Match ends, Mansfield Town 2, Colchester United 3.
Two goals in nine minutes late in the game saw in-form Colchester United win at Mansfield Town.
The visitors deserved the points and also had a penalty saved.
United keeper Dean Gerken's one-handed save had kept out Andy Cook's fourth-minute header.
But four minutes later they were ahead when Brandon Comley drilled a superb 30-yard effort into the top-right corner from a half-cleared corner.
The Stags drew level on 45 minutes as Mal Benning's corner reached Ryan Sweeney for a close-range tap-in.
Mansfield gifted United a penalty three minutes after the break after Benning tripped Kwame Poku, but Conrad Logan got across to his left to superbly keep out Frank Nouble's kick.
After 64 minutes Logan tipped a powerful Callum Harriott shot onto his post.
But he could do nothing as Courtney Senior ghosted past two opponents to drill home in the 74th minute for a fine solo effort, before Luke Gambin turned a loose ball into the net when Mansfield failed to clear Cohen Bramall's left-wing cross after 87 minutes.
Omari Sterling-James placed fellow sub CJ Hamilton's low cross into the net to briefly give the home side hope in stoppage time.
Match report supplied by PA Media.
- 6BishopBooked at 66minsSubstituted forMellisat 78'minutes
- 7MacDonaldSubstituted forSterling-Jamesat 84'minutes
- 10KhanSubstituted forHamiltonat 79'minutes
- 3BramallBooked at 80mins
- 24StevensonSubstituted forPellat 90'minutes
- 49PokuSubstituted forLapslieat 82'minutes
- 15HarriottSubstituted forGambinat 85'minutes
- Seb Stockbridge
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Mansfield Town 2, Colchester United 3.
Foul by Nicky Maynard (Mansfield Town).
Brandon Comley (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Andy Cook (Mansfield Town).
Harry Pell (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt missed. Courtney Senior (Colchester United) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Frank Nouble.
Andy Cook (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Harry Pell (Colchester United).
Goal! Mansfield Town 2, Colchester United 3. Omari Sterling-James (Mansfield Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by CJ Hamilton.
Substitution, Colchester United. Harry Pell replaces Ben Stevenson.
Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Matt Preston.
Attempt blocked. Frank Nouble (Colchester United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Brandon Comley.
Goal! Mansfield Town 1, Colchester United 3. Luke Gambin (Colchester United) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.
Attempt blocked. Tom Lapslie (Colchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
Substitution, Colchester United. Luke Gambin replaces Callum Harriott.
Substitution, Mansfield Town. Omari Sterling-James replaces Alexander MacDonald.
Matt Preston (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Frank Nouble (Colchester United).
Attempt saved. Jacob Mellis (Mansfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.