Mansfield top the Blue Square Bet Premier after a ninth successive win at the expense of fellow promotion challengers Forest Green Rovers.

Lindon Meikle's shot was deflected in to give the visitors a first-half lead, and Lee Stevenson doubled it shortly after the break.

James Norwood hit the bar for the home side before he found the net with a late consolation.

The Stags lead Wrexham, who host Luton on Saturday, at the top by two points.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Forest Green Rovers manager Dave Hockaday told BBC Radio Gloucestershire:

Second goal killed us - Hockaday

"The second goal proved to be the killer, but we still had a chance to get back in the game and at least draw.

"The first goal was cruel because it's going well wide and it gets deflected in. At the start of the second half we just gave them a goal and so from nothing they're 2-0 up.

"In the second half we just piled forward and we really should've at least drawn the game. We've rattled the crossbar and that just about sums up the last six games, where we've played really well.

"At the moment we're just finding it difficult. We have to work hard to create the chances and then we're just not putting them away - we give them it and they put it away."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6)

Forest Green

  • 23 Russell
  • 02 Hodgkiss
  • 03 Stokes
  • 15 Oshodi
  • 21 Racine
  • 22 Green
  • 04 Bangura (Klukowski - 60' )
  • 11 Forbes
  • 20 Norwood Booked
  • 27 Odubade (Taylor - 53' )
  • 29 Burns (Fowler - 83' )

Substitutes

  • 06 Bennett
  • 16 Asafu-Adjaye
  • 08 Klukowski
  • 17 Fowler
  • 14 Taylor

Mansfield

  • 01 Marriott
  • 04 Dempster
  • 05 Jones
  • 17 Beevers Booked
  • 29 Jennings
  • 21 Murray Booked
  • 26 Stevenson (Howell - 64' )
  • 27 Chapman
  • 31 Daniel (Briscoe - 27' )
  • 07 Meikle
  • 10 Green (Rhead - 75' )

Substitutes

  • 02 Sutton
  • 13 Howell
  • 11 Briscoe
  • 12 Wright
  • 16 Rhead
Ref: Barrett
Att: 1,109

Match Stats

Shots

10 5

On target

3 2

Corners

7 5

Fouls

7 13

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +5:22 Full time

Full Time The referee blows for the end of the match.

90:00 +4:33

Free kick awarded for a foul by Lee Beevers on Chris Stokes. Free kick taken by Chris Stokes.

90:00 +1:55

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Eddie Oshodi by Matt Rhead. Sam Russell restarts play with the free kick.

89:50

Corner taken right-footed by James Norwood, Unfair challenge on Lindon Meikle by Paul Green results in a free kick. Alan Marriott takes the free kick.

88:04

Direct free kick taken by James Norwood.

88:04 Booking

Booking Adam Murray shown a yellow card.

87:54

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Paul Green by Adam Murray.

86:26 Goal scored

Goal! - James Norwood - Forest Grn 1 - 2 Mansfield James Norwood finds the net with a goal from inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Forest Green 1-2 Mansfield.

85:22

James Norwood takes a shot. Save by Alan Marriott.

84:44

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by James Jennings, Chris Stokes manages to make a clearance.

83:55

Foul by Paul Green on Adam Chapman, free kick awarded. Alan Marriott restarts play with the free kick.

81:27

Corner taken by James Norwood from the right by-line to the near post, Matt Taylor takes a shot.

81:27 Substitution

Substitution Wes Burns leaves the field to be replaced by Lee Fowler.

81:27

Corner taken by James Norwood from the left by-line, clearance by John Dempster.

81:27 Booking

Booking James Norwood is shown a yellow card for dissent.

78:09

Free kick awarded for a foul by James Jennings on Kieron Forbes. Chris Stokes restarts play with the free kick.

77:27

Inswinging corner taken by James Jennings from the right by-line, clearance by Chris Stokes.

76:04

Adam Murray challenges James Norwood unfairly and gives away a free kick. Yan Klukowski restarts play with the free kick.

