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Mansfield Town 4-2 Cheltenham Town

Will Atkinson and Alex MacDonald hit late goals as Mansfield boosted their automatic promotion hopes with a 4-2 win over Cheltenham.

The Robins had mounted an unlikely second-half fightback with Chris Hussey and Charlie Raglan levelling after a CJ Hamilton double gave Stags a 2-0 lead at the break.

But Atkinson headed home with 14 minutes to go before MacDonald wrapped it up in stoppage time.

Mansfield hit the front went Hamilton tapped home into an empty net in the 42nd minute and he doubled the lead three minutes later when he calmly slotted in after getting away from his marker.

Hamilton was denied a hat-trick by a smart save by Scott Flinders as he attempted to round the goalkeeper just after the restart.

However, Cheltenham hit back when Chris Hussey curled in a beautiful free-kick home in the 59th minute and Raglan glanced a header in from a corner nine minutes later.

Flinders brilliantly kept out Jorge Grant before Atkinson headed home from a corner after 77 minutes to restore the hosts' lead.

MacDonald slotted home on the break to get his first goal after returning from injury to wrap up victory for third-placed Mansfield.

Report supplied by Press Association

Line-ups

Mansfield

  • 14Smith
  • 17Sweeney
  • 5Pearce
  • 3BenningBooked at 58mins
  • 20JonesSubstituted forAtkinsonat 45'minutes
  • 6Bishop
  • 16TomlinsonBooked at 90mins
  • 22Hamilton
  • 8Mellis
  • 23GrantSubstituted forTurnerat 79'minutes
  • 21AjoseSubstituted forMacDonaldat 90'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Logan
  • 7MacDonald
  • 10Khan
  • 11Atkinson
  • 25Turner
  • 30Smith
  • 34Hakeem

Cheltenham

  • 1Flinders
  • 11Broom
  • 24Raglan
  • 4TozerSubstituted forBarnettat 45'minutes
  • 15Boyle
  • 3Hussey
  • 8DawsonBooked at 30minsSubstituted forLloydat 85'minutes
  • 7ThomasBooked at 47mins
  • 25Tillson
  • 20MaddoxSubstituted forWatersat 81'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 32Varney

Substitutes

  • 19Lloyd
  • 21Waters
  • 23Forster
  • 26Clements
  • 28Pring
  • 29Barnett
  • 31Lapworth
Referee:
Alan Young
Attendance:
5,276

Match Stats

Home TeamMansfieldAway TeamCheltenham
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home15
Away7
Shots on Target
Home8
Away2
Corners
Home7
Away3
Fouls
Home9
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Mansfield Town 4, Cheltenham Town 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Mansfield Town 4, Cheltenham Town 2.

Attempt missed. Chris Hussey (Cheltenham Town) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner from a direct free kick.

Booking

Billy Waters (Cheltenham Town) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Willem Tomlinson (Mansfield Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Billy Waters (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Willem Tomlinson (Mansfield Town).

Goal!

Goal! Mansfield Town 4, Cheltenham Town 2. Alexander MacDonald (Mansfield Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner following a fast break.

Foul by CJ Hamilton (Mansfield Town).

William Boyle (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Mansfield Town. Alexander MacDonald replaces Nicky Ajose.

Malvind Benning (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Luke Varney (Cheltenham Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Cheltenham Town. George Lloyd replaces Kevin Dawson.

Substitution

Substitution, Cheltenham Town. Billy Waters replaces Jacob Maddox.

Foul by Jacob Mellis (Mansfield Town).

Ryan Broom (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Mansfield Town. Ben Turner replaces Jorge Grant.

Krystian Pearce (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jacob Maddox (Cheltenham Town).

Goal!

Goal! Mansfield Town 3, Cheltenham Town 2. Will Atkinson (Mansfield Town) header from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ryan Sweeney.

Corner, Mansfield Town. Conceded by Scott Flinders.

Attempt saved. Jacob Mellis (Mansfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

Corner, Mansfield Town. Conceded by Scott Flinders.

Attempt saved. Jorge Grant (Mansfield Town) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Jacob Mellis (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jordan Tillson (Cheltenham Town).

Goal!

Goal! Mansfield Town 2, Cheltenham Town 2. Charlie Raglan (Cheltenham Town) header from the left side of the six yard box to the top left corner. Assisted by Chris Hussey following a corner.

Corner, Cheltenham Town. Conceded by Neal Bishop.

Attempt blocked. Luke Varney (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Foul by Krystian Pearce (Mansfield Town).

Tyrone Barnett (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Mansfield Town. Conceded by Ryan Broom.

Jacob Mellis (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jordan Tillson (Cheltenham Town).

Goal!

Goal! Mansfield Town 2, Cheltenham Town 1. Chris Hussey (Cheltenham Town) from a free kick with a left footed shot to the top right corner.

Booking

Malvind Benning (Mansfield Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Luke Varney (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Malvind Benning (Mansfield Town).

Attempt blocked. Nicky Ajose (Mansfield Town) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Lincoln City351912462352769
2Bury35199769402966
3Mansfield351713553282564
4MK Dons35188956342262
5Exeter3515101046351155
6Tranmere351510104941855
7Forest Green351412951351654
8Colchester351591154401454
9Carlisle35165145344953
10Swindon341311104242050
11Stevenage35147144045-549
12Newport34147134552-749
13Oldham351211125345847
14Grimsby35145163842-447
15Crewe35137154046-646
16Northampton351015104546-145
17Cheltenham35118164153-1241
18Crawley35116183748-1139
19Cambridge35116183153-2239
20Yeovil3599173648-1236
21Morecambe3598183756-1935
22Port Vale35810172842-1434
23Macclesfield3579193559-2430
24Notts County35611183466-3229
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