Match ends, Mansfield Town 4, Morecambe 0.
Mansfield's promotion push continued with a comprehensive 4-0 home win over Morecambe to climb up into second place.
Only Morecambe goalkeeper Barry Roche came between the Stags and a hatful of goals in a largely one-sided first half.
The former Nottingham Forest keeper made two outstanding saves to keep out close-range headers from Gethin Jones and also denied Jacob Mellis, Neal Bishop, and Tyler Walker.
But he was helpless on the half-hour mark as Mansfield's pressure paid off when Mellis drilled home low from just inside the box after being found in space by Mal Benning's intelligent low pull-back from the left.
Home nerves jangled when Conrad Logan had to save a Steven Old header from a 66th-minute corner.
But four minutes later Morecambe failed to clear a Jorge Grant free-kick and skipper Krystian Pearce was able to steer home a low finish to ease the tension.
Three minutes later Mellis found CJ Hamilton in the box, who stepped inside and drilled low under Roche for a third and five minutes from time Benning added the fourth with a low shot from 25 yards that flew just inside the far post.
Report supplied by Press Association.
- 5PearceBooked at 45mins
- 17SweeneyBooked at 54mins
- 6BishopSubstituted forTomlinsonat 83'minutes
- 23GrantSubstituted forMacDonaldat 72'minutes
- 19WalkerSubstituted forRoseat 77'minutes
- 12SuttonSubstituted forMingoiaat 45'minutes
- 2MillsBooked at 50mins
- 4KenyonBooked at 36minsSubstituted forConlanat 45'minutes
- 8FlemingBooked at 28mins
- 31CollinsSubstituted forOliverat 72'minutes
- Trevor Kettle
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Mansfield Town 4, Morecambe 0.
CJ Hamilton (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Steven Old (Morecambe).
Goal! Mansfield Town 4, Morecambe 0. Malvind Benning (Mansfield Town) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ryan Sweeney.
Substitution, Mansfield Town. Willem Tomlinson replaces Neal Bishop.
Andrew Fleming (Morecambe) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Alexander MacDonald (Mansfield Town).
(Mansfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Vadaine Oliver (Morecambe).
Substitution, Mansfield Town. Danny Rose replaces Tyler Walker.
Goal! Mansfield Town 3, Morecambe 0. CJ Hamilton (Mansfield Town) left footed shot from the right side of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jacob Mellis.
Substitution, Morecambe. Vadaine Oliver replaces Aaron Collins.
Substitution, Mansfield Town. Alexander MacDonald replaces Jorge Grant.
Goal! Mansfield Town 2, Morecambe 0. Krystian Pearce (Mansfield Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Neal Bishop following a set piece situation.
Neal Bishop (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Jordan Cranston (Morecambe).
Attempt missed. Jordan Cranston (Morecambe) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.
Corner, Morecambe. Conceded by Ryan Sweeney.
Foul by CJ Hamilton (Mansfield Town).