Matt Green's stoppage-time winner put Mansfield in touching distance of a return to the Football League as they came from behind to win at Hereford.

Green's 26th goal of the season moved the Stags two points clear in the Blue Square Bet Premier with one game left.

Hereford top scorer Ryan Bowman slotted in to give the Bulls an early lead, but Green nodded in Lindon Meikle's 37th-minute cross from close range to level.

And the striker then secured a dramatic win, firing into the bottom corner.

  • Mansfield Town top scorer Matt Green has now scored eight goals in six games in April and is out on his own as the Blue Square Bet Premier's leading marksman, with 24

Just when it looked as if Mansfield would leave Edgar Street with a solitary point, Green shot home from the edge of the area in the second minute of stoppage time.

Mansfield now know that, if they win at home to Wrexham on Saturday, then they will be Blue Square Bet Premier champions - and back in the League for the first time since being relegated under Billy Dearden and Paul Holland in 2008.

If it is a draw at Field Mill this weekend, then the Harriers can still overhaul the Stags, but only if they beat Stockport County at Aggborough by two goals or more.

If Mansfield lose to Wrexham, then a single-goal victory for the Harriers would be enough.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Mansfield Town manager Paul Cox told BBC Radio Nottingham:

Too soon to celebrate - Stags boss

"I'm losing words to describe Matt Green. The lad just gets better and better. I don't think I've ever celebrated a goal like that in my life.

"The biggest accolade I can give him is that he is a genuinely nice lad with a great work ethic. And he's a good footballer too.

"He's consistently put the ball in the back of the net for two seasons now and I'd love him to cap it off with a promotion, a championship medal and hopefully a golden boot too.

"But we've only done part of the job tonight. We've got another job to do on Saturday. And we know Wrexham won't make it easy for us."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (5)

Hereford

  • 01 Bittner
  • 06 Graham
  • 14 Stam
  • 27 Bush
  • 04 Connor
  • 07 Watkins
  • 15 James
  • 18 Clucas
  • 21 O'Keefe
  • 10 Sharp (Jackson - 72' )
  • 19 Bowman (McDonald - 88' )

Substitutes

  • 03 Heath
  • 26 McDonald
  • 20 Jones
  • 22 Smikle
  • 09 Jackson

Mansfield

  • 01 Marriott
  • 04 Dempster
  • 05 Jones
  • 17 Beevers (Sutton - 25' )
  • 28 Taylor
  • 21 Murray Booked
  • 26 Stevenson (Rhead - 63' )
  • 27 Chapman Booked
  • 07 Meikle
  • 10 Green Booked
  • 11 Briscoe (Daniel - 83' )

Substitutes

  • 02 Sutton
  • 13 Howell
  • 31 Daniel
  • 08 Speight
  • 16 Rhead
Ref: Swabey
Att: 2,141

Match Stats

Shots

8 8

On target

4 5

Corners

5 2

Fouls

11 18

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:32 Full time

Full Time The referee signals the end of the game.

90:00 +3:06

Greg Taylor challenges Marley Watkins unfairly and gives away a free kick. Chris Bush restarts play with the free kick.

90:00 +1:20

Assist by Matt Rhead.

90:00 +1:20 Goal scored

Goal! - Matt Green - Hereford 1 - 2 Mansfield Goal scored by Matt Green from just inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Hereford 1-2 Mansfield.

89:43

A cross is delivered by Marley Watkins, blocked by Greg Taylor. Inswinging corner taken by Samuel Clucas from the right by-line, Greg Taylor makes a clearance.

89:10

Kingsley James gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Matt Rhead. Alan Marriott restarts play with the free kick.

88:06

Chris Bush fouled by Lindon Meikle, the ref awards a free kick. James Bittner takes the free kick.

87:09

James Bittner takes the indirect free kick.

87:09 Substitution

Substitution Ryan Bowman goes off and Rod McDonald comes on.

87:09

The ball is sent over by Adam Murray. Matt Rhead is caught offside.

