The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By David Gib­son

IT WASN’T pretty but Leam Richard­son ad­mit­ted he couldn’t care less af­ter his Ac­cring­ton Stan­ley downed More­cambe to take an­other step to se­cur­ing their League sta­tus.

De­spite sit­ting at the wrong end of the ta­ble Stan­ley wel­comed the Shrimps to the Crown Ground hav­ing lost just one of their pre­vi­ous six games – and that loss ar­rived at the home of al­ready-pro­moted Gilling­ham.

And the home side’s good run con­tin­ued courtesy of a goal ei­ther side of half-time from Peter Murphy and Padraig Amond.

The per­for­mance might not have had the same panache as the ones that had come be­fore it in this mini-run Ac­cring­ton have strung to­gether, but man­ager Richard­son wasn’t about to let that ruin his evening.

“The onus is on us to win games at this stage of the sea­son and I don’t hide from the fact that we need to win games and put points on the board,” he said.

“We are one of the top two or three of the form guide at the minute and at this stage of the sea­son it is fan­tas­tic.

“Luck­ily of late we have been putting in some great per­for­mances as well but at this time of the sea­son it is not about per­for­mances it is about re­sults.

“We didn’t play too great here but given the last few months and what the play­ers have done in re­cent games I am not too wor­ried and I am made up for them and the fans to get the three points.”

The vis­i­tors were the brighter side in the open­ing ex­changes but Ac­cring­ton took the lead in for­tu­itous cir­cum­stances through de­fender Murphy – last week­end’s hero with a last-gasp equaliser against York.

Lee Molyneux’s low 30-yard free kick on 28 min­utes was de­flected into the net by Murphy to wrong-foot goal­keeper Barry Roche who was left help­less.

But while their opener was lucky, the goal that sealed the win was a fine counter-at­tack­ing move as Rommy Boco ran with the ball be­fore forc­ing Roche into a save, Amond there to mop up with a low drive.

More­cambe’s de­feat was com­pounded af­ter the fi­nal whis­tle with boss Jim Bent­ley ad­mit­ting that Nick Fen­ton, who missed the game through in­jury, will leave the club in the sum­mer.

"Up un­til the first goal, we were the bet­ter side and on top,” he said.“Goals change games and they had a bit of luck there.

“We gave a silly foul away and in­vited the pres­sure. That’s been our Achilles heel this sea­son.

“Nick a big player for us and I wanted him to stay but we can’t agree a deal to keep him here. “He’s a great lad and a great player who we will miss and we wish him well in the fu­ture.”

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