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2017/18 English League Two, Regular Season
  • Garry Thompson (16')
  • Callum Lang (33')
  • Kristian Dennis (55')
  • Andy Kellett (74')

Battle of strugglers ends in draw

The battle of the two League 2 strugglers ended all square as bottom club Chesterfield came from two goals down to earn a battling point at the Globe Arena.
Despite Chesterfield enjoying the greater share of the possession in the first half the Shrimps took a 2-0 lead into the break after a close range header from Garry Thompson in the 17th minute from Michael Rose 's excellent cross and a fine Callum Lang effort 12 minutes from the break after he robbed the visitors' defence of possession and slotted the ball under Aaron Ramsdale from 12 yards out.
Chesterfield boss Jack Lester made two changes at the break with Chris O'Grady and George Smith coming on and the changes quickly paid dividends as the visitors pulled one back through top scorer Kristian Dennis.
The chance looked to have gone begging when Dennis initially failed to control the ball into the box but he recovered sharply and struck a stunning volley past Danijel Nizic from the left hand side of the box.
The visitors then took charge and deservedly added a second with 15 minutes to go.
Ramsdale drove a free kick into the Morecambe box and the ball was headed into the danger area for Andy Kellett to smash a half volley past Nizic from 12 yards out.
Both teams went close to snatching victory at the end with Morecambe's Gregg Wylde smashing a close range effort over after 90 minutes and Louis Dodds almost sealing a superb fightback when he headed wide in injury time from Jason Brown's cross.

English League Two Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Swindon Town 18 +9 33
2 Forest Green Rovers 17 +9 31
3 Bradford City 16 +9 30
4 Crewe Alexandra 17 +5 30
5 Exeter City 18 +3 30
6 Cheltenham Town 16 +13 29
7 Northampton Town 18 +7 28
8 Port Vale 18 +1 28
9 Newport County 16 +4 27
10 Colchester United 17 +6 26
11 Plymouth Argyle 17 +5 26
12 Salford City 18 -5 24
13 Cambridge United 18 +4 23
14 Mansfield Town 18 +1 21
15 Macclesfield Town 17 -3 21
16 Crawley Town 18 -5 21
17 Leyton Orient 18 -6 20
18 Grimsby Town 15 0 19
19 Scunthorpe United 18 -2 18
20 Carlisle United 18 -12 18
21 Walsall 18 -12 18
22 Oldham Athletic 17 -8 16
23 Morecambe 18 -14 14
24 Stevenage 17 -9 13