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2017/18 English League Two, Regular Season
  • Alexander MacDonald (42')
  • Will Atkinson (55')
  • Danny Rose (70')
  • Simeon Akinola (87')

Mansfield make it nine unbeaten with Barnet win

In-form Mansfield made it nine games unbeaten with a comfortable 3-1 home win over bottom club Barnet.
Alex MacDonald, Will Atkinson and Danny Rose saw the Stags home with plenty to spare, with Simeon Akinola grabbing a late consolation.
After a scrappy opening 15 minutes, Mansfield took a grip.
MacDonald clipped the outside of the right-hand upright after 16 minutes, Kane Hemmings put a shot wide and then saw goalkeeper Craig Ross block another with his legs a minute later.
But in the 42nd minute Joel Byrom and Mal Benning worked a neat series of passes with MacDonald on the left of the box before the latter curled a superb finish in off the far post.
MacDonald somehow fired wide from five yards early in the second half, but in the 55th minute Hemmings headed a Byrom corner goalwards and Atkinson helped it over the line.
After Hemmings had inexplicably headed wide from four yards after 67 minutes, Rose made it 3-0 three minutes later with a deadly finish from CJ Hamilton's low cross.
Akinola pulled one back three minutes from time when he pounced after a Rhys Bennett header failed to reach his keeper.

English League Two Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Lincoln City 28 +24 58
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 Forest Green Rovers 28 +16 47
7 Colchester United 29 +11 46
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 29 -9 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 28 -4 30
21 Cheltenham Town 28 -11 29
22 Morecambe 29 -17 28
23 Macclesfield Town 29 -18 27
24 Notts County 29 -30 21