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2017/18 English League Two, Regular Season
  • Kevin Ellison (23')
  • Fraser Franks (89')

Superb Fraser Franks strike grabs draw for Stevenage

A superb last-gasp strike from Fraser Franks earned Stevenage a 1-1 Sky Bet League Two draw with Morecambe at the Globe Arena.
The Stevenage substitute, normally a centre half, was thrown up front for his height and strength but earned the point with one of the goals of the season.
As Boro looked set for a ninth successive away defeat he took the ball on the edge of the area and volleyed past Barry Roche to score.
Kevin Ellison gave the Shrimps the lead in the 23rd minute with a fine finish. Luke Conlan broke into the Stevenage box down the left-hand side and fired in a shot that was blocked only for the ball to drop perfectly for the veteran striker to score with a fine, low finish.
Stevenage hit back and went close with Matt Godden heading a superb Jonathan Smith cross against the foot of the post six minutes before the break.
Boro dominated the second half possession without creating too many chances.
Tom Pett was denied by a fine Roche save late in the game but it was Franks' strike that proved vital.

English League Two Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Lincoln City 38 +30 76
2 Bury 37 +30 70
3 Mansfield Town 38 +24 66
4 Milton Keynes Dons 38 +22 66
5 Tranmere Rovers 37 +12 61
6 Forest Green Rovers 38 +16 58
7 Exeter City 37 +13 58
8 Colchester United 38 +11 57
9 Carlisle United 38 +8 57
10 Stevenage 38 -4 53
11 Northampton Town 38 +1 52
12 Newport County 37 -10 52
13 Swindon Town 37 -3 51
14 Crewe Alexandra 38 -2 50
15 Oldham Athletic 37 +6 48
16 Grimsby Town 38 -8 48
17 Cheltenham Town 38 -10 45
18 Crawley Town 38 -15 43
19 Morecambe 38 -14 42
20 Port Vale 38 -10 41
21 Cambridge United 37 -22 41
22 Yeovil Town 38 -18 36
23 Macclesfield Town 37 -24 33
24 Notts County 38 -33 33