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2017/18 English League Two, Regular Season
  • Callum Lang (31')
  • Danny Rose (70')
  • James Spencer (90'+4')

Mal Benning earns Mansfield late win at Morecambe

A 94th-minute goal from Mal Benning earned Mansfield a dramatic 2-1 victory over Morecambe.
Benning got the finishing touch to stab the ball past Barry Roche to earn the Stags the double over the Shrimps and push up to third in the Sky Bet League Two table.
Steve Evans' side had to come from behind after Morecambe took the lead on the half-hour with a poacher's goal from Callum Lang.
Mansfield defender Krystian Pearce passed back to keeper Conrad Logan without looking behind him and the ball ran perfectly for the young Wigan loanee who rounded Logan and placed the ball into the empty net.
The home side had the better of the first-half chances.
Kevin Ellison had the first opportunity on three minutes but miscued his shot wide before Alex Kenyon wasted a glorious chance to open the scoring on 28 minutes when he had a free header at the far post from a Michael Rose corner but failed to find the target.
Former Mansfield striker Vadaine Oliver saw one effort blocked by Pearce and sent a looping header inches over as the Shrimps asked most of the questions in the final third.
The second half was a different affair, however, as Evans made two substitutions and changed his system successfully.
The visitors dominated possession with CJ Hamilton forcing Roche into a neat save and Kane Hemmings going close before top scorer Danny Rose proved his worth once again with a neat close-range finish from a left-wing cross 20 minutes from time.
Chances came at either end with Andy Fleming's shot blocked by Rhys Bennett and Hemmings going close before Benning's scrappy but vital winner.

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