Matt Rhead's header set Mansfield on their way to a club-record eighth straight victory as they beat Grimsby.

After Matt Green had an early chance for the Stags, Grimsby's Ross Hannah forced a great save from Alan Marriott.

The Mansfield goalkeeper denied former Stags defender Tom Naylor with another wonder save after the break, before Rhead headed the home side ahead.

Adam Chapman, who scored a hat-trick on his debut on Saturday, secured the win with a left-footed 25-yard screamer.

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Mansfield Town manager Paul Cox told BBC Radio Nottingham:

Mansfield boss praises Chapman

"The lads deserve all the plaudits that come their way. They are working extremely hard. It's fine lines between the top five and six in this league.

"I don't think we played particularly well when we had the ball. But our shape and desire to get the thing back and our defending was excellent and Alan Marriott was in inspired form.

"Adam Chapman is such a talented footballer. He is only been with us a week or so. He has acquitted himself really well but there is more to come. He is so technically gifted."

Grimsby Town joint-manager Paul Hurst told BBC Radio Humberside:

Grimsby were the better side - Hurst

"Yes, the performance was spot-on. I thought we were the better team.

"I thought we dominated the first half and in the second half I still thought we were the better side. We limited them to very little.

"I thought we passed it quite well on a heavy surface but you have to deal with these things.

"What gives us hope and happy is not the right word, but to be talking after a defeat it's probably as happy as you're going to find us."

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (6)

Mansfield

  • 01 Marriott
  • 04 Dempster Booked
  • 05 Jones
  • 17 Beevers
  • 29 Jennings
  • 21 Murray
  • 26 Stevenson (Rhead - 56' )
  • 27 Chapman Booked
  • 31 Daniel
  • 07 Meikle (Briscoe - 72' )
  • 10 Green (Howell - 86' Booked )

Substitutes

  • 02 Sutton
  • 13 Howell
  • 11 Briscoe
  • 12 Wright
  • 16 Rhead

Grimsby

  • 13 McKeown
  • 02 Hatton Booked
  • 03 Thomas
  • 05 Pearson
  • 06 Miller
  • 29 Naylor
  • 08 Disley (Thanoj - 46' )
  • 15 Devitt
  • 26 Marshall (Colbeck - 69' )
  • 12 Cook
  • 25 Hannah (Brodie - 80' )

Substitutes

  • 07 Colbeck
  • 21 Thanoj
  • 30 Wilson
  • 14 Brodie
  • 28 John-Lewis
Ref: Horwood
Att: 3,896

Match Stats

Shots

8 12

On target

7 8

Corners

3 6

Fouls

13 9

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:46 Full time

Full Time The referee blows his whistle to end the game.

90:00 +4:35

Matt Rhead produces a cross, save by James McKeown.

89:37

Centre by Joe Colbeck, save made by Alan Marriott.

88:56

Free kick crossed by Jamie Devitt, Adam Murray manages to make a clearance.

88:56 Booking

Booking Anthony Howell receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

88:48

Free kick awarded for a foul by Anthony Howell on Jamie Devitt.

88:38

Joe Colbeck crosses the ball, Adam Murray makes a clearance.

88:08

Anthony Howell concedes a free kick for a foul on Andi Thanoj. Sam Hatton takes the direct free kick.

86:56

Outswinging corner taken by Joe Colbeck, Luke Jones makes a clearance.

86:49

Joe Colbeck produces a cross, clearance made by John Dempster.

85:06 Substitution

Substitution (Mansfield) makes a substitution, with Anthony Howell coming on for Matt Green.

85:06

Richard Brodie challenges James Jennings unfairly and gives away a free kick. Alan Marriott restarts play with the free kick.

84:47

The ball is delivered by Matt Green, save by James McKeown.

81:33

Matt Green provided the assist for the goal.

81:33 Goal scored

Goal! - Adam Chapman - Mansfield 2 - 0 Grimsby Adam Chapman finds the back of the net with a goal from outside the area to the top right corner of the goal. Mansfield 2-0 Grimsby.

79:56 Substitution

Substitution Richard Brodie replaces Ross Hannah.

79:44

The ball is swung over by Colin Daniel.

78:52

The ball is delivered by Aswad Thomas, Effort on goal by Ross Hannah from just inside the area clears the bar.

78:06

Effort from outside the penalty area by Matt Rhead goes wide left of the goal.

73:39

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by James Jennings from the right by-line, free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Shaun Pearson by Matt Green. Direct free kick taken by James McKeown.

73:25

The ball is delivered by Louis Briscoe, blocked by Aswad Thomas.

73:15

Louis Briscoe sends in a cross, Jamie Devitt gets a block in.

71:06 Substitution

Substitution Louis Briscoe on for Lindon Meikle.

71:06

Foul by Andi Thanoj on Adam Chapman, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Alan Marriott.

70:08

The ball is sent over by Joe Colbeck.

69:36

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Andy Cook by John Dempster. Direct free kick taken by Sam Hatton.

68:41 Substitution

Substitution (Grimsby) makes a substitution, with Joe Colbeck coming on for Marcus Marshall.

66:34

Ross Hannah fouled by Luke Jones, the ref awards a free kick. Sam Hatton takes the direct free kick.

65:56

Effort on goal by Jamie Devitt from just inside the penalty area goes over the target.

65:34

Matt Green takes a shot. Ian Miller gets a block in.

65:04

Tom Naylor takes a shot. Save by Alan Marriott.

63:26

Assist by James Jennings.

