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2017/18 English League Two, Regular Season

Thompson goes closest as Morecambe held by Colchester

Morecambe's Garry Thompson went closest to breaking the deadlock as the home side shared the spoils with Colchester from a 0-0 draw at the Globe Arena.
A game of low quality produced few chances, with the home side creating the better openings of the first half with Alex Kenyon and Gregg Wylde firing shots wide of the target.
Their best effort came on the stroke of half-time when Adam McGurk drilled in a sweetly struck low shot from 25 yards that Sam Walker could only parry.
But the keeper did well to react sharply and save the follow-up from Thompson with his legs.
Colchester started the game well with Brennan Dickenson drilling an early effort wide before they were denied by the crossbar.
A cross was flicked on by a Morecambe defender but hit the woodwork, although Barry Roche looked to have the effort covered.
The visitors were sharper in the second half and went close to stealing the points after 75 minutes when Dickenson's inswinging free-kick was superbly saved by Roche.
Morecambe had a late chance to win the game but Thompson volleyed Vadaine Oliver's knockdown over from close range before Mikael Mandron blazed wide in injury time from the angle when he should have done much better.

English League Two Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Swindon Town 21 +15 42
2 Exeter City 21 +6 39
3 Cheltenham Town 20 +16 35
4 Crewe Alexandra 20 +10 35
5 Bradford City 20 +9 35
6 Forest Green Rovers 21 +8 35
7 Northampton Town 21 +9 34
8 Plymouth Argyle 20 +8 32
9 Colchester United 20 +7 31
10 Port Vale 21 -1 29
11 Cambridge United 21 +5 28
12 Newport County 19 +2 28
13 Scunthorpe United 21 +1 25
14 Salford City 21 -7 25
15 Macclesfield Town 20 -3 24
16 Crawley Town 21 -6 23
17 Walsall 21 -11 23
18 Mansfield Town 21 -3 22
19 Leyton Orient 21 -8 22
20 Grimsby Town 19 -5 21
21 Carlisle United 21 -12 21
22 Oldham Athletic 20 -9 20
23 Stevenage 20 -9 16
24 Morecambe 21 -22 15