Title-chasing Mansfield Town's relentless run continued as they beat relegation-threatened Gateshead to rack up a 12th consecutive win.

Anthony Howell's close-range effort set the Stags on the way and Louis Briscoe doubled the lead after the break with a sweet 20-yard left-foot volley.

Matt Green smashed home a third after some great footwork in the box.

Mansfield Town's 12 consecutive wins matches the Conference record held by Hereford United in 2004 and Burton Albion in 2008/09.

And substitute Ben Hutchinson added number four from the penalty spot after Jamie Chandler's handball.

The emphatic victory keeps the pressure on Blue Square Bet Premier leaders Kidderminster Harriers, who beat Luton Town 2-1 to remain one point clear of the Stags.

But Mansfield have three games in hand on Harriers and will be assured of the title - even if their rivals win all their remaining games - if they pick up 11 points from their remaining six matches.

Gateshead are now winless in five games and are only one point outside the relegation zone with five games still to play.

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Mansfield Town manager Paul Cox told BBC Radio Nottingham:

"It was a strange kind of game, especially early on. In the final third I thought we were making wrong decisions and bad choices.

"But we had to be patient. I thought Gateshead were very dogged and resolute and I just thought the more the game went on, the more gaps started to open.

"I'm chuffed for the lads. I'm just pleased that we've come through with a decent scoreline."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6)

Mansfield

  • 01 Marriott
  • 04 Dempster
  • 05 Jones
  • 17 Beevers
  • 28 Taylor
  • 13 Howell
  • 21 Murray
  • 26 Stevenson Booked (Rhead - 58' )
  • 31 Daniel (Meikle - 75' )
  • 10 Green (Hutchinson - 79' )
  • 11 Briscoe

Substitutes

  • 02 Sutton
  • 27 Chapman
  • 07 Meikle
  • 16 Rhead
  • 25 Hutchinson

Gateshead

  • 01 Bartlett
  • 03 Boyle
  • 05 Curtis Booked
  • 04 Chandler Booked
  • 07 Gillies (Fowler - 79' )
  • 08 Turnbull
  • 11 Cummins
  • 18 Donaldson
  • 09 Hatch
  • 14 Brown (Bore - 60' )
  • 33 Henderson (Everson - 85' )

Substitutes

  • 19 Nixon
  • 22 Galpin
  • 34 Bore
  • 37 Fowler
  • 35 Everson
Ref: Horwood
Att: 3,472

Match Stats

Shots

16 5

On target

11 3

Corners

5 0

Fouls

13 9

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:49 Full time

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

90:00 +3:58

Corner taken by Ben Hutchinson from the left by-line, Luke Jones takes a shot. Save by Adam Bartlett.

90:00 +2:06

Louis Briscoe takes a shot. Patrick Boyle gets a block in.

90:00 +0:31 Goal scored

Goal! - Ben Hutchinson - Mansfield 4 - 0 Gateshead Placed penalty scored by Ben Hutchinson. Mansfield 4-0 Gateshead.

90:00 +0:03

Jamie Chandler is adjudged to have handled the ball.

88:27

Free kick awarded for a foul by Peter Bore on Lee Beevers. Ben Hutchinson shoots direct from the free kick, blocked by Jamie Chandler.

86:15

Free kick awarded for a foul by Luke Jones on James Curtis. Adam Bartlett restarts play with the free kick.

85:37

Corner taken by Adam Murray from the right by-line, Liam Hatch makes a clearance.

84:50 Substitution

Substitution Ben Everson joins the action as a substitute, replacing Liam Henderson.

81:15

Free kick awarded for a foul by Ben Hutchinson on Liam Hatch. Adam Bartlett takes the direct free kick.

78:32 Substitution

Substitution Jake Fowler is brought on as a substitute for Josh Gillies.

78:01 Substitution

Substitution Ben Hutchinson replaces Matt Green.

77:30

Josh Gillies takes a shot. Save made by Adam Bartlett.

76:33

Assist on the goal came from Lindon Meikle.

76:33 Goal scored

Goal! - Matt Green - Mansfield 3 - 0 Gateshead Goal scored by Matt Green from just inside the area to the top right corner of the goal. Mansfield 3-0 Gateshead.

75:43

The ball is delivered by Louis Briscoe.

74:48 Substitution

Substitution Lindon Meikle on for Colin Daniel.

74:30

Effort from deep inside the area by Colin Daniel misses to the right of the target.

72:10 Goal scored

Goal! - Louis Briscoe - Mansfield 2 - 0 Gateshead A goal is scored by Louis Briscoe from just outside the box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Mansfield 2-0 Gateshead.

