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2017/18 English League Two, Regular Season
  • Shola Ameobi (15')
  • Ryan Yates (52')
  • Simeon Akinola (81')

Notts County beat Barnet to go top of League Two

Notts County survived a late scare to move back to the top of League Two with a hard-fought 2-1 win over Barnet.
Goals from Shaun Brisley and Ryan Yates moved the Magpies above Exeter on goal difference, despite Simon Akinola's late strike.
Kevin Nolan's men went ahead after 16 minutes when Shola Ameobi, a real menace to the visitors' defence, headed a Rob Milsom corner towards goal and Brisley forced the ball home.
Barnet found chances few and far between but home goalkeeper Adam Collin, who later went off injured, had to produce a smart save to deny Jamal Campbell-Ryce's deflected shot.
But the second goal County were looking for arrived seven minutes into the second half when the impressive Matt Tootle crossed for Yates, who glanced in his first league goal of the season.
The hosts pressed for a third, Jorge Grant scooping over from close range before Jon Stead fired home on the turn only to be denied by an offside flag.
But Barnet kept plugging away and were rewarded when substitute Akinola drove inside the far post with seven minutes remaining.
And they had chances to equalise with Ricardo Almeida Santos spurning the best when he blasted over from 12 yards.

English League Two Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Notts County 18 +14 37
2 Luton Town 18 +26 35
3 Accrington Stanley 18 +11 34
4 Exeter City 18 +6 33
5 Swindon Town 18 +7 32
6 Wycombe Wanderers 18 +9 30
7 Coventry City 18 +9 30
8 Mansfield Town 18 +3 28
9 Newport County 18 +5 27
10 Lincoln City 18 +4 27
11 Carlisle United 18 +4 26
12 Colchester United 18 +3 26
13 Stevenage 18 -4 25
14 Cambridge United 18 -7 25
15 Grimsby Town 18 -5 23
16 Cheltenham Town 18 -2 22
17 Yeovil Town 18 -10 19
18 Forest Green Rovers 18 -15 19
19 Port Vale 18 -6 18
20 Morecambe 18 -9 18
21 Crawley Town 18 -8 17
22 Crewe Alexandra 18 -13 17
23 Barnet 18 -7 14
24 Chesterfield 18 -15 13

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