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2017/18 English League Two, Regular Season
  • Danny Rose (6')
  • Alfie Potter (9', 28', 61')
  • Alexander MacDonald (34')

Potter casts spell on Newport

Alfie Potter scored a hat-trick as Mansfield Town demolished visiting Newport County 5-0 to maintain their chase of a top-three finish.
In a whirlwind first half, Mansfield blew the Welsh club away with four unanswered goals.
Danny Rose tucked away Krystian Pearce's low pull-back from the left for the opener on six minutes and three minutes later, CJ Hamilton's burst of pace and pull-back set up Potter for a blistering finish.
After Joss Labadie had seen a 22nd-minute effort ruled out for offside, it was 3-0 on 28 minutes as Potter blazed home his second as the ball came back off the bar from Rose's initial effort from Mal Benning's low cross.
The fourth came on 34 minutes as Alex MacDonald crashed home a half-cleared corner from 18 yards.
After Rhys Bennett had hit a post and Kane Hemmings had missed a sitter, Potter's hat-trick came on 61 minutes as he fired back across Day from Hamilton's low cross.
Ricky Miller and Hemmings also forced keeper Joe Day to save with his legs on a night of one-way traffic.

English League Two Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Lincoln City 32 +24 62
2 Bury 33 +24 60
3 Mansfield Town 33 +22 58
4 Milton Keynes Dons 33 +19 56
5 Forest Green Rovers 33 +18 54
6 Colchester United 33 +17 53
7 Carlisle United 33 +11 52
8 Exeter City 32 +11 51
9 Stevenage 33 -4 48
10 Oldham Athletic 32 +11 46
11 Tranmere Rovers 32 +5 46
12 Grimsby Town 33 -2 46
13 Crewe Alexandra 33 -3 46
14 Swindon Town 32 -3 46
15 Newport County 31 -10 43
16 Northampton Town 33 -4 39
17 Crawley Town 33 -10 38
18 Cambridge United 32 -21 36
19 Cheltenham Town 32 -13 35
20 Port Vale 32 -12 33
21 Morecambe 32 -17 32
22 Yeovil Town 33 -14 30
23 Macclesfield Town 33 -21 29
24 Notts County 32 -28 28