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2017-18 English League Two, Regular Season
  • Tom Pope (25')

Port Vale beat high-flying Exeter as they continue their revival

Port Vale's rise away from the foot of the League Two table continued with a 1-0 win at high-flying Exeter.
Tom Pope scored the only goal of the game in the 25th minute when he turned in from 10 yards from David Worrall's cross, but it was no more than Vale deserved as they created the better chances throughout.
Below-par Exeter struggled in atrocious conditions as the strong winds of Storm Brian made life difficult for both teams. They did have the ball in the net in the second half, but Reuben Reid's effort was disallowed by the referee.
Port Vale could have increased their lead as Worrall completely missed his kick when well placed in the centre of the penalty box and Tyrone Bennett skied high with another good chance.
Exeter goalkeeper Christy Pym made a good save to deny Bennett, while Jayden Stockley thought he had won his side a penalty in injury time when he was tripped inside the box, but nothing was given.
It was a third straight win for the Valiants under new manager Neil Aspin, while defeat for Exeter means it is now three games without a win for Paul Tisdale's side, who dropped to fourth.

English League Two Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Cambridge United 42 +21 74
2 Cheltenham Town 41 +18 72
3 Bolton Wanderers 42 +5 70
4 Morecambe 42 +5 69
5 Tranmere Rovers 42 +4 66
6 Forest Green Rovers 41 +6 65
7 Newport County 41 +8 62
8 Exeter City 41 +19 61
9 Leyton Orient 42 +5 61
10 Carlisle United 41 +9 60
11 Salford City 41 +13 59
12 Crawley Town 42 -1 59
13 Bradford City 41 0 58
14 Port Vale 42 +1 54
15 Stevenage 42 -1 53
16 Harrogate Town 42 -4 53
17 Oldham Athletic 42 -5 51
18 Mansfield Town 42 -5 49
19 Walsall 42 -6 49
20 Scunthorpe United 41 -13 47
21 Barrow 41 -4 46
22 Colchester United 42 -19 44
23 Southend United 42 -29 38
24 Grimsby Town 41 -27 37