Cambridge United 4 Mansfield Town 1
MANSFIELD Town's problems on the road continued as they suffered a nightmare afternoon in a thumping 4-1 defeat at Cambridge United today.
It was a fourth defeat from six on their travels in the Blue Square Bet Premier and the Stags have now shipped 19 goals during that period.
The hosts took the lead on 18 minutes when Michael Gash too easily squeezed a shot in from a tight angle and the Stags were on the back foot throughout the first half.
Luckily, they did not concede further but just before the break, right-back John Thompson was carried off on a stretcher with what looked like an ankle injury.
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It was a huge blow for Stags and the former Notts County man, who has endured a dreadful 16 months with injury since arriving in north Nottinghamshire.
Fellow defender Exodus Geohaghon also went off at the interval injured and four minutes after the restart, Luke Berry scored from close range after Shane Redmond could only palm away Tom Elliott's angled drive.
Two minutes later, Elliott rifled an unstoppable shot into the corner before Ross Jarvis was given time and space to power home from the edge of the box shortly before the hour mark.
Stags did get a consolation, when Jake Speight turned home Anthony Howell's ball into the box on 71 minutes but that was after Redmond had saved three Cambridge efforts.
Cambridge: Hedge, Andrew, Willmott (Moke, 85), Coulson, Shaw, Jarvis (Wellard, 79), Thorpe, Berry, McAuley, Gash (Pugh, 88), Elliott. Subs: Wylde, Ross.
Stags: Redmond, Thompson (Daniel 45+1), Sutton, Geohaghon (Tafazolli, 46), Pilkington, Howell, Taiwo (Briscoe, 60), Murray, Speight, Meikle, Green. Subs: Rhead, Clements.
Referee: Kevin Johnson (Somerset)
Attendance: 2,545 (209 away fans)