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2017/18 English League Two, Regular Season
  • Garry Thompson (16')
  • Callum Lang (33')
  • Kristian Dennis (55')
  • Andy Kellett (74')

Battle of strugglers ends in draw

The battle of the two League 2 strugglers ended all square as bottom club Chesterfield came from two goals down to earn a battling point at the Globe Arena.
Despite Chesterfield enjoying the greater share of the possession in the first half the Shrimps took a 2-0 lead into the break after a close range header from Garry Thompson in the 17th minute from Michael Rose 's excellent cross and a fine Callum Lang effort 12 minutes from the break after he robbed the visitors' defence of possession and slotted the ball under Aaron Ramsdale from 12 yards out.
Chesterfield boss Jack Lester made two changes at the break with Chris O'Grady and George Smith coming on and the changes quickly paid dividends as the visitors pulled one back through top scorer Kristian Dennis.
The chance looked to have gone begging when Dennis initially failed to control the ball into the box but he recovered sharply and struck a stunning volley past Danijel Nizic from the left hand side of the box.
The visitors then took charge and deservedly added a second with 15 minutes to go.
Ramsdale drove a free kick into the Morecambe box and the ball was headed into the danger area for Andy Kellett to smash a half volley past Nizic from 12 yards out.
Both teams went close to snatching victory at the end with Morecambe's Gregg Wylde smashing a close range effort over after 90 minutes and Louis Dodds almost sealing a superb fightback when he headed wide in injury time from Jason Brown's cross.

English League Two Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Swindon Town 33 +21 63
2 Exeter City 33 +14 63
3 Crewe Alexandra 33 +20 61
4 Plymouth Argyle 33 +17 61
5 Cheltenham Town 32 +21 54
6 Port Vale 34 +6 54
7 Colchester United 34 +13 52
8 Northampton Town 33 +11 52
9 Bradford City 34 +6 51
10 Forest Green Rovers 34 +2 46
11 Salford City 34 0 44
12 Cambridge United 34 -6 44
13 Walsall 34 -11 43
14 Crawley Town 34 -1 41
15 Grimsby Town 32 -2 41
16 Newport County 31 0 40
17 Leyton Orient 34 -9 38
18 Oldham Athletic 34 -15 37
19 Scunthorpe United 33 -9 36
20 Mansfield Town 34 -7 35
21 Carlisle United 33 -17 35
22 Macclesfield Town 34 -8 30
23 Morecambe 34 -24 30
24 Stevenage 34 -22 22