Mansfield Town suffered a surprise defeat at Braintree and missed the chance to remain top of the Blue Square Bet Premier.

The Stags, who had won 14 of their last 15 league games, took an early lead when Matt Green slotted home.

Green was then denied by the woodwork before Matt Paine drilled in an equaliser for Braintree.

And the hosts secured all three points when Sam Habergham set up Kaine Sheppard, who headed home.

Mansfield pushed to rescue a point but substitute Matt Rhead's effort was tipped around the post by goalkeeper Nathan McDonald.

The Stags have now dropped to second, one point below Kidderminster, who won at promotion-chasing Wrexham.

Paul Cox's side have two games remaining, while Harriers only have one.

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Braintree Town manager Alan Devonshire told BBC Essex:

"I don't know about (whether it was the) best result of the season, but I was delighted with the way we've come back after being one down.

"We didn't play that well in the first half, but I thought we fully deserved our win on that second half performance.

"I'm so proud of them, they put a shift in all the time for me. I'm pleased for the club, we've got 62 points and we're in the top half.

"It has been a great season, I think we were bottom of the league around Christmas time, the second half of the season as been really good, the credit should go to the players."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6)

Braintree Town

  • 01 McDonald
  • 03 Habergham
  • 05 Paine
  • 15 Massey Booked
  • 19 Wells
  • 07 Symons
  • 08 Davis
  • 12 Daley (Woodyard - 67' )
  • 17 Mulley
  • 14 Sheppard (Sparkes - 90' )
  • 37 Wright (Holman - 76' )

Substitutes

  • 22 Naisbitt
  • 32 Smith
  • 11 Sparkes
  • 33 Woodyard
  • 20 Holman

Mansfield

  • 01 Marriott
  • 04 Dempster
  • 05 Jones
  • 17 Beevers
  • 28 Taylor Booked
  • 13 Howell (Chapman - 78' Booked )
  • 21 Murray
  • 26 Stevenson (Rhead - 62' )
  • 31 Daniel
  • 10 Green
  • 11 Briscoe (Meikle - 68' )

Substitutes

  • 02 Sutton
  • 27 Chapman
  • 07 Meikle
  • 16 Rhead
  • 25 Hutchinson
Ref: Huxtable
Att: 1,755

Match Stats

Shots

7 11

On target

3 5

Corners

2 10

Fouls

10 17

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:51 Full time

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

90:00 +4:24 Booking

Booking Adam Chapman goes into the referee's book for dissent.

90:00 +4:08

Dan Holman has an effort at goal from just outside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.

90:00 +3:14

Effort on goal by Matt Rhead from just outside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.

90:00 +1:36 Substitution

Substitution Daniel Sparkes is brought on as a substitute for Kaine Sheppard.

89:30

Foul by Matt Green on Dean Wells, free kick awarded. Nathan McDonald takes the free kick.

88:44

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Adam Murray from the left by-line, Matt Rhead takes a shot. Nathan McDonald makes a save.

87:57

Matt Rhead takes a shot. Save by Nathan McDonald. Outswinging corner taken by Adam Murray from the right by-line, Sam Habergham makes a clearance.

87:00

Dan Holman crosses the ball, save by Alan Marriott.

86:09

Adam Murray takes a outswinging corner.

85:10

The free kick is swung in right-footed by Adam Murray.

85:10 Booking

Booking Alan Massey receives a yellow card.

85:02

Foul by Alan Massey on Adam Murray, free kick awarded.

84:32

Corner taken by Kenny Davis from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Lee Beevers.

84:13

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

83:03

Nathan McDonald restarts play with the free kick.

83:03 Booking

Booking Greg Taylor booked for unsporting behaviour.

82:45

Greg Taylor gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Dean Wells.

77:33 Substitution

Substitution Adam Chapman on for Anthony Howell.

77:13

Matthew Paine gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Adam Murray. Alan Marriott restarts play with the free kick.

76:05

Foul by Dan Holman on Adam Murray, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Alan Marriott.

75:20 Substitution

Substitution Ben Wright leaves the field to be replaced by Dan Holman.

72:50

The referee blows for offside. Nathan McDonald takes the free kick.

70:53

Assist by Sam Habergham.

70:53 Goal scored

Goal! - Kaine Sheppard - Braintree 2 - 1 Mansfield Kaine Sheppard grabs a headed goal from inside the penalty area. Braintree Town 2-1 Mansfield.

69:54

Unfair challenge on Kenny Davis by Matt Rhead results in a free kick. Dean Wells takes the free kick.

67:41

Alan Marriott takes the direct free kick.

67:41 Substitution

Substitution Lindon Meikle joins the action as a substitute, replacing Louis Briscoe.

67:41

Free kick awarded for a foul by Alan Massey on John Dempster.

66:27 Substitution

Substitution (Braintree Town) makes a substitution, with Alex Woodyard coming on for Luke Daley.

61:37

Adam Murray delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel, Alan Massey manages to make a clearance. Shot by Luke Jones from outside the box goes over the net.

61:37 Substitution

Substitution Matt Rhead comes on in place of Lee Stevenson.

