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2017/18 English League Two, Regular Season
  • Tom Pope (20')
  • Josh Payne (29' PEN)
  • Nathan Smith (82' OG)

Crawley return to winning ways

Crawley came from behind to beat Port Vale 2-1 and record their first victory in two months.
Nathan Smith's own goal with eight minutes left moved the visitors to within eight points of the play-off places in League Two with four games left.
Port Vale looked to have opened the scoring in the ninth minute when a Tom Pope header was somehow saved by Crawley goalkeeper Glenn Morris.
However, Pope did open the scoring in the 20th minute when he turned in a low cross from James Gibbons.
Vale were well on top until the 29th minute when referee Michael Jones adjudged Smith to have fouled Panutche Camara and pointed to the spot. The home players were furious with the officials but Joshua Payne made no mistake and levelled things up.
The game seemed destined for a draw, with any sort of flow interrupted by a number of fouls and off-ball altercations.
But the visitors secured all three points late on when the impressive Lewis Young made a brave foray into Port Vale's box and his perseverance paid off when his cross was turned into his own net by Smith.

English League Two Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Lincoln City 39 +33 79
2 Bury 38 +30 71
3 Milton Keynes Dons 39 +24 69
4 Mansfield Town 39 +23 66
5 Tranmere Rovers 38 +14 64
6 Forest Green Rovers 39 +18 61
7 Exeter City 38 +14 61
8 Carlisle United 39 +8 58
9 Colchester United 39 +9 57
10 Swindon Town 38 +1 54
11 Stevenage 39 -4 54
12 Crewe Alexandra 39 -1 53
13 Northampton Town 39 -1 52
14 Newport County 37 -10 52
15 Grimsby Town 39 -8 49
16 Oldham Athletic 37 +6 48
17 Cheltenham Town 39 -8 48
18 Crawley Town 39 -18 43
19 Morecambe 39 -18 42
20 Cambridge United 38 -22 42
21 Port Vale 39 -12 41
22 Yeovil Town 39 -20 36
23 Macclesfield Town 38 -24 34
24 Notts County 39 -34 33