Jordan Bowery’s goal in the first half earned Mansfield a valuable 1-0 home win and kept the soaring Morecambe from closing the gap in automatic promotion places in the second division.

The result also ended a streak of three straight losses and less than five wins for Nigel Clough’s men.

Jamie Reid missed a golden chance to put Stags ahead in the third minute when Morecambe goalkeeper Kyle Letheren parried a powerful shot from Bowery and Reid went over the head unchallenged from six yards.

Deer dominated and Mal Benning’s deflected free kick was saved while Ollie Clarke and Reid missed.

The breakthrough came after 41 minutes, when Stephen Quinn sent a low cross from the left into the sideline and Bowery turned it home for the first time at the near post.

Quinn shot over from a Jason Law pass shortly thereafter as Mansfield tried to extend his lead.

The next morecambe came when Toumani Diagouraga’s shot was deflected for a corner after 18 minutes.

Chances were few in a poor second half when the visitors, who came into the game after a third straight win, couldn’t force a single save against goalkeeper Aidan Stone all afternoon.

Substitute AJ Leitch-Smith could have equalized two minutes in stoppage time, but completely missed his kick in front of the goal of Carlos Mendes Gomes’ loft pass.