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2017/18 English League Two, Regular Season
  • Jon Stead (86' PEN)

Late Jon Stead penalty hands Notts County victory over Port Vale

Jon Stead scored a late penalty for Notts County as they managed to grind out a 1-0 win over spirited Port Vale at Meadow Lane.
The Magpies striker converted from 12 yards with just four minutes remaining of a pulsating encounter, having been shoved in the back by Marcus Harness.
It was enough to break the resistance of goalkeeper Ryan Boot who had kept Vale from conceding in the first half with two fine saves to deny Jonathan Forte and Ryan Yates.
Vale had their moments, with Harness denied twice by two desperate blocks from the hosts' committed defence.
Substitute David Worrall also should have done better when he was completely unmarked from a Tyrone Barnett cross but he headed tamely at Ross Fitzsimons.
Home substitute Callum Saunders also squandered a great opportunity when he was left alone from a ball into the box but headed wide of the far post.
But Stead had the final say in what was a crucial win for the Magpies, who remain second in the table.

English League Two Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Swindon Town 29 +21 56
2 Exeter City 28 +11 54
3 Plymouth Argyle 27 +17 50
4 Crewe Alexandra 28 +16 49
5 Colchester United 29 +13 46
6 Northampton Town 28 +10 46
7 Bradford City 29 +8 46
8 Cheltenham Town 27 +19 44
9 Forest Green Rovers 29 +7 44
10 Port Vale 29 -1 41
11 Newport County 26 +2 36
12 Salford City 29 -4 36
13 Walsall 29 -10 36
14 Crawley Town 29 -2 35
15 Scunthorpe United 29 -3 33
16 Cambridge United 29 -7 32
17 Leyton Orient 29 -10 31
18 Mansfield Town 29 -5 30
19 Grimsby Town 27 -6 30
20 Oldham Athletic 29 -15 30
21 Carlisle United 28 -19 29
22 Macclesfield Town 28 -3 28
23 Morecambe 29 -26 23
24 Stevenage 29 -13 22