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Mansfield Town 1-0 Forest Green Rovers

Tyler Walker's 21st goal of the season earned Mansfield victory against promotion rivals Forest Green Rovers.

The Stags had lost their last two games and desperately needed the win, which came when Walker scored in the 69th minute.

Keeper Lewis Ward pushed a CJ Hamilton shot into the air and Walker beat him to it as it dropped with a fine header into the net to settle an entertaining contest. The Mansfield forward was later sent off in stoppage time.

Mansfield made a powerful start and Hamilton and Krystian Pearce went close.

In the 36th minute, Gethin Jones shot narrowly from Hamilton's low cross and soon after Mal Benning's shot deflected off Gavin Gunning and went wide.

Ward then had to tip over a dipping 20-yarder from Walker.

But Rovers threatened and Jordan Smith kept out low efforts from Junior Mondal and Paul Digby.

On the restart, Ward denied Walker with his legs before his goal finally settled the Stags down.

Christian Doidge and Mondal both went narrowly wide and Doidge flicked another chance just over in the final nervous minutes.

Walker was shown a stoppage-time red card to blot a good afternoon for Mansfield.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Mansfield

  • 14Smith
  • 4PrestonBooked at 29mins
  • 5Pearce
  • 3BenningBooked at 32mins
  • 20Jones
  • 8Mellis
  • 16TomlinsonBooked at 90minsSubstituted forTurnerat 90+3'minutes
  • 6Bishop
  • 22Hamilton
  • 23Grant
  • 19WalkerBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 1Logan
  • 7MacDonald
  • 10Khan
  • 11Atkinson
  • 21Ajose
  • 25Turner
  • 30Smith

Forest Green

  • 34Ward
  • 7WinchesterBooked at 52mins
  • 6Rawson
  • 16GunningBooked at 64minsSubstituted forMcGinleyat 82'minutes
  • 23Mills
  • 20DigbyBooked at 32minsSubstituted forMcCoulskyat 81'minutes
  • 5CollinsSubstituted forGodwin-Malifeat 89'minutes
  • 11Williams
  • 10Brown
  • 25Scoble
  • 9DoidgeBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 4James
  • 13Montgomery
  • 18Liddle
  • 19McGinley
  • 21McCoulsky
  • 22Godwin-Malife
  • 26Reid
Referee:
Matt Donohue
Attendance:
5,256

Match Stats

Home TeamMansfieldAway TeamForest Green
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home11
Away11
Shots on Target
Home5
Away4
Corners
Home6
Away8
Fouls
Home10
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Mansfield Town 1, Forest Green Rovers 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Mansfield Town 1, Forest Green Rovers 0.

Dismissal

Tyler Walker (Mansfield Town) is shown the red card.

Booking

Christian Doidge (Forest Green Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Matt Preston (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Christian Doidge (Forest Green Rovers).

Attempt saved. George Williams (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Mansfield Town. Ben Turner replaces Willem Tomlinson because of an injury.

Booking

Willem Tomlinson (Mansfield Town) is shown the yellow card for dangerous play.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Willem Tomlinson (Mansfield Town) because of an injury.

Foul by Jorge Grant (Mansfield Town).

Joseph Mills (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Christian Doidge (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Udoka Godwin-Malife replaces Lee Collins.

Neal Bishop (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Shawn McCoulsky (Forest Green Rovers).

Attempt missed. Reece Brown (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right.

Attempt missed. Christian Doidge (Forest Green Rovers) header from the centre of the box misses to the left following a corner.

Corner, Forest Green Rovers. Conceded by Willem Tomlinson.

Substitution

Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Nathan McGinley replaces Gavin Gunning because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Shawn McCoulsky replaces Paul Digby.

Foul by Neal Bishop (Mansfield Town).

Lee Collins (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jorge Grant (Mansfield Town).

Farrend Rawson (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Matt Preston (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Christian Doidge (Forest Green Rovers).

Jacob Mellis (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Joseph Mills (Forest Green Rovers).

(Mansfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Christian Doidge (Forest Green Rovers).

Goal!

Goal! Mansfield Town 1, Forest Green Rovers 0. Tyler Walker (Mansfield Town) header from very close range to the top right corner.

Attempt blocked. CJ Hamilton (Mansfield Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Junior Mondal (Forest Green Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Neal Bishop (Mansfield Town) because of an injury.

Foul by Neal Bishop (Mansfield Town).

(Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

Gavin Gunning (Forest Green Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Lincoln City331811459332665
2Bury34189766402663
3Mansfield341613549262361
4MK Dons34178955342159
5Colchester341591054371754
6Forest Green341412850331754
7Exeter33159945331254
8Carlisle341651353421153
9Tranmere341410104841752
10Stevenage34146143944-548
11Grimsby34145153840-247
12Swindon331211103942-347
13Oldham341210125244846
14Crewe34137144044-446
15Newport33137134352-946
16Northampton34915104346-342
17Cheltenham34118153949-1041
18Crawley34116173747-1039
19Cambridge34106182953-2436
20Morecambe3498173553-1835
21Yeovil3489173346-1333
22Port Vale3489172842-1433
23Macclesfield3479183556-2130
24Notts County34610183466-3228
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