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2017/18 English League Two, Regular Season
  • Jon Stead (86' PEN)

Late Jon Stead penalty hands Notts County victory over Port Vale

Jon Stead scored a late penalty for Notts County as they managed to grind out a 1-0 win over spirited Port Vale at Meadow Lane.
The Magpies striker converted from 12 yards with just four minutes remaining of a pulsating encounter, having been shoved in the back by Marcus Harness.
It was enough to break the resistance of goalkeeper Ryan Boot who had kept Vale from conceding in the first half with two fine saves to deny Jonathan Forte and Ryan Yates.
Vale had their moments, with Harness denied twice by two desperate blocks from the hosts' committed defence.
Substitute David Worrall also should have done better when he was completely unmarked from a Tyrone Barnett cross but he headed tamely at Ross Fitzsimons.
Home substitute Callum Saunders also squandered a great opportunity when he was left alone from a ball into the box but headed wide of the far post.
But Stead had the final say in what was a crucial win for the Magpies, who remain second in the table.

English League Two Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Lincoln City 43 +34 84
2 Mansfield Town 43 +31 76
3 Milton Keynes Dons 43 +23 75
4 Bury 43 +24 74
5 Tranmere Rovers 43 +15 71
6 Forest Green Rovers 43 +21 70
7 Exeter City 43 +10 65
8 Carlisle United 43 +4 64
9 Colchester United 43 +7 63
10 Stevenage 43 +1 63
11 Newport County 42 -3 63
12 Swindon Town 43 +3 61
13 Oldham Athletic 42 +12 59
14 Crewe Alexandra 43 +1 59
15 Northampton Town 43 0 57
16 Cheltenham Town 43 -6 54
17 Grimsby Town 43 -13 50
18 Crawley Town 43 -17 49
19 Port Vale 43 -15 47
20 Morecambe 43 -21 47
21 Cambridge United 43 -24 46
22 Macclesfield Town 43 -27 39
23 Yeovil Town 43 -25 37
24 Notts County 43 -35 37