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2017/18 English League Two, Regular Season
  • Kayden Jackson (38')
  • Jayden Stockley (21')

Accrington's automatic promotion bid on hold after Exeter draw

Accrington Stanley's automatic promotion bid is on hold after they were held to a 1-1 draw by fifth-placed Exeter.
Table-topping Stanley needed a win over the Grecians to secure promotion to the third tier of English football for the first time in their history - but a draw means all the focus is now on Tuesday's home game with Yeovil.
Former Stanley loan player Jayden Stockley fired Exeter ahead after a cagey opening.
Matt Jay's initial effort was saved and Stockley pounced on a loose ball in the area, finding the roof of the net midway through the first half with his 21st goal of the season.
They could have doubled their lead moments later but Aaron Chapman finger-tipped over a Jay volley, while promotion-hopefuls Exeter survived some pinball in their area with Billy Kee unable to connect.
Kayden Jackson equalised after 38 minutes with a solo goal, getting the ball on the edge of the area from Mark Hughes and driving it home for his 15th goal of the season.
Kee came close to adding to Stanley's tally but his long-range effort went narrowly over the bar.
Accrington started the second half strongly with Jordan Clark's 35-yard strike not far off, although - at the other end - Chapman had to be alert to keep out a Stockley strike with one hand.
Jake Taylor was also denied by the home keeper, Exeter's Hiram Boateng saw his fierce effort deflected just wide while, at the other end, Christy Pym denied Jordan Clark as the two sides shared the spoils.

English League Two Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Lincoln City 27 +22 55
2 Bury 29 +22 52
3 Mansfield Town 28 +19 51
4 Carlisle United 29 +12 48
5 Milton Keynes Dons 27 +20 47
6 Colchester United 29 +11 46
7 Forest Green Rovers 27 +13 44
8 Exeter City 28 +9 44
9 Stevenage 29 -1 44
10 Tranmere Rovers 28 +7 42
11 Swindon Town 29 -5 40
12 Oldham Athletic 28 +6 39
13 Newport County 27 -7 39
14 Crewe Alexandra 29 -5 38
15 Grimsby Town 28 -6 34
16 Northampton Town 28 -1 33
17 Crawley Town 29 -8 33
18 Port Vale 28 -9 32
19 Cambridge United 29 -21 32
20 Yeovil Town 27 -2 30
21 Cheltenham Town 28 -11 29
22 Morecambe 29 -17 28
23 Macclesfield Town 29 -18 27
24 Notts County 29 -30 21