Dean Leacock scored a late winner as Notts County beat Scunthorpe to keep alive their fading play-off hopes.

The visitors went close within two minutes when Paul Reid's deflected effort narrowly missed the target.

Former Magpies man Karl Hawley dinked a clever chip inches wide and then missed a near open goal after Akpo Sodje's pull-back.

Leacock helped Notts close the gap on the top six to seven points when he converted Neal Bishop's knock-down.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Scunthorpe United manager Brian Laws told BBC Radio Humberside:

"We dominated the game in large periods. I feel sorry for Karl [Hawley] because he should be walking away with the match ball.

"They've got a winner which they didn't deserve. That's what the cold hard facts are that we've got to accept.

"I've got a massive belief in the players, their performance and their ability to go on and win games. [With] what they created today we should have had three points."

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (5)

Notts County

  • 01 Bialkowski
  • 03 Sheehan
  • 06 Leacock
  • 26 Hollis Booked
  • 04 Bishop
  • 08 Liddle
  • 10 Judge Booked
  • 11 Hughes
  • 28 Boucaud (Tempest - 82' )
  • 09 Showunmi (Waite - 90' )
  • 15 Arquin (Zoko - 67' )

Substitutes

  • 23 Speiss
  • 05 Smith
  • 18 Bencherif
  • 21 Thompson
  • 25 Tempest
  • 13 Zoko
  • 17 Waite

Scunthorpe United

  • 26 Johansen
  • 05 Mirfin
  • 06 Reid Booked (Canavan - 50' )
  • 18 Nolan
  • 21 Newey
  • 07 Ryan Booked
  • 16 Duffy
  • 19 Collins
  • 23 Forde (Barcham - 74' )
  • 09 Sodje
  • 22 Hawley

Substitutes

  • 13 Severn
  • 15 Canavan
  • 04 Walker
  • 10 Grella
  • 11 Barcham
  • 12 Jennings
  • 27 Alabi
Ref: Boyeson
Att: 4,634

Match Stats

Shots

12 13

On target

7 5

Corners

5 7

Fouls

11 12

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +5:18 Full time

Full Time The referee signals the end of the game.

90:00 +4:36

Free kick awarded for a foul by Karl Hawley on Neal Bishop. Direct free kick taken by Alan Sheehan.

90:00 +1:18

Effort on goal by Alan Sheehan from 18 yards. Save made by Eirik Holmen Johansen.

89:45 Substitution

Substitution Tyrell Waite joins the action as a substitute, replacing Enoch Showunmi.

89:45

Foul by Michael Collins on Alan Judge, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed by Alan Sheehan, clearance made by Niall Canavan. Short corner worked by Alan Sheehan.

88:56

The ball is swung over by Tom Newey, clearance made by Greg Tempest. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Mark Duffy, Neal Bishop makes a clearance.

88:08

Mark Duffy has an effort at goal. Blocked by Dean Leacock.

87:43

The ball is sent over by Eddie Nolan, clearance made by Dean Leacock.

86:44

Free kick awarded for a foul by Michael Collins on Alan Judge. Dean Leacock takes the free kick.

84:49

Centre by Mark Duffy, blocked by Jeff Hughes. Corner from right by-line taken by Mark Duffy.

84:02

The ball is sent over by Greg Tempest, Niall Canavan makes a clearance. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Alan Sheehan played to the near post, Karl Hawley makes a clearance.

82:34

Karl Hawley has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.

81:16 Substitution

Substitution Greg Tempest on for Andre Boucaud.

80:23

Neal Bishop provided the assist for the goal.

80:23 Goal scored

Goal! - Dean Leacock - Notts Co 1 - 0 Scunthorpe Dean Leacock finds the back of the net with a goal from close in low into the middle of the goal. Notts County 1-0 Scunthorpe.

79:54

Inswinging corner taken by Alan Judge,

79:11

Mark Duffy delivers a pass corner to short, clearance made by Enoch Showunmi.

78:30

Jimmy Ryan produces a cross, save by Bartosz Bialkowski.

73:38 Substitution

Substitution (Scunthorpe) makes a substitution, with Andy Barcham coming on for Anthony Forde.

73:38

Effort from deep inside the area by Alan Judge misses to the right of the goal.

71:43

Francois Zoko has a drilled shot. Blocked by David Mirfin.

69:07

A cross is delivered by Enoch Showunmi, Niall Canavan gets a block in. Corner taken left-footed by Alan Sheehan to the near post, Dean Leacock has a header from close in and clears the crossbar.

67:29

Mark Duffy concedes a free kick for a foul on Neal Bishop. Direct free kick taken by Bartosz Bialkowski.

66:15 Substitution

Substitution Yoann Arquin leaves the field to be replaced by Francois Zoko.

66:15

Unfair challenge on Tom Newey by Alan Judge results in a free kick. Eirik Holmen Johansen takes the free kick.

65:09

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Alan Judge by Jimmy Ryan. Direct free kick taken by Dean Leacock.

64:00

Karl Hawley takes a shot from 25 yards. Dean Leacock gets a block in.

62:54

Karl Hawley produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the target.

62:05

Unfair challenge on Akpo Sodje by Jeff Hughes results in a free kick. Eddie Nolan takes the direct free kick.

61:20

The ball is swung over by Alan Judge, David Mirfin manages to make a clearance.

60:55

Alan Sheehan restarts play with the free kick.

60:55 Booking

Booking Jimmy Ryan goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.

60:49

Unfair challenge on Alan Judge by Jimmy Ryan results in a free kick.

