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2017/18 English League Two, Regular Season
  • Daniel Jones (45'+2')
  • Tom James (54' OG)
  • Elliott Hewitt (69')
  • Lewis Alessandra (73')
  • Alex Fisher (90'+2')

Notts County keep automatic-promotion hopes alive

Notts County hammered struggling Yeovil 4-1 to maintain their chances of automatic promotion in League Two.
Victory took the Magpies to within two points of third-placed Wycombe with two games left to play.
And it was a brilliant second-half performance that inspired the home side to three points, with an own goal from Tom James and strikes from Elliott Hewitt and Lewis Alessandra adding to Dan Jones' opener.
Jonathan Forte came close with an early effort for County while Yeovil's Lewis Wing saw a 20-yard shot saved by Adam Collin before Alex Fisher headed wide after a defensive mix-up.
The home side took the lead in first-half stoppage time, with Jones' shot from the edge of the area deflecting past the helpless Jonny Maddison.
After the break, James blasted a pass from Liam Noble into his own net and in the 70th minute, Hewitt cut in from the left before coolly slotting past Maddison.
Alessandra scored a fourth in the 73rd minute, dribbling past two defenders before netting from close range.
Fisher pulled a late goal back for Yeovil from a free-kick.

English League Two Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Lincoln City 44 +34 85
2 Bury 44 +26 77
3 Mansfield Town 44 +30 76
4 Milton Keynes Dons 44 +23 76
5 Forest Green Rovers 44 +22 73
6 Tranmere Rovers 44 +15 72
7 Exeter City 44 +10 66
8 Colchester United 44 +7 64
9 Carlisle United 44 +3 64
10 Stevenage 44 +1 64
11 Newport County 43 -3 64
12 Oldham Athletic 43 +13 62
13 Crewe Alexandra 44 +2 62
14 Swindon Town 44 +2 61
15 Northampton Town 44 -2 57
16 Cheltenham Town 44 -10 54
17 Grimsby Town 44 -12 53
18 Morecambe 44 -17 50
19 Crawley Town 44 -17 50
20 Port Vale 44 -15 48
21 Cambridge United 44 -25 46
22 Macclesfield Town 44 -27 40
23 Yeovil Town 44 -25 38
24 Notts County 44 -35 38