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2017/18 English League Two, Regular Season
  • John Akinde (51' PEN, 87' PEN)
  • Harry McKirdy (70')

John Akinde brace boosts Barnet to victory

John Akinde scored two penalties either side of a Harry McKirdy goal to earn Barnet a 2-1 win against Crewe.
Akinde put the hosts ahead from the penalty spot in the 51st minute but they were pegged back in the 71st minute when George Ray looped a header to the back post and McKirdy was able to steer it in.
The match appeared to be heading for a draw but in the 87th minute the Bees won their second penalty of the match and Akinde made no mistake from the spot to revive Barnet's Sky Bet League Two survival hopes.
Just before the first half drew to a close there was a goalmouth scramble, but the away side cleared the ball off the line and hacked it clear.
In the second half James Jones fouled Simeon Akinola in the area to concede a penalty. Akinde fired it in low to break the deadlock.
Paul Green would have equalised for Crewe but he was denied by Craig Ross' excellent save - minutes later the goalkeeper was beaten by McKirdy's effort from close range.
Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro came agonisingly close to scoring as he struck the crossbar with a volley from the edge of the penalty box.
Late on, Shaq Coulthirst was fouled in the area by Ray and Akinde netted his second penalty of the match.

English League Two Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Crewe Alexandra 14 +9 29
2 Bradford City 14 +8 27
3 Newport County 13 +7 26
4 Exeter City 14 +3 26
5 Cheltenham Town 13 +11 25
6 Forest Green Rovers 14 +7 25
7 Swindon Town 14 +2 21
8 Plymouth Argyle 14 +4 20
9 Macclesfield Town 14 +1 20
10 Cambridge United 14 +6 19
11 Colchester United 14 +3 19
12 Leyton Orient 14 +1 19
13 Crawley Town 14 0 19
14 Grimsby Town 14 0 18
15 Northampton Town 14 0 18
16 Port Vale 14 -2 18
17 Mansfield Town 14 +2 17
18 Salford City 14 -6 17
19 Walsall 14 -9 15
20 Carlisle United 14 -10 14
21 Oldham Athletic 14 -10 11
22 Scunthorpe United 14 -6 10
23 Morecambe 14 -12 10
24 Stevenage 14 -9 9