Match ends, Lincoln City 0, Mansfield Town 1.
Lincoln fell one day short of completing a year unbeaten in all competitions at Sincil Bank as Danny Rose came off the bench to head Mansfield to victory.
It took Rose just three minutes to find the net as he nodded home Hayden White's cross from the right - the Stags' first effort on goal.
A series of blocks by Mansfield defender David Mirfin kept the scores level at the break, with the defender twice denying Michael Bostwick and Billy Knott clear goalscoring opportunities.
At the other end, Alex MacDonald went close with a clever free-kick midway through the first half that deceived the Lincoln wall and goalkeeper Paul Farman.
Mansfield boss Steve Evans introduced Rose just before the hour, much to the delight of the travelling 1,459 supporters, and it was a move that immediately paid dividends.
A marauding run from full-back White resulted in a pinpoint cross to the head of Rose and the substitute made no mistake.
Another sub, Lincoln's Sean Long, almost picked out Knott for an equaliser 10 minutes from time, but the midfielder just failed to connect with his cross.
Report supplied by the Press Association.
- 3HaberghamSubstituted forLongat 78'minutes
- 26AndersonSubstituted forPalmerat 78'minutes
- 16BostwickBooked at 79mins
- 9RheadSubstituted forGinnellyat 60'minutes
- 7MacDonaldSubstituted forAndersonat 85'minutes
- 23HemmingsSubstituted forRoseat 58'minutes
- 9AngolSubstituted forAtkinsonat 90'minutes
- Robert Jones
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Lincoln City 0, Mansfield Town 1.
Foul by Alex Woodyard (Lincoln City).
Danny Rose (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Substitution, Mansfield Town. Will Atkinson replaces Lee Angol.
Robert Dickie (Lincoln City) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Danny Rose (Mansfield Town).
Attempt missed. Danny Rose (Mansfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.
Attempt blocked. Matt Green (Lincoln City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Foul by Ollie Palmer (Lincoln City).
Danny Rose (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Substitution, Mansfield Town. Paul Anderson replaces Alexander MacDonald.
Attempt saved. Billy Knott (Lincoln City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.
Michael Bostwick (Lincoln City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Michael Bostwick (Lincoln City).
Callum Butcher (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Substitution, Lincoln City. Sean Long replaces Sam Habergham.
Substitution, Lincoln City. Ollie Palmer replaces Harry Anderson.
Foul by Matt Green (Lincoln City).
Paul Digby (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.