Football: SUPER THORNE A HIT AGAIN; Mansfield 0 Cardiff City 1
Byline: TONY REES
PETER Thorne repaid another slice of the pounds 1.7m City invested in him last year by firing Cardiff back to the top of the Second Division.
He grabbed his fifth goal of the season 20 minutes from time to gun down Mansfield and to follow his double last weekend.
City made one enforced change in their side as former Barnsley man Chris Barker came in for hamstring victim Andy Legg on the left side of midfield.
The rock-bottom Stags have the worst defence in the Nationwide leagues, but they were boosted when on-loan Nottingham Forest centre-back Tony Vaughan passing a morning fitness test.
And the Bluebirds were keen to inflict more damage on Stuart Watkiss' strugglers as they raced forward in the early moments and only a crunching challenge from Vaughan halted Layton Maxwell's run.
But the Stags were advancing menacingly in the fifth minute. Christie shook off Spencer Prior for Lee Williamson to power a shot wide from 20 yards.
Mansfield were making complete nonsense of their lowly position. And two minutes later Craig Bisley set up Lawrence, whose right-foot fizzer cannoned to safety off Daniel Gabbidon.
Stunned Cardiff finally hit back when Peter Thorne screwed a shot wide, but the Stags were soon on the rampage again and this time keeper Neil Neil Alexander had to beat away Corden's curler.
The mist was drifting in from nearby Sherwood Forest and City were feverishly seeking a foothold in a clash which was being played at breakneck pace.
Battered Cardiff came under more pressure on 16 minutes - Gary Croft just getting a block on Colin Little's blasted shot after a bad mistake by Wales international Gabbidon. …