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2017/18 English League Two, Regular Season
  • Daniel Jones (45'+2')
  • Tom James (54' OG)
  • Elliott Hewitt (69')
  • Lewis Alessandra (73')
  • Alex Fisher (90'+2')

Notts County keep automatic-promotion hopes alive

Notts County hammered struggling Yeovil 4-1 to maintain their chances of automatic promotion in League Two.
Victory took the Magpies to within two points of third-placed Wycombe with two games left to play.
And it was a brilliant second-half performance that inspired the home side to three points, with an own goal from Tom James and strikes from Elliott Hewitt and Lewis Alessandra adding to Dan Jones' opener.
Jonathan Forte came close with an early effort for County while Yeovil's Lewis Wing saw a 20-yard shot saved by Adam Collin before Alex Fisher headed wide after a defensive mix-up.
The home side took the lead in first-half stoppage time, with Jones' shot from the edge of the area deflecting past the helpless Jonny Maddison.
After the break, James blasted a pass from Liam Noble into his own net and in the 70th minute, Hewitt cut in from the left before coolly slotting past Maddison.
Alessandra scored a fourth in the 73rd minute, dribbling past two defenders before netting from close range.
Fisher pulled a late goal back for Yeovil from a free-kick.

English League Two Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Milton Keynes Dons 18 +16 37
2 Lincoln City 17 +17 36
3 Newport County 18 -2 32
4 Colchester United 18 +13 31
5 Mansfield Town 18 +13 31
6 Exeter City 18 +9 30
7 Tranmere Rovers 18 +8 30
8 Bury 18 +14 29
9 Stevenage 18 +1 28
10 Forest Green Rovers 18 +8 27
11 Carlisle United 18 +1 26
12 Oldham Athletic 18 +5 24
13 Crawley Town 18 -6 23
14 Northampton Town 18 -1 22
15 Crewe Alexandra 18 -2 22
16 Port Vale 18 -5 22
17 Yeovil Town 16 +5 21
18 Swindon Town 18 -7 21
19 Morecambe 18 -11 20
20 Grimsby Town 18 -11 18
21 Cambridge United 18 -13 18
22 Cheltenham Town 17 -10 14
23 Notts County 18 -19 14
24 Macclesfield Town 18 -23 7