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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 20 +13 39
2 Exeter City 20 +5 36
3 Forest Green Rovers 20 +9 35
4 Cheltenham Town 19 +16 34
5 Crewe Alexandra 19 +10 34
6 Bradford City 19 +9 34
7 Northampton Town 20 +8 31
8 Colchester United 19 +7 30
9 Plymouth Argyle 19 +5 29
10 Port Vale 20 -1 28
11 Cambridge United 20 +5 27
12 Newport County 18 +2 27
13 Salford City 20 -6 25
14 Scunthorpe United 20 +1 24
15 Macclesfield Town 19 -3 23
16 Crawley Town 20 -6 22
17 Walsall 20 -11 22
18 Mansfield Town 20 -3 21
19 Leyton Orient 20 -8 21
20 Grimsby Town 18 -5 20
21 Oldham Athletic 19 -7 20
22 Carlisle United 20 -12 20
23 Stevenage 19 -9 15
24 Morecambe 20 -19 15