...but find their shoot­ing boots to sink Wi­gan

Accrington Observer - - SPORT - WI­GAN STAN­LEY 0 4

CHECKATRADE TRO­PHY

block from Wi­gan de­fender Ter­rell Thomas.

There was noth­ing the Wi­gan de­fence could do mo­ments later though as Sousa was on hand to get his sec­ond goal of the evening.

He was given the ball and raced for­ward, be­fore his pow­er­ful lot shot went past goal­keeper Theo Roberts to make it 3-0.

Tem­pers then flared dur­ing the clos­ing mo­ments when young Wi­gan mid­fielder Will McGuffie put in a reck­less chal­lenge against Stan­ley cap­tain Scott Brown, but the ref­eree con­tro­ver­sially only de­cided to give the of­fender a yel­low card.

Stan­ley en­sured that a low point wouldn’t be the last sig­nif­i­cant mo­ment of the game though, as they wrapped things up by scor­ing their fourth and fi­nal goal in the 89th minute.

McLeod smashed in a half-vol­ley to make it 4-0, earn­ing Ac­cring­ton a dom­i­nant win against their League One coun­ter­parts.

Stan­ley end the group stage por­tion of the com­pe­ti­tion with two wins and a loss, with the side also pick­ing up a 3-2 win over Mid­dles­brough U21s in Septem­ber, though they did suf­fer a 2-1 home de­feat to Black­pool last month.

Some of the other teams that have also booked their place in the knock­out stages of the Checkatrade Tro­phy in­clude Fleet­wood Town, Rochdale, Old­ham Ath­letic, Wal­sall, Brad­ford City, Don­caster Rovers and West Ham United U21s.

Cole­men’s men will now hope that they can carry their mo­men­tum into league ac­tion this week­end when they make the trip to the Abbey Sta­dium to take on Cam­bridge United, who cur­rently sit 10th in the League Two ta­ble.

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