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2017-18 English League Two, Regular Season
  • James Collins (61')
  • Glen Rea (71')
  • Kane Hemmings (34')

Luton bolster promotion hopes with win over Mansfield

Second-placed Luton came from behind to beat Mansfield 2-1 and take a big step towards automatic promotion.
After trailing 1-0 to Kane Hemmings' goal at the break, James Collins and substitute Glen Rea struck to stretch Stags manager David Flitcroft's winless run to six games since he was appointed.
The Hatters started brightly as forward Elliot Lee was denied by goalkeeper Conrad Logan, but Mansfield went ahead 11 minutes before half-time when Hemmings finished from close range.
Luton stopper James Shea saved from Alex MacDonald and Will Atkinson, while Hemmings' deflected effort clipped the bar as Mansfield pushed for a second.
However, the tide started to turn as Collins saw his shot diverted away by the foot of Logan, who then made a wonderful save from Lee early in the second half.
The Hatters drew level in the 61st minute, with Pelly-Ruddock Mpanzu's wonderful run and cross slammed home by Collins for his 20th league goal of the season.
The Luton forward then denied Lee Angol from six yards with a crucial block at the other end, before having a role to play in his side's winner.
Collins won a free kick and when Logan spilled Alan Sheehan's effort, Rea was on hand to tap home his first of the season 19 minutes from time.
Luton remain eight points clear of fourth-placed Exeter, who do have a game in hand on the Hatters.

English League Two Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Forest Green Rovers 19 +23 43
2 Northampton Town 20 +11 37
3 Port Vale 20 +13 35
4 Exeter City 20 +9 33
5 Swindon Town 19 +7 33
6 Sutton United 20 +5 32
7 Leyton Orient 20 +18 31
8 Newport County 20 +8 31
9 Harrogate Town 20 +6 30
10 Tranmere Rovers 19 +2 29
11 Mansfield Town 20 -3 26
12 Walsall 20 -2 25
13 Salford City 19 +3 24
14 Bradford City 19 +2 24
15 Rochdale 19 0 24
16 Bristol Rovers 20 -8 23
17 Hartlepool United 19 -10 23
18 Crawley Town 19 -8 22
19 Colchester United 18 -6 21
20 Barrow 19 -4 19
21 Stevenage 19 -15 19
22 Carlisle United 20 -16 16
23 Oldham Athletic 20 -15 15
24 Scunthorpe United 20 -20 15