Mansfield Town 3-0 Scunthorpe United (EFL League Two) 20.04.21
Mansfield Town secured their status in League Two for the coming season after crossing the fifty point barrier in a thumping win over Scunthorpe United at the One Call Stadium.
On a good night for Nigel Clough’s men a George Lapslie goal after nineteen minutes gave the home team the early edge after James Perch’s cross was deflected into the path of the midfielder who bundled home from a couple of yards.
The Stags no32 might have made it two but for an incredible block by Scunthorpe defender Onariase who threw his body on the line to stop his volley nestling past Watson in goal, in the second half further opportunities came with more heroic defending from the away side, Watson saving from Reid one-on-one and keeping out Sinclair’s low shot before a chance of their own, Onariase unmarked at the back post from a floating free kick should have done better to hit his header into the ground and eventually bundled away.
That missed proved costly for Scunthorpe, former Iron James Perch picking the ball up from all of 25 yards and smashing home low and hard to put the game beyond doubt with ten minutes to play.
Three minutes later, Mansfield made it three, Ollie Clarke’s attempted shot blocked by a defender rebounded to Perch who scuffed a volley towards goal where young Tyrese Sinclair was on hand to tap home his second Stags career goal, his second in three games.
A top night for Mansfield who are now safe from any danger of going down with three games left to play. A delighted Nigel Clough saying after “You saw that belief from the players tonight in the way we played. I thought we controlled the game from start to finish.”
“We wanted to dominate the game and wanted to score goals. The only disappointing thing is that it was 1-0 for so long. We could’ve scored five or six tonight.”
Mansfield Town: Stone, Perch (Gordon 86), Rawson, Sweeney, McLaughlin, Clarke (Law 84), Lapslie (Charsley 76), Maris, Quinn (Ward 86), Reid (Bowery 75), Sinclair.
Scunthorpe United: Watson, Rowe (Howe 58), Onariase (Hippolyte 79), Taft, O’Malley, Gilliead, Beestin, Karacan (Spence 58), Eisa, Green, Loft (van Keen 58).
Venue: Field Mill
*Main image @mansfieldtownfc James Perch and Tyrese Sinclair celebrate a terrific nights work.