61:37

Unfair challenge on Lee Stevenson by Matthew Paine results in a free kick.

60:29

Free kick awarded for a foul by Luke Jones on Dean Wells. Free kick taken by Nathan McDonald.

59:15

Assist by Sam Habergham.

59:15 Goal scored

Goal! - Matthew Paine - Braintree 1 - 1 Mansfield Matthew Paine grabs a goal from just outside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Braintree Town 1-1 Mansfield.

59:08

Centre by Sam Habergham,

58:42

The ball is delivered by Lee Stevenson, save made by Nathan McDonald.

55:38

Unfair challenge on Luke Daley by Matt Green results in a free kick. Ben Wright shoots direct from the free kick.

54:11

Matt Green concedes a free kick for a foul on Alan Massey. Free kick taken by Dean Wells.

52:40

Corner taken by Adam Murray from the right by-line, Nicky Symons manages to make a clearance. Corner taken by Adam Murray, free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nathan McDonald by Matt Green. Free kick taken by Nathan McDonald.

50:42

Inswinging corner taken by Ben Wright from the left by-line.

50:29

Matt Green challenges Dean Wells unfairly and gives away a free kick. Dean Wells restarts play with the free kick.

48:48

Outswinging corner taken by Adam Murray from the right by-line, Headed effort on goal by Luke Jones from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the target.

47:19

Free kick awarded for a foul by Kaine Sheppard on Anthony Howell. Direct free kick taken by Greg Taylor.

45:08

Foul by Matthew Paine on Matt Green, free kick awarded. Adam Murray takes the direct free kick.

45:01

The referee starts the second half.

45:00 +1:12 Half time

Half Time The referee blows for half time.

45:00 +0:34

Kaine Sheppard fouled by Luke Jones, the ref awards a free kick. Ben Wright crosses the ball in from the free kick, Lee Stevenson makes a clearance.

45:00 +0:16

Unfair challenge on Sam Habergham by Luke Jones results in a free kick. Nathan McDonald restarts play with the free kick.

44:30

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

41:57

The ball is sent over by Luke Daley, Kenny Davis has a header from close in and clears the crossbar.

41:36

The ball is sent over by Kaine Sheppard, Luke Jones makes a clearance.

38:08

A cross is delivered by Louis Briscoe, Alan Massey manages to make a clearance. Corner taken by Adam Murray, free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Dean Wells by Luke Jones. Nathan McDonald takes the free kick.

36:11

The ball is crossed by Kenny Davis, Greg Taylor manages to make a clearance.

35:13

The ball is sent over by Kenny Davis, clearance by Lee Stevenson.

35:03

James Mulley sends in a cross, clearance by Greg Taylor.

33:14

Greg Taylor delivers the ball.

32:29

The ball is swung over by Colin Daniel, clearance made by Matthew Paine.

30:26

Effort by Louis Briscoe from a long way out goes over the target.

29:14

The ball is sent over by Luke Daley, Effort on goal by Kenny Davis from just outside the area goes harmlessly over the target.

27:22

Shot by Matt Green from deep inside the penalty area hits the post. Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Adam Murray, save by Nathan McDonald.

26:56

Lee Beevers produces a cross, save made by Nathan McDonald.

22:35

Kenny Davis fouled by Matt Green, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Nathan McDonald.

22:03

Ben Wright concedes a free kick for a foul on Luke Jones. Direct free kick taken by Alan Marriott.

21:19

Kaine Sheppard delivers the ball, Luke Jones makes a clearance.

20:08

Free kick awarded for a foul by Louis Briscoe on Matthew Paine. Direct free kick taken by Nathan McDonald.

17:51

Centre by Luke Daley, Ben Wright takes a shot. Save made by Alan Marriott.

14:41

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Matthew Paine by Lee Stevenson. Direct free kick taken by Nathan McDonald.

12:57

Kenny Davis gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Colin Daniel. Adam Murray crosses the ball in from the free kick, save by Nathan McDonald.

11:20

Adam Murray fouled by Matthew Paine, the ref awards a free kick. Centre by Adam Murray, Luke Jones takes a shot. Save made by Nathan McDonald.

10:02

Lee Stevenson concedes a free kick for a foul on Matthew Paine. Dean Wells takes the direct free kick.

8:41

A cross is delivered by Louis Briscoe, clearance by Matthew Paine.

7:15

Assist on the goal came from Luke Jones.

7:15 Goal scored

Goal! - Matt Green - Braintree 0 - 1 Mansfield Matt Green scores a goal from inside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Braintree Town 0-1 Mansfield.

6:27

Inswinging corner taken by Adam Murray from the left by-line, John Dempster takes a shot. Save made by Nathan McDonald.

5:06

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nicky Symons by Matt Green. Nathan McDonald takes the direct free kick.

0:15

A cross is delivered by Lee Stevenson, clearance by Matthew Paine. Inswinging corner taken by Adam Murray, save made by Nathan McDonald. Matt Green gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nathan McDonald. Nathan McDonald takes the free kick.

0:00

The match gets underway.

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