MORECAMBE went down to a narrow 1-0 defeat on another frustrating night at the Globe Arena.
After a 1-0 defeat against Colchester on Saturday the Shrimps suffered a similar fate with a goal from Neal Bishop on 36 minutes proving the telling moment of the game.
Jim Bentley’s injury hit side once again played some neat football but failed to find the target for the second game running and were undone by a quality strike from former Blackpool midfielder Neal Bishop.
Boss Bentley was forced tomato one change to the side that lost 1-0 against Colchester after losing another midfielder in Aaron Wildig and Ben Hedley was drafted in for his Football League debut alongside Jordan Cranston in midfield.
The decisive strike came in the 36th minute. Mansfield were controversially awarded a corner after a ricochet that appeared to go out off Mansfield's Tyler Walker.
Otis Khan delivered the corner, which found its way to the midfielder on the edge of the Morecambe area and the veteran produced a moment of quality to volley a 20 yard effort right footed into the bottom right hand corner.
Morecambe started brightly and Bobby Olejnik was called into actionwhen A-Jay Leitch-Smith arrowed an effort towards goal that was deflected – allowing the Stags’ goalkeeper to pluck the ball out of the air.
The visitors then went close to opening the scoring on 12 minutes. Otis Khan found Mal Benning with a neat ball over the top, and the left wing-back struck the inside of the far post from what was evidently an attempted cross on the side of the 18-yard-box.
The ball dropped to Kevin Ellison in the middle of the park moments later as he fed Vadaine Oliver who was unable to deliver with any real danger. But Morecambe came back once more when first Ryan Sweeney and then Olejnik had to send two crosses over the bar.
Then, in the 21st minute, the home side edged ever closer to the game’s opener. This time it was Zak Mills who had the opportunity to deliver, but his low cross somehow evaded everybody waiting and emerged out the other side for a throw-in.
Leitch-Smith then drilled a shot towards Olejnik’s goal, which the shot-stopper got down well to keep his side on level terms.
Morecambe continued to pile on the pressure at the Globe Arena with Liam Mandeville curing a free kick towards goal but it was hit with too much power as it sailed over.
Cranston took aim from an ambitious 35 yards following a clearance and almost had Olejnik scrambling, had it not been for a deflection off his own teammate.
A minute later, it was the Stags who found the breakthrough – courtesy of Bishop. Returning to the starting line-up, the midfielder latched onto a corner than bounced over several heads before striking the ball with his laces into the bottom left-hand corner.
Khan had a chance to double his side’s lead just four minutes before the interval but shot straight at Roche before Danny Rose fired over the crossbar from seven yards.
The second 45 began in similar fashion to the first as both sides set a high tempo.
Benning and then Oliver both had efforts that fell off target before Cranston fired a free-kick straight into a yellow wall on the fringe of Olejnik’s area.
Although end to end clear chances were rare as Morecambe failed to cause the Stags’ defence too many problems.
Mansfield looked the sharper and Roche had to save well from Rose on two occasions as the Shrimps failed to get the goal they needed to get something from the game.
Morecambe: Roche, Mills, Yarney, Lavelle, Conlan, Hedley (rep Oates 65), Cranston, Mandeville, Leitch-Smith, Ellison (rep Piggott 80), Oliver. Subs not used: Halstead, Mendes-Gomes, Thompson, Oswell, Brownsword,
Mansfield: Olejnik, Benning, Preston, Sweeney, Pearce, Bishop, Mellis (rep Elsnik 80), Khan(rep Butcher 83), Walker (rep Graham 90), Hamilton, Rose. Subs not used: Logan, Sterling-James, Law, Gibbens.
Ref: R Lewis.