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2017-18 English League Two, Regular Season
  • Danny Rose (38')

Danny Rose secures crucial win for promotion-chasing Mansfield

Mansfield closed in on the League Two automatic-promotion places with a 1-0 win at play-off hopefuls Exeter.
Danny Rose scored the only goal of the game just before half-time to leave the Stags three points off third.
It was no more than the visitors deserved with Exeter failing to register a shot on target throughout the 90 minutes.
Mansfield started well with Rose firing against the foot of the post inside the opening five minutes and the diminutive striker then headed straight into the arms of Christy Pym as Exeter failed to clear their lines.
City's first effort came midway through the first half when Lloyd James was high and wide with a volley from a Jayden Stockley lay-off.
Mansfield were doing all the attacking but without really testing Pym and Exeter almost scored on the counter, but debutant Ryan Loft could not connect with a Jake Taylor cross.
Mansfield got the goal their play deserved in the 38th minute though. Pym made a superb save to deny Kane Hemmings and Rose was on hand to convert the rebound.
Exeter made a double change at the break, but it had little impact in a dire second half where neither goalkeeper was tested.

English League Two Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Forest Green Rovers 14 +14 30
2 Port Vale 14 +9 25
3 Northampton Town 14 +6 24
4 Exeter City 14 +9 23
5 Harrogate Town 14 +8 23
6 Sutton United 14 +6 23
7 Swindon Town 14 +5 23
8 Hartlepool United 14 +2 23
9 Tranmere Rovers 14 +3 22
10 Leyton Orient 14 +8 20
11 Bradford City 14 +3 20
12 Newport County 14 +2 20
13 Barrow 14 +1 18
14 Walsall 14 -1 17
15 Rochdale 14 -1 17
16 Crawley Town 14 -5 17
17 Salford City 14 0 16
18 Bristol Rovers 14 -7 15
19 Colchester United 14 -8 14
20 Stevenage 14 -10 14
21 Oldham Athletic 14 -9 12
22 Carlisle United 14 -10 12
23 Mansfield Town 14 -8 11
24 Scunthorpe United 14 -17 11