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2017/18 English League Two, Regular Season
  • Malvind Benning (67')

Chesterfield on the brink after Mansfield defeat

Chesterfield's Football League survival hopes were hanging by a thread after rivals Mansfield revived their play-off aspirations with a 1-0 win at the Proact Stadium.
Mansfield's first victory in 10 games was secured midway through the second half when Mal Benning cut inside and scored with a low shot and although Chesterfield pressed, they could not break through a determined defence.
The visitors had the first chance when Benning's dipping shot came out to Alfie Potter, who fired over from 12 yards, and they should have scored in the 19th minute when Benning picked out Danny Rose but from 10 yards he hit the legs of Aaron Ramsdale.
Chesterfield did not threaten until the closing stages of the first half when Kristian Dennis cut in from the left and forced Conrad Logan into a diving save.
The game was evenly poised in the second half but Benning had caused problems all afternoon and in the 67th minute he got behind Chesterfield on the left and found the bottom corner with a shot from 15 yards.
Chesterfield almost equalised in the 79th minute when a Louis Dodds shot deflected off Dennis and went just wide and Jak McCourt had a shot charged down but Mansfield held on for a deserved win.

English League Two Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Crewe Alexandra 14 +9 29
2 Bradford City 14 +8 27
3 Newport County 13 +7 26
4 Exeter City 14 +3 26
5 Cheltenham Town 13 +11 25
6 Forest Green Rovers 14 +7 25
7 Swindon Town 14 +2 21
8 Plymouth Argyle 14 +4 20
9 Macclesfield Town 14 +1 20
10 Cambridge United 14 +6 19
11 Colchester United 14 +3 19
12 Leyton Orient 14 +1 19
13 Crawley Town 14 0 19
14 Grimsby Town 14 0 18
15 Northampton Town 14 0 18
16 Port Vale 14 -2 18
17 Mansfield Town 14 +2 17
18 Salford City 14 -6 17
19 Walsall 14 -9 15
20 Carlisle United 14 -10 14
21 Oldham Athletic 14 -10 11
22 Scunthorpe United 14 -6 10
23 Morecambe 14 -12 10
24 Stevenage 14 -9 9