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2017/18 English League Two, Regular Season
  • Malvind Benning (13')
  • Seamus Connelly (60')

Accrington back top after beating promotion rivals Mansfield

Seamus Conneely's goal sent Accrington back to the top of Sky Bet League Two with a 1-0 win at 10-man promotion rivals Mansfield.
Conneely struck on the hour mark after Mansfield had wasted two good chances following Mal Benning's 13th-minute dismissal for a high tackle on Billy Kee.
It left the Stags without a league win over Stanley in 14 attempts and new boss David Flitcroft without a victory in his first five games in charge.
In an ill-tempered first half, Mansfield started well and Lee Angol had a vicious shot tipped over after only two minutes.
After losing Benning the hosts almost stole the lead after 33 minutes as Aaron Chapman turned over a powerful Rhys Bennett header and Angol volleyed wide from the corner.
The home side missed another sitter in the 50th minute as Kane Hemmings side-footed wide from six yards from a low Hayden White cross.
Stanley punished them after 60 minutes as Conneely was left unmarked from a Sean McConville corner to send a six-yard header past Conrad Logan to steal the points.

English League Two Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Swindon Town 34 +23 66
2 Crewe Alexandra 34 +22 64
3 Exeter City 34 +12 63
4 Plymouth Argyle 34 +17 62
5 Cheltenham Town 33 +22 57
6 Colchester United 35 +14 55
7 Northampton Town 34 +13 55
8 Port Vale 35 +6 55
9 Bradford City 35 +5 51
10 Forest Green Rovers 35 +1 46
11 Cambridge United 35 -6 45
12 Crawley Town 35 +1 44
13 Salford City 35 -1 44
14 Walsall 35 -11 44
15 Newport County 32 +1 43
16 Grimsby Town 33 -4 41
17 Scunthorpe United 34 -8 39
18 Leyton Orient 35 -9 39
19 Oldham Athletic 35 -15 38
20 Carlisle United 34 -17 36
21 Mansfield Town 35 -8 35
22 Morecambe 35 -24 31
23 Macclesfield Town 35 -10 30
24 Stevenage 35 -24 22