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2017/18 English League Two, Regular Season
  • Peter Vincenti (38')
  • Marc McNulty (55', 76', 87')

McNulty hat-trick powers Coventry to comfortable win

A Marc McNulty hat-trick helped Coventry boost their play-off hopes with a comfortable 4-0 win over Grimsby.
Peter Vincenti gave the Sky Blues a 1-0 half-time lead before McNulty's treble wrapped it up.
The Mariners, now winless in 17 games, were left counting their bad fortune after twice having shots cleared off the line.
McNulty fired wide twice inside the first 10 minutes, before Grimsby's Zak Mills had a header cleared off the line by Jack Grimmer on 33 minutes.
City took charge when Vincenti headed home Jordan Shipley's free-kick on 38 minutes.
They doubled their lead when a surging run by Jonson Clarke-Harris allowed him to tee up McNulty for an easy tap-in on 56 minutes.
Rod McDonald headed Scott Vernon's effort off the line on 71 minutes to halt any potential comeback.
McNulty got his second on 76 minutes when he prodded home a loose ball after Dominic Hyam's header had been saved.
And he completed his hat-trick in style with three minutes to go when he rifled home a half-volley into the top corner.

English League Two Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Swindon Town 34 +23 66
2 Crewe Alexandra 34 +22 64
3 Exeter City 34 +12 63
4 Plymouth Argyle 34 +17 62
5 Cheltenham Town 34 +23 60
6 Colchester United 35 +14 55
7 Northampton Town 35 +12 55
8 Port Vale 35 +6 55
9 Bradford City 35 +5 51
10 Forest Green Rovers 35 +1 46
11 Cambridge United 35 -6 45
12 Crawley Town 35 +1 44
13 Salford City 35 -1 44
14 Grimsby Town 34 -2 44
15 Walsall 35 -11 44
16 Newport County 33 -1 43
17 Scunthorpe United 34 -8 39
18 Leyton Orient 35 -9 39
19 Oldham Athletic 35 -15 38
20 Carlisle United 34 -17 36
21 Mansfield Town 35 -8 35
22 Morecambe 35 -24 31
23 Macclesfield Town 35 -10 30
24 Stevenage 35 -24 22