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Sky Bet League 2

The Victoria Ground (ATT 2,976) 25th March 2014 - Kick off 19:45

Hartlepool Hartlepool United vs Mansfield Town Mansfield

Hartlepool 2

M Harewood (28)
L James (53)

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Mansfield 4

J Jennings (20, 72)
M Rhead (80)
J McGuire (90+2)

Pools sunk by late Stags brace

Last Updated: 25/03/14 11:45pm

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James Jennings: At the double

James Jennings: At the double

Mansfield scored twice in the last 10 minutes to earn their first away win since January 4 as they triumphed 4-2 at Hartlepool.

The Stags have tumbled down the table of late, but late goals from Matt Rhead and Jamie McGuire eased relegation fears with a strong and determined away performance.

They took the lead on 20 minutes, James Jennings turning in from close range after Rhead miskicked his shot in the penalty area.

Pools levelled eight minutes later when Jack Barmby's shot deflected into the part of Marlon Harewood, who netted his third goal in as many home games.

He wasted the chance to make it four when his penalty on the stroke of half-time was saved by Stags goalkeeper Alan Marriott.

But the hosts eventually went ahead seven minutes after the break as Luke James was played in behind the defence to fire in his 15th goal of the season.

A triple substitution seemed to knock Pools out of their stride, though, and Jennings levelled on 72 minutes. He slipped as he took a free-kick out on the right flank and the ball curled high over keeper Scott Flinders and into the net.

Rhead put Mansfield ahead with 10 minutes to go, angling in a header from a deep Lee Beevers cross. And in stoppage time, McGuire completed a good night for the visitors, finishing low after being put clean through.

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Table

Sky Bet League 2

Sky Bet League 2
Pos Team P Pts
1 Wycombe Wanderers 27 52
2 Shrewsbury Town 27 51
3 Burton Albion 27 51
4 Luton Town 26 47
5 Southend United 27 47
6 Newport County AFC 27 46
7 Bury 27 44
8 Stevenage 27 41
9 Exeter City 28 41
10 Plymouth Argyle 27 40
11 Morecambe 27 37
12 Cambridge United 26 36
13 AFC Wimbledon 26 36
14 Northampton Town 27 34
15 Accrington Stanley 26 33
16 Oxford United 27 30
17 Cheltenham Town 27 30
18 Portsmouth 26 29
19 York City 27 28
20 Mansfield Town 26 28
21 Tranmere Rovers 26 27
22 Dagenham & Redbridge 27 27
23 Carlisle United 27 27
24 Hartlepool United 27 18