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2017-18 English League Two, Regular Season
  • Tom Pope (20')
  • Josh Payne (29' PEN)
  • Nathan Smith (82' OG)

Crawley return to winning ways

Crawley came from behind to beat Port Vale 2-1 and record their first victory in two months.
Nathan Smith's own goal with eight minutes left moved the visitors to within eight points of the play-off places in League Two with four games left.
Port Vale looked to have opened the scoring in the ninth minute when a Tom Pope header was somehow saved by Crawley goalkeeper Glenn Morris.
However, Pope did open the scoring in the 20th minute when he turned in a low cross from James Gibbons.
Vale were well on top until the 29th minute when referee Michael Jones adjudged Smith to have fouled Panutche Camara and pointed to the spot. The home players were furious with the officials but Joshua Payne made no mistake and levelled things up.
The game seemed destined for a draw, with any sort of flow interrupted by a number of fouls and off-ball altercations.
But the visitors secured all three points late on when the impressive Lewis Young made a brave foray into Port Vale's box and his perseverance paid off when his cross was turned into his own net by Smith.

English League Two Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Cheltenham Town 40 +19 72
2 Cambridge United 41 +20 71
3 Bolton Wanderers 41 +6 70
4 Morecambe 41 +2 66
5 Tranmere Rovers 41 +4 65
6 Newport County 40 +9 62
7 Forest Green Rovers 40 +5 62
8 Exeter City 40 +19 60
9 Carlisle United 40 +9 59
10 Salford City 40 +13 58
11 Leyton Orient 41 +3 58
12 Bradford City 40 +1 58
13 Crawley Town 41 -2 56
14 Port Vale 41 +1 53
15 Stevenage 41 0 53
16 Oldham Athletic 41 -4 51
17 Harrogate Town 41 -5 50
18 Walsall 41 -5 49
19 Scunthorpe United 40 -10 47
20 Barrow 40 -2 46
21 Mansfield Town 41 -6 46
22 Colchester United 41 -20 41
23 Southend United 41 -29 37
24 Grimsby Town 40 -28 34