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The Crown Ground (ATT 2,092) 18th April 2014 - Kick off 15:00

Accrington Accrington Stanley vs Mansfield Town Mansfield

Accrington 1

K Naismith (pen 90+5)

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Mansfield 1

J Speight (75)

Naismith makes Stags pay penalty

Last Updated: 18/04/14 6:53pm

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Kal Naismith: On target from the spot

Kal Naismith: On target from the spot

Kal Naismith rescued a late point for Accrington from the penalty spot in a 1-1 draw with Mansfield.

The Stags looked like they were going to make it five wins on the bounce after substitute Jake Speight's 75th-minute goal but, in the fifth minute of injury time at the end of the game, Martin Riley fouled James Gray inside the area and Stanley sub Naismith held his nerve to secure a precious point for his side in their battle against relegation.

It was a close game which could have gone either way as the visitors looked to mount a late challenge for the play-offs.

In the first half, goalkeeper Lewis Price kept out Stanley striker Shay McCartan's drive with his legs and also tipped over a Peter Murphy effort on the stroke of half-time.

Accrington keeper Marcus Bettinelli also had to be in top form, turning Oliver Palmer's effort round the post and palming away Matt Rhead's fierce strike.

After the break, Ryan Tafazolli should have done better with a thumping header for Mansfield but could not find the target while Sam Clucas could only find the side netting.

Speight then made his effort count when he fired into the roof of the net from eight yards out after fellow sub Clucas had beaten two players on the right wing before playing in an accurate cross.

Mansfield almost had a second goal when Bettinelli's kick rebounded off Speight and hit the post in injury time.

But Stanley went straight down the other end and referee Richard Clark pointed to the penalty spot for Naismith to secure a point.

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Sky Bet League 2

Sky Bet League 2
Pos Team P Pts
1 Wycombe Wanderers 18 35
2 Burton Albion 18 35
3 Luton Town 18 34
4 Shrewsbury Town 18 33
5 Southend United 18 31
6 Plymouth Argyle 18 30
7 Bury 18 30
8 Newport County AFC 18 28
9 Exeter City 18 27
10 Portsmouth 18 26
11 Morecambe 18 26
12 Accrington Stanley 18 26
13 Cambridge United 18 24
14 Northampton Town 18 24
15 Stevenage 18 24
16 AFC Wimbledon 18 24
17 Mansfield Town 18 22
18 Cheltenham Town 18 22
19 Oxford United 18 20
20 York City 18 18
21 Dagenham & Redbridge 18 18
22 Carlisle United 18 18
23 Tranmere Rovers 18 12
24 Hartlepool United 18 12