70:13

The assistant referee flags for offside against Matt Green. Patrick Boyle restarts play with the free kick.

67:49

Colin Daniel takes a shot. Adam Bartlett makes a save.

67:12

Effort from the edge of the area by Colin Daniel goes wide of the left-hand upright.

66:49

Free kick awarded for a foul by Matt Rhead on Liam Hatch. Adam Bartlett restarts play with the free kick.

64:57

The ball is swung over by Jamie Chandler, save by Alan Marriott.

63:21

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Liam Hatch by Matt Rhead. Adam Bartlett takes the direct free kick.

62:17

James Curtis fouled by Matt Rhead, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Adam Bartlett.

60:11

Corner taken right-footed by Adam Murray.

59:34 Substitution

Substitution Peter Bore joins the action as a substitute, replacing James Brown.

57:13

Free kick taken by Luke Jones.

57:13 Substitution

Substitution Lee Stevenson leaves the field to be replaced by Matt Rhead.

57:13

Jamie Chandler concedes a free kick for a foul on Anthony Howell.

52:20

Liam Henderson challenges John Dempster unfairly and gives away a free kick. Alan Marriott takes the free kick.

51:42

Liam Henderson fouled by Anthony Howell, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Adam Bartlett.

50:20

Liam Henderson delivers the ball, Strike from close range by Ryan Donaldson clears the bar.

49:57

Liam Henderson fouled by Adam Murray, the ref awards a free kick. Phil Turnbull restarts play with the free kick.

45:32

Lee Stevenson produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty area that goes harmlessly over the target.

45:01

The referee gets the second half underway.

45:00 +1:32 Half time

Half Time The players leave the pitch at half time.

44:59

Patrick Boyle takes the free kick.

44:59 Booking

Booking The referee books Lee Stevenson for unsporting behaviour.

44:58

Foul by Lee Stevenson on Patrick Boyle, free kick awarded.

44:31

Matt Green takes a shot. Save by Adam Bartlett.

43:57

A cross is delivered by Josh Gillies, clearance made by John Dempster.

42:40

A cross is delivered by Colin Daniel.

41:01

Outswinging corner taken by Adam Murray, Lee Stevenson takes a shot. Clearance by Micky Cummins.

38:49

Lee Beevers gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ryan Donaldson. Patrick Boyle takes the direct free kick.

37:13

Foul by Liam Hatch on Matt Green, free kick awarded. Adam Murray takes the direct free kick.

35:33

Jamie Chandler fouled by Lee Stevenson, the ref awards a free kick. Phil Turnbull shoots direct from the free kick.

35:21

Centre by Ryan Donaldson.

33:58

Greg Taylor has a shot on goal from outside the box which misses right.

33:01

Matt Green takes a shot. Save made by Adam Bartlett.

32:29

Corner taken by Adam Murray.

30:39

Foul by Liam Hatch on Colin Daniel, free kick awarded. Adam Murray shoots direct from the free kick, blocked by Ryan Donaldson.

29:46

Josh Gillies sends in a cross.

28:17

Effort on goal by Lee Stevenson from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the target.

26:51

Lee Beevers gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ryan Donaldson. Free kick taken by Phil Turnbull.

23:52

Direct free kick taken by Alan Marriott.

23:52 Booking

Booking The referee shows Jamie Chandler a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

23:34

Jamie Chandler concedes a free kick for a foul on Colin Daniel.

23:08

Foul by Lee Beevers on Jamie Chandler, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Patrick Boyle.

20:47

Adam Murray provided the assist for the goal.

20:47 Goal scored

Goal! - Anthony Howell - Mansfield 1 - 0 Gateshead Goal scored by Anthony Howell from close in to the bottom right corner of the goal. Mansfield 1-0 Gateshead.

19:53

Unfair challenge on Matt Green by Phil Turnbull results in a free kick. The ball is swung over by Adam Murray,

18:53

Ryan Donaldson takes a shot. Save by Alan Marriott.

16:00

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on James Curtis by Matt Green. Adam Bartlett takes the direct free kick.

13:58

Matt Green handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Liam Hatch takes the free kick.

11:20 Booking

Booking Caution for James Curtis.

11:04

James Curtis challenges Matt Green unfairly and gives away a free kick. Adam Murray takes the free kick.

8:33

Liam Henderson takes a shot. Save made by Alan Marriott.

7:03

Matt Green is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Liam Hatch takes the direct free kick.

0:47

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Lee Stevenson by Liam Hatch. Lee Stevenson restarts play with the free kick.

0:00

The match gets underway.

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