

65:42

Matt Green takes a shot. Save by Tony McMillan.

63:46

The ball is sent over by Ritchie Sutton, Tony McMillan makes a save.

63:12

The ball is swung over by Matt Green, Steve Akrigg manages to make a clearance.

61:54

Centre by Steven Tames.

61:05

James Smith produces a cross, John Dempster manages to make a clearance.

58:29

Lee Stevenson sends in a cross. Corner from the right by-line taken by Adam Murray, clearance by Shaun Whalley. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Shaun Whalley by Lee Stevenson. Tony McMillan takes the free kick.

57:20

Tony McMillan takes the free kick.

57:20 Booking

Booking Colin Daniel goes into the book.

56:53

Unfair challenge on Russell Benjamin by Colin Daniel results in a free kick.

55:51

The assistant referee signals for offside against Matt Green. Tony McMillan restarts play with the free kick.

55:17

The ball is crossed by Lindon Meikle, save by Tony McMillan.

54:50

A cross is delivered by Colin Daniel.

53:36

Assist by Matt Green.

53:36 Goal scored

Goal! - Lee Stevenson - Southport 1 - 2 Mansfield Lee Stevenson gets on the score sheet with a goal from just outside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Southport 1-2 Mansfield.

50:43

Colin Daniel is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Tony McMillan takes the direct free kick.

46:51

Russell Benjamin produces a cross, Alan Marriott makes a save.

45:48

Shot from long range by Lindon Meikle misses to the right of the target.

45:28

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Karl Ledsham, Adam Murray makes a clearance.

45:02 Substitution

Substitution (Southport) makes a substitution, with Michael Bakare coming on for Liam Willis.

45:01

The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.

45:00 +1:03 Half time

Half Time The match has reached half-time.

45:00 +0:43

Karl Ledsham challenges Adam Murray unfairly and gives away a free kick. Alan Marriott restarts play with the free kick.

44:05

Colin Daniel challenges Simon Grand unfairly and gives away a free kick. Tony McMillan takes the free kick.

42:15

The ball is swung over by Colin Daniel.

41:50

Lee Beevers produces a cross, save made by Tony McMillan.

41:23

The ball is delivered by Colin Daniel, clearance made by Steve Akrigg.

40:58

A cross is delivered by Ritchie Sutton, Alan Moogan manages to make a clearance.

39:23

Anthony Howell challenges Alan Moogan unfairly and gives away a free kick. Tony McMillan takes the free kick.

37:48

Corner taken by Adam Murray. Close range shot by Lee Stevenson misses to the left of the goal.

36:09

Lee Stevenson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Liam Willis. Direct free kick taken by Simon Grand.

35:09

Lee Beevers sends in a cross, clearance made by Steve Akrigg. Corner from the left by-line taken by Adam Murray, Tony McMillan makes a save.

34:15

The ball is delivered by Ritchie Sutton.

33:47

Karl Ledsham challenges Adam Murray unfairly and gives away a free kick. John Dempster takes the free kick.

33:18

Colin Daniel sends in a cross, clearance made by Andy Parry.

32:10

Effort on goal by Lee Stevenson from just inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.

31:07

The assistant referee signals for offside against Shaun Whalley. Alan Marriott takes the free kick.

30:00

Colin Daniel challenges Liam Willis unfairly and gives away a free kick. Alan Moogan takes the free kick.

29:27

The ball is delivered by Lee Stevenson, James Smith manages to make a clearance.

28:49

Adam Murray takes a inswinging corner to the near post, clearance made by Karl Ledsham.

27:24

Steven Tames sends in a cross, Ritchie Sutton manages to make a clearance.

26:38

Effort on goal by Colin Daniel from just inside the area clears the bar.

26:22

Short corner taken by Adam Murray.

25:19

Liam Willis delivers the ball, Alan Marriott makes a save.

24:06

Colin Daniel delivers the ball, Andy Parry manages to make a clearance. Effort from the edge of the box by Colin Daniel goes wide of the left-hand post.

23:01

Corner taken left-footed by Karl Ledsham from the right by-line to the near post, Alan Marriott makes a save. Alan Moogan takes a shot. Alan Marriott makes a save.

21:48

Colin Daniel takes a shot. Save made by Tony McMillan.

19:12

Matt Green is adjudged to have handled the ball. Tony McMillan takes the direct free kick.

18:20 Goal scored

Goal! - Adam Murray - Southport 1 - 1 Mansfield Adam Murray gets on the score sheet with a goal from close in to the bottom right corner of the goal. Southport 1-1 Mansfield.

17:25

Ritchie Sutton delivers the ball, clearance by James Smith.

16:31

Lee Beevers crosses the ball, Matt Green takes a shot. Tony McMillan makes a save.

11:26

Lee Stevenson challenges Alan Moogan unfairly and gives away a free kick. James Smith shoots direct from the free kick.

9:23

The assistant referee signals for offside against Matt Green. Tony McMillan takes the free kick.

5:39

Assist by Russell Benjamin.

5:39 Goal scored

Goal! - Shaun Whalley - Southport 1 - 0 Mansfield Shaun Whalley grabs a goal from inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Southport 1-0 Mansfield.

3:30

Anthony Howell sends in a cross, Steve Akrigg manages to make a clearance.

2:39

Shot from long range by Colin Daniel goes wide of the left-hand upright.

0:00

The referee gets the match started.

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