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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 27 52
2 Shrewsbury Town 27 51
3 Burton Albion 27 51
4 Luton Town 26 47
5 Southend United 27 47
6 Newport County AFC 27 46
7 Bury 26 41
8 Stevenage 27 41
9 Exeter City 28 41
10 Plymouth Argyle 27 40
11 Morecambe 27 37
12 AFC Wimbledon 26 36
13 Cambridge United 25 35
14 Northampton Town 27 34
15 Accrington Stanley 25 33
16 Oxford United 27 30
17 Cheltenham Town 27 30
18 Portsmouth 26 29
19 York City 27 28
20 Mansfield Town 26 28
21 Tranmere Rovers 26 27
22 Carlisle United 27 27
23 Dagenham & Redbridge 26 26
24 Hartlepool United 27 18