2BR News

Contact the News Team:
Tel: 01254 350360

Stanley in back to back wins

accy stanley badge

7:48am 29th September 2014

Kal Naismith’s early goal gave John Coleman and his men a hard-fought 1-0 win in his homecoming as Accrington Stanley manager.

The Scot swept the ball under Luke McCormick after 13 minutes and Stanley defended resolutely, particularly in the second half, to see out a narrow victory, their second in a row since Coleman and Jimmy Bell returned to the club.

The manager made two changes to the side for his first home game since his return with Aaron Chapman replacing Joe Lumley in goal for his home debut and Josh Windass coming into the team for Marcus Carver.

Meanwhile, loanees John O’Sullivan and Sean Maguire, the stars of last weekend’s 5-4 win away at Northampton, made their home debuts.

Despite a raucous atmosphere created by the Ultras in the Clayton End, Stanley started slowly and were fortunate not to be behind in the opening minutes as Marvin Morgan put a free header wide of the post from six yards out after meeting Lewis Alessandra’s perfect cross then shortly afterwards Nathan Thomas’ fierce strike was palmed over at the near post by the imposing figure of Chapman.

Kal Naismith was the spearhead of the team, operating in the lone striker’s role and it was he who had the Reds’ first effort of the afternoon, unleashing a shot from 25 yards that was not held by Plymouth goalkeeper McCormick but the visiting defence scrambled clear with Rob Atkinson, fresh from his brace at Sixfields last weekend, waiting to pounce.

When Naismith next got a sight of goal, though, he was not to be denied. The Scot was on the end of a slick passing move that involved Nicky Hunt, O’Sullivan, Maguire and Windass to coolly slot home at the near post for his fourth goal of the campaign.

Maguire, clearly full of confidence after a strong showing last weekend, ambitiously tried his luck from all of 40 yards after spotting McCormick slightly off his line but the stopper recovered to take a simple catch.

Stanley were soaking up the Plymouth pressure well but Curtis Nelson and Carl McHugh both sent headers from set-pieces over the bar to fire warning shots to the Reds, reminding them that just on mistake would see their lead wiped out.

Thomas was a constant threat on the left-hand side for John Sheridan’s men; he found space in the area but the shot was deflected over by Tom Aldred before finding the Clayton End crowd with a shot from distance.

On the stroke of half-time both teams traded chances as an Aldred clearance bounced through to Naismith but the attacker lofted ball wide of the target with McCormick stranded a couple of yards off his line. At the other end, Alessandra nipped in behind the defence and rounded Chapman but his effort from a tight angle could only find the side-netting.

The second half began as the first ended – with the Pilgrims on top and Chapman did well to save a Thomas drive with his legs.

Dom Blizzard surged down the left hand side and drilled a cross low across the area but Atkinson stuck out a telescopic leg to divert the ball away from danger and the Reds were then grateful to Naismith, who was on hand to clear a header off the goal-line to preserve the slender lead.

Stanley had spent most of the second half under immense pressure from their visitors but almost doubled their lead on the counter-attack as O’Sullivan met Naismith’s cross with a firm header but McCormick got a strong hand on the ball to palm it to safety.

There was a huge scare with four minutes left on the clock as Plymouth full-back Kelvin Mellor sashayed betweeen a number of challenges in the box and put his shot through the legs of Chapman but Nicky Hunt had covered his goalkeeper and made a superb, match-winning clearance on the line.

Share This Story

Delicious Submit this page to reddit
Suggested articles
Accrington Stanley

Taking Accy Stanley's cup success back into the league

The gaffer is looking for the lads to climb up League Two during their festive fixtures

Accrington Stanley

Accy Stanley to bounce back from bad run

The Reds have lost their last two league outings

Most read
PNE Deepdale 1

PNE fans get refunds after Beckford & Doyle fight

They have both been fined by the club

Barton signs

Barton is back!

The midfielder has returned to the Clarets for training after his contract with Rangers was cancelled

Newer article

Burnley bottom of Premier League

Sport: Sean Dyche admitted his side ‘never got out of the blocks’ after the Clarets slipped to their first defeat in four games with a 4-0 loss at West Brom.

Older article

Nelson FC Host Community Day

Sport: Nelson Football Club will host a free day for the community tomorrow (27th Sept). Watch a match, enjoy refreshments and let the kids play on the bouncy castle.

Top articles

VIDEO Amazing response to 'DJs want you PJs'

Local News: Your donations are going to make such a difference for children battling cancer this Christmas

Deaf man learns how to communicate in his 70s

Nepal: In the final episode of 2BR's special report from Nepal, we meet the older Deaf people who've only just learned to communicate.

Trying to start the festive fun at the Turf

Sport: Burnley look to get the Christmas party started with a win over Bournemouth

Patti Smith forgets lines while performing Bob Dylan Nobel tribute

Showbiz: Patti Smith has given a stumbling performance of Bob Dylan's A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall at a gala ceremony for Nobel laureates.

Ipswich: Teenager charged with murder of two men

National News: A 17-year-old boy has been charged with the murder of a man and a teenager in Ipswich, Suffolk Police has said.

Two blasts outside Istanbul stadium 'kill at least 13'

World News: At least 13 people have been killed in two explosions outside a football stadium in Istanbul, it has been claimed.

Southern loses court bid to halt series of strikes by train drivers

Business News: The owners of Southern Railway have lost a High Court bid to stop a series of strikes by train drivers.

Putin shows no puppy love for Japan's attempt at dog diplomacy

Strange News: Russia appears to have snubbed a Japanese attempt at dog diplomacy by declining the gift of a puppy for President Vladimir Putin at a summit with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Petition for Chorley A&E is handed into Downing Street

Local News: We'll now have to wait to see if it makes a difference

Giant cyclist set to be around for the entire weekend

Local News: The giant artwork on Pendle Hill is in celebration of the Tour of Britain

Most read

PNE fans get refunds after Beckford & Doyle fight

Sport: They have both been fined by the club

Barton is back!

Sport: The midfielder has returned to the Clarets for training after his contract with Rangers was cancelled

2BR Web logo  supported by  Burnley College logo

   Your Profile

@2BR

Close

We Use Cookies

This website uses cookies to store information on your computer.

By using this website you accept the use of cookies as explained in the terms of our cookie policy.