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

WY­COMBE as­sis­tant boss Richard Dob­son couldn’t get enough of Paris Cowan-Hall after the winger’s fab­u­lous 25-yard strike gave the league lead­ers a valu­able point at Ac­cring­ton.

Cowan-Hall’s early strike was can­celled out by Sean Maguire’s header after the break as the Chairboys opened up a two-point lead at the top of League Two.

And Dob­son, who was stand­ing in for sick man­ager Gareth Ainsworth, was de­lighted with 24-year old Cowan-Hall’s dis­play.

“He’s lively and a goal threat who makes things hap­pen,” he said.“He’s be­com­ing a game-changer and once again he scored an ex­cel­lent goal.

“I’ve been re­ally pleased with him. It wouldn’t sur­prise me if there’s in­ter­est in him and I take that as a com­pli­ment.

“We started re­ally well and prob­a­bly should have put the game to bed in that spell. When you miss good chances early on, it can come back to bite us and that’s what hap­pened.

“Un­for­tu­nately, they scored from a set piece which I was dis­ap­pointed about. I don’t think they trou­bled us too much from open play and were quite re­liant upon set-pieces.”

Wy­combe started brightly and de­servedly took the lead on nine min­utes. Cowan-Hall struck a won­der­ful 25-yard curler into the top cor­ner for his fifth goal of the sea­son.

The Chairboys con­tin­ued to look dan­ger­ous and almost grabbed a sec­ond when cen­tre-back Aaron Pierre saw a header cleared off the line be­fore Cowan-Hall fired over. A fast-flow­ing Wy­combe move soon fol­lowed when a lovely one-two be­tween winger Sam Wood and striker Matthew McClure ended with the lat­ter stab­bing nar­rowly over.

Wy­combe threat­ened with a se­ries of cor­ners at the be­gin­ning of the sec­ond half but Ac­cring­ton equalised against the run of the play. Kal Nai­smith’s free-kick from the left was pow­er­fully headed home by mid­fielder Maguire.

The hosts soon grew in con­fi­dence and con­tin­ued to cause may­hem with set pieces as goal­keeper Matt In­gram tipped over a goal­bound header from John O’Sul­li­van.

Both sides looked for a win­ner in a highly com­pet­i­tive fi­nale. Ac­cring­ton mid­fielder An­drew Proc­ter saw a close-range ef­fort well saved by In­gram be­fore the im­pres­sive Cowan- Hall saw a thun­der­ous low drive par­ried away by Lee Simp­son.

And Ac­cring­ton boss John Cole­man said: “At half-time, we wanted to be a lit­tle more di­rect, com­pete bet­ter and get our play­ers higher up the field. When we did that, we caused them nu­mer­ous prob­lems.

“Wy­combe are the best at the mo­ment and de­servedly top of the league. We pushed them all the way and on another day we could have won the game.

“We’re four points out­side the play-offs now and our lads be­lieve we have a re­al­is­tic chance of mak­ing it.”

PIC­TURES: UK Sports Pics Ltd

ALL SQUARE: Sean Maguire heads home for Ac­cring­ton Stan­ley

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