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2017/18 English League Two, Regular Season
  • Tom Pope (20')
  • Josh Payne (29' PEN)
  • Nathan Smith (82' OG)

Crawley return to winning ways

Crawley came from behind to beat Port Vale 2-1 and record their first victory in two months.
Nathan Smith's own goal with eight minutes left moved the visitors to within eight points of the play-off places in League Two with four games left.
Port Vale looked to have opened the scoring in the ninth minute when a Tom Pope header was somehow saved by Crawley goalkeeper Glenn Morris.
However, Pope did open the scoring in the 20th minute when he turned in a low cross from James Gibbons.
Vale were well on top until the 29th minute when referee Michael Jones adjudged Smith to have fouled Panutche Camara and pointed to the spot. The home players were furious with the officials but Joshua Payne made no mistake and levelled things up.
The game seemed destined for a draw, with any sort of flow interrupted by a number of fouls and off-ball altercations.
But the visitors secured all three points late on when the impressive Lewis Young made a brave foray into Port Vale's box and his perseverance paid off when his cross was turned into his own net by Smith.

English League Two Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Lincoln City 42 +35 84
2 Bury 42 +26 74
3 Mansfield Town 42 +27 73
4 Milton Keynes Dons 42 +22 72
5 Tranmere Rovers 42 +16 71
6 Forest Green Rovers 42 +20 67
7 Exeter City 42 +12 65
8 Carlisle United 42 +3 61
9 Colchester United 42 +6 60
10 Swindon Town 42 +3 60
11 Stevenage 42 -2 60
12 Newport County 41 -5 60
13 Oldham Athletic 41 +12 58
14 Crewe Alexandra 42 -1 56
15 Northampton Town 42 -2 54
16 Cheltenham Town 42 -6 53
17 Grimsby Town 42 -12 50
18 Port Vale 42 -12 47
19 Morecambe 42 -17 47
20 Crawley Town 42 -19 46
21 Cambridge United 42 -24 45
22 Macclesfield Town 42 -25 39
23 Yeovil Town 42 -23 37
24 Notts County 42 -34 37