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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 29 +21 56
2 Exeter City 28 +11 54
3 Plymouth Argyle 27 +17 50
4 Crewe Alexandra 28 +16 49
5 Colchester United 29 +13 46
6 Northampton Town 28 +10 46
7 Bradford City 29 +8 46
8 Cheltenham Town 27 +19 44
9 Forest Green Rovers 29 +7 44
10 Port Vale 29 -1 41
11 Newport County 26 +2 36
12 Salford City 29 -4 36
13 Walsall 29 -10 36
14 Crawley Town 29 -2 35
15 Scunthorpe United 29 -3 33
16 Cambridge United 29 -7 32
17 Leyton Orient 29 -10 31
18 Mansfield Town 29 -5 30
19 Grimsby Town 27 -6 30
20 Oldham Athletic 29 -15 30
21 Carlisle United 28 -19 29
22 Macclesfield Town 28 -3 28
23 Morecambe 29 -26 23
24 Stevenage 29 -13 22