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2017/18 English League Two, Regular Season
  • Jon Stead (86' PEN)

Late Jon Stead penalty hands Notts County victory over Port Vale

Jon Stead scored a late penalty for Notts County as they managed to grind out a 1-0 win over spirited Port Vale at Meadow Lane.
The Magpies striker converted from 12 yards with just four minutes remaining of a pulsating encounter, having been shoved in the back by Marcus Harness.
It was enough to break the resistance of goalkeeper Ryan Boot who had kept Vale from conceding in the first half with two fine saves to deny Jonathan Forte and Ryan Yates.
Vale had their moments, with Harness denied twice by two desperate blocks from the hosts' committed defence.
Substitute David Worrall also should have done better when he was completely unmarked from a Tyrone Barnett cross but he headed tamely at Ross Fitzsimons.
Home substitute Callum Saunders also squandered a great opportunity when he was left alone from a ball into the box but headed wide of the far post.
But Stead had the final say in what was a crucial win for the Magpies, who remain second in the table.

English League Two Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Swindon Town 19 +10 36
2 Forest Green Rovers 19 +11 35
3 Crewe Alexandra 19 +10 34
4 Exeter City 19 +4 33
5 Cheltenham Town 18 +13 31
6 Northampton Town 19 +9 31
7 Bradford City 18 +8 31
8 Plymouth Argyle 18 +6 29
9 Port Vale 19 0 28
10 Colchester United 18 +6 27
11 Newport County 17 +3 27
12 Salford City 19 -5 25
13 Cambridge United 19 +4 24
14 Macclesfield Town 19 -3 23
15 Mansfield Town 19 0 21
16 Scunthorpe United 19 -1 21
17 Crawley Town 19 -6 21
18 Grimsby Town 17 -2 20
19 Leyton Orient 19 -8 20
20 Oldham Athletic 18 -7 19
21 Carlisle United 19 -12 19
22 Walsall 19 -12 19
23 Stevenage 18 -9 14
24 Morecambe 19 -19 14