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2017-18 English League Two, Regular Season
  • Billy Kee (63')

Billy Kee strike inspires leaders Accrington to victory over Colchester

Billy Kee's second-half strike helped Accrington win 1-0 at Colchester to chalk up a seventh straight victory and leave themselves on the brink of automatic promotion.
Kee netted from close range in the 63rd minute, after Colchester keeper Sam Walker could only parry Jordan Clark's cross into the striker's path, to seal another victory for the leaders.
Clark's audacious lob had flown over early on for Accrington, for whom Mark Hughes' fierce left-foot strike was pushed away at his near post by Walker.
Stanley skipper Seamus Conneely fired a shot inches past the post before half-time but Colchester started the second half well and Courtney Senior's 30-yard strike dropped just wide, while Drey Wright's deflected cross-shot bobbled inches past the far post.
Impressive U's keeper Walker made a smart save to foil Kayden Jackson, who had raced through on goal.
And after Kee had given Accrington the lead, Walker made good saves from point-blank range to foil both Jackson and Kee, as the visitors edged closer to promotion.

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