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2017/18 English League Two, Regular Season
  • Alexander MacDonald (42')
  • Will Atkinson (55')
  • Danny Rose (70')
  • Simeon Akinola (87')

Mansfield make it nine unbeaten with Barnet win

In-form Mansfield made it nine games unbeaten with a comfortable 3-1 home win over bottom club Barnet.
Alex MacDonald, Will Atkinson and Danny Rose saw the Stags home with plenty to spare, with Simeon Akinola grabbing a late consolation.
After a scrappy opening 15 minutes, Mansfield took a grip.
MacDonald clipped the outside of the right-hand upright after 16 minutes, Kane Hemmings put a shot wide and then saw goalkeeper Craig Ross block another with his legs a minute later.
But in the 42nd minute Joel Byrom and Mal Benning worked a neat series of passes with MacDonald on the left of the box before the latter curled a superb finish in off the far post.
MacDonald somehow fired wide from five yards early in the second half, but in the 55th minute Hemmings headed a Byrom corner goalwards and Atkinson helped it over the line.
After Hemmings had inexplicably headed wide from four yards after 67 minutes, Rose made it 3-0 three minutes later with a deadly finish from CJ Hamilton's low cross.
Akinola pulled one back three minutes from time when he pounced after a Rhys Bennett header failed to reach his keeper.

English League Two Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Swindon Town 18 +9 33
2 Forest Green Rovers 17 +9 31
3 Bradford City 16 +9 30
4 Crewe Alexandra 17 +5 30
5 Exeter City 18 +3 30
6 Cheltenham Town 16 +13 29
7 Northampton Town 18 +7 28
8 Port Vale 18 +1 28
9 Newport County 16 +4 27
10 Colchester United 17 +6 26
11 Plymouth Argyle 17 +5 26
12 Salford City 18 -5 24
13 Cambridge United 18 +4 23
14 Mansfield Town 18 +1 21
15 Macclesfield Town 17 -3 21
16 Crawley Town 18 -5 21
17 Leyton Orient 18 -6 20
18 Grimsby Town 15 0 19
19 Scunthorpe United 18 -2 18
20 Carlisle United 18 -12 18
21 Walsall 18 -12 18
22 Oldham Athletic 17 -8 16
23 Morecambe 18 -14 14
24 Stevenage 17 -9 13