Mansfield 2 – 3 Sutton United

Mansfield’s impressive club record of 11 consecutive league wins at home was halted by promotions rivals Sutton as they earned a deserved 3-2 win.

With Port Vale’s win, sixth-placed Stags now have a six-point gap between them and automatic promotion third place, although they still have one game in progress.

Sutton, meanwhile, moved up to seventh with the win taking advantage of drop points from Newport and Tranmere.

Mansfield gave their opponent a ninth-minute lead following an error by defender Farrend Rawson.

After being rolled the ball on the edge of the box by goalkeeper Nathan Bishop, Rawson let himself be dispossessed by Omar Bugiel who ran to round Bishop and serenely at the net.

The hosts were then rocked by a second goal from Sutton four minutes into the second half as David Ajiboye was allowed to score his eighth goal of the season six yards past Enzio Boldewijn’s cross from the left line.

The Stags were given a lifeline in the 78th minute as a long ball striker John-Joe O’Toole saw Sutton defender Ben Goodliffe loop a header on his own keeper.

But United were 3-1 up two minutes later as substitute Richie Bennett raced clear to pass Bishop with Stags screaming for an offside flag.

Mansfield scored another goal in the seventh of added time when Matty Longstaff saw his low 18-yard shot deflect home, but it was nothing more than a consolation.

Sky Sports

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