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2017/18 English League Two, Regular Season
  • Kyle Howkins (73' OG)
  • Tom Pope (89')

Pope salvages a point for Port Vale to dent Mansfield play-off hopes

Mansfield Town's play-off hopes were rocked by a late Tom Pope equaliser as visiting Port Vale stole a 1-1 draw.
The Stags had dominated and looked set to take the points thanks to an own goal by Kyle Howkins after 72 minutes.
But Pope was on hand to head home from six yards from Dan Turner's cross from the right in a late sting in the tail.
Mansfield had kept Vale keeper Sam Hornby busy all afternoon.
But he was finally beaten as former Stags loanee Howkins could do little about a misdirected clearance from team-mate Charlie Raglan striking him and rolling over the line.
Vale began the game on the front foot and veteran Michael Tongue was not too far over with an effort from 20 yards.
But the home side found their feet and Hornby denied Alex MacDonald, Danny Rose and Mal Benning as a tight half ended goalless.
Alfie Potter and Rose both wasted great chances to break the deadlock after the break, Potter scuffing wide from seven yards and Rose heading over from six yards.
Those chances came back to haunt them when Pope struck his late blow.

English League Two Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Crewe Alexandra 13 +7 26
2 Exeter City 13 +7 26
3 Bradford City 13 +7 24
4 Forest Green Rovers 13 +7 24
5 Newport County 12 +6 23
6 Cheltenham Town 12 +10 22
7 Swindon Town 13 +4 21
8 Colchester United 13 +4 19
9 Crawley Town 13 +1 19
10 Grimsby Town 13 +4 18
11 Plymouth Argyle 13 +2 17
12 Macclesfield Town 13 0 17
13 Port Vale 13 -2 17
14 Salford City 13 -4 17
15 Mansfield Town 13 +2 16
16 Cambridge United 13 +2 16
17 Leyton Orient 13 -3 16
18 Northampton Town 13 -2 15
19 Walsall 13 -8 15
20 Carlisle United 13 -8 14
21 Oldham Athletic 13 -9 11
22 Scunthorpe United 13 -5 10
23 Stevenage 13 -9 8
24 Morecambe 13 -13 7