Mansfield 2 – 0 Stevenage

Mansfield remain in search of automatic promotion from League Two after a hard-earned 2-0 home win against Stevenage.

George Lapslie and Matty Longstaff struck to leave the Stags fifth, one point behind third-placed Northampton with two games remaining.

Former Mansfield boss Steve Evans received a hostile reception from home fans on his return to his old club.

But his Stevenage side defended vigorously in a frustrating first half for Mansfield.

Indeed, the closest the sides came to a breakthrough was at the other end of the half-hour mark when Stevenage striker Luke Norris outplayed Stephen McLaughlin and burst into the box, his low shot deflected by the goaltender Nathan Bishop’s fingertips at full stretch for his right.

Mansfield kicked into high gear after the break and after George Maris fired inches from a Lucas Akins drop in the 47th minute, they took the lead four minutes later.

A short corner from the left was sent in by Jamie Murphy and Lapslie won the ball in a scramble and shot inside the left post from six yards out.

Stevenage finished the game with 10 men after making all their substitutions and then lost Terence Vancooten injured with eight minutes remaining.

Longstaff secured the points in the third extra minute as the Stags played the ball in, then some neat passes found it unmarked in the box to put away a low finish from 10 yards out.

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