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2017-18 English League Two, Regular Season
  • Kayden Jackson (38')
  • Jayden Stockley (21')

Accrington's automatic promotion bid on hold after Exeter draw

Accrington Stanley's automatic promotion bid is on hold after they were held to a 1-1 draw by fifth-placed Exeter.
Table-topping Stanley needed a win over the Grecians to secure promotion to the third tier of English football for the first time in their history - but a draw means all the focus is now on Tuesday's home game with Yeovil.
Former Stanley loan player Jayden Stockley fired Exeter ahead after a cagey opening.
Matt Jay's initial effort was saved and Stockley pounced on a loose ball in the area, finding the roof of the net midway through the first half with his 21st goal of the season.
They could have doubled their lead moments later but Aaron Chapman finger-tipped over a Jay volley, while promotion-hopefuls Exeter survived some pinball in their area with Billy Kee unable to connect.
Kayden Jackson equalised after 38 minutes with a solo goal, getting the ball on the edge of the area from Mark Hughes and driving it home for his 15th goal of the season.
Kee came close to adding to Stanley's tally but his long-range effort went narrowly over the bar.
Accrington started the second half strongly with Jordan Clark's 35-yard strike not far off, although - at the other end - Chapman had to be alert to keep out a Stockley strike with one hand.
Jake Taylor was also denied by the home keeper, Exeter's Hiram Boateng saw his fierce effort deflected just wide while, at the other end, Christy Pym denied Jordan Clark as the two sides shared the spoils.

English League Two Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Cheltenham Town 31 +15 56
2 Cambridge United 33 +18 55
3 Forest Green Rovers 31 +11 54
4 Tranmere Rovers 31 +7 54
5 Morecambe 32 +1 52
6 Bolton Wanderers 32 +1 50
7 Salford City 31 +15 49
8 Newport County 31 +6 48
9 Exeter City 30 +14 47
10 Bradford City 30 +3 46
11 Harrogate Town 32 -1 45
12 Carlisle United 28 +7 43
13 Leyton Orient 31 +3 42
14 Crawley Town 30 +1 41
15 Walsall 31 -4 38
16 Stevenage 33 -4 38
17 Oldham Athletic 31 -7 38
18 Scunthorpe United 30 -7 38
19 Mansfield Town 31 -3 37
20 Colchester United 31 -10 36
21 Port Vale 32 -5 34
22 Southend United 32 -26 28
23 Barrow 30 -8 26
24 Grimsby Town 30 -27 24