Stags equaliser breaks Imps hearts

Jacob Mellis scored a stunning injury time equaliser as Mansfield gained a credible point from table toppers Lincoln City.

The Imps had gone ahead through Derby County loanee Kellan Gordon with just five to go until Mellis stepped up and earned his side a point.

The result pushed Lincoln to the top of the table and with Stevenage’s late win over MK Dons, they remain there on goal difference.

Mansfield started the game in fifth and with the three o’clock kick offs, the Stags have risen to fourth.

It was a typical derby day atmosphere at Sincil Bank with a sell out crowd. But it was the Imps who started the brightest with Shay McCartan and Bruno Andrade looking in the mood.

Mansfield created the first chance of the game as Danny Rose’s effort seemed destined for the corner until Josh Vickers got a big hand and parried it away.

Lincoln’s first chance game with a mix up at the back for the Stags that presented an open goal for Andrade. But the Portuguese couldn’t steer his effort on target.

A chance wouldn’t come either sides way until just after the break. John Akinde stormed through the Mansfield back line but Bobby Olejnik was equal to his stab at goal.

With just five to go, substitute Kellan Gordon scored his second in as many matches. A long goal kick from Vickers found Matt Rhead. His flick fell into the path of Andrade who squared it to Matt Green. The former Stag held the ball up and Gordon ran in to smash it home.

But with just under 60 seconds remaining, Mansfield broke Imps hearts. The ball fell perfectly for Mellis who’s sensational strike found the bottom corner to send the travelling fans into pandemonium.

The Imps will travel to Oldham on Tuesday night, looking to extend their lead at the top of Sky Bet League Two.

Picture Credit: Lincoln City

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