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2017/18 English League Two, Regular Season
  • Sid Nelson (16')
  • Zavon Hines (39')
  • Kristian Dennis (90'+8' PEN)
  • Daniel Jones (85')

Chesterfield dent Notts County's automatic promotion hopes

Notts County's automatic promotion hopes suffered another blow when they were beaten 3-1 at relegation-threatened Chesterfield.
Sid Nelson and Zavon Hines's first goal for the club put Chesterfield in control and although Dan Jones replied with a late free kick, Kristian Dennis settled it with a stoppage time penalty.
Chesterfield went ahead in the 16th minute when Andy Kellett's corner was touched on by Drew Talbot and Nelson chested the ball past Adam Collin from four yards.
The visitors had a great chance in the 38th minute but Elliott Hewitt put a free header wide from eight yards and Chesterfield went further ahead a minute later.
Kristian Dennis had a shot blocked and the ball fell to Hinds who drove it past Collin from 12 yards.
Chesterfield went close again in the 48th minute when Alex Whitmore headed a corner just wide from 12 yards but although County had created little, they scored in the 85th minute when Jones's free kick from out on the right went straight in.
With nine minutes added on, County had a chance but when Kellett broke clear he was tripped by Andy Tootle and Dennis coolly converted the penalty to seal an impressive victory.

English League Two Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Milton Keynes Dons 21 +19 43
2 Lincoln City 20 +18 41
3 Colchester United 21 +15 38
4 Bury 21 +19 36
5 Mansfield Town 20 +15 35
6 Newport County 21 -2 35
7 Tranmere Rovers 21 +6 34
8 Forest Green Rovers 21 +9 33
9 Exeter City 21 +6 31
10 Stevenage 21 0 31
11 Swindon Town 21 -4 30
12 Oldham Athletic 21 +7 29
13 Carlisle United 21 -2 27
14 Northampton Town 21 -2 26
15 Port Vale 21 -3 26
16 Crawley Town 20 -4 26
17 Crewe Alexandra 21 -5 25
18 Grimsby Town 21 -9 22
19 Morecambe 21 -13 22
20 Yeovil Town 19 0 21
21 Cheltenham Town 20 -11 20
22 Cambridge United 21 -16 19
23 Notts County 21 -21 16
24 Macclesfield Town 21 -22 13