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REPORT: Wrexham 2-3 Stanley

Reds leave it late to extend their lead at the top of the Central League table

15 March 2023

Match Reports

REPORT: Wrexham 2-3 Stanley

Reds leave it late to extend their lead at the top of the Central League table

15 March 2023

Ged Brannan and Andy Gray's Accrington Stanley Under-23s side scored three goals inside the final five minutes to secure a remarkable 3-2 victory over Wrexham and extend their lead at the top of the Central League table to seven points.

Defender Michael Nottingham was named in the starting XI, with Jack Nolan and Anthony Mancini also returning to the team as part of seven changes from last week's 3-1 loss to Huddersfield Town.

The Reds had defeated Wrexham 2-1 in the reverse fixture a month earlier; however, it was David Jones' men who opened the scoring after two minutes at Nantwich Town's Swansway Stadium.

Liam Isherwood had made an unbelievable initial save to keep out a close-range shot at goal from Louis Lloyd, but Jake Bickerstaff then headed home the rebound despite the best efforts of Aaron Pickles.

As the half progressed, the hosts continued to ask questions of Stanley's defence and Dylan Moonan did superbly a minute before the break to deny Lloyd; following good work by Bickerstaff to remain onside.

The Red Dragons then looked to have sealed victory on 83 minutes, as goalkeeper Rory Watson firstly made a great save to prevent Mancini from equalising; before counter-attacking at pace and adding a second goal.

Bickerstaff and Lloyd were again involved as the former Liverpool striker's shot was stopped well by Isherwood, but the ball looped up and the latter was in the right place to head home from close range.

However, Brannan and Gray's men began their remarkable comeback four minutes from time when a well-hit effort at goal from Mancini deflected off Owen Cushion and curled inside Watson's far post.

A minute later and the Reds were level, with Nolan taking aim and rifling a stunning long-range shot into the top left-hand corner; the winger's fifth Central League goal of the season.

The comeback was then complete on 89 minutes when the ball dropped nicely for Oliver Patrick to slot home from close range and send Stanley seven points clear of second-place Blackpool.

Next up is a home tie against Bolton Wanderers at the Stanley Sports Hub on Tuesday 28th March, 1pm kick-off; with Brannan and Gray's men knowing that a win would clinch this season's Central League title.

Accrington Stanley

Isherwood, Nottingham (Poilly 84'), Nolan, Butler-Oyedeji (Trickett 59'), Mancini, Quirk (Gough 84'), Moonan (C), Patrick, Pickles, Devonport (Adekoya 59') and Henderson.

Subs Not Used: Riva.


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