‘I am de­lighted. The ef­fort that we put in was first class’

Accrington Observer - - MOTORS -

SHELDAN KEAY

AC­CRING­TON Stan­ley kept up their good run of form and re­main in con­tention near the top of the League Two ta­ble af­ter a win at For­est Green Rovers.

Stan­ley cap­tain Sea­mus Con­neely scored the only goal of the match shortly into the sec­ond half to earn his side all three points at The New Lawn.

The Reds are now in third place, two points off league lead­ers Notts County, and man­ager John Coleman was very pleased with the tri­umph against For­est Green as he felt his side were made to work hard.

“I’m de­lighted. The ef­fort that we put in was first class and there were some very good per­for­mances,” he said.

“We didn’t hit the heights go­ing for­ward that we nor­mally have but I must take my hat off to For­est Green for how they’ve set their team up.

“They ran rings round us for good pe­ri­ods and at half-time you would have thought they were the team at the top and we were at the bot­tom, so they were very un­for­tu­nate to come away with noth­ing.

“All of our team de­fended mag­nif­i­cently, and I was es­pe­cially pleased for Aaron Chap­man, he was very pos­i­tive in ev­ery­thing he did.”

For­est Green were the bet­ter team in the first half and they al­most took the lead af­ter just three min­utes when Omar Bugiel was de­nied by a last ditch tackle by Jor­dan Thorni­ley.

Ac­cring­ton then had an op­por­tu­nity at the other end when Billy Kee’s shot was eas­ily saved by Sam Rus­sell. the edge of the For­est Green box went in via the post to make it 1-0 to the vis­i­tors.

For­est Green tried to im­me­di­ately hit back, and they went close to draw­ing level on 76 min­utes when Doidge drilled a low show nar­rowly wide of Chap­man’s post.

Drissa Traore then thought he had found the equaliser dur­ing the clos­ing stages when he 30-yard shot ap­peared to have Chap­man beat, but the ef­fort thun­dered off the cross­bar and Stan­ley were able to hold on to pick up a hard-fought 1-0 win.

CHRIST­MAS Lunch with Stan­ley man­ager John Coleman, as­sis­tant Jimmy Bell and the Di­rec­tors will take place on Thurs­day 14th De­cem­ber 2017. To make a book­ing con­tact the events team on 01254 356950 or events@ac­cring­ton­stan­ley.co.uk.

An­thony Devlin

Ac­cring­ton Stan­ley goal­keeper Aaron Chap­man im­pressed boss John Coleman

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