63:26 Goal scored

Goal! - Matt Rhead - Mansfield 1 - 0 Grimsby Matt Rhead scores a headed goal from close in. Mansfield 1-0 Grimsby.

61:45

Inswinging corner taken by James Jennings from the right by-line,

60:12

The ball is sent over by Colin Daniel.

59:53

Lee Beevers sends in a cross, Ian Miller makes a clearance.

58:17

The ball is delivered by Lindon Meikle, James McKeown makes a comfortable save.

57:26

The assistant referee signals for offside against Matt Green. James McKeown takes the free kick.

56:50

Aswad Thomas gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Lindon Meikle. Direct free kick taken by Alan Marriott.

55:44 Substitution

Substitution Matt Rhead on for Lee Stevenson.

54:47

Foul by Andy Cook on Lindon Meikle, free kick awarded. Alan Marriott takes the free kick.

52:10

Free kick awarded for a foul by Lee Stevenson on Tom Naylor. Sam Hatton shoots direct from the free kick, blocked by Adam Murray.

50:56

Centre by Jamie Devitt.

50:44

Short corner taken by Jamie Devitt.

49:29

Free kick awarded for a foul by Luke Jones on Andy Cook. Sam Hatton produces a cross, Ian Miller takes a shot. Save made by Alan Marriott.

48:33

Luke Jones fouled by Andy Cook, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by James Jennings.

47:57

A cross is delivered by Colin Daniel.

47:46

Centre by Colin Daniel, Ian Miller makes a clearance.

45:01

The second half begins.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Andi Thanoj comes on in place of Craig Disley.

45:00 +2:34 Half time

Half Time The whistle is blown to end the first half.

45:00 +1:49

Unfair challenge on Luke Jones by Andy Cook results in a free kick. Alan Marriott restarts play with the free kick.

45:00 +1:20

Free kick awarded for a foul by Adam Murray on Tom Naylor. James McKeown takes the free kick.

44:50 Booking

Booking Sam Hatton receives a caution.

44:44

Free kick awarded for a foul by Sam Hatton on Colin Daniel. Free kick taken by James Jennings.

44:11

Free kick crossed by Sam Hatton, Luke Jones makes a clearance.

44:11 Booking

Booking John Dempster booked for unsporting behaviour.

43:30

Unfair challenge on Ross Hannah by John Dempster results in a free kick.

41:45

The ball is crossed by Marcus Marshall, blocked by Lee Beevers.

40:59

The ball is swung over by James McKeown, save by Alan Marriott.

39:49

Tom Naylor delivers the ball, save made by Alan Marriott.

38:49

The ball is sent over by Colin Daniel, Craig Disley gets a block in.

33:05

The ball is sent over by Aswad Thomas.

32:07

Adam Murray is penalised for a handball. Sam Hatton takes the direct free kick.

30:26

Ross Hannah takes a shot. John Dempster gets a block in.

28:10

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by James Jennings.

27:08

Shaun Pearson concedes a free kick for a foul on Lee Stevenson. Strike comes in from Adam Chapman from the free kick, blocked by Craig Disley.

26:30

Jamie Devitt produces a cross, comfortable save by Alan Marriott.

26:04

Corner taken by Jamie Devitt from the left by-line played to the near post, Lee Beevers makes a clearance.

25:54

The ball is crossed by Marcus Marshall, clearance made by Lee Beevers.

24:27

Corner taken short by Jamie Devitt.

23:50

Tom Naylor takes a shot. Save by Alan Marriott.

23:05

The ball is crossed by Sam Hatton, Luke Jones gets a block in.

20:37

Corner taken right-footed by Jamie Devitt to the near post, Andy Cook produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box that clears the bar.

20:28

Centre by Jamie Devitt, blocked by Lee Beevers.

19:36

Strike comes in from Sam Hatton from the free kick, blocked by Lindon Meikle.

19:36 Booking

Booking Adam Chapman goes into the book.

19:27

Adam Chapman concedes a free kick for a foul on Jamie Devitt.

18:15

Adam Murray gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Andy Cook. Free kick taken by James McKeown.

17:57

Adam Chapman produces a cross, clearance made by Shaun Pearson.

15:57

Adam Chapman sends in a cross, Colin Daniel takes a shot. James McKeown makes a save.

15:46

The ball is sent over by Lindon Meikle.

15:17

Ross Hannah takes a shot. Save by Alan Marriott.

14:31

Colin Daniel sends in a cross.

13:48

Matt Green concedes a free kick for a foul on Ian Miller. Direct free kick taken by James McKeown.

13:28

Lee Stevenson takes a shot. Blocked by Tom Naylor.

12:09

Ross Hannah takes a shot from close in clearing the crossbar.

11:48

Craig Disley takes a shot. Alan Marriott makes a save.

11:23

Jamie Devitt decides to take the corner short.

11:07

Sam Hatton sends in a cross, clearance by Lee Beevers.

9:15

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on James Jennings by Tom Naylor. Free kick crossed by James Jennings, clearance made by Tom Naylor.

8:49

Ross Hannah sends in a cross.

7:08

Lee Beevers challenges Jamie Devitt unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed by Jamie Devitt, Luke Jones manages to make a clearance.

6:41

Lindon Meikle produces a cross, save made by James McKeown.

4:50

The ball is swung over by Matt Green, blocked by Shaun Pearson.

4:05

The ball is swung over by Lindon Meikle, Matt Green takes a shot. Save by James McKeown.

2:44

The ball is delivered by Marcus Marshall, blocked by Colin Daniel.

1:30

Marcus Marshall is caught offside. Alan Marriott takes the indirect free kick.

0:00

The match begins.

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