EX-RANGER KAL RIDES TO GLORY

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Steve Har­ris To com­ment on this match go to http://boards.footy­mad.net/

NOT MUCH can be gleaned from James Beat­tie’s stint with Rangers but the Ac­cring­ton boss did see the po­ten­tial in Kal Nai­smith at Ibrox – and the 22-year-old came off the bench to snatch Stan­ley a late vic­tory against Torquay.

Nai­smith struck with a left footed strike with ten min­utes to go to se­cure a win that lifts Ac­cring­ton eight points clear of safety.

So not all was lost on Beat­tie’s seven-game stint north of the bor­der in 2010/11.

“Kal is a big talent and I saw that whilst I was up at Rangers and that's why I tried so hard to get him down to Ac­cring­ton in the sum­mer,” said Beat­tie.

“He has come on at the end with fresh legs, hav­ing had a week off or so, and has shown a touch of class to break the dead­lock.

“I've got no doubt that what's in that dress­ing room – if we do the right things at the right times it is a very good side.

“We've just got to carry on do­ing what we are do­ing and I think the po­si­tion we find our­selves in af­ter hav­ing no wins in the first 11 games- is tremen­dous.”

Fol­low­ing a cagey open­ing pe­riod, the first of the match fell to Torquay’s Shamir Good­win who fired wide with a long range ef­fort on seven min­utes.

On 13 min­utes, Gulls’ keeper Michael Poke pro­duced fine re­flex save – af­ter Anthony O’Con­nor had turned a long throw from Ac­cring­ton’s Nicky Hunt back across goal – to tip the ball be­hind for a cor­ner.

On 38 min­utes, Poke was once again called into ac­tion; this time to deny Kay­ode Ode­jayi af­ter the for­mer Barns­ley man was teed up fol­low­ing good work from Piero Mon­goia and Ge­orge Bow­er­man.

Stan­ley started the sec­ond half brightly as Mon­goia con­nected with a cross from Bow­er­man and headed straight into the arms of Poke on 48 min­utes.

In the 58th minute, Torquay striker Conor Wilkin­son stung the hands of Stan­ley keeper Bet­tenelli with a long range shot that was even­tu­ally turned be­hind for a cor­ner.

From the re­sult­ing cor­ner, the Gulls forced an­other cor­ner which saw Labadie have a header blocked on the line by Michael Lid­dle.

The Gulls had an ap­peal for a penalty turned down nine min­utes later when Labadie ap­peared to have been up­ended in the box.

How­ever, it was Stan­ley who broke the dead­lock in the 80th minute when sub­sti­tute Nai­smith scored from 20yards.

“It’s tough, but no one said it would be easy,” said Torquay boss Chris Har­g­reaves.

“I took the job on know­ing how dif­fi­cult it would be, and it’s a game that we shouldn’t have lost. “In one in­stance in 90 min­utes, we let some­one have too much time on the ball and if you do that

you get pun­ished.”

TORQUAY: (4-4-2) Poke 7, Tonge 6, Pearce 7, O’Con­nor 6, Cruise 6 (Ni­chol­son 46 6 ), Good­win 6, Labadie 6, Mansell 6 (Stevens 85 N/A), Chapell 7, Haw­ley 6 (O’Brien 85 6), Wilkin­son 7 Subs not used: Downes, Hard­ing, Rice, Benyon

AC­CRING­TON: (4-4-2) Bet­tinelli 7, Hunt 7, Al­dred 7, Win­nard 7, Lid­dle 7, Min­goia 7, Joyce 7, Mur­phy 7, Molyneux 8, Ode­jayi 7, Bow­er­man 7 (Nai­smith 69 8)

Subs not used: McCar­tan, Hat­field, Gray, Win­dass, Atkin­son, Hazel­dine

PIC­TURES: Pin­na­cle

STAN­LEY STAR: Kal Nai­smith scores Ac­cring­ton’s win­ner

MOBBED: Kal Nai­smith of Ac­cring­ton cel­e­brates

STAR MAN LEE MOLYN

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