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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 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