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2017-18 English League Two, Regular Season
  • Tom Pope (20')
  • Josh Payne (29' PEN)
  • Nathan Smith (82' OG)

Crawley return to winning ways

Crawley came from behind to beat Port Vale 2-1 and record their first victory in two months.
Nathan Smith's own goal with eight minutes left moved the visitors to within eight points of the play-off places in League Two with four games left.
Port Vale looked to have opened the scoring in the ninth minute when a Tom Pope header was somehow saved by Crawley goalkeeper Glenn Morris.
However, Pope did open the scoring in the 20th minute when he turned in a low cross from James Gibbons.
Vale were well on top until the 29th minute when referee Michael Jones adjudged Smith to have fouled Panutche Camara and pointed to the spot. The home players were furious with the officials but Joshua Payne made no mistake and levelled things up.
The game seemed destined for a draw, with any sort of flow interrupted by a number of fouls and off-ball altercations.
But the visitors secured all three points late on when the impressive Lewis Young made a brave foray into Port Vale's box and his perseverance paid off when his cross was turned into his own net by Smith.

English League Two Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Cambridge United 32 +19 55
2 Forest Green Rovers 30 +14 54
3 Cheltenham Town 30 +14 53
4 Tranmere Rovers 30 +6 51
5 Morecambe 31 -1 49
6 Newport County 30 +7 48
7 Bolton Wanderers 31 -1 47
8 Exeter City 29 +14 46
9 Salford City 30 +14 46
10 Carlisle United 27 +8 43
11 Bradford City 29 +2 43
12 Harrogate Town 31 -2 42
13 Crawley Town 29 +3 41
14 Leyton Orient 30 +2 39
15 Oldham Athletic 30 -5 38
16 Mansfield Town 30 -2 37
17 Walsall 30 -4 37
18 Stevenage 32 -7 35
19 Scunthorpe United 29 -8 35
20 Port Vale 31 -4 34
21 Colchester United 30 -11 33
22 Southend United 31 -25 28
23 Barrow 29 -7 26
24 Grimsby Town 29 -26 24