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Mansfield Town 1-0 Morecambe

Jordan Bowery's first-half goal earned Mansfield a valuable home win and prevented high-flying Morecambe from closing the gap on the automatic promotion places in League Two.

The result also ended a run of three successive defeats and a five-match winless run for Nigel Clough's men.

Jamie Reid wasted a golden chance to give the Stags a third-minute lead as Morecambe goalkeeper Kyle Letheren parried a powerful Bowery shot and, following up, Reid headed over unchallenged from six yards.

Stags dominated and Mal Benning's deflected free-kick was saved while Ollie Clarke and Reid missed the target.

The breakthrough finally came after 41 minutes as Stephen Quinn sent in a low cross from the left by-line and Bowery turned it home first time at the near post.

Quinn blazed over from a Jason Law pass soon after as Mansfield looked to build on their lead.

The closest Morecambe came was when Toumani Diagouraga's shot deflected over for a corner after 18 minutes.

A poor second half saw few chances as the visitors, who came into the match chasing a third successive win, failed to force a single save out of home keeper Aidan Stone all afternoon.

Substitute AJ Leitch-Smith could have levelled two minutes into added time but completely missed his kick in front of goal from Carlos Mendes Gomes' lofted pass.

Match report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Mansfield

Formation 4-3-3

  • 31Stone
  • 12Gordon
  • 6Rawson
  • 5SweeneyBooked at 21mins
  • 3Benning
  • 8O Clarke
  • 10Maris
  • 16Quinn
  • 29LawSubstituted forCharsleyat 90+3'minutes
  • 19Reid
  • 9Bowery

Substitutes

  • 1Stech
  • 2O'Keeffe
  • 7Charsley
  • 14Perch
  • 21Clarke
  • 23Wright
  • 27Sinclair

Morecambe

Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 1Letheren
  • 2MellorBooked at 72mins
  • 5LavelleBooked at 45mins
  • 6Davis
  • 22GibsonBooked at 20minsSubstituted forHendrieat 53'minutes
  • 24Songo'oSubstituted forLeitch-Smithat 81'minutes
  • 16O'SullivanSubstituted forMcAlindenat 81'minutes
  • 10Wildig
  • 8DiagouragaSubstituted forLyonsat 66'minutes
  • 11Mendes Gomes
  • 9Stockton

Substitutes

  • 3Hendrie
  • 7Slew
  • 12Halstead
  • 15Lyons
  • 17Leitch-Smith
  • 19McAlinden
  • 21Cooney
Referee:
Anthony Backhouse

Match Stats

Home TeamMansfieldAway TeamMorecambe
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home16
Away5
Shots on Target
Home5
Away1
Corners
Home11
Away2
Fouls
Home10
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Mansfield Town 1, Morecambe 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Mansfield Town 1, Morecambe 0.

  3. Post update

    Harry Charsley (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Brad Lyons (Morecambe).

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Mansfield Town. Harry Charsley replaces Jason Law.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Jamie Reid (Mansfield Town).

  7. Post update

    Kelvin Mellor (Morecambe) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Hand ball by A-Jay Leitch-Smith (Morecambe).

  9. Post update

    Foul by Jordan Bowery (Mansfield Town).

  10. Post update

    Brad Lyons (Morecambe) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jordan Bowery (Mansfield Town) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Jason Law.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Mansfield Town. Conceded by Sam Lavelle.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Mansfield Town. Conceded by Aaron Wildig.

  14. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Jamie Reid (Mansfield Town) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ollie Clarke.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Morecambe. Liam McAlinden replaces John O'Sullivan.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Morecambe. A-Jay Leitch-Smith replaces Yann Songo'o.

  17. Post update

    George Maris (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Cole Stockton (Morecambe).

  19. Post update

    Foul by Kellan Gordon (Mansfield Town).

  20. Post update

    Brad Lyons (Morecambe) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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2Forest Green30159643291454
3Cheltenham30158740261453
4Tranmere3015694337651
5Morecambe31147104142-149
6Newport3013983831748
7Bolton31138103940-147
8Exeter291210751371446
9Salford301210839251446
10Carlisle27134103830843
11Bradford29127103432243
12Harrogate31126133537-242
13Crawley29118104037341
14Leyton Orient30116133634239
15Oldham30115144954-538
16Mansfield3081393840-237
17Walsall3081393640-437
18Stevenage32714112431-735
19Scunthorpe29112163139-835
20Port Vale3197154145-434
21Colchester30712113142-1133
22Southend3177172146-2528
23Barrow2968153340-726
24Grimsby2966172248-2624
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