86:41

Marley Watkins takes a shot. Save made by Alan Marriott.

85:19

Ryan Bowman challenges John Dempster unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Adam Murray.

84:48

Matt Rhead gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Luke Graham. James Bittner takes the direct free kick.

84:42

The ball is crossed by Lindon Meikle, Stefan Stam makes a clearance.

84:02

Lindon Meikle crosses the ball, clearance by Luke Graham.

82:17 Substitution

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

80:53

Corner taken by Adam Murray from the right by-line, Header on goal by Matt Rhead from just inside the area goes over the target.

79:20

The ball is delivered by Samuel Clucas, clearance by Adam Murray.

78:26

Effort from the edge of the box by Samuel Clucas goes wide of the left-hand post.

77:11

Unfair challenge on Joshua O'Keefe by Matt Rhead results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by James Bittner.

76:03

Handball decision goes against Joe Connor. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Adam Chapman, save by James Bittner.

75:31

The ball is sent over by Greg Taylor, Samuel Clucas makes a clearance.

74:55

Unfair challenge on Matt Rhead by Joshua O'Keefe results in a free kick. Adam Chapman takes the direct free kick.

73:44

Marley Watkins fouled by Lindon Meikle, the ref awards a free kick. Samuel Clucas fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick.

73:13

The ball is delivered by Lindon Meikle, Chris Bush manages to make a clearance.

73:06

A cross is delivered by Adam Murray.

71:38 Substitution

Substitution Marlon Jackson is brought on as a substitute for Chris Sharp.

71:38

Effort from the edge of the box by Matt Rhead goes wide of the right-hand upright.

70:50

Lindon Meikle crosses the ball, Luke Graham makes a clearance.

68:56

Marley Watkins crosses the ball.

66:26

Foul by Matt Green on Luke Graham, free kick awarded. James Bittner takes the direct free kick.

65:53

The ball is swung over by Chris Sharp, clearance made by Adam Chapman.

65:34

Louis Briscoe produces a cross, Luke Graham makes a clearance.

65:10

Lindon Meikle delivers the ball, Matt Green takes a shot. Fantastic save by James Bittner.

64:28

Adam Murray has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the goal.

62:29 Substitution

Substitution Matt Rhead replaces Lee Stevenson.

62:29

Chris Bush has shot on goal from just outside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

58:56

Lindon Meikle crosses the ball, Joe Connor manages to make a clearance.

58:27

Centre by Samuel Clucas, clearance made by Greg Taylor.

57:48

Samuel Clucas takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Adam Murray.

55:35

Louis Briscoe gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Chris Bush. Direct free kick taken by Chris Bush.

54:18

Unfair challenge on James Bittner by Matt Green results in a free kick. James Bittner restarts play with the free kick.

53:36

Lindon Meikle takes a shot. Save by James Bittner.

52:52

Samuel Clucas has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the left of the goal.

51:32

The ball is delivered by Lee Stevenson, clearance made by Stefan Stam.

50:03

Marley Watkins concedes a free kick for a foul on Ritchie Sutton. Direct free kick taken by Alan Marriott.

48:43

The ball is crossed by Joe Connor, blocked by Lindon Meikle. Corner taken by Kingsley James, John Dempster manages to make a clearance. Corner taken right-footed by Marley Watkins, Luke Jones makes a clearance.

46:47

Kingsley James delivers the ball, Ryan Bowman gets a block in.

45:25

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Adam Murray by Joshua O'Keefe. Alan Marriott takes the free kick.

45:01

The referee gets the second half started.

45:00 +3:09 Half time

Half Time The match has reached half-time.

45:00 +2:56

Centre by Samuel Clucas, John Dempster makes a clearance.

45:00 +2:30

Free kick awarded for a foul by Greg Taylor on Chris Sharp. Kingsley James takes the direct free kick.

