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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 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