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2017/18 English League Two, Regular Season

Rob Lainton stars as Port Vale hold Morecambe

Goalkeeper Rob Lainton was the hero for Port Vale as they battled to a 0-0 draw with fellow strugglers Morecambe.
The 28-year-old made a number of quality saves to keep the hosts in the game during a first half dominated by the visitors, but neither team could break the deadlock.
The away side started brightly and it was Gregg Wylde who forced Lainton to produce a fine save on 14 minutes to keep out the winger's thunderous strike from the left corner of the 18-yard box.
Morecambe nearly took the lead after 25 minutes when Vadaine Oliver nodded on to Garry Thompson, who beat the offside trap but prodded the ball into Lainton's arms from close range.
The Vale keeper was called into action yet again on 34 minutes, pulling off a brilliant save to tip Wylde's curling 20-yard effort onto the bar.
Both sides continued to push in the second half, but Vale came closest to grabbing the win 10 minutes from time when Tom Pope headed David Worrall's cross agonisingly wide.

English League Two Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Lincoln City 21 +20 44
2 Milton Keynes Dons 21 +19 43
3 Colchester United 22 +11 38
4 Bury 22 +17 36
5 Mansfield Town 20 +15 35
6 Newport County 21 -2 35
7 Exeter City 22 +7 34
8 Tranmere Rovers 22 +5 34
9 Forest Green Rovers 21 +9 33
10 Oldham Athletic 22 +9 32
11 Stevenage 22 0 32
12 Carlisle United 22 +2 30
13 Swindon Town 22 -5 30
14 Northampton Town 22 -2 27
15 Port Vale 22 -3 27
16 Crawley Town 21 -6 26
17 Crewe Alexandra 22 -6 25
18 Grimsby Town 22 -8 25
19 Yeovil Town 20 0 22
20 Morecambe 22 -15 22
21 Cheltenham Town 21 -11 21
22 Cambridge United 22 -16 20
23 Notts County 22 -20 19
24 Macclesfield Town 22 -20 16