Match action: Picture gallery from Carlisle United 2 Mansfield Town 1

Two goals in nine second half minutes condemned Mansfield Town to slip into the League Two drop zone after a 2-1 defeat in today’s six-pointer at fellow strugglers Carlisle United.

Home fans were at the ground early to clear snow off the surface to enable the game to go ahead.

But Stags must have wished they hadn’t bothered as they saw an interval lead wiped out in a much better second half from the Cumbrians.

On a freezing cold afternoon, the first half had little to keep the crowd warm, but Stags grabbed a precious lead right on the stroke of half-time through a Vadaine Oliver header.

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Adam Murray’s reaction to Carlisle United defeat

At this stage Mansfield keeper Adam Smith had not had a save to make.

But United upped the ante in the second half and when Stags failed to clear a free kick on 72 minutes, Charlie Wyke was able to level.

Worse was to come nine minutes later as Reggie Lambe lost the ball in a Stags attack and a swift break ended with Kyle Dempsey sweeping home the winner.