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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 Cambridge United 25 +15 42
2 Forest Green Rovers 24 +9 41
3 Morecambe 24 0 41
4 Cheltenham Town 24 +11 40
5 Newport County 23 +9 40
6 Carlisle United 21 +12 39
7 Salford City 24 +12 38
8 Tranmere Rovers 24 +1 38
9 Exeter City 23 +14 36
10 Leyton Orient 24 +7 36
11 Walsall 25 -1 35
12 Crawley Town 22 +6 34
13 Mansfield Town 24 +2 32
14 Colchester United 24 -5 31
15 Oldham Athletic 25 -6 31
16 Port Vale 26 -5 29
17 Scunthorpe United 25 -7 29
18 Bradford City 23 -3 28
19 Bolton Wanderers 24 -9 28
20 Harrogate Town 24 -5 27
21 Barrow 23 -2 23
22 Stevenage 23 -8 22
23 Grimsby Town 25 -24 21
24 Southend United 25 -23 20