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2017/18 English League Two, Regular Season
  • Callum Lang (31')
  • Danny Rose (70')
  • James Spencer (90'+4')

Mal Benning earns Mansfield late win at Morecambe

A 94th-minute goal from Mal Benning earned Mansfield a dramatic 2-1 victory over Morecambe.
Benning got the finishing touch to stab the ball past Barry Roche to earn the Stags the double over the Shrimps and push up to third in the Sky Bet League Two table.
Steve Evans' side had to come from behind after Morecambe took the lead on the half-hour with a poacher's goal from Callum Lang.
Mansfield defender Krystian Pearce passed back to keeper Conrad Logan without looking behind him and the ball ran perfectly for the young Wigan loanee who rounded Logan and placed the ball into the empty net.
The home side had the better of the first-half chances.
Kevin Ellison had the first opportunity on three minutes but miscued his shot wide before Alex Kenyon wasted a glorious chance to open the scoring on 28 minutes when he had a free header at the far post from a Michael Rose corner but failed to find the target.
Former Mansfield striker Vadaine Oliver saw one effort blocked by Pearce and sent a looping header inches over as the Shrimps asked most of the questions in the final third.
The second half was a different affair, however, as Evans made two substitutions and changed his system successfully.
The visitors dominated possession with CJ Hamilton forcing Roche into a neat save and Kane Hemmings going close before top scorer Danny Rose proved his worth once again with a neat close-range finish from a left-wing cross 20 minutes from time.
Chances came at either end with Andy Fleming's shot blocked by Rhys Bennett and Hemmings going close before Benning's scrappy but vital winner.

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