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2017/18 English League Two, Regular Season
  • Richard Bennett (80')
  • Tyrone Barnett (51')
  • Tom Pope (69')

Tyrone Barnett and Tom Pope on target as Port Vale beat Carlisle

Port Vale moved four points clear of the League Two relegation zone with a 2-1 win at Carlisle.
Second-half goals from substitute Tyrone Barnett and Tom Pope put Vale in the driving seat before Richie Bennett pulled one back for Carlisle, whose winless run extended to four games.
Hallam Hope and Richie Bennett both failed the find the target early on for Carlisle while at the other end goalkeeper Jack Bonham deflected Michael Tonge's close range effort on to the crossbar.
Vale grabbed the advantage five minutes after half-time when a mix up involving Mike Jones and Clint Hill enabled David Worrall to set up an unmarked Barnett to coolly score into the bottom corner.
The visitors added a second on the break in the 69th minute when Worrall played in Pope who lifted the ball over the advancing Bonham.
Carlisle came close in 77th minute, with Bennett's header hitting the bar before Shaun Miller and Hope both had efforts cleared off the line.
Bennett scored three minutes later following Danny Grainger's corner but Carlisle could not find their way past Ryan Boot again.

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English League Two Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Lincoln City 13 +17 31
2 Exeter City 13 +12 27
3 Newport County 13 0 27
4 Milton Keynes Dons 13 +8 24
5 Tranmere Rovers 13 +5 23
6 Colchester United 13 +13 22
7 Stevenage 13 +3 21
8 Forest Green Rovers 13 +7 20
9 Bury 13 +4 19
10 Crawley Town 13 0 19
11 Carlisle United 13 -2 19
12 Oldham Athletic 12 +4 17
13 Swindon Town 13 -1 17
14 Mansfield Town 11 +7 16
15 Yeovil Town 12 +5 16
16 Port Vale 13 -6 14
17 Morecambe 13 -11 13
18 Crewe Alexandra 12 -1 12
19 Northampton Town 13 -8 12
20 Notts County 12 -10 12
21 Grimsby Town 12 -9 11
22 Cheltenham Town 12 -9 9
23 Cambridge United 13 -15 8
24 Macclesfield Town 13 -13 4

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