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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 Cheltenham Town 32 +16 59
2 Cambridge United 34 +19 58
3 Forest Green Rovers 32 +12 57
4 Morecambe 33 +3 55
5 Tranmere Rovers 32 +6 54
6 Newport County 32 +8 51
7 Bolton Wanderers 33 +1 51
8 Exeter City 31 +18 50
9 Salford City 32 +15 50
10 Bradford City 31 +3 47
11 Harrogate Town 33 -2 45
12 Crawley Town 31 +2 44
13 Carlisle United 29 +5 43
14 Leyton Orient 32 -1 42
15 Stevenage 34 -3 41
16 Oldham Athletic 32 -7 39
17 Scunthorpe United 31 -7 39
18 Walsall 32 -5 38
19 Mansfield Town 32 -5 37
20 Colchester United 32 -12 36
21 Port Vale 33 -6 34
22 Barrow 31 -6 29
23 Southend United 33 -26 29
24 Grimsby Town 31 -28 24