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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 32 +24 62
2 Bury 33 +24 60
3 Mansfield Town 33 +22 58
4 Milton Keynes Dons 33 +19 56
5 Forest Green Rovers 33 +18 54
6 Colchester United 33 +17 53
7 Carlisle United 33 +11 52
8 Exeter City 32 +11 51
9 Tranmere Rovers 33 +6 49
10 Stevenage 33 -4 48
11 Oldham Athletic 33 +10 46
12 Grimsby Town 33 -2 46
13 Crewe Alexandra 33 -3 46
14 Swindon Town 32 -3 46
15 Newport County 32 -7 46
16 Northampton Town 33 -4 39
17 Crawley Town 33 -10 38
18 Cheltenham Town 33 -11 38
19 Cambridge United 33 -23 36
20 Morecambe 33 -16 35
21 Port Vale 33 -13 33
22 Yeovil Town 33 -14 30
23 Macclesfield Town 33 -21 29
24 Notts County 33 -31 28