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Whaddon Road Ground (ATT 2,928) 29th December 2013 - Kick off 15:00

Cheltenhm Cheltenham Town vs Mansfield Town Mansfield

Cheltenhm 1

S Jombati (86)

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Mansfield 2

A Howell (21)
M Rhead (45+2)

Stags stun Robins to end poor run

Last Updated: 29/12/13 8:47pm

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Anthony Howell: Opened the scoring

Anthony Howell: Opened the scoring

Mansfield brought their 13-match winless league run to an end with an unlikely 2-1 victory at promotion hopefuls Cheltenham.

First-half goals from Anthony Howell and Matt Rhead did the damage, with Sido Jombati's goal for the home side coming too late to salvage a point as the Robins tasted defeat for the first time in 12 games.

Early Cheltenham pressure came to nothing and it was the Stags who opened the scoring after 21 minutes when Howell's 20-yard strike appeared to be deflected beyond Scott Brown in the home goal.

As half-time approached, Byron Harrison headed over for the Robins with Jombati drilling another effort off target.

And those misses were punished in injury time when Rhead powered home a header from a James Jennings corner.

Cheltenham piled the pressure on after the break but struggled to find a way through a solid visiting defence.

Mansfield substitute Colin Daniel was denied a third Stags goal by a decent save from Brown before Jombati netted an 87th-minute consolation, neatly turning home a Kemar Roofe corner.

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Sky Bet League 2

Sky Bet League 2
Pos Team P Pts
1 Shrewsbury Town 22 43
2 Wycombe Wanderers 22 43
3 Burton Albion 23 43
4 Luton Town 22 41
5 Southend United 22 38
6 Plymouth Argyle 22 37
7 Newport County AFC 22 37
8 Exeter City 23 37
9 Bury 22 34
10 Stevenage 22 31
11 Morecambe 22 30
12 AFC Wimbledon 22 30
13 Accrington Stanley 22 30
14 Cambridge United 22 29
15 Portsmouth 22 27
16 Mansfield Town 22 27
17 Oxford United 22 25
18 Cheltenham Town 22 25
19 Northampton Town 22 24
20 Carlisle United 22 24
21 York City 22 23
22 Dagenham & Redbridge 22 21
23 Tranmere Rovers 22 19
24 Hartlepool United 22 14