Scunthorpe United 0-4 Mansfield Town (EFL League Two) 09.04.22
It was very much job well done after a fantastic performance from Mansfield Town ensured Nigel Clough’s side consolidate their position in the playoffs and not only that, the Stags keep within the race for a top three finish as they still eye the automatic spaces for promotion.
Mansfield were three up in the first half and all but put game to bed by the break, an own goal from Anthony Grant on 16 not helping the Irons own all but lost survival cause.
Stephen McLaughlin made it two on 32 after having a hand in the first with his teasing cross, this time in the right place after Bowery’s shot was saved and Atkins fed the Irishman to follow up from close range.
On 38 Ryan Stirk made it three as he danced into the box and fired low beneath Watson in the home teams goal.
The second 45 was all about finishing off what the Stags started so well.
Within a minute, Stephen Quinn made it four, left footed, in off the post, thank you very much and goodnight for sorry Scunthorpe.
Chances for Longstaff and Atkins could have added to the tally before play was temporarily stopped due to home fans first throwing tennis balls on the pitch, some fans then invaded the suface in protest, it looks sure to be that Scunthorpe will be playing National League football next season.
As for Mansfield, they’re still eyeing up League One football, in good form and good shape, with 69 points from 40 games played, six remain they are still three behind Port Vale in third, four behind Exeter in second, and now four ahead of Salford, who in eighth lay a place outside the playoff places.
Scunthorpe United: Watson, Rowe, Gallimore, Delaney, Feeney, Shrimpton (Moore-Billam 56), Hackney, Grant (Beestin 68), Lewis (Young 61), Nuttall, Burns.
Mansfield Town: Bishop, Hewitt, Rawson, Perch, O’Toole, McLaughlin (Johnson 45), Longstaff, Stirk (Maris 77), Quinn (Law 90), Bowery, Atkins.
Venue: Glanford Park
*Main image @mansfieldtownfc Stephen McLaughlin celebrates his goal.