MANSFIELD Town's unbeaten home record fell after seven games to a controversial penalty decision against Woking this afternoon.
A poor game, marred by swirling wind and Woking's spoiling tactics, was settled by referee Dean Mohareb's 58th minute decision that Alan O'Hare had felled Wilfried Domoraud in the box, even though the Frenchman seemed to simply go down as the defender leaned on him and no one appealed.
Billy McEwan post-match reaction
But Giuseppe Sole took the perfect penalty kick and it was enough for the Cards to secure their third successive 1-0 win under new boss Phil Gilchrist and first away win of the season at Fortress Field Mill fell.
With skipper Adie Moses ruled out with a calf strain, Stags gave a debut to 18-year-old Frenchman Maxime Chanot, signed last night on loan from Sheffield United. And the youngster at least gave some reason to smile with an assured display for his years alongside O'Hare.
Experienced striker Stallard took over the captain's armband.
Stags began in positive mood and in the second minute Hurren spread the play to the left where Blackwood's cross was not dealt with in the box and Miles had to put his body in the way of a powerful O'Connor strike at goal.
That brought a corner which Blackwood sent to the near post and Stallard's glancing header struck the outside of the upright and Silk then poked the loose ball wide.
Domoraud was wide with a poorly executed scissor kick from the visitors' first corner, Soon after, Woking keeper Pidgeley was down smartly before O'Connor could reach Arnold's through ball.
On 15 minutes Sole made a good run to beat Gamble to a low through ball as the keeper raced to the edge of his box but, having pushed it past Gamble, the ball rolled harmlessly out of play with the angle too tight.
More good attacking play from Stags saw Conan stretch to cut out Arnold's pass that would have presented Blackwood with full sight of goal.
New boy Maxime marked his debut with a booking on 22 minutes for a late tackle on Marum.
The Cards forced their second corner which (Gamble failed to grab and it rolled loose for Domoraud to bundle a weak shot straight to the keeper.
On 27 minutes we came closest so far to a goal. Hurren's long pass was brought down well by Arnold wide on the right and he beat one defender before squaring to O'Connor whose well struck low finish narrowly beat the far post.
Pidgeley did well to grab a Blackwood free kick under pressure.
Referee Mr Mohareb showed great leniency for not booking Ledgister for a foul almost identical to that of Chanot and then also not cautioning Domoraud for a blatant dive in the Stags box.
A spell of Woking pressure was eased when Hurren saw a low shot deflect into the path of O'Connor and his near post finish was blocked by Lorraine.
But right on half time Stags had a close shave from a left wing free kick which saw Lorraine beat Gamble to the bal and head it over him on target only to see Silk head off the goal line and Blackwood complete the clearance.
It had been a drab 45 minutes with little goalmouth incident.
Stags won a corner on the left from a deflected O'Connor shot early in the second half which was hit too long. Hurren recovered the loose ball at the far corner flag and pumped it in a second time and this time Somner rose to head just over.
However, Woking were gifted a controversial 58th minute spot kick from which they broke the deadlock.
O'Hare and Domoraud were contesting for the ball in the Mansfield box and as the Stags defender leaned on his French opponent he suddenly went to ground and the referee pointed straight to the spot.
Stags argued long and hard with both referee and assistant but the decision stood and Sole stepped up to coolly send Gamble the wrong way to the fury of home supporters.
D'Laryea immediately replaced Hurren in the centre of midfield.
Woking's time wasting tactics continued and when Jeannin said something to the referee he was yellow carded.
On 72 minutes O'Connor's flick on almost sent Arnold away. He tried to accelerate clear in the box but Marum came up with a perfectly timed tackle to rob him which, if mistimed, would have conceded a penalty.
Marum was booked a minute later for a cynical foul on Blackwood.
With time running out, McEwan swapped things round on 77 minutes with Jeannin replaced by Lee, Blackwood moving to left back.
And Blackwood almost levelled matters within a minute as Arnold teased the defenders on the right of the box before chipping in the perfect cross to find Blackwood unmarked on the penalty spot only to send his header straight at the keeper.
For all their pressure, it was Mansfield's first on-target effort of the game.
Four minutes from time Lee knocked a long Arnold cross into the path of Stallard whose finish was on target but was bravely blocked in front of goal by the chest of Hutchinson as he fell to his right.
Robinson replaced O'Connor in the last minute and soon after Arnold was too high from 20 yards.
Despite all the visitors' inevitable dreary time wasting tactics, only four minutes were added on and, although they forced two late corners, it wasn't to be Mansfield's day.
STAGS: Gamble; Silk, O'Hare, Chanot, Jeannin (Lee 77); Somner, Hurren (D'Laryea 78), Blackwood; Arnold (Robinson 90), Stallard, O'Connor. Subs: Herriott, Wood.
WOKING: Pidgeley; Conan, Hutchinson, Lorraine, Miles (Bunce ht); Quamina; Lambu, Sole, Marum (Moone 87), Ledgister; Domoraud. Subs: Worner, Williams, Sam-Yorke.
REFEREE: Dean Mohareb of Cheshire.