74:54

Corner taken by Yan Klukowski, Luke Jones manages to make a clearance.

74:54 Substitution

Substitution Matt Rhead comes on in place of Matt Green.

74:06

Free kick awarded for a foul by Luke Jones on Matt Taylor. Chris Stokes takes the direct free kick.

65:48

Wes Burns produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the target.

64:23

John Dempster gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Matt Taylor. Chris Stokes takes the free kick.

63:30 Substitution

Substitution Anthony Howell comes on in place of Lee Stevenson.

59:43 Substitution

Substitution Yan Klukowski comes on in place of Al Bangura.

58:19

James Norwood takes a shot.

55:51

Inswinging corner taken by James Norwood from the left by-line.

53:53

John Dempster challenges Matt Taylor unfairly and gives away a free kick. Aarran Racine delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel.

53:26

Matt Green is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Sam Russell.

52:28 Substitution

Substitution Matt Taylor on for Yemi Odubade.

50:34

Long distance shot from James Norwood misses to the left of the target.

47:53

Inswinging corner taken by James Norwood from the right by-line, Lee Stevenson makes a clearance.

46:42

Matt Green provided the assist for the goal.

46:42 Goal scored

Goal! - Lee Stevenson - Forest Grn 0 - 2 Mansfield Lee Stevenson finds the net with a goal from the edge of the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Forest Green 0-2 Mansfield.

45:50

Wes Burns fouled by Lindon Meikle, the ref awards a free kick. Sam Russell takes the free kick.

45:01

The second half begins.

45:00 +1:50 Half time

Half Time The match has reached half-time.

45:00 +0:33

Al Bangura concedes a free kick for a foul on Lee Stevenson. Centre by James Jennings, John Dempster takes a shot.

43:18

Foul by Kieron Forbes on Matt Green, free kick awarded. Alan Marriott restarts play with the free kick.

40:03

Louis Briscoe takes a shot. Save made by Sam Russell. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by James Jennings from the right by-line, Header from close in by Adam Chapman misses to the left of the target.

39:19

The referee blows for offside against Kieron Forbes. Alan Marriott restarts play with the free kick.

37:34

Wes Burns takes a shot. Save by Alan Marriott. Corner taken left-footed by James Norwood, clearance by Lee Stevenson.

32:13

James Norwood sends in a cross, Header from close in by Aarran Racine misses to the left of the target.

32:13 Booking

Booking Lee Beevers goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.

32:07

Unfair challenge on Paul Green by Lee Beevers results in a free kick.

29:16

Assist by Lindon Meikle.

29:16 Goal scored

Goal! - Eddie Oshodi - Forest Grn 0 - 1 Mansfield An own goal is scored by Eddie Oshodi. Forest Green 0-1 Mansfield.

28:06

Lindon Meikle produces a right-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses wide left of the target.

26:35 Substitution

Substitution Colin Daniel leaves the field to be replaced by Louis Briscoe.

22:41

Corner taken right-footed by Adam Chapman from the left by-line, clearance by Eddie Oshodi. Corner from right by-line taken by James Jennings.

20:01

Al Bangura concedes a free kick for a foul on Adam Murray. James Jennings takes the free kick.

15:57

Foul by Eddie Oshodi on Lee Stevenson, free kick awarded. James Jennings takes the free kick.

14:12

Kieron Forbes takes a shot. Alan Marriott makes a save.

9:53

Lee Stevenson challenges Al Bangura unfairly and gives away a free kick. Sam Russell takes the direct free kick.

6:03

Colin Daniel challenges Jared Hodgkiss unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Sam Russell.

5:21

Shot by Wes Burns from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.

3:17

James Norwood challenges Colin Daniel unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Adam Chapman.

2:58

The assistant referee signals for offside against Eddie Oshodi. Alan Marriott restarts play with the free kick.

2:20

James Norwood fouled by Adam Murray, the ref awards a free kick. James Norwood restarts play with the free kick.

0:00

The referee starts the match.

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