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2017/18 English League Two, Regular Season
  • Nathan Smith (79')

Nathan Smith inspires Port Vale to victory over Coventry

Defender Nathan Smith scored the only goal of the game as Port Vale beat promotion-chasing Coventry 1-0 at Vale Park.
The centre-back's late goal extended Vale's unbeaten league run to four games and continued their revival under new manager Neil Aspin, while the visitors missed the chance to move into the automatic promotion places.
It had taken 37 minutes for the home side to register the contest's first shot on target when Ben Whitfield's glancing header from Michael Tonge's free-kick flew straight into the arms of Burge.
Vale almost went in front after 50 minutes when Marcus Harness beat Burge to a cross, but looped his header over with the goal gaping.
The Sky Blues struggled to test Vale keeper Ryan Boot but could have taken the lead in the 58th minute when Marc McNulty found Jack Grimmer at the back post, before his shot was saved.
But Smith popped up in the City box 11 minutes from time to meet Harness' cross and loop his header over Lee Burge and into the net to win it for Vale.

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English League Two Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Lincoln City 14 +17 32
2 Exeter City 14 +12 28
3 Milton Keynes Dons 14 +9 27
4 Newport County 14 -3 27
5 Colchester United 14 +14 25
6 Tranmere Rovers 14 +5 24
7 Bury 14 +8 22
8 Crawley Town 14 +3 22
9 Forest Green Rovers 14 +7 21
10 Stevenage 14 +2 21
11 Carlisle United 14 -3 19
12 Swindon Town 14 -1 18
13 Mansfield Town 12 +7 17
14 Yeovil Town 13 +5 17
15 Oldham Athletic 13 +3 17
16 Port Vale 14 -5 17
17 Crewe Alexandra 13 0 15
18 Morecambe 14 -12 13
19 Northampton Town 14 -9 12
20 Grimsby Town 13 -9 12
21 Notts County 13 -14 12
22 Cheltenham Town 13 -9 10
23 Cambridge United 14 -15 9
24 Macclesfield Town 14 -12 7

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