Mansfield out of automatic promotion race but Stevenage pick up vital win

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Battle for 2nd and 3rd now between five teams

Mansfield Town have dropped out of the race for automatic promotion after they were beaten 2-1 by League Two champions Leyton Orient on Tuesday.

Davis Keillor-Dunn gave Mansfield an early lead at Field Mill but Charlie Kelman and Ruel Sotiriou turned things around as Orient led at half-time, and the visitors saw out victory despite losing Shadrach Ogie to a straight red card after 62 minutes.

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Mansfield remain eight points behind the Cobblers and seven adrift of Stevenage with two games remaining. It’s now a battle between those two teams plus Stockport, Carlisle and Bradford, who still have a game in hand, for the final two automatic promotion spots.

Stevenage gave their own promotion hopes a major boost with victory at Swindon. Jamie Reid scored the only goal of the game after 25 minutes as Boro moved to within a point of Northampton. They host Grimsby on Saturday and go to Barrow on the final day of the season.

Elsewhere on Tuesday, Grimsby beat Crewe 2-0 and Harrogate won 3-2 at Newport.