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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 Lincoln City 26 +21 52
2 Bury 28 +21 49
3 Mansfield Town 27 +18 48
4 Milton Keynes Dons 26 +21 47
5 Colchester United 28 +12 46
6 Carlisle United 28 +10 45
7 Forest Green Rovers 26 +14 44
8 Exeter City 27 +10 44
9 Tranmere Rovers 27 +8 42
10 Stevenage 28 -2 41
11 Oldham Athletic 27 +7 39
12 Swindon Town 28 -6 37
13 Newport County 26 -8 36
14 Crewe Alexandra 28 -6 35
15 Grimsby Town 27 -5 34
16 Northampton Town 27 0 33
17 Crawley Town 28 -7 33
18 Cheltenham Town 27 -9 29
19 Port Vale 27 -10 29
20 Cambridge United 28 -22 29
21 Morecambe 28 -16 28
22 Yeovil Town 26 -4 27
23 Macclesfield Town 28 -19 24
24 Notts County 28 -28 21