Mansfield Town 2-3 Sutton United (EFL League Two) 15.04.22
It was the unusual taste of a painful defeat as Mansfield ended a run of eleven consecutive home games in which they had won in the league as they were beaten for the first time this year in NG18 by fellow league two opposition at the hands of promotion rivals Sutton United who led from the early stages at the One Call Stadium.
On just nine minutes the visitors took the lead when Omar Bugiel intercepted a poor pass by Farrend Rawson to run through one on one and slip past Nathan Bishop in the Stags goal.
And five minutes after the break the away side went two up when former Notts County winger Enzio Boldewijn crossed to David Ajiboye who headed home.
An own goal on 78 minutes brought Mansfield back into the match when Goodlife headed past his own goalkeeper from a long ball into the box, but Sutton made it three on 80 when Richard Bennett fired home when set through.
Matty Longstaff did pull a goal back deep in injury time but it was Sutton’s day, the south Londoners doing the double in the league over the Stags this season, their first ever in the football league.
Sixth placed Mansfield are at least still in the playoff places with five matches remaining of the regular season, Sutton themselves in seventh bridging the gap on the Stags to just two points. Nigel Clough’s men will look to further that on Monday as they head North West to Carlisle United.
Mansfield Town: Bishop, Hewitt, O‘Toole, Rawson, Perch (Wallace 85), Stirk (Maris 74), Quinn (Johnson 67), Longstaff, Bowery, Hawkins, Akins.
Sutton United: Bouzanis, Goodliffe. John, Ajiboye, Bugiel (Bennett 68’), Beautyman (Korboa 90), Eastmond, Olaofe (Wilson 76), Boldewijn, Kizzi, Milsom.
Venue: Field Mill (6,134)
*Main image @mansfieldtownfc Matty Longstaff in action for Mansfield against Sutton.