45:00 +1:30

The ball is sent over by Samuel Clucas, Joshua O'Keefe takes a shot. Alan Marriott makes a save. Marley Watkins takes a shot. Alan Marriott gets a block in. Marley Watkins challenges Adam Chapman unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Alan Marriott.

45:00 +0:06

John Dempster concedes a free kick for a foul on Kingsley James. James Bittner restarts play with the free kick.

44:39

Corner taken right-footed by Adam Chapman from the right by-line, clearance made by Kingsley James.

44:30

A cross is delivered by Louis Briscoe, clearance by Luke Graham.

42:38

The assistant referee flags for offside against Matt Green. Free kick taken by James Bittner.

41:29

Save by Alan Marriott.

41:29 Booking

Booking Adam Murray receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.

41:13

Chris Sharp fouled by Adam Murray, the ref awards a free kick.

40:26

Stefan Stam concedes a free kick for a foul on Matt Green. Free kick crossed right-footed by Adam Chapman, clearance made by Kingsley James.

39:51 Booking

Booking Caution for Adam Chapman.

38:51

Foul by Louis Briscoe on Stefan Stam, free kick awarded. James Bittner restarts play with the free kick.

36:31

Assist on the goal came from Lindon Meikle.

36:31 Goal scored

Goal! - Matt Green - Hereford 1 - 1 Mansfield Matt Green finds the net with a headed goal from close in. Hereford 1-1 Mansfield.

36:26

Lindon Meikle sends in a cross,

35:42

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Marley Watkins from the left by-line to the near post, comfortable save by Alan Marriott.

35:09

Luke Jones concedes a free kick for a foul on Ryan Bowman. Chris Bush takes the direct free kick.

34:30

The offside flag is raised against Luke Jones. Free kick taken by James Bittner.

34:04

Foul by Joshua O'Keefe on Adam Murray, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Adam Chapman.

31:57

Lindon Meikle produces a cross.

31:12

Luke Jones fouled by Ryan Bowman, the ref awards a free kick. Ritchie Sutton takes the free kick.

29:56

The ball is delivered by Chris Bush.

29:45

The ball is sent over by Marley Watkins.

29:21

Adam Murray sends in a cross, clearance made by Stefan Stam.

27:25

James Bittner takes the direct free kick.

27:25 Booking

Booking The referee shows Matt Green a yellow card.

27:10

Stefan Stam fouled by Matt Green, the ref awards a free kick.

24:56 Substitution

Substitution Lee Beevers leaves the field to be replaced by Ritchie Sutton.

24:20

The ball is sent over by Louis Briscoe, Joe Connor manages to make a clearance.

22:30

Luke Jones challenges Chris Sharp unfairly and gives away a free kick. Joshua O'Keefe crosses the ball in from the free kick, Alan Marriott makes a save.

21:49

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Chris Sharp by Luke Jones. Chris Bush takes the direct free kick.

21:28

Lindon Meikle crosses the ball.

21:13

The ball is delivered by Chris Sharp, save by Alan Marriott.

17:06

Luke Jones gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on James Bittner. James Bittner restarts play with the free kick.

16:20

Matt Green gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Luke Graham. Chris Bush restarts play with the free kick.

15:37

Greg Taylor crosses the ball, Stefan Stam makes a clearance.

10:56

The ball is swung over by Joshua O'Keefe.

7:48

Chris Sharp provided the assist for the goal.

7:48 Goal scored

Goal! - Ryan Bowman - Hereford 1 - 0 Mansfield Ryan Bowman scores a goal from inside the box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Hereford 1-0 Mansfield.

7:13

The ball is swung over by Samuel Clucas, clearance by Luke Jones.

5:32

Foul by Ryan Bowman on Adam Murray, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Adam Chapman.

1:52

Free kick awarded for a foul by Chris Sharp on Alan Marriott. Alan Marriott takes the direct free kick.

0:41

Matt Green is ruled offside. James Bittner restarts play with the free kick.

0:15

Lindon Meikle takes a shot. Blocked by James Bittner.

0:00

The game begins.

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