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2017/18 English League Two, Regular Season
  • Jimmy Smith (15')
  • Josh Payne (68' PEN)
  • Mark Connolly (72')
  • Matthew Green (52')

Crawley march on towards the play-offs

Crawley recorded five successive home wins for the first time in the English Football League with a deserved 3-1 victory over fellow play-off hopefuls Lincoln.
After Matt Green had cancelled out Jimmy Smith's early opener, Josh Payne and Mark Connolly scored to take Town to within two points of the League Two play-off positions.
Lincoln had boss Danny Cowley sent to the stands as they tumbled to their first defeat since New Year's Day.
Enzio Boldewijn had a deflected shot flash across the face of the goal before Crawley broke the deadlock in the 15th minute.
Defender Lewis Young cut inside to smash a tremendous shot against the crossbar and skipper Smith was on hand to tap in the rebound from close range.
Lincoln had a let off in the 28th minute when, from a cross by Karlan Ahearne-Grant, Boldewijn blazed wastefully over at the far post.
Boldewijn later set up Ahearne-Grant in front of goal, but his low shot was saved by keeper Ryan Allsop with his legs.
As the players came in for the half-time interval, Cowley was sent to the stands by referee Trevor Kettle following an altercation with Smith.
Tom Pett volleyed against the bar before Lincoln levelled seven minutes after the interval when leading scorer Green struck.
But Crawley hit back to restore their lead when Scott Wharton pulled Boldewijn in the area and Payne calmly stroked home the resulting penalty in the 67th minute.
Defender Connolly sealed a fine victory five minutes later, forcing the ball home at the far post from a free-kick by substitute Jordan Roberts.

English League Two Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Swindon Town 20 +13 39
2 Exeter City 20 +5 36
3 Forest Green Rovers 20 +9 35
4 Cheltenham Town 19 +16 34
5 Crewe Alexandra 19 +10 34
6 Bradford City 19 +9 34
7 Northampton Town 20 +8 31
8 Colchester United 19 +7 30
9 Plymouth Argyle 19 +5 29
10 Port Vale 20 -1 28
11 Cambridge United 20 +5 27
12 Newport County 18 +2 27
13 Salford City 20 -6 25
14 Scunthorpe United 20 +1 24
15 Macclesfield Town 19 -3 23
16 Crawley Town 20 -6 22
17 Walsall 20 -11 22
18 Mansfield Town 20 -3 21
19 Leyton Orient 20 -8 21
20 Grimsby Town 18 -5 20
21 Oldham Athletic 19 -7 20
22 Carlisle United 20 -12 20
23 Stevenage 19 -9 15
24 Morecambe 20 -19 15