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2017/18 English League Two, Regular Season
  • Kevin Ellison (90'+5')
  • Vadaine Oliver (57')
  • Billy Kee (31')
  • Jordan Clarke (90')

Late Clark goal clinches north west derby win for Accrington

Jordan Clark proved to be the match-winner for Accrington as they came out on top in a hard-fought 2-1 north west derby win against 10-man Morecambe.
Goals in either half from Billy Kee and Jordan Clark were enough to give John Coleman's side the points, despite Kevin Ellison pulling one back for the Shrimps after home striker Vadaine Oliver was shown a straight red card with 33 minutes remaining.
Accrington opened the scoring in the 31th minute when Billy Kee took the ball 30 yards from goal and tried his luck with a speculative shot which found the bottom-right corner of Barry Roche's goal.
The visitors had created and spurned several chances with Kee and Seamus Conneely firing wide while Morecambe failed to test Stanley substitute goalkeeper Aaron Chapman, who came on after just eight minutes following an injury to Max Stryjek.
The Shrimpers started the second half on the front foot but were undone by Oliver's sending off in the 57th minute and Stanley took advantage of their extra man.
Kayden Jackson went close on two occasions before the striker's teasing cross was tapped in from six yards out by Jordan Clark in the 90th minute.
Morecambe hit back in the fifth minute of stoppage-time when Ellison headed home Elliott Osborne's cross at the far post to set up a tense finale but Stanley held on.

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English League Two Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Accrington Stanley 46 +30 93
2 Luton Town 46 +48 88
3 Wycombe Wanderers 46 +19 84
4 Exeter City 46 +10 80
5 Notts County 46 +23 77
6 Coventry City 46 +17 75
7 Lincoln City 46 +16 75
8 Mansfield Town 46 +15 72
9 Swindon Town 46 +2 68
10 Carlisle United 46 +8 67
11 Newport County 46 -2 64
12 Cambridge United 46 -4 64
13 Colchester United 46 +1 62
14 Crawley Town 46 -8 59
15 Crewe Alexandra 46 -13 56
16 Stevenage 46 -5 55
17 Cheltenham Town 46 -6 51
18 Grimsby Town 46 -24 51
19 Yeovil Town 46 -16 48
20 Port Vale 46 -18 47
21 Forest Green Rovers 46 -23 47
22 Morecambe 46 -15 46
23 Barnet 46 -19 46
24 Chesterfield 46 -36 38