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REPORT: Stanley 1 Cheltenham Town 0

McConville's goal after 30 seconds gives Reds first home win of the season

17 September 2022

Match Reports

REPORT: Stanley 1 Cheltenham Town 0

McConville's goal after 30 seconds gives Reds first home win of the season

17 September 2022

Accrington Stanley halted a run of three straight defeats thanks to a Sean McConville goal after only 30 seconds.

It was Stanley’s first home win of the 2022/23 campaign at the Wham Stadium and the Reds second victory – much needed after the three losses.

Joe Pritchard came back into the side after injury and illness with Ethan Hamilton dropping to the bench.

Stanley enjoyed a dream start on 30 seconds when Tommy Leigh headed the ball on for Shaun Whalley to run into the area and he crossed it with McConville there to tap home his fifth goal of the season.

The Reds continued to press, Joe Pritchard firing off-target with one effort and another one deflected wide.

Stanley came close to a second on 23 minutes when Mitch Clark’s ball in found Liam Coyle but the midfielder’s shot was inches wide of the post.

The Reds were dangerous on the break, Pritchard charging forward twice but Stanley were unable to capitalise.

Whalley had a superb chance on 32 minutes when he got the ball unmarked from Leigh in the area but keeper Luke Southwood denied him with his legs.

Stanley had another great chance when McConville’s strike found Harvey Rodgers at the near post but the ball bounced off the woodwork while, in Cheltenham’s best chance, Caleb Taylor headed into Lukas Jensen’s arms on the stroke of half-time.

The second half started in the same vein with a McConville header pushed away by Southwood but Cheltenham were more of a threat and Ryan Jackson’s ball across the face of goal almost caught Stanley out with Ryan Broom’s follow-up effort deflected wide.

Recent signing from Clitheroe, left back Bailey Sloane replaced the injured Rodgers just before the hour mark with the game in the balance.

Cheltenham made a number of changes and looked livelier with the Reds under pressure while there was only one goal in it.

Pritchard came off injured on 84 minutes, which will be a worry for John Coleman, and the Reds survived a goalmouth scramble with Doug Tharme heading off the line from Alfie May in the final minutes of normal time.

Clark had a strike deflected in the sixth minute of injury time after Whalley broke free as Stanley celebrated a welcome three points.

 

Stanley: Jensen, Clark, Astley, Tharme, Rodgers (Sloane), McConville, Conneely, Coyle, Whalley, Leigh (Hamilton), Pritchard (Sangare)

Subs: Savin, Nolan, Martin, Fernandes

Attendance: 1996 (137 from Cheltenham)

Yellow: Pritchard, Jensen

 


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