60:06

Shot by Karl Hawley from deep inside the penalty area misses wide to the left of the target.

59:09

Karl Hawley has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.

57:48

Anthony Forde fouled by Gary Liddle, the ref awards a free kick. Tom Newey takes the free kick.

56:29

Akpo Sodje challenges Alan Sheehan unfairly and gives away a free kick. Bartosz Bialkowski takes the free kick.

52:56

The ball is crossed by Yoann Arquin.

52:42

Michael Collins crosses the ball, save made by Bartosz Bialkowski.

51:32

The free kick is delivered right-footed by Mark Duffy from right wing.

51:32 Booking

Booking Alan Judge goes into the book.

51:25

Eddie Nolan fouled by Alan Judge, the ref awards a free kick.

50:46

Niall Canavan fouled by Yoann Arquin, the ref awards a free kick. Niall Canavan takes the free kick.

49:39 Substitution

Substitution Niall Canavan comes on in place of Paul Reid.

47:31

Shot by Akpo Sodje from just outside the area goes over the net.

46:50

Centre by Jeff Hughes.

46:25

Jeff Hughes crosses the ball, clearance by Paul Reid.

45:01

The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.

45:00 +1:18 Half time

Half Time The half-time whistle blows.

45:00 +0:25

Shot by Jeff Hughes from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.

45:00 +0:09

Centre by Gary Liddle, David Mirfin manages to make a clearance.

43:11

Centre by Alan Judge, clearance made by David Mirfin.

42:28

Karl Hawley produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the goal.

41:55

Centre by Anthony Forde, Bartosz Bialkowski makes a save.

41:09

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Akpo Sodje by Dean Leacock. Direct free kick taken by Tom Newey.

40:30

Foul by Akpo Sodje on Neal Bishop, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Dean Leacock.

39:52

Effort on goal by Yoann Arquin from 35 yards went harmlessly over the goal.

37:03

Centre by Alan Sheehan, Neal Bishop takes a shot. Eirik Holmen Johansen makes a save. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Alan Sheehan, Alan Judge takes a shot. David Mirfin manages to make a clearance.

37:03 Booking

Booking Paul Reid is booked.

36:48

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Yoann Arquin by Paul Reid.

36:09

The ball is sent over by Mark Duffy, clearance by Alan Sheehan. Effort on goal by Michael Collins from just inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.

35:30

Karl Hawley takes a shot. Blocked by Alan Sheehan. Corner taken by Mark Duffy, clearance by Enoch Showunmi.

33:44

Shot from 25 yards by Alan Judge. Tom Newey gets a block in. Jimmy Ryan challenges Gary Liddle unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Alan Judge from left wing, clearance by Eddie Nolan.

32:55

Karl Hawley crosses the ball, Dean Leacock gets a block in. Mark Duffy takes the outswinging corner, clearance by Neal Bishop.

31:09

The referee blows for offside. Bartosz Bialkowski restarts play with the free kick.

30:52

Yoann Arquin produces a cross, Eirik Holmen Johansen makes a save.

29:05

The ball is delivered by Eddie Nolan, Dean Leacock manages to make a clearance.

27:34

The free kick is swung in right-footed by Mark Duffy, save by Bartosz Bialkowski.

27:34 Booking

Booking The referee shows Haydn Hollis a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

27:21

Haydn Hollis concedes a free kick for a foul on Akpo Sodje.

26:44

Karl Hawley is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Bartosz Bialkowski.

25:11

Unfair challenge on Mark Duffy by Alan Sheehan results in a free kick. Michael Collins restarts play with the free kick.

23:04

Enoch Showunmi challenges Michael Collins unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Jimmy Ryan from right channel.

21:50

Jeff Hughes takes a shot. Save by Eirik Holmen Johansen.

21:08

The ball is crossed by Karl Hawley, clearance made by Haydn Hollis.

17:50

Tom Newey sends in a cross, clearance made by Dean Leacock.

17:26

The ball is crossed by Tom Newey, Alan Sheehan gets a block in.

15:34

Unfair challenge on David Mirfin by Yoann Arquin results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Eirik Holmen Johansen.

13:54

The assistant referee signals for offside against Yoann Arquin. Free kick taken by Eirik Holmen Johansen.

11:19

The referee blows for offside. Eirik Holmen Johansen takes the free kick.

9:18

The ball is crossed by Eddie Nolan, clearance by Dean Leacock. Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Mark Duffy, Tom Newey challenges Gary Liddle unfairly and gives away a free kick. Bartosz Bialkowski takes the free kick.

9:03

The ball is delivered by Mark Duffy, Jeff Hughes gets a block in.

8:31

Akpo Sodje takes a shot. Bartosz Bialkowski makes a save.

8:10

Handball decision goes against Alan Sheehan. David Mirfin takes the free kick.

6:54

Foul by Mark Duffy on Neal Bishop, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Dean Leacock.

5:59

Centre by Yoann Arquin, comfortable save by Eirik Holmen Johansen.

5:26

The official flags Enoch Showunmi offside. Michael Collins takes the free kick.

5:00

Centre by Alan Sheehan, Paul Reid manages to make a clearance.

4:39

The assistant referee flags for offside against Akpo Sodje. Bartosz Bialkowski takes the indirect free kick.

3:19

Effort on goal by Jeff Hughes from just outside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.

0:25

Unfair challenge on Tom Newey by Enoch Showunmi results in a free kick. Tom Newey sends in a cross, Paul Reid has an effort at goal. Blocked by Dean Leacock. Outswinging corner taken by Mark Duffy, Headed effort on goal by Paul Reid from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the goal.

0:00

The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.

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