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2017-18 English League Two, Regular Season
  • Lewis Young (13')
  • Jordan Ponticelli (5', 77')

Jordan Ponticelli nets brace as Coventry edge Crawley to boost play-off bid

Jordan Ponticelli scored a brace as Coventry City boosted their League Two play-off bid with a 2-1 success at mid-table Crawley Town.
Ponticelli grabbed the decider 12 minutes from time to give the Sky Blues their first win in four games and put them back into seventh place.
Coventry got off to an ideal start with teenager Ponticelli firing them ahead in only the fifth minute following a Marc McNulty cross after Crawley failed to clear from a free-kick.
Fit-again Dutch striker Thomas Verheydt had a goal-bound shot blocked by goalkeeper Lee Burge before the hosts levelled when defender Lewis Young rifled a low shot into the corner after 13 minutes.
Jonson Clarke-Harris, one of four changes made by Sky Blues boss Mark Robins, had a powerful drive tipped over by keeper Glenn Morris midway through the half.
Morris was called into action again just before the interval when he saved a shot from Liam Kelly after Karlan Ahearne-Grant dwelt on the ball.
Crawley skipper Jimmy Smith, on his 150th start for the club, should have hit the target when he was off target in front of goal after being set up by Ahearne-Grant.
Top-scorer McNulty came close to restoring City's lead after 72 minutes when his goal-bound shot was deflected over by Morris.
But Morris was beaten six minutes later when forward Ponticelli fired the winner with an angled shot after being set up by substitute Max Biamou.

English League Two Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Cheltenham Town 46 +22 82
2 Cambridge United 46 +24 80
3 Bolton Wanderers 46 +9 79
4 Morecambe 46 +11 78
5 Newport County 46 +15 73
6 Forest Green Rovers 46 +8 73
7 Tranmere Rovers 46 +5 73
8 Salford City 46 +20 71
9 Exeter City 46 +21 70
10 Carlisle United 46 +9 66
11 Leyton Orient 46 -2 61
12 Crawley Town 46 -6 61
13 Port Vale 46 0 60
14 Stevenage 46 0 60
15 Bradford City 46 -5 59
16 Mansfield Town 46 +2 58
17 Harrogate Town 46 -9 57
18 Oldham Athletic 46 -9 54
19 Walsall 46 -8 53
20 Colchester United 46 -17 51
21 Barrow 46 -6 50
22 Scunthorpe United 46 -23 48
23 Southend United 46 -29 45
24 Grimsby Town 46 -32 43