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2017-18 English League Two, Regular Season
  • Malvind Benning (13')
  • Seamus Conneely (60')

Accrington back top after beating promotion rivals Mansfield

Seamus Conneely's goal sent Accrington back to the top of Sky Bet League Two with a 1-0 win at 10-man promotion rivals Mansfield.
Conneely struck on the hour mark after Mansfield had wasted two good chances following Mal Benning's 13th-minute dismissal for a high tackle on Billy Kee.
It left the Stags without a league win over Stanley in 14 attempts and new boss David Flitcroft without a victory in his first five games in charge.
In an ill-tempered first half, Mansfield started well and Lee Angol had a vicious shot tipped over after only two minutes.
After losing Benning the hosts almost stole the lead after 33 minutes as Aaron Chapman turned over a powerful Rhys Bennett header and Angol volleyed wide from the corner.
The home side missed another sitter in the 50th minute as Kane Hemmings side-footed wide from six yards from a low Hayden White cross.
Stanley punished them after 60 minutes as Conneely was left unmarked from a Sean McConville corner to send a six-yard header past Conrad Logan to steal the points.

English League Two Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Cambridge United 31 +18 52
2 Forest Green Rovers 28 +13 51
3 Cheltenham Town 29 +12 50
4 Morecambe 30 0 49
5 Tranmere Rovers 29 +4 48
6 Exeter City 28 +16 46
7 Salford City 29 +14 45
8 Newport County 28 +6 44
9 Bolton Wanderers 30 -2 44
10 Carlisle United 26 +10 43
11 Bradford City 28 +1 40
12 Leyton Orient 29 +4 39
13 Harrogate Town 30 -3 39
14 Crawley Town 28 +1 38
15 Walsall 28 -2 37
16 Scunthorpe United 28 -6 35
17 Oldham Athletic 29 -7 35
18 Port Vale 30 -3 34
19 Mansfield Town 29 -3 34
20 Stevenage 31 -7 34
21 Colchester United 29 -8 33
22 Barrow 28 -6 26
23 Grimsby Town 28 -25 24
24 Southend United 29 -27 24