Mansfield Town’s FA Cup adventure is over after they fell to a gallant defeat to Oldham with second-half strikes by Danny Philliskirk and Dominic Poleon.
Amid terrible conditions at Boundary Park Philliskirk made the breakthrough on 70 minutes and Poleon sealed the Stags’ fate eight minutes later.
It was the Stags who came closest to opening the scoring in the opening 45 minutes when Matt Green, ploughing a lone furrow up front, chased down a short back pass from defender Brian Wilson. Goalkeeper Joel Coleman got to the loose ball first, firing his attempted clearance straight at the shins of Green but was relieved to see the ball sail over the crossbar.
James Wilson’s flicked header was then directed too close to Scott Shearer at the other end.
Two minutes into the second half Green was nearly in again, but saw his effort blocked by James Wilson.
As conditions worsened Mark Yeates’s cross at the other end was caught up in the wind and flew directly against the crossbar.
The goal finally arrived when Joseph Mills lifted the ball into the box, Krystian Pearce failed to clear and Philliskirk smashed home.
Standing water played its part in the second goal, bringing a hopeful long ball forwards by James Wilson into the path of Yeates. He cut back for Philliskirk, who in turn fed Poleon on the edge of the box and he finished with aplomb past the helpless Shearer no chance.
The writing was on the wall for Mansfield, without a goal since last month’s win at Yeovil.
And it was Oldham who went closest to the game’s third, but Liam Kelly missed with a long-range drive in added-on time.
Mansfield return to action against Hartlepool on Saturday bidding to end a five-match run without a win.